Openly gay British actor Rupert Everett has spoken out against gays who want to be able to marry in church. He’s also said recent comments about same-sex parenthood have made him Public Enemy Number One.
The 53-year-old, whose first major role was in Another Country – in which he played as an openly gay student in an English private school (historically known as public schools in the UK) – talks of the “crusty old pathetic Anglican church” and asks why “queens” would wish to get married in them.
The Guardianhas quoted Everett as saying: “Why do queens want to go and get married in churches? Obviously this crusty old pathetic, Anglican church – the most joke-ish church of all jokey churches – of course they don’t want to have queens getting married. It’s kind of understandable that they don’t; they’re crusty old calcified freaks. But why do we want to get married in churches? I don’t understand that, myself, personally.
“I loathe heterosexual weddings; I would never go to a wedding in my life. I loathe the flowers, I loathe the f***ing wedding dress, the little bridal tiara. It’s grotesque. It’s just hideous. The wedding cake, the party, the champagne, the inevitable divorce two years later. It’s just a waste of time in the heterosexual world, and in the homosexual world I find it personally beyond tragic that we want to ape this institution that is so clearly a disaster.”
‘Absolutely hideous’Guardian writer Decca Aitkenhead quotes Everett’s words to her in a lunch interview:
“For me, being gay was about wanting to do the opposite of the straight world, so I think that’s where my problems in this particular area come from,” he tells her.
“For me, personally, the last thing I would like in the entire world would be to go through cocktailing my sperm with my boyfriend and finding some grim couple in Ohio who are gluten-free and who you pay $75,000 to have your baby. To me it feels absolutely hideous. But that’s me, just me. I’m not having a go at gay couples who do. I think if Elton [John] and [his civil partner] David [Furnish] want to have babies, that’s wonderful. I think we should all do what we want.”
For saying that, “I’m sure I’m going to be nail-bombed,” says the actor.
The Guardian interview was to mark Everett’s memoir, Vanishing Years, which has just been published by Little, Brown.
Pink Newsdescribes Everett’s words as “another substantial rant.”
Everett has been playing that much-celebrated gay playwright Oscar Wilde in David Hare’s play the Judas Kiss at London’s Hampstead Theatre.
The Daily Telegraphspoke this week of his “affecting performance of a much-abused character. Off stage, things are not much better for the homosexual 53-year-old actor who admits that his recent highly critical comments about same[-]sex parenthood have made him Public Enemy Number One.”
Everett says: “All the queens out there now have it in for me. I’m loathed by them. I’m having to take evasive action.”
The paper quotes Ben Summerskill, chief executive of Stonewall, the British gay lobby group, who said: “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.”