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  • Jodie Foster receives the Cecil B. Demille Award during the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 13, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Paul Drinkwater/AP)

    THE MOMENT

    Foster’s Speech Gets Mixed Reviews

    Is it inspiring or disjointed? Both?

    Jodie Foster made a controversial speech at the Golden Globes, so of course celebrities are sharing their opinions on Twitter. Questo of the Roots tweeted, “...so Jodie Foster is single eh?” Rosie O’Donnell called the speech “rather amazing.” Actress Kristen Chenoweth tweeted bluntly, “I love Jodie Foster.” But not everyone was a fan of the speech. Writer Bret Easton Ellis called it “Hollywood hypocrisy,” and actor Zach Braff wrote that it was “so inspiring to watch Jodie Foster give her speech in character as Nell.” In The Wall Street Journal, Eric Sasson said the speech was disappointing and called it “confrontational, defensive, disjointed,” adding, “it seems a bit less than gracious, and something of a stretch, for Foster to conflate the public’s desire to know her orientation with a fragrance-toting, prime-time-reality-show-mugging celebrity culture.”

    Read it at The Wall Street Journal
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    UH, WHAT?

    Foster Puzzles With ‘Coming Out’ Speech

    Immediately starts trending on Twitter.

    Up for a special award, Jodie Foster made a long and stunning speech at the Golden Globes, leaving the audience unsure whether she was coming out of the closet, ending her acting career, or none of the above. Winner of the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, Foster paid tribute to her 47 years in show business, her casts and crews, and, most touchingly, her mother. She begged for privacy in Hollywood and even had a “coming out,” yelling with her arms open “I'm single!” and requesting a cat call. “Jodie Foster was here. I still am. I want to be seen,” she triumphantly finished with, immediately becoming a Twitter trend and inspiring conspiracy theories of what, exactly, her speech was trying to say.

    Read it at Los Angeles Times