Rupert Everett landed in hot water for making a negative comment about gay parents in his interview with Sunday Times Magazine. The openly-gay actor, who portrayed a gay father opposite Madonna in 2000's movie "The Next Best Thing", was slammed by gay-right activists for saying that gays didn't make good parents.
"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 said. "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."
Rupert said his mother, Sara Everett, had met his boyfriend, but she still hoped he "had a wife and kids." He stated, "She thinks children need a father and a mother and I agree with her." Sara nodded, "In the past, I have said that I wish Rupert was straight and, I probably still feel that. ... I've told him that and he takes it very well. He doesn't get angry with me. He just smiles."
GLAAD president Herndon Graddick said in response to Rupert's statement, "Since Everett shared his outdated opinion, gay parents, as well as their friends and families, have voiced overwhelming disappointment. Children aren't hurt when raised by caring gay parents, but they are when uniformed people in the public eye insult their families."
In a similar tune, chief executive of gay rights group Stonewall, Ben Summerskill, scolded the "Shakespeare in Love" actor, "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."