Jodie Foster was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the 70th Annual Golden Globes tonight, and boy did she go ahead and make it awkward.
Let me start out by saying: I have absolutely nothing against Jodie as a person or a performer. Her body of work speaks for itself, and she’s been in the cinema since age three, so she’s already forgotten more than most people will ever know about the movie business. She’s extremely talented and has deserved every award she’s ever gotten, this one included.
BUT. What the what was that speech? I understand the compulsion to keep your personal life personal, and the frustration that might come when the media refuses to accept that decision. But that’s not what tonight was about. Tonight was really and truly about your work, not about your sexual orientation. So to get everybody quiet and saying you were nervous because you were about to make a big statement, only to finally say, “I’m single”, that was kind of a cheap shot, no? It would have been one thing to make the joke and move on — I would’ve even respected that — but you followed it with an extended, protracted explanation of why you wouldn’t come out publicly. Okay, but nobody asked you. You’re being honored. You can talk about whatever you want, and you chose to talk about…what you don’t want to talk about. How oddly passive-aggressive of you, Jodie. Either talk about it or don’t, but you can’t have it halfway like this, where you bring it up and then tell us it’s none of our business. Where you tell us your orientation is private but then subtly come out as a lesbian without really saying it by thanking your partner in love of twenty years and the co-parent of your children, Cydney. Where you say you appreciate Mel Gibson for talking you off the ledge of quitting acting…and then announce you’re quitting acting. I. Don’t. Get it.
What the hell was the point of that, you odd pile of angles? I’m befuddled. You came out while scolding us for expecting you to come out. At least you’re going home with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Otherwise there was absolutely zero point to that.
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