Rupert Everett: 'Being brought up by two gay dads' is the worst
"[My mother] thinks children need a father and a mother and I agree with her. I can't think of anything worse than being brought up by two gay dads," says Everett.
"Some people might not agree with that. Fine! That's just my opinion," he continues. "I'm not speaking on behalf of the gay community. In fact, I don't feel like I'm part of any '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."
Ben Summerskill, chief executive of Stonewall, a gay rights group in the U.K., has released a statement in response, saying, "Rupert 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."
This is not the first time Everett has made comments along these lines. In a 2009 interview with the Daily Beast, he said:
"I think this surrogacy thing is crap. It is utterly hideous. I think it's egocentric and vain. And these endless IVF treatments people go through. I mean, if you are meant to have babies then great. But this whole idea of two gay guys filling a cocktail shaker with their sperm and impregnating some grim lesbian and then it gets cut out is just really weird. If I did have the impulse to be a parent, I would adopt--or foster. But this whole thing of forcing the idea of parenthood on us gay men is so bogus. Marriage? Babies? Please. I want to be illegal. I want to live outside the mainstream."
What do you think, readers?