We can thank Jeremy Irons for one of the wildest theories about why legalizing gay marriage is a slippery slope that might one day lead to fathers marrying their own sons for tax purposes. He’s also expounded on why slapping ladies on the tushy ain’t so bad because “any woman worth her salt can deal with it.” And another time he said that he’s glad the Catholic church doesn’t allow abortion because otherwise “nobody’s saying that it’s a sin.” Fortunately, Jeremy’s since learned to keep his trap shut instead of starting a podcast called Pumping Irons. However, according to Variety, Jeremy’s had to address his past remarks after being named president of the international jury for the Berlin International Film Festival, aka the Berlinale.
Variety reports that the selection of Jeremy as jury president caused a stir in the German press. Even though his remarks were made in 2011 (booty touchin’), 2013 (son marryin’) and 2016 (hell burnin’), Jeremy wanted to clear the air right of the bat so as not to distract from the Berlinale. He already tried to clarify his remarks about gay marriage with a post on his website (also known as The Streisand Method), insisting he’s not “anti gay” and calling his theory “a mischievous argument” that was “nonetheless valid.” So at yesterday’s press conference, he laid all his cards on the table.
Claiming the comments were “already refuted and apologized for,” Irons said he wanted to address the subjects of sexual abuse, same-sex marriage, and abortion.
Jeremy framed those three subjects as three human rights which are “essential steps toward a civilized and humane society, for which we should all continue to strive.” He continued:
“Let me make my views this morning entirely clear on these particular subjects once and for all. Firstly, I support wholeheartedly the global movement to address the inequality of women’s rights, and to protect them from abusive, damaging, and disrespectful harassment, both at home and in the workplace,” he said.
“Secondly, I applaud the legislation of same-sex marriage, wherever it has been attained, and I hope that such enlightened legislation will continue to spread into more and more societies. And thirdly, I support wholeheartedly the right of women to have an abortion, should they so decide.
Jeremy concluded by saying he hopes “that some of the films we will be watching will address these problems” and frankly so do I. I would LOVE to see a rom-com about a devious banker who devises a plan to marry his son to avoid having to pay inheritance taxes only to find himself falling hard for the florist. Kind of like The Wedding Planner meets Spanking the Monkey meets I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. And I hope it stars Steve Martin and Timothée Chalamet and is called Father IS the Bride.
Here’s Jeremy’s opening remarks.