Rupert Everett isn’t a man to tow the party line when it comes to gay issues, and has a refreshing and sometimes exasperating tendency to speak his mind. He’s previously said he’s not a fan of the idea of gay marriage, and now he’s come out against families with two father.
Talking to the Sunday Times, he says, “[My mother] still wishes I had a wife and kids. She 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. Some people might not agree with that. Fine! That’s just my opinion. 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.”
He didn’t seem quite a disapproving in 2000, when he starred opposite Madonna in The Next Best Thing, where he played a gay man who ends up having a baby with is straight best friend. But I suppose it was a man and a woman raising a child, so perhaps that’s okay then.
Although everyone is entitled to their opinion, Everett’s answer sounds more like he’s conflating several separate issues – over-population, gay parenting, lack of a sense of community – into something that doesn’t necessarily hold together. And quite why two gay dads is so terrible isn’t clear, other than he does sometimes have issues with his own sexuality, which he could be projecting.