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Ellen Page defends Jodie Foster’s much maligned coming out speech

Ellen Page defends Jodie Foster’s much maligned coming out speech

There were plenty of gays who were not impressed with Jodie Foster’s acceptance speech at the Golden Globe Awards during which she publicly acknowledged being a lesbian before a worldwide audience.

Foster never said the word ‘gay’ or ‘lesbian’ in her speech giving fuel to those already critical of the two-time Oscar winner for not coming out earlier.

But Ellen Page, who came out herself on Valentine’s Day, says give her a break in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

‘You have no idea how hard that moment is, even though they’re not fully saying what you want them to say,’ she says, addressing Foster’s critics. ‘It’s not about you.’

Page’s speech at a Human Rights Campaign event in Las Vegas was much more direct and emotional than Foster’s remarks at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards while accepting the Cecil B. Demille Lifetime Achievement Award.

But it also came before an LGBTI crowd and was not televised live internationally.

Foster said in part: ‘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. But now, apparently I’m told, that every celebrity is expected to honor the details of their private life with a press conference, a fragrance and a prime time reality show. You guys might be surprised, but I’m not Honey Boo Boo child.’

Last month, married Alexandra Hedison, her girlfriend of one year.