Jeremy “The Borgias” Irons worries that gay marriage “debases” marriage, permits incest

Actor Jeremy Irons of “The Borgias” fame said yesterday, during an interview on HuffPost Live, that gay marriage “debases” real marriage, and that it might permit men to marry their sons to get out of paying taxes, and that incest laws wouldn’t prevent it.

He then mentioned that he loves his dog.

Somewhere in Hollywood a publicist just had a fatal asthma attack.

I really like Jeremy Irons, and he’s brilliant in the Borgias, but wtf? I read his quotes and thought, hmm. Then I watched the video, below, and it’s far worse.

JEREMY IRONS: 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. I mean, tax-wise is an interesting one. You see, could a father not marry his son?

HUFFPO’s JOSH ZEPPS: There are laws against incest.

jeremy-ironsIRONS: It’s not incest between men. Incest is there to protect us from having, from interbreeding. But men don’t breed, so incest wouldn’t cover that. Now if that was so, then if I wanted to pass on my estate without death duties [estate taxes] I could marry my son and pass on my estate to him.

HUFFPO: That sounds like a total red herring, I’m sure incest laws would still cover same-sex marriages.

IRONS: Really, why? … I think the lawyers are going to have a field day with same-sex “marriage.” [Irons says the word marriage in a way that, to me, sounded like it was in scare quotes.]

Then Irons goes on to talk about loving his dog.

I don’t know how the Huffington Post interviewer Josh Zepps kept his cool throughout this. And Zepps also did a good job countering Irons.

This is a disaster for Jeremy Irons and the Borgias.  He ends the interview trying to sort of say everything’s okay, he doesn’t care, but doing that by talking about how he loves his dog.  Ugh.

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