We can't always choose our family, and we definitely can't control the things they saw or do. (I'm sure Kim Kardashian was less than thrilled about her brother Rob's recent Instagram post, for example.) When someone as important to us as our parent says something we're not so cool with, it can be hard to come with an appropriate response, which is exactly what actor Max Irons had to do when faced with his father Jeremy Irons comments on gay marriage. Luckily, Max knew just how to talk about his dad's interview, and it reminds us why we shouldn't assume that all kids share the same opinions as their parents.
In case you missed it, here is were Jeremy Irons' confusing comments on gay marriage:
It seems to me now that they are fighting for the name, and I worry that means somehow we debase or we change what marriage is... Could a father not marry his son? Incest is there to protect us from having inbreeding, but men don't breed, so incest wouldn't cover that... Living with another animal, whether it be a husband or a dog, is great... It's lovely to have someone to love. I don't think sex matters at all. What it's called doesn't matter at all.
Apparently readers weren't the only ones who had no idea what the TV star was talking about, because his son made a point to respond in his recent interview with Out Magazine:
I remember thinking, 'You don't know what you're talking about,' you're thinking through a problem out loud. I know my father, and his views are similar to mine: As long as you don't harm anyone else, what you do and who you love are nobody's business. He has since clarified as far as I understand, and truth be told, if you pushed him to explain what he was talking about, I don't think he'd actually know.
I think it's important for Max to dive into the quotes and state that he has no idea why his father would make these comments, as well as explain where he feels his father's true intentions were with making them. At the same time, Max didn't defend his father's comments, which wouldn't honor his own feelings on gay marriage. In making this statement, he gave himself the autonomy from his father and proved that we shouldn't clump their views together automatically, even if they are father and son.