Foster already came out … at an awards show … in 2007: Since this was a lifetime achievement award, there was no surprise as to whether Foster would have to give a speech at the Globes, and surely she heard from quite a few people that she just *had* to come out and be a role model for girls everywhere. But why? You could make the case that Foster’s been yet another closeted actress, but she’s already made public statements that made it quite clear. Back in 2007, “after winning an award at a Women in Entertainment breakfast, she broke her taboo to thank ‘my beautiful Cydney.’” Was she unnecessarily defensive on Sunday? Absolutely. Perhaps that was because she felt the LGBT community was unnecessarily aggressive in demanding that she use this moment to do something she’s already done.
And as far as role models go, what budding lesbian or questioning teen is really taking her sexuality cues from Jodie Foster’s coming out? Do people under 20 even know who Foster is? I’m all for role models — but let’s keep it in perspective. We need role models in places where it’s still taboo. That’s where it counts. If a pro athlete comes out, if more politicians come out, those will be amazing developments for young LGBT folk who need gay icons and idols. Jodie Foster? Who out there is saying, “ZOMG, Jodie Foster’s gay, I’m coming out to my parents tonight, YOLO!”