By Ran Aubrey Frazier
Originally published on Advocate.com February 18 2014 8:00 PM ET
When actress Ellen Page made her coming-out announcement Friday, she referred to an online article that criticized her style of dress, without identifying the source — but now it's been revealed.
During her Valentine's Day speech at the Human Rights Campaign's Time to Thrive conference in Las Vegas, Page spoke candidly about how the entertainment industry imposes "crushing standards" of beauty and success on everyone and described how "little, insignificant stuff" can "tear you down," citing a recent article that critiqued her fashion sense. "I try not to read gossip as a rule," she said, "but the other day a website ran a picture of me wearing sweatpants on the way to the gym, and the writer asked, 'Why does this petite beauty insist on dressing like a massive man?'" Page quipped, "Because I like to be comfortable," to resounding applause from the audience.
Although Page did not specify where the article appeared, Kia Makarechi of The Huffington Post tweeted that the Oscar-nominated actress was referring to a January 8 post on E! Online. In the E! post, a writer jokingly questioned whether "the former Juno star is actually homeless" before speculating about her career, saying, "If things are so bad on the film front that she's resorting to Salvation Army style, please tell us how we can help."
Since Page's speech, the article has been removed from E! Online. Indeed, the website tweeted its support of the actress, placing a heart emoticon after her quote in which she expressed her desire to "help others have an easier and more hopeful time."