5 Reasons Why Jodie Foster’s Golden Globe Speech Was Totally Insane

There was nothing inspirational about the actress’s rambling, sanctimonious rant.

Jodie Foster looked incredible on Sunday night at the Golden Globes. The dress, the hair, the makeup, the Michelle Obama arms. Everything was visually stunning. And that’s the last nice thing I can say about her appearance. 

By now you’ve probably heard that she gave a notable acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMile Lifetime Achievement Award. In her almost-12-minutes-long speech, Foster touches on a lot of issues including her privacy, her sexuality, her dating status, her possible retirement from acting, her friendship with Mel Gibson, her hatred of reality television and her mother’s dementia. That’s a lot of feelings for an audience to digest. Daily News features writer Molly Eichel suggests you read the transcript in order to fully understand Foster’s intentions.

Admittedly, the speech seems more focused in print. Perhaps Foster’s nerves got the best of her, but her delivery lacked any of the professionalism viewers have to come to expect from a 47-year veteran of the entertainment industry. Her speech felt sloppy, petulant and rambling. In short, it seemed like the recipient of the most prestigious award of the evening had a total freaking meltdown on live television.

Let’s take a look at some of the reasons Jodie Foster’s Golden Globes speech was bat-shit crazy:

1. Her sexuality: Though Foster did not officially come out, her sexuality is easily the worst kept secret in Hollywood. In 2008, her photo appeared on the cover of Out magazine and her former relationship with long-term partner Cydney Bernard was public knowledge. What makes her hokey, “I’m single!” declaration feel uncomfortable and cruel is that she set it up to be a public coming out, dangling something the gay community has been clamoring for for decades. Handled by a funnier speaker—Ellen Degeneres, for example—the joke would’ve worked. Instead, it fell flat.

2. Her privacy: Hamilton Nolan of Gawker does an excellent job explaining why celebrities—including Jodie Foster—have no right to expect privacy. I’ll give it to Foster that she was forced into the spotlight at a young age, but it was her decision to continue working in Hollywood as an adult. And let’s not even get into the utter hypocrisy of standing on the stage of a nationally televised awards show to request privacy.

3. Her love of Mel Gibson: Look, we all have friends who sometimes do shitty things. Friends who embarrass us despite our eternal love for them. But to publicly support anti-Semitic woman beater Mel Gibson is more than a little off-putting and goes against her request for privacy. A piece of advice, Jodie: If you don’t want people to pay attention to you, don’t bring one of Hollywood’s most controversial celebrities as your date.

4. Her hatred of reality TV: “’I’m told, apparently that every celebrity is expected to honor the details of their private life with a press conference, a fragrance and a prime-time reality show. You know, you guys might be surprised, but I am not Honey Boo Boo Child. No, I’m sorry, that’s just not me. It never was and it never will be. Please don’t cry because my reality show would be so boring,” Foster preached. Of all the reality stars in all the universe, why Foster needed to pick on an eight-year-old girl—who is not the one choosing to be on television—is beyond me. Hate on the Kardashians. Hate on Snookie. Hate on Honey Boo Boo’s money-grubbing mother. But leave the little girl out of it.

5. Her tone: One of the reasons that reading Foster’s speech helps clarify her intentions is that you don’t have to hear any of her haughty, self-important inflections. Instead of acting grateful for the recognition for her body of work, Foster came across as a sanctimonious, unthankful, bitter woman. And because of it, she lost at least one fan.

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  • anthonybubel

    This is the most intelligent and honest analysis of that ridiculous, shameful speech I’ve read thus far. Bravo.

  • Gary Clement

    The speech was at its essence ungrateful and totally ungracious.

  • Gary Clement

    …But, the “picking on Honey Boo Boo” is a bit of a stretch. She was just making a bad joke.

  • Phillip

    Nope, it was an excellent speech. Ah, the old “it was rambling” straw man when someone delivers an emotional speech we don’t agree with. I don’t agree with all her points (love of Gibson, for example), but this was taut, well-rehearsed where needed and spontaneous when called for. btw it’s DeMille.

  • Sharon Mooney

    I thought it was a fine speech even if it did meander a bit. Who says people in the public eye need to be spokespeople or role models? They have no obligation to discuss anything at all about their private lives; the truth be told, I wish fewer celebrities would indulge. in sharing so much about themselves.

  • mcspencer

    I see what you’re saying, but referring to this sane and accomplished woman as “batshit crazy” is far more disrespectful than she was.

  • I would say that she lost two fans, but only if I was a fan in the first place. This IS the most ‘intelligent and honest analysis’ of the whole mess, thanks!

  • I agree; she lost me when she insisted on sticking up for that evil cretin Mel Gibson. She and Gibson’s other apologist, Robert Downey, Jr., should just slink away in shame. Just indefensible.

  • Lisa

    This is the worst article I’ve read.