Three items of news to talk about today.
First: apparently the New York Post thought it would funny to announce the death of Ike Turner with the headline:
Can anyone tell me why this is problematic? Oh, I know! BECAUSE DOMESTIC ABUSE ISN’T FUNNY. Oh, and, the man just died, is this really an appropriate way to announce that? Someone should lose their job over this.
Second: Jodie Foster came out of the closet. Number of surprised fans = 0.
Her announcement does raise the question of “is it really necessary to come out anymore?” Surely everyone who has thought about it has figured that she is gay, and really, so what? Some lesbians are upset that it took her so long (she’s been with her partner for 15 years), but I think that although it is always nice to have another lesbian role model, someone with a lot of visibility, it’s not really her “job” to be our poster-dyke. It makes me happy that she’s out (although I don’t think she was ever really “in,”) and I hope that she doesn’t use her newfound notoriety as some sort of gay-cred in order to make a stand. Just keep doing what you’ve been doing, Jodie. The gay community needs “normal” homos just as much as we need activists and poster children.
Third: New Jersey has abolished the death penalty. Yay! I am strongly anti-death penalty for many reasons, and it makes me happy to see some of our southern neighbours coming to the realization that Canada came to a couple of decades ago: the death penalty is ineffective, inhumane, and intolerable.