The UK's Independent and many other news outlets -- see this search and read plenty of outrage, if you wish -- went after Jeremy Irons for challenging, off the path statements. Media mostly couldn't separate what was bizarre with what was not bizarre, or what was reasonable comments and opinion with anything else.
In other words, too many media sites were trying to tell us all what to think of him, not that what he said was inaccurate, opinion, or arguable fact. They supposed that we should be outraged, naturally -- or, political correctly, to be exact.
The stories out there seem to be a fine example of how firm political correctness is embedded into media, and how weak the effort to separate facts from non-facts is on many media sites. Here's the Independent version:
In an interview with the Huffington Post the 64-year-old actor, who stated that he didn’t “have a strong feeling either way” on the subject, mused: “Could a father not marry his son?"
When the interviewer reminded Irons about incest laws, the actor continued: "It's not incest between men," adding: "Incest is there to protect us from inbreeding, but men don't breed".
Independent then called that "bizarre" in their piece. So what if the purpose of incest laws is true, as he presented there. They noted comments he made in February about old men coming onto him, patting his butt, and said women who get a butt-pat should deal with it, too.
It is not the first time Irons has made controversial remarks during an interview. In February he revealed that as a young actor he had to fend off the advances of older men and defended an earlier interview in the Radio Times in which he said “any woman worth her salt can deal with [being patted on the bottom].”
Speaking to the Times newspaper, Irons claimed his remarks about bottom patting were “misquoted”, explaining: “I love touching. I always touch people. I don’t think I said ‘bottom’ [in the Radio Times interview] but of course I was misquoted. Basically, I said that any self-respecting woman would tell you to f*** off [if she minded].”
He went on to explain: “I think we’re very robust as human beings. I had people when I was younger trying to feel me up. Older men. I just told them to get lost.”
Another clumsy piece by the Examiner news-ish sites: http://www.examiner.com/article/jeremy-irons-gay-remarks-actor-compares-same-sex-marriage-to-incest
Of course, social media, as with everything else, is pooping themselves over his comments. The typical: how dare he, that's awful, bla bla, feckless reactions. Dinner party comments. Booring. http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/jeremy-irons-gay-marriage-incest/2013/04/05/id/498043
Did I mention that a lot of what he said was bizarre? Yeah. But that people are crapping themselves over it makes it all worth it, to me.
Rare that a great actor offends social liberal drones.
Just let me enjoy it!
jR, aka AirFarceOne