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Kirk Cameron faces backlash from Hollywood

Brittney Elkins

Kirk Cameron at the Calvary Baptist Church in Manhattan, 2007.

Kirk Cameron’s anti-gay remarks have landed him in the hot seat

Kirk Cameron, best known for his role as Mike Seaver on the sitcom Growing Pains, made controversial statements about homosexuality and gay marriage last week on Piers Morgan Tonight.

During the interview with Piers Morgan, Kirk Cameron was asked about his stance on gay marriage and homosexuality. He called it “unnatural”, and added, “I think that it’s detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.”

Kirk Cameron is a born-again Christian. In his early career he was a teen-heartthrob. Now, he stars in non-secular Christian movies such as the Left Behind series and Fireproof.

Piers Morgan, continued to grill Kirk Cameron on the subject of gay marriage.

“Marriage was defined by God a long time ago. Marriage is almost as old as dirt, and it was defined in the garden between Adam and Eve—one man, one woman for life till death do you part. So I would never attempt to try to redefine marriage. And I don’t think anyone else should either. So do I support the idea of gay marriage? No, I don’t,” Kirk Cameron said.

Morgan then asked what he would do if one of his six children came to him and said, “Dad, bad news, I’m gay.”

“I’d sit down and I’d have a heart to heart with him, just like you’d do with your kids,” Kirk Cameron said, “There are all sorts of issues we need to wrestle through in our life. Just because you feel one way doesn’t mean we should act on everything we feel.”

Many of his fellow actors in Hollywood, including some of his former Growing Pains co-stars, have since shared their disappointment and outrage at the anti-gay remarks.

Alan Thicke, who played Kirk Cameron’s father on the show, responded on Twitter, “I’ll address Kirk’s comments as soon as I recover from Rush Limbaugh’s,” and, “I’m getting him some new books. The Old Testament simply can’t be expected to explain everything.”

Later, Thicke tweeted, “I love Kirk but I may have to spank him… ‘tho not in a gay way!”

Neil Patrick Harris, an 80s child star who now stars on the popular show How I Met Your Mother and is openly gay, tweeted, “That Kirk Cameron is hilarious!”

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, another openly gay actor who stars on Modern Family, said, “The only unnatural thing about me being gay is that I had a crush on Kirk Cameron until about 24 hours ago.”

These are just a few of the tweets and Web posts coming out of Hollywood this week.

Just a day after Kirk Cameron made these anti-gay remarks, George Clooney and Brad Pitt joined other Hollywood superstars in an reading of the play 8.

The one-night only engagement brought in several Hollywood superstars such as Martin Sheen, Jane Lynch, Kevin Bacon, John C. Reilly, Jamie Lee Curtis, Chris Colfer, George Takei, and many others.

8 is a play about the court battle to overturn the gay marriage ban Prop 8 in California. Readings of 8 benefit the American Foundation for Equal Rights.

Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black, who wrote 8, and Rob Reiner, who directed it, have been talking about developing a movie adaptation.

It is unlikely that they will ask Kirk Cameron to participate in the project, although, participation in such a project would be a great way for Kirk Cameron to apologize to the LGBT community.

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