Jodie Foster Not Feeling ‘Out

Jodie Foster’s an open book. Except when it comes to a certain Out magazine article questioning her sexuality.

So says Entertainment Weekly journo Karen Valby:

Over the next two hours, there’s only one subject that she firmly swats away. A recent Out magazine cover featured two models holding up pictures of her and Anderson Cooper‘s faces in front of their own, under the headline ”The Glass Closet: Why the Stars Won’t Come Out and Play.” When asked if she has any response, Foster says, ”Was that the one with the Popsicle sticks?” Her thin lips tighten into a calm half smile of reproach: ”No, I have no response.”

We can just imagine her sitting there, simmering and cursing the Out staff.

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  • whywhyzed

    Absolutely pitiful. I think Ms. Foster is an amazing actor, but a pitiful closet-case… Sad, very sad…

  • hisurfer

    Why sad? Not talking to the media is completely distinct from being in the closet.

    Let her be. She’s not a politician, and she’s not fighting us. Most of us, I hope, are long past the point where we need famous people to be gay in order to feel better about ourselves.

  • schnaussmaus

    hisurfer – I think you’re missing the point. She is in a position where people listen to what she says and does. She has the power to change attituds by revealing a part of her life that she keeps hidden from the public. No one’s asking her to divulge all the details of her private life. We’re just asking her to step up and be counted as a gay person. The more people voluntarily come out, the more accepted homosexuality will become. She could be brave and for years she has chosen not to. I agree with whywhyzed, “Sad, very sad…”

  • hisurfer

    “She has the power to change attituds by revealing a part of her life that she keeps hidden from the public”

    We all have that power. It goes beyond gay or straight. Any human could reveal secrets that would give comfort to others. The choice to do so belongs to the individual alone. Shall we reveal the names of every child who was abused, in order to give comfort to other children who were abused? Or the names of every person who ever sought mental health treatment, in order to lessen the stigma attached to it? Shall we make the world a better place by making public HIV status, the names of rape victims, or a list of who’s had an abortion?

    I would reject a culture that does this with all my heart and soul.

    I’m for outing our enemies. Craig, Haggard, et al. threw the first stones. But we shouldn’t let the fight for gay rights blind us to common standards of decency. I’ve been part of political movements where people start imposing their own moral and ethical choices on others. It’s small and ugly and defeats the purpose of the struggle.

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