57-year-old Jean-Claude Van Damme spoke about same-sex marriages on the television show “He does not lie” (On n’est pas couché), provoking a wave of discontent in the French society. Last weekend, the actor became a participant in the television debate, during which he did not find a common language with the Secretary of State for Gender Equality Marlen Shyappa.
Van Damme said that the role of women in the family should be to take care of the children, while the man must provide for the family.
If a man marries another man, and a woman associates her life with another woman, then what about your theory?
Marlene Siampa asked Van Damme.
The answer to her question caused laughter in the studio.
Do men marry other men? Men marry, women marry, dogs marry … All marry and all get divorced,
The actor told her.
The French politician said that one should not laugh when it comes to human rights.
I’m in shock. People are beaten and insulted because they are homosexual. We must support them, not scoff and call dogs,
– added Shyappa.
Jean-Claude Van Damme tried to convince her that he has many friends among gay men and that if they want to get married, then this is normal.
The question is different. If all the guys marry each other and all women marry each other, where will the children come from?
– he explained his position.
Jean-Claude Van Damme in the TV show “He’s not lying” (On n’est pas couché)
After the TV show went on air, the French Supreme Audiovisual Council received more than 20 complaints from viewers about the content of the program with Van Damme, and the actor himself was accused of homophobia.