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Out Actor Rupert Everett Slams Gay Parenting

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Tuesday Sep 18, 2012
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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."

Comments

  • gdhamf, 2012-09-18 04:03:16

    Then kindly explained John Barroman. I respect his opinion(I strongly disagree with it), but just cause he feels typcast does not mean every gay actor gets typcast.


  • Oh Jed said:, 2012-09-18 12:30:56

    Many gay people just like many straight people have no business having or raising children. It’s NOT that they’re gay, but rather are too self- absorbed, easily distracted and ill prepared for the responsibility. There is also the fact that they have limited qualities that warrent passing on to future generations through nature or nurture. Sadly, too many family trees in this world appear to have root rot.


  • RobW, 2012-09-18 13:01:15

    Here is my response as a gay dad: http://evolequals.com/2012/09/18/a-gay-dad-sounds-off-on-rupert-everett/



  • Anonymous, 2012-09-18 15:56:55

    He’s right! He doesn’t represent the gay community! If his acting skills were half decent he wouldn’t be a D list celebrity. I noticed he didn’t mention how Neil Patrick Harris is successful despite being out. Don’t use the gay card for your own failings!


  • Oh Jed said:, 2012-09-18 17:17:18

    Kind of reminds me of Michael Onkeen. Oh, wait... he blamed a gay role for ruining his career didn’t he. There’s more to acting (I know) than making acting. Lol.


  • nick, 2012-09-18 17:42:56

    Wait....he’s an actor?!?!?! Says who? His mom? You mean the woman who ingrained the homophobic notion in her gay son’s head that he couldn’t be as good of a parent as straight people? Wow, other mother’s actually try to bolster their child’s self-esteem. And as far as his career, he’s lucky to have gotten as far as he did. A million plus straight wanna-be-actors could be found to tell Rupert that being a successful working actor is a dream, even for them....I’ve got no time to listen to the self-hating gays like Rupert - I hope the world feels the same and he fades into the sad oblivion where he belongs (right next to mummie!).


  • YesISaidIt!, 2012-09-19 17:21:33

    Self loathing is ok, but please stick to what you know and leave other normal gay people alone.


  • Martin D Goodkin, 2012-09-20 10:30:42

    Poor Rupert--I did like and admire him as a young actor and , of course, he blames his lack of a career now on being gay but he has become a bitter older man who has gone through cosmetic surgery to no avail.


  • Anonymous, 2012-09-26 20:50:05

    Hes right if he does not wont kid then don’t but fount say that to guys cant be go dads be cause they can be great dads and goof mothers


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