What This Hollywood Actress Just Said About Actors Who Play Gay Characters Is Catching On

Western Journalism recently reported on the impromptu debate between Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz and outspoken gay actress Ellen Page. While many on the right bristled at her comparison of Christians to Islamic terrorists, some conservative news outlets are heralding her recent comments regarding the way actors are perceived when they accept roles as gay characters.

In a recent interview with Time, she dismissed the notion that her recent performance as a lesbian in the upcoming film Freeheld was an act of bravery.

“Maybe this is a bad thing to say,” she replied, “but I have a hard time when people call actors brave. I don’t really get that, because our job is to read something on a page.”

She went on to call it “borderline offensive” to assert that anyone is brave merely for portraying a gay character on screen.

“I’m never going to be considered brave for playing a straight person,” she reasoned, “and nor should I be.”

The interview eventually navigated toward Page’s criticism of the Republican Party and ostensibly out-of-touch Americans who do not endorse her lifestyle.

“It still happens everywhere,” she said of “disdain and cruelty” against gays. “There hasn’t been one GOP candidate, I don’t think, who’s outwardly spoken to a gay rights activist.”

She further lambasted the “shame and toxicity that exists in people” who she asserts make life uncomfortable for gays.

Page concluded by taking a stab at Americans of faith, pointing out that gays are treated better in her home country of Canada because “religion is way less intense.”

Insisting that “you can’t even have a conversation” with religious individuals, she complained that so many people are concerned about her eternal soul.

“Everyone’s typically quite polite,” she acknowledged. “But they’re telling you who you are is wrong and at some point you will find God, and I’ll be with a man.”

She ended the interview with a direct message for anyone who fits that bill.

“Well, not gonna happen, but you enjoy your time in heaven. I’ll be down in hell.”

Should Christians evolve to embrace Ellen Page’s views on sexuality? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Retailer Launches This New Halloween Costume…Automatically Causes HUGE Controversy

A new Halloween costume designed to mimic an outfit worn by transgender celebrity Caitlyn Jenner — once known as Bruce Jenner — has the public divided on whether it is all in good fun or offensive. Jenner started presenting himself as a female in June.

As ABC News reported Tuesday, the “Call Me Caitlyn Unisex Adult Costume” can be purchased from online retailers including Spirit Halloween and Anytime Costumes for $74.99. The costume is inspired by Jenner’s June 2015 Vanity Fair cover, “Call Me Caitlyn.”

“Caitlyn Jenner has proven to be the most important real-life superhero of the year, and Spirit Halloween is proud to carry the costume that celebrates her,” the company said in a statement.

Jenner received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2015 ESPYs earlier this year.

A petition has emerged on change.org asking Spirit Halloween to remove the Jenner costume from their selection. “With a reputation of sexist, racist, and culturally appropriative costumes, we are concerned that this costume will continue your oppressive tradition with a transphobic costume of Caitlyn Jenner,” writes Addison Rose, a self-described “Transfeminine Genderqueer Activist.”  

To make a costume out of a marginalized identity reduces that person and community to a stereotype for privileged people to abuse. In this case, if you follow through with production of a Caitlyn Jenner costume, cisgender people will purchase it to make fun of her and our community.

People on Twitter have varying opinions of the new costume:

What do you think of this costume? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Watch: Famous Actress Goes After Ted Cruz At Iowa State Fair- He Turned The Tables Quickly…

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz sparred with actress Ellen Page over LGBT rights Friday at the Iowa State Fair. Cruz is a devout evangelical Christian while Page came out as a lesbian in February 2014.

ABC News caught the exchange between the two Canadian-born high-profile individuals, which lasted about five minutes.

“What about the question about LGBT people being fired for being gay-trans?” Page asked.

“Well, what we’re seeing right now, we’re seeing Bible-believing Christians being persecuted for living according to their faith,” Cruz answered.

“You’re discriminating against LGBT people,” Page asserted. “Well, would you use that argument in segregation?”

Cruz pointed out churches were instrumental in putting an end to segregation in the mid-20th century. 

“Now I’m happy to answer your question, but not to have a back-and-forth debate,” Cruz told Page as tensions rose.

“Imagine, hypothetically, you had a gay florist and imagine two evangelicals wanted to get married and they decide, ‘You know what, I disagree with your faith and I don’t want to provide flowers,’” Cruz said to Page.

The Texas junior senator also reminded the actress that Islamic State terrorists and Iranian radicals are executing homosexuals. While Page acknowledged the point, she tried to make a moral equivalency to Christians in countries including Jamaica who are persecuting homosexuals. While Cruz agreed the behavior was abhorrent, he scolded Page for trying to put those nations on the same level as ISIS and Iran.

After the exchange between the two individuals concluded, reporters asked Cruz if he was aware he was speaking to Ellen Page. He said he was not. Page was in Iowa filming a project for Vice News, according to ABC News.

The candidate is holding a rally in Des Moines Friday evening to draw “attention to the religious persecution of Christian business owners and employees who have been sanctioned by their government because of their religious beliefs,” the Cruz campaign said.

Who do you think got the better of that debate, Cruz or Page? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Bakers Who Were Fined For Gay Wedding Cake Refusal Just Delivered This HUGE Message To Gay Rights Groups

An Oregon couple defying a court order to pay $135,000 in damages for their refusal to bake a wedding cake for a homosexual couple is sending cakes to gay activist groups in California.

The ten 8-inch-cakes from Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweetcakes by Melissa, are emblazoned with the message “We Really Do Love You” on top and are decorated with red, white an blue frosting to amplify a freedom message.

“We wanted to have the cake represent freedom — that we all should have freedom and to live our lives the way we want to,” she said, adding that homosexuals should have the freedom to live as they choose. “But I also feel like I should have the right to live the way I want to, and that should be my choice.”

The idea developed as the couple spoke with Ray Comfort, a Christian leader behind the release of the movie Audicity. Audicity deals with the issue of homosexuality from a Christian perspective. Comfort suggested the cakes as a goodwill gesture and worked with the couple to properly ship the cakes so they stayed fresh and tasty. The Kleins had to make the trip to California to meet Comfort to accomplish their mission.

The cakes weren’t the only things sent in the package. Shipments also include a letter, a $25 gift card and a copy of the movie. The Kleins said the effort is an attempt to reach out and help LGBT groups understand that their views do not come from hate.

“We’re doing it in hopes that they can hopefully see [how] to understand us as being Christian, and why we believe the way we do — and why we do the things we do,” Klein said in an interview with TheBlaze. “They don’t understand the things we do.”

An appeal was filed in the Kleins’ case in hopes of dismissing the $135,000 in damages mandated in a July 13 court order. The Kleins baked cakes and goodies for homosexual customers, but refused to make a wedding cake citing religious grounds.

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What Donald Trump Just Announced About Gay Marriage Will Create SERIOUS Buzz

People who wonder about Donald Trump’s clarity of principle and consistency of position on any number of important issues might find fresh concerns with what the Republican front-runner just said in a lengthy and wide-ranging interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

The article opens with an eye-catching paragraph: “In his first magazine cover interview and photo shoot as the leading Republican, the reality TV presidential candidate lets loose on Hillary’s email scandal (‘Watergate on steroids’), Bill Cosby (‘Was he drunk?’), whether he’ll go on Megyn Kelly’s show, why he won’t accept vice president, Melania as first lady, and if he even needs Fox News and the haters.”

But it’s Trump’s take on same-sex marriage that may cause the biggest buzz among both supporters and detractors — specifically, his assessment of whether the recent Supreme Court decision declaring gay marriage a legal right in all 50 states is settled law.

After telling the interviewer that he has attended a gay wedding — the marriage of a Broadway theater owner — the billionaire businessman was asked, “So this is a dead issue for the GOP at this point?”

Some people have hopes of passing amendments, but it’s not going to happen. Congress can’t pass simple things, let alone that. So anybody that’s making that an issue is doing it for political reasons. The Supreme Court ruled on it.

Now while it sounds as though Trump is saying that a legislative response to the Supreme Court’s controversial gay marriage ruling is out of the question, he may be trying to steer clear of the big, hot-button social/cultural issue that concerns so many conservatives. In the past, however — in fact, in the very recent past — “The Donald” has publicly declared his opposition to same-sex marriage.

As Breitbart News reports, Trump reiterated his personal feelings about gay marriage just a few days ago in an interview with Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd. That was the latest in a string of anti-gay marriage stands by the real estate mogul who wants to move his home address to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Breitbart notes: “In an on-air interview two years ago Howard Stern pushed Trump on gay marriage. ‘Donald, go on the record. You’re for gay marriage.’ Trump replied, ‘Well, I’m not.’

“Two years before that, in an interview with the New York Times, Trump voiced his opposition to same-sex marriage….”

Curiously, it was just on Tuesday of this week that an article on the MSNBC website contended that Trump could be “the most LGBT-friendly Republican running for president.” The left-leaning cable news operation offered that assessment because of the GOP candidate’s stated belief that sexual orientation should not be a valid reason for an employer to let someone go.

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