Advocates praised Jodie Foster’s coming out on the televised stage of the Golden Globe Awards last night, but some said she had done little over the years to set an example for others who are LGBT and struggling.
“It was cryptic and defensive and we started thinking it was a joke,” said Diane Anderson-Minshall, executive editor of The Advocate. “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,” she said. “Even though she danced around being a lesbian, at least it’s finally done.”
Some said her long-awaited coming out may have underscored the generation gap in the LGBT world.
Foster, who just turned 50, touched on her career, family and her sexuality while accepting the Cecille B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement.
“I guess I have a sudden urge to say something that I’ve never been able to air in public that I’m a little nervous about,” she said. “But maybe not as nervous as my publicist…”
“So I’m just going to put it out there, loud and proud. I’m going to need your support on this,” she said to rapt room, cameras showing some stars like Anne Hathaway weeping.
But some say her coming out was not so overt, that the actress’s six and a half-minute speech was cryptic and meandering. They say it would have been more powerful had she been straight forward.
Can we please have a moratorium on this stuff? I do not care which way your door swings, or if it swings at all. Gay, straight, both or neither; it’s none of my business so keep it to yourself.
I’m not talking about coming out to family and friends. That can be traumatic. But you don’t need to tell the whole world. And it’s not an act of bravery if you are an never-married 50 year old Hollywood A-lister who has openly but unofficially been out for a couple decades now.
When I say I do not care, I mean exactly that. I really don’t care what anybody’s sexual orientation is, just like I don’t care whether you are left-handed or you have freckles.
In Jodie Foster’s case all I care about it that she makes good movies. I do not care about her personal life, her religious beliefs or her political opinions.
Now if we’re having a discussion and your sexual orientation happens to be relevant to the discussion, feel free to throw it out there. Or not. But either way it’s not a big deal.