“Growing Pains” Kirk Cameron, “I’m Not Homophobic”

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Photo by Stephen Shugerman for Samuel Goldwyn Films/Getty Images

Photo by Stephen Shugerman for Samuel Goldwyn Films/Getty Images

Kirk Cameron, former star of Growing Pains recently went on Piers Morgan Tonight and said homosexuality was “unnatural.”

He is currently looking for a good dentist or podiatrist to remove his foot from his mouth.

Cameron  sat down with Ramin Setoodeh of The Daily Beast to talk about his latest project, Monumental: In Search of America’s National Treasure, and to clear some things up.

When Cameron was asked about his views on homosexuality onPiers Morgan Tonighthe said, “I think that it’s unnatural. I think that it’s detrimental and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.”

This created a firestorm responses from many of his former co-stars, celebrities, and the public in general.

Here are some excerpts from the interview:

After you said what you did on Piers Morgan’s show, were you surprised by the reaction?

I was surprised on a couple of levels, yes. [Pauses.] I was surprised that people acted surprised by what I said. They didn’t hear everything I said: the interview was 10 minutes longer than what you saw, because it was edited down.

 Did they misrepresent what you said?

They didn’t misrepresent what I said, but what I said isn’t a full representation of how I feel about the topic as a whole. All five topics. He asked me about gay marriage, homosexuality, abortion, the Catholic Church being forced to pay for contraception against their religious conscience, and who would make the best president over the next four years. All, during an interview that was supposed to be about this new film, Monumental. I was surprised at that, for sure—particularly the way he did it. I didn’t appreciate the way he did it. I thought it was insensitive. I thought it was heartless, to tell you the truth, to take a few subjects, which are very important, he crammed it into a rapid-fire, machine-gun format where my ideas got reduced to four-second soundbites. In my opinion, those subjects can only be properly addressed in the context of a relationship, with the person who is asking me those questions. When my friend who came to me and said you’re the first person I’m telling this to, I’ve known you for 10 years, I’m gay. I could tell how difficult it was. It’s personal. It’s sensitive. It’s difficult. He was nervous what my reaction would be. I said, “Dude, you know me. I love you. There’s nothing you could ever tell me that would make me not love you and care about you.” If Piers had asked me that: what do you think about homosexuals? What do you think about the gay community?

And yet you said being gay is a sin?

That’s how he asked the question. What I’m saying is, when we turn off the tape recorder and you and I want to sit down and have a meal together and we want to have a talk, I’d welcome that. That would be cool, two people sitting down, having a respectful conversation about important issues.

I’m trying to give you a chance to explain it, because a lot of people were really upset by what you said.

What I can tell you, what I said to Piers Morgan about gay marriage—that’s my conviction. If you and I could talk later over a steak, that would be cool.

The interview also dove into Cameron’s new project, his time on Growing Pains, and his views on politicians and occupy Wall street.

You can read the entire interview HERE.


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