Was Jodie Foster’s “Hey, I’m Gay” Speech Stirring or Bizarre?
“I’m told that every celebrity is to honor the details of their private life with a press conference, a fragrance and a primetime reality show.”[THR]
Ah, coming out. That age-old Hollywood tradition where famously closeted stars are finally pushed, kicking and screaming, out of the glittery closet of their gayest fantasies.
Or, they could just make the announcement in a roomful of Hollywood legends while accepting a lifetime achievement award, which is kinda sorta what the already-outed Jodie Foster did last night at the Golden Globes.
In accepting her Cecil B. DeMille award, Foster proclaimed, “I already did my coming out a thousand years ago, in the Stone Age,” she said. “Those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to friends and family and co-workers then gradually to everyone that knew her, everyone she actually met. But now apparently I’m told that every celebrity is to honor the details of their private life with a press conference, a fragrance and a primetime reality show. In the future people will look back and remember how beautiful it once was.”
She then added, “There’s no way I could ever stand here without acknowledging one of the deepest loves of my life: my heroic co-parent, my ex-partner in love but righteous soul sister in life, my confessor, ski buddy, consigliere, most beloved BFF of 20 years, Cydney Bernard.”
There was no sign of Cydney last night (Foster chose to sit next to Hollywood pariah Mel Gibson), but some wondered if her speech was her attempt to at last say “Hey, I am a lesbian” in public where people could actually hear the words come out of her mouth, or if she was doing it for more personal reasons that had to do with her family. Tell us what you think: was the speech moving? Or strange? Or both?