One More Thought About Jodie Foster's Speech

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I've already ignited a hailstorm of pro and con arguments with my simple statement that Jodie Foster should have said "Yep, I'm gay" rather than the defiant apologia she gave for the celebrity closet the other night at the Golden Globes.

So let me just add one more thing.

A friend of mine said it over pistachios last night, and I found it profound enough to want to repeat it here:

"She wouldn't come out all those years because of her career [and/or privacy issues] and yet she's sitting there with Mel Gibson????"

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exackerly
exackerly

I don't understand why anybody would decide to come out on live TV, and then make everybody cringe with such an awkward speech. (Which she obviously didn't write a word of ahead of time,  even though she had plenty of time to prepare.) What she should have done is come out to Barbara Walters, or Oprah, or Michael Musto, a few weeks before the show. Then she could have thanked her ex-wife or whatever else she wanted to say, without making us all reach for the Mute button.

As for Mel Gibson, how pathetic (for him) that she planted him right next to her, as if to say "Hey, he's not even up for an award this year, but he fucked up so badly that I have to parade him in public so maybe he can make a comeback." It's like when the First Lady sends a message by having some hero cop sitting next to her at the State of the Union speech. Except Jodie Foster didn't win the Nobel Peace Prize, just the Cecil B DeMille Award, whatever that is.

Used2BMelinda9
Used2BMelinda9

@exackerly  I always mute those awkward speeches too - so painful to listen to. But in regard to Mel, possibly no one else wanted  to sit with him.

SouthernDave
SouthernDave

She sure got people talking, didn't she?

That private she ain't.

billyjoe
billyjoe

I'd like to fantasize that Jodie and Tina and Amy had a hot time together after the show...with Mel watching.

dsmith9949
dsmith9949

I'm an old straight guy who enjoys your website...your listing is right above dlisted on Huffpo entertainment....but I have to say that having some sort of litmus test for the way or the wording used by an individual to expose his or her sexual preferences seems a bit rigid.

In Ms. Foster's case I think you have to take into account she is an artist and therefore might not use the same terminology as a football player coming out. As for Mel Gibson...sometimes we have friends who F##k up and we don't abandon them. It could have been worse...she could have been sitting beside Glen Beck., that would have been unforgivable.

anonTWO
anonTWO

"She wouldn't come out all those years because of her career [and/or privacy issues] and yet she's sitting there with Mel Gibson????"

Mel Gibson is a longtime friend of Jodie Foster's.

Do you not have friends who have substance abuse issues or say and do regrettable things? 

Do YOU not say or do regrettable things.. like, EVER while under the influence or otherwise?


Phaylen
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As an individual living under a very bright spotlight for most of her life, one thing she never did was deny it. It was heavily speculated for many, many years. She is an entertainer first and foremost, and we as a society mistakenly think we have a "right" to lift the curtain on their private life. We do not. Our access is a privilege and no single individual, celebrity or not should have to be expected to discuss openly their sexuality, gay or straight. That doesn't mean she was hiding it, she was simply living her life. My opinion is that the ridicule she has been exposed to is unfair. We have no business hanging a flag off of her stating how she should have come out, who she should have come out to, or when she should have done it. Last I checked, being gay isn't the sum of all of our parts, and not hers either.

monsieurpatric
monsieurpatric

Commendably, Miss Foster is not scientologist.  Imagine, "I am a scient..." - an utterance that would have caused a sea of snickers. 

MariaInCleveland
MariaInCleveland

Right. That's the takeway-1) That Mel Gibson is even at the ceremony and, 2) Jodie Foster is harboring him at her table! They say you're judged by the company you keep. I wish her speech had been more cohesive and her appearance judged more positively because of it.

bethesda
bethesda topcommenter

So many hypocrisies and missed ops in that speech despite the lovely moments.

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