Rupert Everett - Rupert Everett Sparks Backlash From Gay Rights Campaigners
Rupert Everett’s comments in an interview with The Sunday Times have caused offense, as he made some controversial musings on homosexual parenting. The 53-year-old actor played a gay father opposite Madonna in 2000 film The Next Best Thing. "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,” explained Everett. "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." Whilst there are surely worse things than two loving parents - no parents perhaps? – Everett’s comments were candid and frank, and the fact that he himself is gay hasn’t appeased those offended by his comments. "Rupert should get out a little bit more to see the facts for himself,” said Ben Summerskill, chief executive of the gay rights group ‘Stonewall’. "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." Everett also said that his Mother "still wishes I had a wife and kids," and added: "She thinks children need a father and a mother and I agree with her." Sara Everett, 77, was also interviewed in the same article. "In the past, I have said that I wish Rupert was straight and, I probably still feel that. I'd like him to have a pretty wife. I'd like him to have children. He's so good with children. He'd make a wonderful father. But I also think a child needs a mummy and a daddy. I've told him that and he takes it very well. He doesn't get angry with me. He just smiles."