At the Toronto Film Festival this past week, Nick Cassavetes, who just made a movie about a brother and sister in love, decided to break his LEGENDARY silence on the subject of incest, which he has officially declared A-OK! From the HollywoodReporter:
“Love who you want. Isn’t that what we say?” Cassavetes continues. “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.”
Well, no. For one thing, that’s not even really a thing. Right? I feel like brother/sister incest is just some fetishistic male fantasy, like lesbian porn. The difference between lesbian porn and actual lesbian sex (much like the difference between all porn and all sex) is ALL THE DIFFERENCE. How many siblings who wanted to or were in the process of boning have you ever met, compared with how many movies there are about it? But also: in the realm of “incest,” if we even agree that brother/sister love is a real thing, that is at the bottom of anyone’s Problem List, so let’s maybe not use it as a reason to defending “incest” as a wholecloth practice. Most instances of incest involve adults and children and they are living nightmares. And it is neither OK nor simply a matter of people needing to stop involving themselves in other people’s business. But what do you think? Take our quick reader poll after the jump!
It will be interesting to see how people feel about this! 2012!