After watching Ellen Page's Oprah interview I feel like we are all taking part in something truly sinister and twisted.
Ellen sits, face sunken, emaciated with filler injected into her facial structure and the bizarre interview begins.
'I just never recognized myself,' she said. 'For a long time, I could not even look at a photo of myself.
'[I didn't know] how to explain to people that even though [I was] an actor, just putting on a T-shirt [that was] cut for a woman would make me so unwell.'
No one can escape what is happening here. This is a person who is haunted by an eating disorder and low self-esteem- only an individual with the lowest capacity for human empathy can't see what is occurring here.
Watching Ellen's confessional was horrifying- this is no quest to find the authentic self, this isn't discovering a unique male identity- this is the exploitation of a young woman who seems highly suggestible and deeply troubled by her body.
I am not sure what I hope to achieve with this post, but I want it to be known that human to human, I fear for Ellen's future.
When mental illnesses are co-opted as corporate identities, and elective surgery is celebrated we need to take a collective breath for mankind, for our humanity, and our sanity.