Ending three weeks of highly publicized confusion over her stance, Barbra Streisand Friday night emphatically joined those boycotting Colorado.
Members of the entertainment industry have been among the leaders of the boycott movement, in protest of Colorado’s passage of a ballot measure that defines gays and lesbians as a group that is specifically denied legislative and judicial protection from discrimination.
In a speech at an ACLU event Friday night where she and Anita Hill were honored, Streisand said, “Let me clearly state my position tonight: It appears that a boycott is under way in Colorado, and I will personally honor it and find some other state to vacation in.”
She’s on the list
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation/Los Angeles (GLAAD/LA) issued a statement the next morning saying Streisand had given GLAAD/LA permission to use her name as one of a growing number of celebrities and Hollywood honchos who have endorsed the boycott.
That list includes Whoopi Goldberg, Joan Rivers, directors Jonathan Demme and John Landis, writer/director Nora Ephron and producers Ed Saxon, Barry Krost, Bob Sertner and Rick Rosenberg.
In restating her opposition to the Colorado law, Streisand said, “Think of it this way: If that law were passed against Jews or people of color, the whole country would be outraged and nobody would question a boycott of that state.”
Confusion over Streisand’s position at times seemed to overshadow issues of safety for gays and lesbians in Colorado, and the security of their jobs and homes.
The question of a boycott has divided Hollywood’s elite, just as the Colorado ski season begins. Among those who reportedly oppose a boycott are former 20th Century Fox owner Marvin Davis, who has business interests in the state including the Aspen Skiing Co., and actors Robert Wagner and Jill St. John.
Though he has opposed a boycott, Davis said, through a representative, that he is committed to civil rights for gays and lesbians.