The Normalization of Incest

A major Hollywood director is pushing a film with an incestuous hero and has declared his support for incest. Add that onto a sympathetic California Supreme Court and ambiguous words from a super celebrity. What will the next step be?

Interviewing for his new film, Yellow, Nick Cassevetes stood up for incest at the Toronto Film Festival:
“I’m not saying this is an absolute but in a way, if you’re not having kids—who gives a d—? 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.”

The California Supreme Court has provided a legal foundation. Chief Justice Ronald M. George wrote a majority opinion for the Supreme Court of California: The right to marry represents the right of an individual to establish a legally recognized family with a person of one’s choice and, as such, is of fundamental significance both to society and to the individual.”

Chief Justice George was not focused on incest in his writing; the case under consideration was about gay marriage. Legal decisions, however, are not limited to the case of the moment. A judge’s words can be stretched far beyond what people initially expected.

Actress Sarah Jessica Parker’s words supporting President Obama could easily be co-opted into support for incest:
“Okay, the guy who ended the war in Iraq, the guy who says you should be able to marry anyone you want, and the guy who created 4 million new jobs, that guy…”

About Ben Unseth

Migrant executive and professor.
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