Actress Ellen Page, best known for her Oscar nominated role in the hit 2007 movie "Juno," has cursed Queen Elizabeth’s awarding of an MBE honor to Northern Ireland conservative politician Maurice Mills, a member of the Democratic Unionist Party who blamed gay people for Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Page tweeted “f*** that” to her more than 1.2 million Twitter followers on Monday, and shared a link to an article about Mills’s views on gays and AIDS.
The born again Christian politician, who represents Ballymena in the Northern Ireland Assembly, said the devastating hurricane that gutted New Orleans and killed more than 1,800 people in the South was the result of an upcoming gay festival in the city.
"The media failed to report that the hurricane occurred just two days prior to the annual homosexual event called the Southern Decadence Festival, which the previous year had attracted an estimated 125,000 people," Mills said. "Surely, this is a warning to nations where such wickedness is increasingly promoted and practiced."
Terry McFarlane, president of the Northern Ireland Gay Rights Association, told VICE News that Mills needs to make amends with the gay community.
"The fact that both himself and his party refuse to retract the comments he made about the hurricane being brought about by gay lifestyles would overshadow what has happened. The councilor and his party need to address the mistakes they've made with regards to LGBT matters,” said McFarlane.
Mills is also quoted as blaming gay people for the spread of AIDS. “This abominable and filthy practice of sodomy has resulted in the great continent of Africa being riddled with AIDS,” he said.
Page, from Canada, came out as a lesbian last year.