Jodie Foster's sexual orientation has been discussed since the '80s, when her face was plastered on "Absolutely Queer" posters pasted by activists all over the streets of major cities. I discussed the rumors in my column in OutWeek magazine at the time, when queer activists charged that Foster's 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs was homophobic -- and, by today's more precise definition, transphobic -- and asked what responsibility a closeted gay star should have when it comes to anti-gay depictions in his or her own films. But for decades Foster steadfastly refused to discuss it, even in recent years as she made references to her former partner.
Foster led a rarified life as a Hollywood celebrity who began her career as a child star, growing up and never separating gay identity from all the other aspects and activities of life that the media constantly delved into and put on display. It's bizarre but not completely out of the realm of comprehension that she relates to fellow celebrity Mel Gibson, even though he's spewed homophobic bile, more than she relates to gay activists, who've criticized her for being closeted just as they've criticized Gibson for being anti-gay.
The Onion mocks her in this video.
Jodie Foster Inspires Teens To Come Out Using Vague, Rambling Riddles
Harvey Fierstein blogged on Facebook about it including:
Trying desperately to be fair to JODI FOSTER, but what she did last night by standing in front of millions of people and being too ashamed to say the word lesbian or gay sent the message that being gay is something of which to be ashamed.
Don't believe me? Kathy Lee and Hoda this morning talked about her speech and tripped over themselves to NOT use the word gay or lesbian.
Now be sure to read Betty's "Drill, Curiosity, Drill!" from last night.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"