'The Notebook' director thinks incest is no big deal!
Well, this is bizarre. Nick Cassavetes, director of hit movies like The Notebook, is raising some eyebrows after making some controversial comments at the Toronto Film Festival this weekend. Cassavetes was discussing his newest film, Yellow (which follows a sister who is embroiled in a love affair with her brother), when he revealed his personal thoughts on incest, shocking the whole crowd by saying he believes it's no big deal!
When asked to discuss his motivations behind the plotline, Cassavetes said:
This whole movie is about judgment, and lack of it, and doing what you want… Who gives a shit if people judge you? I'm not saying this is an absolute but in a way, if you're not having kids – who gives a damn? Love who you want. Isn't that what we say? Gay marriage – love who you want? If it's your brother or sister it's super-weird, but if you look at it, you're not hurting anybody except every single person who freaks out because you're in love with one another.
Okay, I'm normally all for a live-and-let-live attitude and I fully stand behind gay marriage, but I have to say I just don't believe Cassavetes' comparison is valid. To me, there's a big difference between loving someone who happens to be a fellow man or woman and having romantic feelings for someone who happens to be your sister or brother. I mean, just think about all of the emotional and physical repercussions such a relationship can have on a family and for that matter, even the participants themselves! There's no question that it can be damaging, not to mention dangerous if those involved decide to have kids.
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But what really bothers me about Cassavetes' statement isn't just what he said--it's also that while I fully accept his right to state an opinion, this whole thing seems like it's more of a publicity-seeking tactic than anything else. Because, let's face it, after those comments, who isn't going to be curious about this new movie?
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