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If Foster’s Not Coming Out, CNN’s Coming In

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Posted on Dec 13, 2007
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Lights, camera, reaction: CNN turned the lens on Foster following her dedication to “my beautiful Cydney” at a recent Hollywood event.

By Kasia Anderson

One major price of fame is, famously, the lack of personal privacy that comes with the package.  This issue gets trickier when it comes to homosexuality and the practice of outing public figures, as various media outlets have long attempted to do in Jodie Foster’s case.

Foster’s sexuality has been the subject of speculation for years, and she has rarely divulged details about her behind-the-scenes life.  That’s a political choice in and of itself in the opinion of some critics of the “closet” who believe that celebrities’ silence on the subject constitutes a missed opportunity for visibility or a tacit signal of shame.  But, despite the chorus that reliably chimes “Who cares?” whenever the topic comes up, coming out is still a highly charged choice for stars constantly navigating the blurry zones between privacy and publicity.

Whether or not pressure from the media or elsewhere had anything to do with it, Foster appeared to inch her way toward revelation territory at the recent Women in Entertainment Power 100 breakfast in Hollywood, during which she made a heartfelt show of gratitude to “my beautiful Cydney,” as she referred to film producer Cydney Bernard, who “sticks with me through all the rotten and the bliss.”  Since then, CNN and a slew of other sources have jumped on the story, effectively declaring Foster to be out at last—and once again demonstrating that the closet isn’t big enough for celebrities and camera crews to share.

Follow this link to watch the CNN story clip, entitled “Jodie Foster thanks gay partner.”

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By Mossada, December 21, 2007 at 4:59 pm Link to this comment
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Is this really that important? 
How is this information going to stop Dick Cheney from getting his millions of dollars in blood money from Halliburton in less than a year?

With all the political garbage going around the world; are we reduced to learing at another celebrity’s private life?

When will people stop indulging in envy of the Hollywood hotshots?  Our lives can’t be that vaccuous, can they?

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By Shenonymous, December 18, 2007 at 9:04 am Link to this comment

And before nappyBlack, how about a hand for William O. Douglas?  Just to keep things in perspective.

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By GrammaConcept, December 18, 2007 at 9:01 am Link to this comment

..Thank you, nappyBlack..

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By Laney, December 17, 2007 at 4:19 pm Link to this comment
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Jodie Foster has never quite been in the closet.  Everyone knew about her sexuality; she just didn’t talk about it.

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By Private, December 17, 2007 at 3:42 pm Link to this comment
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This is not important.

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By nappyBlack, December 17, 2007 at 11:56 am Link to this comment

As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there’s a twilight where everything remains seemingly unchanged, and it is in such twilight that we must be aware of change in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.

We deal with a right of privacy older than the Bill of Rights-older than our political parties, older than our school system.

The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedoms.

William O. Douglas - Justice Of The Supreme Court of the United States of America

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By Dominick J., December 17, 2007 at 9:57 am Link to this comment

“life is a bitch, then you die.” 

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhahahaha, actually the quote is “Life is a Bleach, then you DYE!”
I’m an ex old hair stylist…..

Anyway Good for Jodie coming out on her own. Good for anyone who can come out on there own.  If this country wasn’t so stupid, we wouldn’t have be in hiding as if it’s anyones business anyway.  BUT like DADT, which we should be getting rid of, the rest of the GLBT need not live in a closet either!

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By Margaret Currey, December 17, 2007 at 9:42 am Link to this comment
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I don’t care about Jodie Foster’s sex life, frankly she will show more class than a person like say Britney Spears who is totally messsed up, so maybe being gay (if she is) is not so bad.

What would really be news is that Bushie or Dick “Shotgun” Chaney is gay, that would be a hoot especially since Repubs follow the bible and in the bible homosexual is the greatest sin on earth.

The greatest sin is a father killing his daughter for not wearing a vail, I wonder if this father would kill his son for trying to be a little free?

Of course not the bible has a saying like “thank God I was not born a woman”.

I say thank God I was born a woman.  But not in the middle east would I say that.

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By rick, December 17, 2007 at 8:07 am Link to this comment
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shenonymous..I’ll take some of that paper

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By Leefeller, December 16, 2007 at 7:26 pm Link to this comment

Notice TD, your ads seem to be growing, your spot in the media world is expanding, so now we are into the Huffinton Post approach?  Follow the money folks.

Guess I find the article tacky, but some of the post’s more so, but that is normal here, guess i would be disappointed to find out she was a Republican.

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By Leefeller, December 16, 2007 at 4:25 pm Link to this comment

Hey,  if I all of a sudden discovered that Hillary was a lesbian, I would vote for her.  a protest vote against hypocrisy.  Talk about closing the garage door on your head.  Bigots deserve the best.

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By Chris, December 16, 2007 at 3:14 pm Link to this comment
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Suzanne (120251), thank you very much for your suggestion regarding getting TIVO. That is a great idea, and it is something I want to do relatively soon. I would love to be able to fast forward through much of the garbage that is on television…Keith Olberman being a prime example.

I hadn’t realized it, when I made the original posting, but Olberman was actually interviewed by Bill Moyers that evening on his “Journal” program on PBS. Moyers has one of the few reliably intelligent programs on television. However, Moyers didn’s ask him about some of the garbage that spans the latter part of his program.

But there are good programs on television, Moyers, Charlie Rose, “Frontline”, etc.

Anyway, again, thank you for your suggestions. I hope you are able to read this.

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By Shenonymous, December 16, 2007 at 7:20 am Link to this comment

Certaines personnes vont à l’arrêt réflexe peu près n’importe quoi.  Some people will jerk off at just about anything.  How about a piece of Jody Foster used toilet paper?  Yes, do try to be more original.  You halfwits, get over it!

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By my wife and Jodie, December 16, 2007 at 2:42 am Link to this comment
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Jodie Foster sharing a mattress with another high-intellect sweetheart is like telling the average man or his wife their fantasies are about to receive a needed jolt. If you doubt it,  buy the DVD “Carny.” Your wife will be cupping that pair in a whole new way as she thinks about Jodie. Life is sweet.

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By Bukko in Australia, December 16, 2007 at 1:40 am Link to this comment

I’m with Frank! (Well, not actually with him, if you catch my drift…) When is CNN going to do a hit piece on whether Anderson Cooper is going to come out or stay in? Better hurry, before Fux beats them to it?

This would be relevant if Jodie Foster or Anderson Cooper had been using their prestige to make a big deal out of how evil homosexuals were, while getting a bit of DC action on the side. But since they don’t, I don’t care what they do in private.

That said, just think how stupid John Hinckley must feel re: Jodie Foster. I mean, if he doesn’t already feel stupid enough about the whole mental illness/assassination thingie…

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By Mike Varady, December 15, 2007 at 6:24 pm Link to this comment
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Although she’s made a great role model for lesbians, as long as she wasn’t actually working against lgbts Jodie’s been ENtitled to her secrets.  I emphasize EN—because a professional writer made the mistake of using that word when “titled” was meant (“Follow this link to watch the CNN story clip, ENtitled “Jodie Foster thanks gay partner.”  Still, her private evolution to this moment is remarkable; her new approach shows a maturity she wasn’t ready to display before, and being out may mean nothing to those who sent comments (I’m grateful to them), but it’s still important to those who need role models—and, negatively, to those religious conservatives who want us to shut up.  That said, I’m glad to go on to something important—to me, as a writer—like “entitled” vs. “titled.”

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By VillageElder, December 15, 2007 at 5:01 pm Link to this comment

At age 92 my father said, “What’s all this fuss about homosexuals?  Who cares what they do as long as they aren’t scaring horses in the street.”

Oscar Wilde said this at his trial.

It’s 2007 why are we talking about theatre people?  Why talk about people and their sexuality?

Seasonal Saluations!

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By troublesum, December 15, 2007 at 4:08 pm Link to this comment

There are gays in congress who never miss an opportunity to oppose gay rights legislation and they often sponsor it.  The only time they ever get outed is by the police in public rest rooms.  Anyone in the media who knows about them should out them.  It would be a public service.

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By johnbottorff, December 15, 2007 at 6:23 am Link to this comment
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Does anyone really care?

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By Shenonymous, December 14, 2007 at 7:22 pm Link to this comment

I might as well post it here too.  There are a lot of folks who comment on TD that do not celebrate Xmas for some reason or another.  I don’t because I am atheist.  I hope that doesn’t put anyone off but if it does, sorry, life is a bitch, then you die.  Whether or not you might consider this trite or too sentimental, I don’t really care what you think.  But if you do happen to appreciate the spirit in which it is posted, then here’s to your laudable credit. Because there is such turmoil and sadness in the world at this time, and because there are so many different people with various beliefs that are often at odds with each other, I am proposing something to you, that a few others and I will participate in, that is to celebrate the universe, the planet Earth, and yourself, your consciousness and Jody Foster, by jubilating in the Winter Solstice.  What some of us are doing is on December 21 or 22, depending on where you are at in the world, the solstice happens, we will raise a toast to remember the love we have of the universe, the Earth, others, and of course, ourselves, and Jody Foster.  If you don’t know what the solstice is, I am directing you to a couple of websites that explains it much better than I could ever. 

http://www.candlegrove.com/solstice.html

http://www.infoplease.com/spot/wintersolstice1.html

Some of it refers to your regular variety religious holiday associations, and pagan events.  For me none of these are interesting as there are the perennial selling efforts that is anathema to my mind.  And I do not subscribe to any religious order of any stripe.  But I do have always in my consciousness the wonderful experience I am having with this life I have found myself in and the lovely people I have had the pleasure to learn of and some even to know.  And I honor it at this time since winter solstice is the beginning of a new year, and with it the possibility of a better being in the world.  We can celebrate the world, and ourselves with all our warts and beauty marks, can’t we?

7 days to solstice
A friend of mine just wrote this the other day, and I’m sharing it with you…
“Solstice Spirit, is amongst me, knowing the days will get longer, life will march on with never-ending perseverance and the geese will again head north. 
Me Solstice tree lighting the path to the new year.
Joy of life so around me, the beauty of nature and stars guided by the smile of the moon. 
Short days and long cold nights, need not be bleak,
the long hot days will be here before Mr. moon blinks.
Essence of being, appreciating life ever so humble, oh, just so happy to be here.
cup of hot milk”

You may see this invitation elsewhere as I hope to be ubiquitous with it.

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By GrammaConcept, December 14, 2007 at 6:27 pm Link to this comment

Honestly!...All this whining….

I, as they say, personally, would much rather hear Truthdig’s take on “culture” than most any other so called news, take..

...I mean, we ARE going to hear about it!...so…better from a source with an actual “cultural”...(as in, our very own extremely multi-faceted, “culture”)... perspective…;-)...phenomena exists, folks…and the “artistic people” are “news”, tooooo…

Anyway… Jodie Foster could be my daughter, too, you know….and I am very pleased, after all these discreetly private years, to hear that she has a “beautiful” partner….

Happy Holy Days To All….May Peace On Earth, In Space, And, In Our Deepest Hearts, Prevail…

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By Suzanne, December 14, 2007 at 5:07 pm Link to this comment
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Chris (120180), you are so right about Olberman. Treat yourself to Tivo so you can fast forward through all that crap, as I do. It is also useful for getting past the clips, which are repeated on every network, when someone makes a gaff. We only need to see it once, if at all.

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, December 14, 2007 at 4:04 pm Link to this comment

On this, the eve of the birth of our Lord, I beseech each and every one of you to enfold into your arms with love and peace each and every other creature, straight or gay or bi- and spread across the lands the message of love and peace and understanding and hope, for a new day, even a new night, is dawning, or falling as it were, and the spirit of the Lord shall reign, rein, rain, for ever and ever into every valley and onto every mountain and plain for the crooked shall be made straight and the rough places plain and behold, we shall all be raised and all glory and blessing and honor be to ye, I mean thee.

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By kevin99999, December 14, 2007 at 2:04 pm Link to this comment
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Hurray! CNN has fulfilled its purpose and reason for its existence.  We can all take a sigh of relief for job well done in the public interest.

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By Suzanne, December 14, 2007 at 10:13 am Link to this comment
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What may we expect next from Truthdig…something tantalizingly about Paris Hilton or Britney?

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By Chris, December 14, 2007 at 9:59 am Link to this comment
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I feel just a little now, the way I do when I watch Keith Olberman. With Olberman, I feel like I’ve sold myself out, when I watch the latter part of his program.

The first half, maybe 35 minutes, has strong information, along with commentary by guests such as John Dean.

Then the last third of the show turns into nothing but crap, with “Oddball”, “Worst Person in the World”, celebrity gossip, etc. I wonder why I am watching, at that point. It really gets depressing. I’ve learned to turn it off before then.

I don’t think this spells the selling out of “Truthdig” by a long shot.

If it did, things would begin changing, you would being to see the very sad encroachment of celebrity gossip, something this place is very thankfully free of, and the place would resemble the “Huffington Post”, and it would feel very different than it does now.

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By Shenonymous, December 14, 2007 at 9:11 am Link to this comment

What makes some people think other people owe them the totality of their lives?  What would it matter if Jody Foster was lesbian or not?  How does that affect anyone else’s life?  The fact that this incredibly intelligent woman all gender aside has one of the best minds in the entertainment industry is enough to put her heads above any of those others with refuse for brains, and who completely lack what might be called a mind. That anyone would waste their valuable life minutes speculating on anyone’s sexuality is about as stupid as humans can get.  Oh well, it will just take off at the end of their lives those minutes that they wished they had spent on more worthwhile things and that will do the rest of the world a service.

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By NYT99237723, December 14, 2007 at 8:15 am Link to this comment
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How about a different point that is more important: outing people who are liberals to torpedo their careers? Jodie Foster may fit in that category.

As to Anderson Cooper: good reasons not to listen to him are 1] he’s not nearly as intelligent and incisive as he thinks he is, and 2] he laughs like Beavis and Butthead.

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By Daniel, December 14, 2007 at 6:50 am Link to this comment

Who really cares, anyway?

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By Frank, December 14, 2007 at 5:37 am Link to this comment

So, CNN is willing to out various celebrities as long as it doesn’t affect their own ratings negatively,  but they won’t out their own gay celebrity, Anderson Cooper, telling him that his position in the network and overall career would be in jeopardy if he comes outs publicly. 

Now if Cooper were prancing around on screen and lisping like some flamboyant queen,  I wouldn’t want to watch him either, because that annoys me, but would most viewers really stop watching him if they simply knew he was gay?

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By Expat, December 14, 2007 at 3:17 am Link to this comment

Jeez, I need to double check the web address….how did I get “The National Enquirer Truthdig Report”?  OMG, it is truthdig.com…..WTF???

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By cyrena, December 13, 2007 at 11:34 pm Link to this comment

#120098 by Outraged

Ok Outraged,

You’re “OUT” now girl!!

I love it. smile

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By Outraged, December 13, 2007 at 11:04 pm Link to this comment

Okay….I admit it….I’m…..I’m….I’m…not gay.  To further that….I…I….I….actually….like…well…sex…with….men.  There I’ve said IT.  Furthermore,  I…well….don’t….well….give a crap what consenting ADULTS do.  THIS WAY OR “THAT” WAY…

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By R.M., December 13, 2007 at 9:59 pm Link to this comment
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Inappropriate crap…listed under “Arts and Culture”...sorry…This just doesn’t qualify.

To Kasia Anderson: It’s “Sleeze and Cruel Gossip”.  No better than bragging or moaning about your own sexual issues in public.

To TruthDig: “TruthDig”—>> Best Political Blog?  Not if this continues!

To Jodie Foster: Peace and Thank You!

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By glen2gs, December 13, 2007 at 9:42 pm Link to this comment
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We should thank Jody…if she is Gay,

She has driven Men MAD, causing some to try to kill Presidents…in order to prove their love for her..

On the other hand, considering who occupies the White House….

Jody…have you thought about dating?

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By Frank Cajon, December 13, 2007 at 7:50 pm Link to this comment

What business is it of Truthdig who some actress sleeps with, or what sex they are? If I had any interest in that kind of crap, and I don’t, I would go on some gossip blog. This is the second time Truthdig has been all over some celebrity’s sexual preference. I think Senators who deny their preferences are asking for a Truthdig story, but this is assinine.

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By Paolo, December 13, 2007 at 7:21 pm Link to this comment

American culture, at times, nauseates me. Even if one has achieved a status of “celebrity,” one still has a basic right to privacy.

Shame on the crackpot “journalists” who “out” people against their will. And double shame on the brain-dead American public that gobbles up this dreck.

Jodie Foster is a fine actress. She is intelligent and speaks several languages fluently. As a libertarian, I’m sure I disagree with her politics, but I bet I would have a great time discussing our differences in a respectful manner.

Her sexual activities are no one’s business but her own.

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By weather, December 13, 2007 at 5:44 pm Link to this comment
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How little this matters. The Planet’s heating up and Jody Foster’s keeping it cool w/a head full of talent and gift for keeping her private life private, as it should be.

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