Jean-Claude Van Damme faced backlash from his fellow panellists as he made an appearance on the French chat show “On n’est pas couche” over the weekend.
Van Damme, 57, was criticized by the French Minister for Gender Equality, Marlene Schiappa, after he made some controversial comments about a woman’s role being to take care of the children while a man goes out to provide for the family.
According to Pink News, Schiappa hit back: “According to your theory, if a man marries another man or a woman marries a woman – how does that work?”
Van Damme is then said to have replied, “Men marry other men? Men get married, women get married, dogs get married… everybody is getting married and everybody is getting divorced.”
After the audience then laughed, Schiappa hit back: “I’m sorry, but this is not funny. This is the day of the Pride parade where people march to defend their rights.”
She reportedly went on, “I find this shocking. There are people who are beaten and insulted because they are homosexual. We need to support them rather than mocking them, saying they are dogs.”
Despite his comments, Van Damme then attempted to defend himself by saying: “I have a lot of friends who are gay. If they want to get married, that’s OK.
“But the question is, if all the boys marry each another and all the women marry each other, how are we going to have children?”
ET Canada has contacted Jean-Claude Van Damme’s rep for further comments.