Jodie Foster’s acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, saw her come out, savage celebrity culture and hint at retirement as her sons Charles (14) and Kit (12) watched on proudly from the audience.
But what others may call bizarre, I prefer to think of as dignified. The speech left many in the audience in tears.
Jodie Foster for years has had to deal with rumors about her sexuality. She used the 2013 Golden Globes to address this. Accepting the award, the veteran star told a stunned crowd:
“I’m just going to put it out there, loud and proud … I am, uh, single.”
As the crowd laughed uncomfortably and shuffled in their seats, Jodie went on:
“I hope you’re not disappointed that there won’t be a big coming-out speech tonight. I already did my coming-out about a thousand years ago 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.”
Good on her! For what, really, is it to do with the rest of us?
For years it’s been known in Hollywood that the “Silence of the Lambs” star Foster is gay, and I don’t know about you, but I’ve grown up accepting that. She has been extremely reluctant to discuss her private life, and ex-partner Cydney Bernard, with the media. Her speech continued with an attack on today’s Cult of Celebrity.
“But now, apparently I’m told, that every celebrity is expected to honour the details of their private life with a press conference, a fragrance and a primetime reality show. You guys might be surprised, but I am not ‘Honey Boo Boo child. Please don’t cry, because my reality show is so boring.”
“If you had been a public figure by the time you were a toddler, if you had had to fight for a life that felt real, and honest, and normal against all odds, then you too might value privacy above all else,” she said.
“Privacy. Some day in the future people will look back and remember how beautiful it once was.”
While some took this as Jodie Foster announcing her retirement (although I can’t see why), actress Amy Kaufman later tweeted: “Backstage, Jodie says she’s NOT retiring. “Oh, no, I could never stop acting. You’d have to drag me behind a team of horses.”#GoldenGlobes”
Jodie Foster’s speech got her name trending worldwide on Twitter all night.
Ricky Martin, who publicly admitted he was gay in 2010, tweeted: “Jody Foster On your terms. It’s your time! Not before nor after. It’s when it feels right.
But the best reaction to Foster’s speech came from on stage though, from co-host Amy Poehler. She told the crowd: “Goodnight! We’re going home with Jodie Foster!” That and the look of sheer pride on the faces of Jodie Foster’s two sons.