I just saw an ad on TV announcing that it’s LBGT Month and in this ad, certain celebs were mentioned; in that instance, I asked myself, “Why do we care that Jody Foster isn’t straight?” Indeed, I have yet to figure out why we even need to know this at all. Don’t get me wrong; if Jody, a fine actress, isn’t straight, good for and more power to her and Ru Paul, well, I have wondered about him/her for quite some time.
Why couldn’t this ad feature regular LBGT people? I get it that the message says that, hey, you’re not alone in this and here are some celebrities who are just like you! Except, um, they’re celebs… and we aren’t so their lives, even in this are perhaps a bit different than us ‘unfamous’ folks.
Yeah, I know that’s not a real word. It just seems to me that if there’s a big outreach movement for all those LBGT folks who know their closet like the backs of their hands, wouldn’t seeing people who are “just like me” be a better enticement? I really do think that our fascinating with celebrities plays into this, like, if Jody is bisexual, then it must be okay for us to be this way.
My question is do we really need celebrity statuses to ‘help’ us define who and what we are in this?