Rupert Everett is in hot water, AGAIN, after making some bold statements and sharing his opinions on gay marriage, gay child-rearing and the state of the Gay Rights Movement. Here's a quote from this interview, conducted by Kevin Sessums for The Daily Beast, which I got from Towleroad:
Here's what he has to say about gays who want to be parents:
"I think this surrogacy thing is crap. It is utterly hideous. I think it’s egocentric and vain. And these endless IVF treatments people go through. I mean, if you are meant to have babies then great. But this whole idea of two gay guys filling a cocktail shaker with their sperm and impregnating some grim lesbian and then it gets cut out is just really weird. If I did have the impulse to be a parent, I would adopt—or foster. But this whole thing of forcing the idea of parenthood on us gay men is so bogus. Marriage? Babies? Please. I want to be illegal. I want to live outside the mainstream."
Everett believes his wish to be outside of the mainstream puts him "ahead of the curve."
"These awful middle-class queens—which is what the gay movement has become—are so tiresome. It’s all Abercrombie & Fitch and strollers. Everybody has the right to do what they want to do, but still..."
Naturally, the gay press and mainstream members of the queer community are up in arms about this...the tone of the Towleroad post, Dan Savage's repost on Slog, and many of the comments being posted are largely negative, with the general consensus that Everett should just shut up and that he's a tired, bitter, old queen.
Equally naturally, I have to agree with (most) of what Rupert Everett had to say, and so did a few other people on the comments threads. Here's what I had to say on Slog:
no, no he doesn't...I appreciate his candor and the fact he's not afraid to state his opinion even if it's going to be a politically incorrect opinion.
And his comment about the mainstreaming of the gay movement, is sort of dead-on...it HAS become all "Abercrombie & Fitch and strollers" and a desire to ape middle class, heteronormitive society, which is fine for some and we SHOULD have the same rights as everyone else, but all traces of sexuality are being removed from the homosexual rights movement because it upsets the straights, and because aping the straights makes some homosexuals feel better about their "lifestyle choice".
and, here's what my big mouth had to say on Towleroad:
bravo to Rupert Everett for being brave enough to state HIS opinion, even if it's a politically incorrect one. The gay rights movement HAS become bland and dedicated to the notion we want to be just like the straights...all traces of SEXUALITY have been removed. Yes, we SHOULD have the same rights as everyone else, but that doesn't mean we have to take advantage of those rights if we don't want to. Embracing the heteronormitive lifestyle is great for some people, but it shouldn't be expected that we should all fall into line and live "respectible" lifestyles. I might want the RIGHT to have a husband and a baby and a Suburu and a white picket fence in front of my suburban tract house but that doesn't mean I should feel forced to excise that right.
I get really irked when people get told to shut up for stating their opinion, if their opinion goes against the status quo, and for being a celebrity for stating their opinion...just because ANY celebrity gives an opinion, doesn't mean you have to listen to it, but they have the right, just like anyone else to give it. And anyone with the balls of a Rupert Everett; renaissance man, actor, writer, admitted rentboy, one of the first out actors in the world, can say WHATEVER the fuck he wants.