Jodie Foster's Speech Earns LGBT Backlash & Everyone's Officially Gone Crazy (VIDEO)

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Jodie FosterIn Jodie Foster's instantly-famous Golden Globes speech last Sunday, she asked to be remembered. To "be seen, to be understood deeply and to be not so very lonely." She thanked and honored many people as she accepted the Cecil B DeMille award for lifetime achievement -- but for some in the LGBT community, Jodie Foster didn't say the right things. Or she said too little, too late. Or she shouldn't be proud of herself for her life, because she didn't do enough to set an example for others.

Jesus, I feel nuts even typing that, because what kind of screwed-up world is it where those are the things some people took away from Jodie Foster's deeply personal speech? It seems unbelievable, and yet I have direct quotes. Quotes from "activists" who accuse Foster of being defensive, passive-aggressive, and treating her sexuality like a "joke."

On the subject of Foster's sexuality, it seemed pretty clear to me what her message was. She said she didn't feel the topic needed a press conference or a reality show, and that:

I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago back in the Stone Age, in those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to trusted friends and family and co-workers and then gradually, proudly to everyone who knew her, to everyone she actually met.

She added,

… if you had been a public figure from the time that you were a toddler, if you’d had to fight for a life that felt real and honest and normal against all odds, then maybe you too might value privacy above all else.

As a whole, her speech has been characterized by some as "rambling" and "frustrating" (you can read the entire transcript here), and some are complaining that she should have said more. She didn't come right out and say LESBIAN. She didn't come out YEARS ago. Whatever she did up on that stage, she didn't do it the RIGHT way.

Diane Anderson-Minshall, executive editor of The Advocate:

It was cryptic and defensive and we started thinking it was a joke. 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. By our stand, you are not out until you are publicly out. Even though she danced around being a lesbian, at least it's finally done.

Michael Musto, a culture columnist in the Village Voice:

I found her speech a weirdly defensive, self-rationalizing defense of the celebrity closet. I always find it upsetting when celebrities name sexuality as the diving line in the privacy issue. I don't think you have to be Honey Boo Boo -- to name an example she gave -- to be honest and open about something personal. I think Jodie should have just said, 'Yep, I'm gay,' (…) a straightforward coming out would have been preferable to the route she took -- and by the way, I think she should have done it many years ago.

Deb Baer, on Huffington Post's Gay Voices page:

So Jodie Foster finally admitted that she's gay (though she never actually said the word) at the Golden Globes, and of course her worst nightmare -- a bazillion pieces like this one, dissecting her private life and proselytizing about her bizarre speech -- is coming true. Well, too f***ing bad, Jodie! There wouldn't be any pieces written about it now if you'd just been brave enough to come out a long time ago, like the rest of us. (…) Why am I so angry? Because I'm roughly the same age as Jodie, and yet I had the courage to come out exactly 20 years ago. ... The 'privacy' excuse is just that: An excuse."

Andrew Sullivan, Daily Beast:

What unadulterated bullshit. (…) I'm saddened she waited until others far less powerful had made the sacrifice to make that possible. And that she waited for the safest moment of all - winning a well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award - to do so.

Boy, I don't even know what to say to all this, except I guess people are always entitled to their opinions. Even if their opinions make them sound like the biggest asshole on the planet.

From my perspective, Jodie Foster was utterly human during that speech. She was heartfelt, open but clear about her boundaries, and if it wasn't universally understood by every single person who heard it, well, she didn't owe that to anyone. She had the right to discuss her private life in whatever manner she wanted, or to avoid the subject altogether. It's not her responsibility to be the poster child for lesbians worldwide, nor is it her burden to try and follow the footstep of every activist who wants her do exactly what they chose to do.
 
At 50, Jodie Foster has beaten the nearly incomprehensible odds of growing from child star to a talented actress and filmmaker, while never losing a grip on the private life she so clearly values. While the negative response to her speech shows you can't win them all, personally I think Foster's doing a pretty amazing job. At everything, including having enviably sculpted arms.

What did you think about Jodie Foster's speech? Do you think she should have come out sooner?

 

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nonmember avatar Shandeigh

what jerks, they should stfu. It's none of anyone's business anyway. I get so tired of the whole thing. What a person does in the privacy of their own bedroom is not up for public consumption whether one is famous or not.

peanu... peanutsmommy1

I don't think that by virtue of being in movies she owes the public anything. Nobody holds a press conference when they are straight!

bills... billsfan1104

I loved her speech. Funny how these activists tell others what they do on the bedroom is no one else's business, but they demand Jodie Foster come out. It's none of our business. It's none of their business. Let her work and raise her two wonderful boys without having to become the poster child for Gays.

Caera Caera

I hate most LGBT activitists. They make everyone else look like total asshats.

proud... proudmomma6804

Good grief its not anyone's business and she doesnt owe anyone anything. People seem to think because their famous that they have every right to invade their privacy. It's so ridiculous. Everyone deserves a private life.

nonmember avatar Kathryn

LGBT means America is going to hell. Sooooo tired of it being discussed and made "politically correct". I don't go blasting MY sexuality and neither should they. They are attention deficit people needing more attention and approval for their chosen lifestyle. Yes, I DID say Chosen!

nonmember avatar SueBradley

It's nobody's damned business whom Jodie Foster chooses to sleep with and to love.

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

It's ridiculous. It's not like she has been lying to anyone. If she had been denying rumors or living with a fake husband that would be one thing but getting all worked up because she hasn't ridden through the streets naked and carrying a banner twenty feet long proclaiming her sexuality? People have known for years, both the people who should know like her family and anyone else who has paid a blind bit of attention. This is one of those a cases where people are saying "Wasn't she out already?"

KTU KTU

Wow...what a bunch of hateful people. Like she owes them anything!

Richard Fox

She has lived her life beautifully, honestly and privately and most importantly to her own specifications. The self-righteous and indignant can suck it, as can you "Anonymous Kathryn".

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