“My Best Friend’s Wedding” actor Rupert Everett is sparking controversy over comments he made recently about gay parents being good parents.
In an interview with Britain’s Sunday Times Magazine Everett said his mother wishes, “I had a wife and kids.”
Everett, who came out more than two decades ago, went on to say, “She thinks children need a father and a mother and I agree with her.” He then went on to say, “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,” said Everett, who also said he doesn’t consider himself part of the gay community.
GLAAD President Herndon Graddick said in a statement, “Since Everett shared his outdated opinion, gay parents, as well as their friends and families, have voiced overwhelming disappointment.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 uninformed people in the public eye insult their families.”
This is not the first time Everett has sparked controversy. In a 2009 interview he said, “[Coming out is] not that advisable to be honest. It's not very easy. And, honestly, I would not advise any actor necessarily, if he was really thinking of his career, to come out.”