Jeremy Irons’ strange anti-gay rant
If you happen to be both liberal and obsessed with British Academy Award winners, brace yourself. This is the worst thing to happen since Helen Mirren made those cavalier remarks about rape and consent a few years back. On Wednesday, beloved eternal dreambot Jeremy Irons gave an unsettlingly strange interview to Huffpost Live host Jeff Zepps in which he seemed to argue that marriage equality will send us down the path to legalized incest.
Irons looked genuinely flummoxed when Zepps posed the question of "How far does it extend?" regarding equality, saying, "I don't know. It's a very interesting one, and I don't really have a strong feeling. but I see that what we had in England, which was not marriage but a union you could make if you were gay and you wanted to make a civil partnership. Same rights, not the name. It seems to me that now they're fighting for the name and I worry that it means somehow we debase or we change what marriage is. I just worry about that. I mean taxwise, it's an interesting one because, you see, could a father not marry his son?... It's not incest between men. Incest is there to protect us from inbreeding, but men don't breed so incest wouldn't cover that. So if that were so, then if I wanted to pass on my estate without death duties, I could marry my son and pass on my estate to him."