Actress Jodie Foster is a talented and amazing actress. She is an actress who has delivered inspiring moments by playing characters who have touched lives and instilled real emotions and connection. Last night during the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards Foster played the most important role of her life. She played herself and used her acceptance speech for the Cecil B Demille lifetime achievement award to address her sexuality for one of the first times in public. The speech made and impact and according to Eonline has drawn praise from LGBT organizations such as GLAAD and the Human Rights Campaign.
During the speech, Foster says:
“While I’m here being all confessional, I just have a sudden urge to say something that I’ve never really been able to air in public. A declaration that I’m a little nervous about, but maybe not quite as nervous as my publicist right now, huh Jennifer? But I’m just gonna put it out there, lout and proud, right? So I’m gonna need your support on this…I am single.”
After the audience responded in laughter, Foster continued in what seemed to be a “coming out” moment. She continued:
“I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago, back in the Stone Age, in those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to trusted friends and family, coworkers, and then gradually, proudly, to everyone who knew her, to everyone she actually met. But now, apparently, I’m told that every celebrity is expected to honor the details of their private life with a press conference, a fragrance, and a prime-time reality show.”
Foster feels that despite being in the public eye, her private life should indeed be private. Wilson Cruz, GLAAD spokesperson and actor on “My So-Called Life” agrees with Foster and commended her for her speech. He told E!News that “whenever anybody of the stature of Jodie Foster, a respected actress for almost 50 years, comes out and talks about her personal life and sexuality it’s a bid deal”.
Wilson felt Foster used her acceptance speech as “a great opportunity for her [Foster] to say I am not ashamed of who I am.”
Although Jodie Foster rambled on a bit, her speech was undoubtedly inspiration and was described as “incredible”. It was a moment of release for the actress, and no matter how the message of the speech was translated, it was her moment. Foster said in response to her speech:
“I feel like I’m graduating from something. It’s a big moment. I wanted to say what’s most on my heart.”