Media, Arts, & Society | February 4, 1995
Unpublished Letter to Los Angeles Times Magazine
In an article, Ms. Foster was quoted as saying "I hate
weakness" and indicating that she would not help a helpless
little bird that had fallen out of its nest (something to that
No one loves birds more than I do (Parry the
parakeet was one of the family; and we're on our umpteenth
hummingbird feeder, held aloft by a shrine to St. Francis, for
goodness' sake), but I'd like to put in a good word for Ms.
Jodie ("I hate weakness") Foster.
Methinks the lady doth protest too much. If we
simply look at the first film she chose to direct, we see not a
callous work of might makes right but rather Little Man Tate,
a tender tale of love between a mother and son.
I believe the majority of her other works, such
as Nell or The Accused, likewise show the need for
strength, to liberate, not oppress. According to your article,
that has been the theme of her life as well.
In a "tough town", it takes "tough talk"
to survive. And while I would never underestimate her resolve to
speak her mind or to achieve her goals, Ms. Foster has always
seemed too much of a team-player to be feared as a back-stabber.
How have I come to believe such things of a
total stranger? A little bird told me.
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