For the Love of Jodie Foster: Star Demystification and National Configuration

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For the love of Jodie Foster: star demystification and national configuration

History 365: United States from 1945 to Present

Gabriel Wettach’s, For the Love of Jodie Foster: Star Demystification and National Configuration closely examines actress Jodie Foster’s response to John Hinckley’s love letters and his obsession with her. Wettach delves deeper into Hinckley’s psyche and asserts he was more than a fan obsessed with a movie star. He factually supports Hinckley was truly in love with Jodie Foster and not the young Hollywood starlet’s movie persona. The most important information in the article are direct quotes from Foster, Hinckley and a few people who knew him. For example, in the shadow of the assassination attempt on President Reagan, Hinckley wrote to Foster, “I’m asking you to please look into your heart and at least give me the chance with this historical deed to gain your respect and love. I love you forever (signed) John Hinckley.” Ultimately, Hinckley failed at his attempt to assassinate President Reagan; However, he did gain the attention of Foster and the entire world. A high school friend said Hinckley was, “so normal he appeared to fade into the woodwork.” But as Wettach’s article explains, Hinckley was far from normal—but how far? Wettach summarizes that, “we should read all of these relentless reminders about the attempted assassination as being indicative of larger concerns, namely the way in which the nation has not yet come to terms with the cultural malaise that Foster continues to embody.” At his sentencing, Hinckley was granted the opportunity to make a statement. He declared that all he wanted was for Jodie Foster to return his love for her. Hinckley said, ‘‘My assassination attempt was an act of love. I’m sorry love has to be so painful.” Hinckley’s pains were enabled by an unrealistic star…...

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