Jodie Foster’s speech, accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the Golden Globes, included a confusing rant about her 50th birthday, how much she loves acting (even though it sounded like she was retiring), and how much she loves women (Cydney Bernard, to be specific).
Her six minute monologue was taken by some as cryptic and confusing, causing many LGBT activists to criticize Foster's choice of words. Many people are saying that the televised "coming out" speech would have been more powerful, had it been more straightforward and quick to the chase.
"I guess I have a sudden urge to say something that I've never been able to air in public that I'm a little nervous about," she said. "But maybe not as nervous as my publicist…"
In the speech, Foster said: "Well, I may never be up on this stage again, on any stage for that matter. Change, you gotta love it. I will continue to tell stories, to move people by being moved, the greatest job in the world. It's just that from now on, I may be holding a different talking stick."
Only minutes later she told the Los Angeles Times that she isn't retiring. "I could never stop acting," she told the paper. "You'd have to drag me behind a team of horses...I'd like to be directing tomorrow. But, no, I'm actually more into [acting] than I've ever been."
"It was cryptic and defensive and we started thinking it was a joke," said Diane Anderson-Minshall, executive editor of The Advocate. "She sounded a little passive-aggressive to a lot of LBGT activists. This woman who obviously has been afraid to come out in the public sphere has been out in her private life for decades."
"By our stand, you are not out until you are publicly out," she said. "Even though she danced around being a lesbian, at least it's finally done."