This week’s BWA was a particularly sad one for me to write. I am consistently sad when I learn of self-loathing gays who internalize oppression. Rupert Everett, star of An Ideal Husband, The Importance of Being Earnest, Shrek II, and many other films, proved to be an amazing disappointment and demonstrated both his self-loathing and his privilege.
In an interview with The Telegraph Everett stated, “I can’t think of anything worse than being brought up by two gay dads.” Really? You can’t think of anything worse? Wow, what a privileged life you live. I hear Mitt Romney is looking for self-loathing gays such as yourself for endorsements.
Another statement of Everett’s revealed his ignorance of his own power, influence, and privilege: “I’m not speaking on behalf of the gay community. In fact, I don’t feel like I’m part of any ‘community.” If only it were that simple, Mr. Everett.
I’m embarrassed for you that I have to explain this, but you see you are a major celebrity and regardless of your intent, people will be guided by what you say. Your influence is disproportionate by design of your celebrity. You have not only proven to be most ungenerous to your LGBT brothers and sisters, but you have proven that your own internalized oppression has rendered you a homophobic bigot. You are also clearly not a man of science, which has demonstrated that children from same-sex parents are actually more well adjusted than children from opposite sex parents. You must have the same science background as the bigot Mark Regnerus. You are now 53 years old. Might I suggest a good therapist for you?