George Takei defends Jodie Foster: ‘Until we have walked in her shoes, we cannot know her heart’
Jodie Foster’s speech at the Golden Globe Awards the other night got both cheers and jeers.
For some people, Jodie was not direct enough in her speech about being a lesbian since she never said the words “lesbian” or gay” and others felt the speech did not pay the proper respect to those who came out long before her at great risk to their careers.
George Takei, however, thinks critics should cut Jodie a break.
Takei, who himself came out publicly late in his career, writes: ‘Remember that this is someone who has spent all of her life in the public eye, and even had a stalker try to kill a president just to impress her,’ he writes in a column posted Tuesday. ‘Until we have walked in her shoes, we cannot know her heart.’
‘So often in the LGBT community we want our heroes to be superhuman, and to do what millions still are unable to do, which is to live openly and proudly with their own identities, even with all cameras rolling,’ Takei adds. ‘Most of us can relate to how difficult it was to come out even to our own friends and families; imagine then, if you will, how much courage it takes to face the judgment of the world.’