Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Rant #690: Kirk's "Growing Pains"
Once again. people are putting too much emphasis on what an actor says.
Again, I ask, why are actors all of a sudden spokesmen for our civilization?
Kirk Cameron, one-time boy heart throb on ABC's "Growing Pains" sitcom, recently made some comments about gays that many believed were antagonistic to the gay community.
On the Piers Morgan program on CNN, Cameron said that being gay was "detrimental," "unnatural," and "ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization."
When people heard that, they got simply hysterical. Fellow actors criticized him for his view, and seemingly, everybody had an opinion on what Cameron said.
Even his former "Growing Pains" co-stars came out against Cameron, as if anybody really cares what they have to say either.
Heck, Cameron's received more press from this incident than he did during his "Growing Pains" tenure.
Cameron is a born-again Christian who has appeared in faith-based movies and co-founded a California-based evangelical ministry.
No, he isn't a teenybopper anymore.
Once the backlash began, he kind of backpedalled, like any good "politician" would do, stating that "It's my life's mission to love people."
He also said something more important: "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 by 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."
At least on this point, he is right.
This is America, where free speech is guaranteed and protected by the Constitution. He has a right to say what he wants.
If people want to disagree with him, that is fine.
That is what our country is all about.
Whatever you think about what he said, number one, he has a right to say it and believe it, and number two, remember, this isn't coming from a politician or somebody who really carries any weight.
He is an actor, remember? And he will dig his own hole--he's already done it.
Funny, when actors and others come out for gay rights, I don't hear people getting hysterical like this.
When Mel Gibson comes out with his anti-Semitic diatribes, I don't hear so many people rallying around him, ready to burn him at the stake, as I have heard many people want to do with Cameron.
But like Cameron, Gibson can say what he wants in this country.
He is ignorant, Cameron is ignorant, and let's leave it at that.
They are actors, not the creators of public policy. They are performers. Sure, they have a soapbox to stand on because of who they are, but c'mon, who is really going to pay attention to someone like this?
But the bottom line is the following:
Are the PC police patrolling around, looking for dimwitted people like Cameron to make an example of?
You bet they are!
Posted by Larry at 3:53 AM