Which of these headlines do you figure is the least offensive?
- Headline #1: Finally, I Believe It’s Time to Announce That I’m Straight.
That’s right. Het. Er. Oh. You may not like it, but it’s who I am.
- Or headline #2: What Does John Hinckley Jr. Think About This?
Maybe one of those child-interviewing reporters from Connecticut could go and ask him.
Delivering a rambling and confessional speech, Jodie Foster, honored for the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement in film at the 70th Annual Golden Globes, addressed rumors that she is a lesbian. She said, “I’m just going to put it out there, loud and proud, right? I am…single. I’m kidding.”
She added that she did her coming out to friends a long time ago (though not in a public forum), acknowledged she had a female partner when she thanked Cydney Bernard, who she also called out as the co-parent of their children.
There, is, apparently, mixed reception of her announcement, and… well, so what?
If I were a member (or a groupie) of the gay community (whatever that is – do they all live in the same place?), I’d be wondering right about now why it’s still news when somebody comes out, and whether the very fact that it is news isn’t itself somehow degrading.