Sunday, March 16, 2014

Less Horrible

Ellen Page recently came out at a public venue.  

But beyond that, beyond LBGT, she made a universal observation.  “The world would be a whole lot better if we just made an effort to be less horrible to each other.”  That’s it. Not be kind, not be charitable, not even stop being horrible.  Just be less horrible. 

Being pretty much on board with the whole Don’t-Be-A-Dick philosophy, it is fairly disheartening that horrible people keep turning up.  Because really, how taxing is it to just shut up? 

A little side story about one of the least horrible people on the planet.

For my friends who are deficient in both Star Trek watching and Comic Reading, Patrick Stewart is a 73 year old, classically trained actor who played Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men movies.  

He sent Page a supportive note about her decision to come out.  While covering Page’s speech, The Guardian  erroneously reported that Patrick Stewart was gay.    

His response?

“Well @gardian it makes for a nice change . . . at least I didn’t wake up to the internet telling me I was dead again.”

Some one suggested The Guardian might be confused because of Stewart’s close relationship with Ian McKellen.
“You can’t catch gay by hanging out with LGBT people.”

Another non-horrible aspect of Sir Stewart? This is his photo on his tweets.

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