Sidebar: We were debating the comma in that last line, incidentally. To comma or not to comma, that is the question-ette…
*writes to David Dimbleby; requests place in Question Time audience, so long is it’s nowhere where one might find northern hair*
Aaaaaaand, backintotheroom. So Bradley Pith off-of Brad Pitt has come out of his manbag (eugh, manbag) in big ole back-bottom support of the gays. Again. And like any person of the sane variety, has said that gays deserve the same rights as others. Blah blah cock cock bum bum, we know all that, right? But it’s still nice to see/hear/touch inappropriately AAA-listers (Tom Cruise, anyone?) who aren’t afraid of standing up for a minority (us! We’re a minority! Do we get a gift with purchase?) whilst simultaneously pissing off religious freaks. And so say all of us, etc.
Oh, and if you don’t have your Jessica Fletcher ash-coloured wig, tweed (*inserts insider joke: how annoying for everyone else*) A-line skirt and Hermes-ique scarf outfit on, he’s done all of the above in the latest issue of Parade, a magazine not to be confused with, ‘Mum, can you get me a bag of French Fries and a 10p mix from down t’parade…!’
Oh, one more thing. This is what he had to say. It’s very good. You should read it. Really, you should. And if you don’t, those poor children won’t get anything. Not even a slap in the face.
‘When someone asked me why Angie and I don’t get married, I replied, “Maybe we’ll get married when it’s legal for everyone else.” I stand by that, although I took a lot of flak for saying it–hate mail from religious groups. I believe everyone should have the same rights. They say gay marriage ruins families and hurts kids. Well, I’ve had the privilege of seeing my gay friends being parents and watching their kids grow up in a loving environment.’
‘It’s ridiculous that Prop 8 took away gay people’s right to marry! I have no understanding of that kind of hatred. Maybe it’s fear of difference or of the unknown. If you feel belittled, maybe you need someone else to belittle to feel powerful. It’s the only way I know how to explain it. You’ve got religion telling you what to think about homosexuality, about marriage. They say homosexuality is a choice, a lifestyle, something you can be cured of, and that isn’t true. But if you’re tucked away and have no friends who are gay, you’ll believe what the preachers say. Just think of it in terms of being in love–how would you feel if someone told you that you couldn’t be with the person you loved?
If one of his kids turned out to be gay:
‘Would it bother me if a child of mine turns out to be gay? No, not one bit. Listen, I want my kids to live the lives they want to live. I want them to be fulfilled. I hope I teach my kids to be who they really are.’