Rupert Everett has made a stir with his thoughts on gay parenting.
The 53-year-old gay actor, whose films include Shakespeare in Love and My Best Friend’s Wedding, told the Sunday Times Magazine that he “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,” the Huffington Post reports.
He attempted to temper the comment by adding, “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.”
It’s not the first time that Everett has spoken out against gay parents — in a scathing 2009 interview with The Daily Beast, he called the practice “utterly hideous” and “egocentric and vain.”
Ben Summerskill, CEO of the LGBT rights advocacy group Stonewall, issued a response to the actor’s most recent comments, saying, “Rupert should get out a little bit more to see the facts for himself. 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 is currently playing Oscar Wilde — the 19th-century writer whose admission of homosexuality ended his literary career — in The Judas Kiss in London.