Stars react to Jodie Foster’s coming out at Golden Globe Awards

While most are supportive, actor Wilson Cruz has harsh words

Stars react to Jodie Foster’s coming out at Golden Globe Awards
14 January 2013 Print This Article

Jodie Foster’s coming out publicly during her speech at Golden Globe Awards had the entertainment industry buzzing Sunday with many celebrities, gay and straight, expressing support or sounding off.

‘Aww Jodie foster, I would like to be your friend,’ tweeted Tony Award winning actor Alan Cumming, an openly gay actor.

Gay television personality Andy Cohen, host of Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, tweeted: ‘MAZEL JODIE!! incredible.’

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, the out star of ABC’s Modern Family, echoed those sentiments tweeting: ‘Jodie Foster. You are perfection. I love you.’

Former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton whose father, Bill Clinton, was a presenter at the Globes, tweeted:’Thank you #JodieFoster for your sharing your grace & grit over 47 yrs, and most of all tonight.’

Foster, historically private about her sexuality, initially joked with the crowd that she was coming out ‘as single.’ She then went on to say that she wasn’t making a coming out speech because ‘I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago, back in the stone age. In those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to trusted friends, and family, coworkers and then gradually, proudly, to everyone who knew her. To everyone she actually met.’

Rosie O’Donnell, another famous lesbian, tweeted during the telecast that Foster had given a ‘rather amazing speech.’

But it was a speech that actor Wilson Cruz, who came out nearly 20 years ago as one of the stars of ABC’s My So-Called Life, seemed offended by.

Cruz, who currently works for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) as Strategic Giving Officer, took to Facebook during the telecast to express his displeasure.

‘I’m glad that Jodie Foster thinks that coming out publicly is no big deal and that you don’t have to do interviews and make a big deal about it," he wrote in a post that has since been taken down. ‘She’s right…TODAY, you MAY NOT HAVE TO, but there was a time, not too long ago, that it was an act of PRIDE, it was ACTIVISM, to proclaim your truth in order to shed light and, sometimes, save lives.’

Cruz characterized Foster as having been ‘hiding for decades’ then standing on the stage at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and acting ‘as if it was a non-issue. It’s a non-issue because people risked their careers and yes, their lives, to make it so.’

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