Gay community hails Foster’s halting Globes speech
“She did it with a sort of bitterness, a hesitation,” he said. “It was almost like she was being pulled out of the closet, like she HAD to do it.” It didn’t really matter, he said, that Foster was an intensely private person.
“I do think queer people who are famous should be out,” he said. “I have the same expectations of all people who are famous. People forget that gay kids today are still killing themselves. So we are not at a place where it doesn’t matter whether people come out or not.”
One of Foster’s online critics was actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein, who wrote on his Facebook page: “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.”
But Wilson Cruz, a former TV actor who came out publicly at 19 _ he’s now 39 _ and is a spokesman at GLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, said he viewed the situation as more complicated. At first, he had posted a comment critical of Foster on Facebook. He spoke to The Associated Press after further reflection.
“The way people come out today is very different than 10, 15 years ago,” he said. “Then it was an act of political activism. Now, it’s less of a political statement.” He added that Foster “has a level of stardom that I cannot imagine, so I can’t imagine the pressure. She also has children that she had to think about. She came out when she was ready. She did it her way.”
“She can talk to young people,” he said. “She has the opportunity _ not to overstate it, but she has the opportunity to save lives.”