If there was one thing that Jodie Foster made clear while receiving the honor of the Cecile B DeMille at the Golden Globes, it was that she was coming out on her own terms, even if she thought the whole idea was a little ridiculous. Foster, who admitted she was out of the closet for a good portion of her career, gave an emotional speech as she reflected on her nearly 50 years in the acting community.
One of those things she reflected on was the value of her privacy in an environment that didn’t keep that sacred at times. During her speech, Foster said:
“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 trusted friends and family and co-workers and then gradually to everyone that knew her, 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.”
Later in the speech, she added:
“If you had been a public figure from the time that you were a toddler, if you had to fight for a life that felt real and honest and normal against all odds, then maybe then you, too, might value privacy above all else. Privacy.”
As you might have suspected, Jodie Foster’s speech struck a cord with fans, colleagues, and those in the LGBT community. Those who were most moved by her speech took to Twitter to express their thoughts. Among those names were advocates of the LGBT community such as Kathy Griffin, Ryan Murphy, Rosie O’Donnell and Alan Cumming.
I’m a big #JodieFoster fan, especially 2nite. Her speech tells LGBT youth: America has evolved, b proud of who u are!!
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) January 14, 2013
jodie foster – rather amazing speech — Rosie O’Donnell (@Rosie) January 14, 2013
Jody Foster On your terms. Its your time! Not before nor after. Its when it feels right! — Ricky Martin (@ricky_martin) January 14, 2013
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) January 14, 2013
What did you think of Jodie Foster’s speech?