After a year spent coming out to his family and friends, BYU student Jimmy Hales put together a compilation of reaction footage he has filmed during that time.
TLC's My Strange Addiction is back for a fourth season, and that is terrific because it such a hilarious show. On it, nothing is sacred, not even the concept of addiction, which is stretched to include things that you don't need a degree in addicitionology to know are not real addictions—if growing one's fingernails and toenails are addictions, they are the slowest release capsules possible. This may be too irreverent and insensitive for some, but I read it as media criticism: Reality TV is not the best source of addiction information. At times, though the show deals with real people (presumably) telling their true stories, it reads as parody.
Jodie Foster's second public mention of Cydney Bernard — her ex-girlfriend/ partner/ roommate/euphemism/whatever, of something like 16 years -– at Sunday's Golden Globe Awards, left people confused. They argued loudly, angrily on Twitter and elsewhere, about whether this counted as Foster's real coming out and, if in fact it did, whether she did it correctly by voicing apparent anger, frustration and conflict over her cultural obligation of having to discuss her private life at all.
In 2007, at a Women in Entertainment breakfast, Jodie Foster came out to the world by referring to her partner (or girlfriend or whatever, I don’t know what she prefers) of then 14 years, Cydney Bernard. During a seven-minute speech at tonight’s Golden Globe Awards, she also mentioned her producer ex, and people are considering it her coming out. Here’s gay authority Mike Signorile: [jump]
Earlier this year in Entertainment Weekly, Mark Harris wrote about the "new blink-and-you'll-miss-it style" of coming out that is supposedly all the rage amongst celebs today. Outdoing the likes of even Anderson Cooper, the creator of "the hardest workout put on DVD," Insanity, has crafted the easiest way of coming out: the retweet.
The more the conversation about coming out changes, the more it stays the same: we're reduced to the fundamentally opposed sides of "celebrities have a moral imperative to come out" and "celebrities have a right to their privacy." I'm less concerned with the former — while the world would certainly be a better place if all gay people felt comfortable identifying as such, and while LGBT youth could always use more role models, there's an element of forced advocacy to suggesting gay people need to be voices for the gay community. Suddenly everything they say or do is viewed through the lens of the cause.