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Hey, who knew, Jeremy Irons is an asshole. When asked about his feelings on gay marriage, Irons answered:
"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."But wait—there's more!
"I mean tax-wise is an interesting one because, you see, could a father not marry his son?"Um, what?
Jeremy Irons, first: In what sensible way does a question about gay marriage lead to a question about sons marrying fathers? The answer is that it makes no good sense, it makes only the obvious bad sense—it is the kind of remark so often used to slur gay people by associating them with things like incest (and bestiality).
Jeremy Irons, second: Even if we did grant you that your question is a fair and sensible one - why wouldn't you ask it about a daughter marrying her father (for tax purposes or any oher) - because heterosexual marriage is legal?
The answer to that question is that you're an asshole. An offensive and dim one, too.
So: The Jeremy Irons Apology Countdown for being a dim, offensive asshole begins right...now.
Sets watch to 10:38 a.m. on March 5, 2013, Sydney, Australia, time.
Because as dim and offensive a dick as he is, he will of course issue an apology to stave off whatever damage the remarks might do to his repuation and career. (Tomorrow at the very latest is my guess.)
P.S. I am very certain that it is illegal to marry a member of your immediate family in both the UK and the U.S. I'll get the specific text of the specific laws just to be thorough. (Here and here: "Despite his concerns, a 2004 amendment to the Marriage Act 1949 specifically prohibits a father marrying his son and the same sex couples bill will not alter what is already enshrined in law.")
Update: Oh he is getting hammered on FaceBook.