OUT OF THE CLOSET, INTO THE FIRE
Yesterday, CNN aired a segment anachronistically titled "The Homosexual Taboo," in which entertainment reporter Kiki King actually offered a surprisingly balanced report (for a mainstream news channel) on the state of homophobia in Hollywood today. .
Other news stories about Jodie’s statements, many of them from the U.K. (those Europeans — they’re always ahead of us Americans), imply that the press has been sitting on this story for years. Here’s a sample of some of my favorite headlines:
This is something that Andrew Gumbel picked up on in a thoughtful story published in the Belfast Telegraph titled " The day Jodie came out (and became the Accused)." He wrote:
When you put it that way, that really does make me sad. We still have a long way to go, don’t we?
Cydney Bernard and Jodie Foster
In a sign that Jodie’s low-key statement is blowing up big-time, Joan Rivers recently stopped by the Today Show, where she sneakily got co-hosts Hoda Kotb and Natalie Morales to state that they knew all along that Jodie is a lesbian:
It seems pretty clear to me that the cat is so far out of the bag now that it’s beyond the time for lesbian cat jokes. It’s time for Jodie to call Barbara Walters. Or Diane Sawyer. Or Oprah (if she has time off from campaigning for Barack Obama).
‘Cause something tells me that Ms. Foster isn’t going to give her long-awaited coming-out interview to AfterEllen.com. But if she does, I’ll bet Sarah would consider changing the name of the site to AfterJodie.com!