Kirk Cameron defends his anti-gay comments against Hollywood shitstorm
Whachu talkin' 'bout, Mike Seaver?
Because not only are your dad and sister ready to kick your ass, but so are a ton of stars from the screen and stage. Not to mention Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx.
If you're just tuning in, '80s star Kirk Cameron stirred up a shitstorm when he let his ignorance about sexuality be known.
Cameron, a 41-year-old born-again Christian who rose to fame on the sitcom Growing Pains, told CNN's Piers Morgan on March 2 that he thinks being gay is "detrimental", "unnatural", and "ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization". He said that marriage was defined by God as between one man and one woman, citing Adam and Eve, and therefore he could not support gay marriage.
He has six children. He said if any of his children came out, he would have to explain to him or her that "Just because you feel one way doesn't mean we should act on everything we feel."
Several Hollywood and music stars voiced their opposition to Cameron's comments in interviews, including Jamie Lee Curtis, Kristin Chenoweth, Latoya Jackson, Sara Gilbert, and the hosts of The Talk.
And many more took to Twitter. Among them were Cameron's former Growing Pains costars Tracey Gold (who played his sister), who also changed her Twitter picture to a NO H8 campaign photo, and Alan Thicke (who played his father), who has been retweeting messages of support for equality.
Here's just a sample:
- Roseanne Barr: "kirk or kurt or whatever cameron is an accomplice to murder with his hate speech. so is rick warren. their peers r killing gays in uganda."
- Zach Braff: "If Kirk Cameron hates gay people, why was he best friends with Boner?"
- Josh Charles: "I know Growing Pains was only a tv show, but I have to think both Alan Thicke & Joanna Kerns must feel they failed as parents tonight."
- Sarah Colonna: "Big thanks to Kirk Cameron for reminding me to donate to @glaad today. P.S. Bigotry excused by religion-still bigotry. glaad.org/blog"
- Billy Eichner: "So great to hear what Kirk Cameron thinks about gay people. Anybody know where Tina Yothers stands on the death penalty?"
- Craig Ferguson: "Rush makes me ashamed to be a middleaged white man and Kirk Cameron makes me ashamed to be a failed actor. We don't all think like that NoH8"
- Jesse Tyler Ferguson: "The only unnatural thing about me being gay is that I had a crush on Kirk Cameron until about 24 hours ago."
- Tracey Gold: "I am a strong supporter of the #LGBT Community, and I believe in equal rights for all. #NOH8 #LOVE"
- Jordan Knight: "Ted Haggard vehemently opposed gays as well. Wonder why? He couldn't accept himself...... in my opinion. #justsayin"
- Debra Messing: "i want to thank Piers Morgan for his response to what he wud say to HIS child if (s)he came out: "Great, as long as you're happy"—"
- Martha Plimpton: "The word "Equality" shows up too much in our founding documents for anyone to pretend it's not the American way. #usethe19th #equalitynow"
- Alan Thicke: I'll address kirk's comments as soon as I recover from rush limbaugh's."
"I'm getting him some new books. The Old Testament simply can't be expected to explain everything."
- Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue): "Kirk Cameron,asshole of the week."
"I get the"Freedom of speech" tweets from you guys.:) I just have a really hard time excepting people bashing gay marriage.Love Is Love."
But alas, Cameron won't back down. Or shut up.
He sent a statement to ABC News:
“I spoke as honestly as I could, but some people believe my responses were not loving toward those in the gay community. That is not true. I can assuredly say that it’s my life’s mission to love all people.”
“I should be able to express moral views on social issues, especially those that have been the underpinning of Western civilization for 2,000 years—without being slandered, accused of hate speech, and told from those who preach ‘tolerance’ that I need to either bend my beliefs to their moral standards or be silent when I’m in the public square.”
“I believe we need to learn how to debate these things with greater love and respect."
"I’ve been encouraged by the support of many friends (including gay friends, incidentally).”
Could one of his so-called "friends" be Stephen Baldwin?
Baldwin (who, ironically, starred in the 1994 film Threesome about a MMF coupling) was one of the only stars who spoke out in support of Cameron. Baldwin appeared on Showbiz Now, in a debate about Cameron's comments. George Takei, an out gay actor and activist, countered Baldwin's arguments.
Although Piers Morgan made his views on the issues clear in his interview with Cameron, he also said that Cameron's remarks were "pretty brave".
The day after his remarks, Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation launched a petition called Tell Kirk Cameron It's Time to Finally Grow Up.
It'll be interesting to see how many "friends" Cameron has left after the dust settles.