Jeremy Irons clarifies his controversial opinions on gay marriage, abortion & groping

Berlinale 2020 - "Jury" - Photocall

For many years, Jeremy Irons has made various bonkers statements in interviews. The first time I realized that Irons was not some kind of lovely old dude was in 2011, when he defended his history as a groper of many women over the years. In 2013, he doubled-down on his penchant for sexually harassing and possibly assaulting (depending on the jurisdiction) friends, colleagues, waitresses and random women. That same year, Irons also had some absolutely insane musings about gay marriage, then a hot topic, and how changing the marriage laws would definitely encourage fathers to marry their sons for tax purposes. And finally, in 2016, Irons said some sh-t about abortion and how Well, Actually, Abortion Harms Women.

I don’t know if it’s his accent, his talent, his skin color or his cisgendered maleness, but all of those legitimately ridiculous statements never made a dent in Jeremy Irons’ public image or his ability to get hired for anything. He was recently in Watchmen, the HBO series, and he was honestly quite good/weird and I sat there thinking “I guess no one cares that he would marry his son for tax purposes.” Well, in the year of Our Lord Beyonce 2020, Jeremy Irons would finally like to clarify some of his past statements. Irons is president of this year’s Berlinale (the Berlin Film Festival) and during the first day of press for the jury, Irons made a comprehensive statement on all of his past bat-sh-ttery:

“I should like, not as the jury president, but on a personal level to address various comments that I have reportedly made in the past, and which have resurfaced in certain sections of the press over the past few weeks. I wish I didn’t have to take up time with this, but I don’t want it to continue as a distraction to the Berlinale,” he told journalists. 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.

“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.”

“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.

“These three human rights are, I believe, essential steps toward a civilized and humane society, for which we should all continue to strive. There are many parts of the world where these rights do not yet exist, where such ways of living lead to imprisonment, and even to death.”

He continued: “I hope that some of the films we will be watching will address these problems, among many others we face in our world, and I look forward to watching films in this year’s Berlinale which will provoke us to question attitudes, prejudices, and worldwide perceptions of life as we know it. I hope that’s put my past comments to bed.”

[From Variety]

LOL, he’s a good actor and now we know his publicist is a great writer! They covered everything! So now that Jeremy Irons has taken everything back and given a full-throated defense of progressive cultural issues, is he forgiven? I mean… think of it this way, Jeremy Irons didn’t actually have to do this. It wasn’t necessary – the press would have likely ignored all of his previous statements anyway, and he could have easily gone through all of the Berlinale without ever having to say any of this. So when you look at it that way, I halfway appreciate the fact that his publicist took the time to write this out for him, and that Irons took the time to memorize it. That being said, I would like to see him apologize for spending decades groping every woman he came across.

President of the Jury, Jeremy Irons poses at INTERNATIONALE JURY PHOTOCALL during the 70th Berlin International Film Festival ( Berlinale ) on Thursday 20 February 2020

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  1. Starkiller says:

    He didn’t address his previously stated opinions on incest, so I guess he maintains those?

    This is not in any way meant as a defence of him, but I am not sure he actually believes half the ish he says aloud. I get the impression he is one of those people who will argue with himself aloud and if a journalist happens to be there to record it for posterity, so be it.

  2. Betsy says:

    What’s that line from Emma? That snide one about being neither above my attention nor below it and so just not in my attention. That about sums up my feelings about him.

    I have enough trouble trying to keep track of the people and institutions I like and remembering if they’ve said things that have effectively made me mute them that I can’t keep up with ancillary characters like this. But a for instance: Elle magazine is dead to me. I cannot believe they fired E. Jean. Now that’s an example of a grudge I’ll keep.

  3. Lala11_7 says:

    Every time I see him…I think of “The Picture of Dorian Gray”….in reverse of course….

  4. FilmTurtle says:

    He forgot to mention that puppies are cute and state his opinion about pineapple on pizza, but otherwise it’s pretty thorough for a gritted-teeth apology.

  5. Aang says:

    He’s a good actor with a great voice for cartoon villain voice overs. That’s all I have the energy to think about him. I’m uninterested enough to not even know he had issues to begin with.

  6. Annika says:

    I love the header pic you chose! 😂
    He looks as ugly on the outside as he is on the inside.

  7. MeghanNotMarkle says:

    I want to love him because he’s a great actor but I simply can’t because of all this ish he says. It’s a half-hearted apology, at best.

  8. blaisestars says:

    I guess he didn’t back down his full-throated support of fox hunting. He’s gross and has gotten away with shit for so long because he is a “thespian” of the Bristish variety.

  9. Andrew’s Nemesis says:

    If he backpedalled any harder he’d bore a hole through the wall

  10. SJR says:

    That header pic is a great example of how years of smoking will take a toll on your looks.

    Irons is a good actor in the right part, and was quite good looking in his younger years.
    He also seems to think and act in his behavior that because he was physically attractive, his unwanted manhandling should be seen as a compliment. Jackass!

    But, he has spent decades cheating on his wife, talking complete nonsense in interviews, which he either actually believes or is saying for attention, and is so over the top full of himself he is unbearable.

    Interesting how he seems to be aging into all the worst parts of himself, either/or when he was younger his PR team sat on him to keep his ugliness from ruining his career.

  11. osito says:

    I had the exact same thought about his little speech, and it dawned on me that *this* is why people think actors are super smart/progressive/really pretty reflections of our inner selves without any objective proof of their intellectual capacity: He’s acting, and he’s really good at it! Someone typed a script for him to memorize, and he did it!

    It’s like Ian McKellen in “Extras” explaining acting and how he does it so well: ‘How did I know what to say? They had my lines written down on a script. How did I know where to stand? People showed me.’

  12. Valerie says:

    Ugh, I noped out on him years ago when he said that the ideal male age for attractiveness was 14 or something skeevy like that. I used to really like him as an actor, and he was a teenage crush of mine, but he’s one of many who’ve been crossed off my faves list.

  13. Lisa says:

    Jeremy Irons’ skin colour is dessication.

  14. Jb says:

    Wow…I went back and read that interview from 2011, and it’s painfully clear that MeToo hadn’t occurred yet! Our kids are going to look back on this era and really see a distinct line drawn in the sand.

  15. Laura says:

    Didn’t he also say some creepy shit about how he found his 12 year old son attractive? *googles* Yup. Ew.