Following accusations by Ellen Page of abuse on the set of X-Men: The Last Stand by director Brett Ratner, Anna Paquin has come forward to corroborate the harassment and back her co-star in the film. Page accused Ratner of verbal and homophobic abuse, and Paquin, who played Rogue, took to Twitter with a few tweets of solidarity for the Shadowcat actress.
The first was in response to Page's confession of the incident, captioned: "I was there when that comment was made. I stand with you." This was in reference to Page's statements that at a "meet and greet" with cast and crew before filming on the 2006 movie began when she was 18, Ratner told an older woman in Page's presence "You should f*ck her [Page] to make her realize she’s gay."
Paquin followed up with the hashtags "#truth" and "#IStandWithYou" before reminding detractors why it was very difficult to break the silence over such incidents in the industry, drawing reference to her own experiences as well. "If you can't think of the glaringly obvious reason I remained silent then perhaps you've forgotten that I've been in this victim grooming industry since before I hit puberty" -- she also tweeted out about the state of Hollywood.
If you can't think of the glaringly obvious reason I remained silent then perhaps you've forgotten that I've been in this victim grooming industry since before I hit puberty.— Anna Paquin (@AnnaPaquin) November 10, 2017
In the wake of the scandal that has involved the industry's big names such as Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, this Ratner issue has apparently began scratching the surface of misdemeanours in the geek world, with allegations now surfacing against George Takei and showrunner of The Flash and Supergirl, Andrew Kreisberg.