A couple of years ago Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons rightly came in for a lot of criticism for comments he made to Huffpo live about gay marriage, where he suggested he thought it would allow fathers to marry their sons in order to avoid inheritance tax.
It’s taken a while, but now someone has asked what his actor son, Max Irons (Red Riding Hood, The Host, The Riot Club), what he thought about what his father said.
What Jeremy said back in 2013 was, “Could a father not marry his son?”
When it was pointed out that gay marriage wouldn’t legalise incest, he answered, “It’s not incest between men”, as “incest is there to protect us from inbreeding, but men don’t breed.” This led to him worrying fathers will marry sons just for the tax breaks, although it does seem that he genuinely believed incest between a father and son isn’t illegal (which is rather worrying).
He also added, “It seems to me that now they’re fighting for the name. I worry that it means somehow we debase, or we change, what marriage is. I just worry about that.”
Max though wasn’t impressed, telling OUT that after hearing about his dad’s comments, “I remember thinking, ‘You don’t know what you’re talking about, you’re thinking about a problem out loud.’ I know my father, I know his views are similar to mine. As long as you don’t harm anyone else, what you do and who you love are nobody’s business. He has since clarified as far as I understand, and truth be told, if you pushed him to explain what he was talking about, I don’t think he’d actually know.”
He also quips, “Well my father hasn’t proposed to me lately.”