Although she seems to have been openly gay in her private life for years, Jodie Foster has only recently publicly came out, in some quasi-official capacity.
Recently, as in last Sunday night at the Golden Globes.
Foster, who just turned 50 and is perhaps best known for films like The Silence of the Lambs and Maverick, was honored with the Cecille B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement. During her acceptance speech she talked a lot about her career and family
However, while reactions to celebrities coming out publicly are generally pretty enthusiastic, not all reactions to Foster’s speech have been as favorable.
Some folks (especially other celebrities like Richard Dreyfuss, Rosie O’Donnell, and Kathy Griffin) were thrilled and took to Twitter to support Foster. Ricky Martin applauded her for doing things on her terms, and Shameless star Emmy Rossum Twitter called her an inspiration.
Others weren’t so impressed.
Karen Ocamb, news editor for the L.A.-based LGBT publication Frontiers, said the speech was “infuriating,” and questioned how courageous it actually is to come out during what (at the time) sounded like a retirement speech.
HuffPost Gay Voices editor Michelangelo Signorile called it defensive and angry and said it might have had more impact 20, 10, or even 5 years ago, and Daily Beast writer Andrew Sullivan was insulted by Foster’s reference to privacy once being beautiful (wondering if she was referring to the time when homosexuals were put in mental institutions) and saddened that “she waited until others far less powerful had made the sacrifice.”
Diane Anderson-Minshall, executive editor of The Advocate, said the speech was “cryptic and defensive”:
She sounded a little passive-aggressive to a lot of LBGT activists. This woman who obviously has been afraid to come out in the public sphere has been out in her private life for decades.
Personally, I take no stand on when in Foster’s life she decided to publicly come out or how active or inactive she’s been in LGBT advocacy, other than to support her decision. I don’t feel she has any responsibility to anyone but herself and her loved ones.
Unlike some others who’ve voiced their opinions, I am not homosexual, so I believe I can’t fathom the kinds of difficulties the LGBT community experiences. I will not insult them by claiming I have any clue other than the understanding that these difficulties exist.
However, the one opposing stand I do take is in regards to Foster’s own views of the platform she chose (and those she didn’t), and what that might say about other celebrities who have came out: and her plea for privacy.
But now I’m told, apparently, that every celebrity is expected to honor the details of their private life with a press conference, a fragrance and a prime-time reality show. You know, you guys might be surprised, but I am not Honey Boo Boo Child.
While I agree with her attitude toward expecting celebrities to share their private lives with public, I can’t help but take it with a grain of salt. After all, choosing the Golden Globes as the place to publicly discuss, albeit awkwardly, her sexual orientation was far bigger than any press conference she could have held.
What’s good for the goose, and such.
How did you feel about Jodie Foster’s Golden Globe speech?