Out Actor Rupert Everett Slams Gay Parenting
The U.K. magazine the Sunday Times recently posted an interview with British actor Rupert Everett, who announced that he is against gay parenting and said that he "can't think of anything worse" than having two gay men raise a child.
In the interview, the 53-year-old actor said that his mother met his boyfriend but "still wishes I had a wife and kids."
"She thinks children need a father and a mother and I agree with her," he said. "I can't think of anything worse than being brought up by two gay dads. Some people might not agree with that. Fine! That's just my opinion."
He added that he does not represent what the gay community thinks about gay adoption and that he doesn't "feel like I'm a part of the 'community.'"
"The only community I belong to is humanity and we've got too many children on the planet, so it's good not to have more," Everett told the publication.
Everett's mother, who is 77, was also interviewed by the magazine and said she knew that her son was gay since he was a teenager but still wanted him to have children.
"In the past, I have said that I wish Rupert was straight and, I probably still feel that," she said. "I'd like him to have a pretty wife. I'd like him to have children. He's so good with children. He'd make a wonderful father. But I also think a child needs a mummy and a daddy. I've told him that and he takes it very well. He doesn't get angry with me. He just smiles."
LGBT rights groups were appalled by the "My Best Friend's Wedding" star's comments, as the British newspaper the Telegraph points out.
Chief executive of Stonewall Ben Summerskill, said that the actor "should get out a little bit more to see the facts for himself."
"There is absolutely no evidence that the kids of gay parents suffer in the way they are being brought up or in how they develop," Summerskill said.
This isn't the first time Everett made outlandish remarks about the LGBT community in the past. Although the movie star came out in 1989, he said the announcement damaged his career, the Guardian reported in a 2009 article. In the same article, Everett said he told the publication he would not advise other gay actors to come out of the closet.
"It's not that advisable to be honest. It's not very easy. And, honestly, I would not advise any actor necessarily, if he was really thinking of his career, to come out."
Although the actor blames his career on coming out, the publication notes that Everett has made several mistakes, including trying his hand at becoming a pop star. The Guardian also notes that there have been several movies in the last decade that focus on the LGBT community, such as "Brokeback Mountain" and "Transamerica." More recently, critics have rallied around "A Single Man" (2009), "Weekend" (2011) and the current "Keep The Lights On."
"It's worse now. A gay man can only do drag," Everett said. "I've been reduced to drag. The next stop is probably 'The Dick Emery Show' for me."