Standing up for people like us.
Chloë Grace Moretz – yes, Hit-Girl from Kick-Ass – hopes to use her visibility to continue fighting for equality. The fight is, for Moretz, very personal – i.e. she was in middle school when her brothers Trevor and Colin came out as gay.
“The problem is we live in a society where we have to say the words, ‘I’m coming out.’ No one should care what your sexual orientation is, what color your skin is, or if you’re a man or a woman. People would call them the F-word, and I would get so angry,” Moretz said in an interview by Nylon for its December/January cover story.
Moretz added: “It was really hard to see my brothers be hated on or bullied, so I stood up for them. We shouldn’t be using these terms to create more labels and segregate us further apart than we already are.”
Moretz recalled the judgment her gay brothers had to endure. “My mom tells us people asked her, ‘Why are you letting your son run around in a pink Power Ranger costume?’ Her answer was: ‘Because he wants to wear it, and it makes him smile. Why would I take that away from him?’”
Moretz, not surprisingly, credited her mom for her being strong. “My mom was a single mom, so I’ve been a feminist since birth. I think feminism is about strong women being who they want to be and fighting for equality on all accounts. It’s not about men being demolished to bring women higher up in the world. I think that’s incredibly misconstrued.”
And since, “at a young age, I was motivated to fight for gay rights, women’s rights, minority rights — all human rights,” Moretz now hopes her fame will help her continue fighting for equality.