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Gay community hails Jodie Foster's halting Globes speech

Jodie Foster's personal remarks at the Golden Globes were a big moment for the gay community, and many advocates — though not all — were cheering her on Monday for finally referring publicly to her sexual orientation.
By JOCELYN NOVECK Published: January 16, 2013
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Jodie Foster poses with the Cecile B. DeMille Award for outstanding contribution to the entertainment field backstage at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday in Beverly Hills, Calif. PHOTO BY JORDAN STRAUSS/INVISION/AP) Jordan Strauss - Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Sainz, who is vice president of communications at the HRC, said he understood the claim to privacy. “She wants to be judged on her merits as a director and actress and not necessarily by her private life,” he said. “This shouldn't be the headline of her illustrious career — it's a footnote.”

The privacy argument has come up in other recent instances of celebrities coming out. Last summer, CNN journalist Anderson Cooper confirmed he is gay after years of reluctance to go public. He said that, as a reporter, he had wanted to keep his orientation private for professional reasons, but finally realized that “visibility is important.”

Soon after, R&B star Frank Ocean announced on his Tumblr page that his first love was a man. “I don't have any secrets I need to keep anymore,” Ocean wrote. And that same month, when pioneering astronaut Sally Ride died, her orientation was disclosed posthumously in an obituary she wrote with her partner of 27 years, Tam O'Shaughnessy.

On The Huffington Post's “Gay Voices” page on Monday, entertainment writer Deb Baer called Foster a “coward” and said she “could have helped millions of people by coming out years ago.”

“Why am I so angry?” Baer wrote. “Because I'm roughly the same age as Jodie, and yet I had the courage to come out exactly 20 years ago.” She added: “The ‘privacy' excuse is just that: An excuse.”

The editor of “Gay Voices,” Noah Michelson, said Baer's view was in the minority — most of his site's followers were very happy with Foster's action, he noted — but that he himself had problems with her speech.

“She did it with a sort of bitterness, a hesitation,” he said. “It was almost like she was being pulled out of the closet, like she HAD to do it.”


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