I have been tacitly following the online hoopla over Jodie Foster’s recent Golden Globe Awards Cecil B Demille lifetime achievement award speech and her round-about way announcing her “coming out.”
Let’s first get this out in the open. If you were surprised that Jodie Foster was a lesbian, get your head out of the fucking sand folks!
As a gay man, I often find gay blogs to be, shall we say, rather bombastic and over the top. However recent additions by gay Huffington Post columnists have really annoyed me.
Because they seem to feel Ms. Foster didn’t come out properly, she was too vague. Because they seem to feel that Ms. Foster OWES them a big lesbian revelation.
However Ms. Foster, in her speech aimed at lambasting modern celebrity culture and fame, mentioned that she had come out years ago to the people that matter in her life – her friends and family. She also mentioned her daughter and the mother of her child fondly as well.
Remember, this is a woman who has been in the public eye since age three and in the unblinking gaze of the media spotlight since thirteen. This is a woman who was openly stalked by a man who later attempted (and was very nearly successful, too) to assassinate the President of the United States of America. This is a woman who has a right to guard and protect her private life, because in many cases, this privacy is all she has.
She “came out” in a classy, low key and manner strictly ON HER OWN TERMS. Exactly how Ms. Foster has lived much of her adult life.
Ms. Foster (indeed any celebrity for that matter) owes us NOTHING folks. It is we who owe her thanks for sharing her talents and vision with us throughout the years!