She has been in the public eye since she was 3 — and that’s “reality show enough,” Foster said. “I am not Honey Boo Boo Child.” But what’s so bad about Honey Boo Boo? Foster says that she had to “fight for a life that felt real and honest and normal,” and having seen any Honey Boo Boo, it’s pretty clear that everyone on the show is leading a life that feels real and honest to them. Don’t cry too hard for Honey Boo Boo, Jodie. At least she’s not besties with violent garbage-creature Mel Gibson…

She’s no dumdum. She could have written a clearer speech or asked any number of people to write one for her. Oh, sure, she’s always been out of the closet — except for no, she wasn’t publicly out at all. Oh, she values privacy above all else — but sure, she’ll come to the Golden Globes and get an award and make a speech. Oh, she’s just someone who’s been in front of the camera since she was a child — but jeez, it’s not like she’s some other little girl who’s in front of a camera. What came through most powerfully here is that Jodie Foster is conflicted about being Jodie Foster. No wonder she feels so lonely.


Jodie Foster: The Most Conflicted Speech Ever | Margaret Lyons for Vulture

After that speech last night, the best thing I could come up with to describe it was, “bizarre.”

Margaret Lyons did a better job.

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