Ellen Page: F*ck Queen Elizabeth For Honoring Anti-Gay Politician
The latest edition of the royal’s annual list featured a mix of public figures, politicians, and celebrities, including Joan Collins and incoming “Late Late Show” host James Corden. But it’s the selection of Maurice Mills that is raising eyebrows. The Northern Irish councilor was awarded a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his “services to local government.”
A born-again Christian who serves in the large town of Ballymena, Mills has openly spoken about his anti-gay beliefs, and once went as far as claiming homosexuality caused Hurricane Katrina. He’s quoted as saying in 2005, “The media failed to report that the hurricane occurred just two days prior to the annual homosexual event called the Southern Decadence Festival… Surely, this is a warning to nations where such wickedness is increasingly promoted and practiced.” Mills, a member of the Democratic Unionist party, also once blamed AIDS on “the filthy practice of sodomy.”
The politician’s local paper, while praising his work in the community, notes he has “courted controversy in his long career.” That’s now continuing, with a Change.org petition started to have his new honor revoked. Started by a Londoner, it reads in part, “The awarding of this respected honor to a person with such a reputation not only gives the impression that their opinions are valid, but devalues the entire system of honors by association to these toxic sentiments. If Mr. Mills were to retain this honor, the respect that accompanies it might become a thing of the past.”
The petition currently has less than 500 signatories. However, it’s possible a tweet from Page, who came out as gay in a stirring speech last February, will give the cause a boost. She shared a Vice article about the issue Monday morning, tweeting, “F*ck that.” To be clear, though, while the Queen bestows the honors, the contenders are nominated by the public and the government, and recipients are selected by a committee of civil servants. The new list includes more than 1,000 honorees. As Gossip Cop reported last year, Angelina Jolie was made an honorary dame on the Queen’s birthday honors list.
LGBT rights remain a big issue in Ireland. As Gossip Cop previously reported, Colin Farrell wrote an op-ed in November advocating for gay marriage in the country, and opening up about his gay brother’s experiences with homophobia as they grew up in Ireland. What do you think of the issue?