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Harvey Fierstein “desperately trying to be fair to Jodie Foster” for how how she handled coming out

Multiple Tony winner Harvey Fierstein of Torch Song Trilogy, Hairspray and other hits, is among those in the LGBT community who are troubled by the way Jodie Foster handled her big coming out speech at the Golden Globes last night. He writes: “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.
Don’t believe me? Kathy Lee and Hoda this morning talked about her speech and tripped over themselves to NOT use the word gay or lesbian.
I am saddened that after all of these years and all the progress we’ve made, her first concern was about how it was going to effect her career and publicity.

Oh, my brothers and sisters, we have so much further to go until we can enjoy the sweet victory of equality.’

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4 Remarks

  1. January 14th, 2013 at 4:36 pm
    Gaspar Marino says:

    I totally agree Harvey. Everyone knew she was a lesbian 20 years ago. She should have publically announced it then and made herself a role model for young gays and lesbians by showing that being gay has nothing to do with being successful and accomplished. Too little, too late she is at the end of her career anyway.

  2. I mostly agree with Harvey. It could have been “better;” but, in any even it’s her announcement and she’s free to do as she wishes.

    Comments like the one above about her being at the end of her career simply seem sour grapes. She’s 47. She’ll have as much of a career as she wants as she has proven she can deliver quality work for the most part.

  3. That’s precisely how I took it too, Harvey. I was like just be classy and say it. Sure I can tell she was uncomfortable but she did start out as if this was going to be some defining public moment and she blew it. It became a rambling mess. I’m sure she is regretting today to how she handled it. She could had been an inspiration to many young people if she had just said “I’m gay” and not make it as if it was a struggle. That was a terrible way to pass her message.

  4. Harvey–doubt Jodie cares what you think one way or the other. Also learn the difference between “affect” and “effect.”

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