High-profile backlash came swiftly for Kirk Cameron, after his recent remarks about homosexuality in an interview with Piers Morgan, telling the CNN host that it was “detrimental and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.”
Even Cameron’s own TV family from “Growing Pains,” which once made him a teen idol, didn’t seem thrilled with the actor’s public stance.
Tracy Gold, who played Cameron’s sister Carol Seaver in the show, tweeted “I am a strong supporter of the #LGBT Community, and I believe in equal rights for all. #NOH8 #LOVE”.
His on-screen father Alan Thicke also took to Twitter, posting a variety of thoughts about the subject. “I’m getting him some new books. The Old Testament simply can’t be expected to explain everything,” read one. Another simply said, “I love Kirk but I may have to spank him…’tho not in a gay way!”
The ladies on “The Talk” offered their own input to the interview, with guest co-host LaToya Jackson reflecting on her own religious past and how it shaped her views.
“There’s so much hatred in the world today, that when you find people that truly love each other we should replect that and we should honor that,” she said.
Sara Gilbert went a little more in-depth on the matter..
“The first tragedy of this is that ‘Growing Pains’ will never be the same to me,” she said. “Seriously, I just feel that he is entitled to his opinion but you have to think about who you are hurting, the kids out there, that aren’t ok with you they are. In lesbian, gay, bi- and transgendered youth, the suicide attempt rate is 30 to 40%. Those kids hearing that message, he needs to think about that. When he says we are taking apart foundations in society, I would argue that there is no one who fights for marriage more than gay people.”
Sheryl Underwood thought that Cameron’s actions conflicted with Christian beliefs.
“If he is to be Christ-like, where’s the love that Christ would have shown?” asked Sheryl Underwood.
“I had no idea who that guy was,” added Sharon Osbourne.
Here’s the video…