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Kirk Cameron calls criticism of his anti-gay remarks ‘slander’

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Former teen actor Kirk Cameron on Tuesday responded to growing criticism of anti-gay remarks he made during an interview on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” last Friday, and called the backlash against him “slander.”

Kirk Cameron

The former “Growing Pains” actor and self-proclaimed born again Christian has come under fire for saying marriage was “defined by God,” and that homosexuality is “unnatural” and “destructive” to the foundations of civilization.

Following the broadcast, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) denounced Cameron as a “fallen teen idol” who “sounds even more dated than his 1980s TV character.”

“Cameron is out of step with a growing majority of Americans, particularly people of faith who believe that their gay and lesbian brothers and sisters should be loved and accepted based on their character and not condemned because of their sexual orientation,” said Herndon Graddick, Senior Director of Programs at GLAAD.

In a statement to ABC News on Tuesday, Cameron defended his remarks, and added that he has the support of his “gay friends.”

“I spoke as honestly as I could, but some people believe my responses were not loving toward those in the gay community,” the “Growing Pains” star told ABC News in a statement. “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).”

- Kirk Cameron

GLAAD dismissed Cameron’s response as damage control in an effort to sell his upcoming movie, “Monumental.”

“Saying that gay people are ‘detrimental to civilization’ might be ‘loving’ in Kirk Cameron’s mind, but it’s gay youth and victims of bullying who truly suffer from adults like Cameron who espouse these ideas,” said Graddick, responding to Cameron’s statement.

“Cameron used his platform to attack gay Americans and is now attempting to play victim in an effort to sell his upcoming movie. That Cameron would risk the health and safety of young people in order to do so speaks for itself,” said Graddick.

“So many Americans, popular celebrities and Christian leaders have stood up and said his views are out of touch. The fundamental dignity of gay people should no longer be a debate in this country.

“Obviously, Cameron has the right to recite his anti-gay talking points, just like fair-minded Americans have the right to tell him that his views are harmful and have no place in modern America.”

- GLAAD

Since last week’s interview, a growing number of celebrities have spoken out in support of LGBT people in response to Cameron’s comments, including “Growing Pains” co-stars Alan Thicke and Tracey Gold.

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  1. He needs a gym membership

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 6:53pm
  2. a- hole

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 6:54pm
  3. anti-cameron!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 6:54pm
  4. yea so does Rush Limbaugh when it come to what he says. It’s amazing how these people can play the victim.. And they do it soo well..

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 6:54pm
  5. Eat shit asshole

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 6:54pm
  6. He calls remarks against him slander. What does he call the remarks he made against gay people? His opinion, his right to say what he feels, or just a bunch of shit coming out of an asshole?

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 6:54pm
  7. Kirk Cameron needs to shut his dumb, religious,big ASS mouth!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 6:54pm
  8. Mr. Cameron may call our remarks whatever he wishes. We stand by what we say when we say his remarks are hate speech. He blows a high pitch dog whistle for his followers, and he does have them, who will fight to keep us from ever experiencing marriage equality in all 50 states. We will get there some day.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 6:54pm
  9. They take no responsablity for what they say.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 6:55pm
  10. let him talk..hes just pissy cus no one remembers who he is and no gay guy would fuck him..

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 6:55pm
  11. When will the oppressive persecution of white, affluent, heterosexual, men stop!?

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 6:56pm
  12. He can EAD.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 6:56pm
  13. Haha oh Kirk Cameron. I wonder how it feels to be a complete dumb fuck. There’s some slander for him. Poor baby.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 6:56pm
  14. Go pound Sand Kirk !!!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 6:56pm
  15. He’s a washed up DOUCHEBAG!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 6:56pm
  16. He’s a whiny liittle prick.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 6:56pm
  17. They think that they can say anything they want. But when we have our say. All of a sudden they are the one’s being attack. And there little feelings get hurt. And then they play the victim. All i can can say to Kirk is MAN UP. TAKE IT YOUR THE ONE WHOM GAVE YOUR OPINION NOW IT’S TIME TO GIVE OURS..

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 6:56pm
  18. Is he serious? Wth is wrong with him? He has to be smoking something.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 6:56pm
  19. Whiny little bitch.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 6:57pm
  20. Shelle, i ‘lol’ed at your comment :D

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 6:57pm
  21. “He is in more dire need of a blow-job then any white man I know”…. Robyn Williams, Good Morning Vietnam.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 6:57pm
  22. the “man” is just sad, parroting the “company line” just to see himself on tv again…seriously the show is over MOVE ON!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 6:57pm
  23. He’s strting to believe those Left Behind movies he stars in…

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 6:57pm
  24. what a whiner, oh I can hurt anybody I want but don’t do it back to me. doesn’t the bible say do un to others as you want done to you?

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 6:57pm
  25. Who cares what he thinks? He has a right to his beliefs, but really, does his opinion matter?

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 6:57pm
  26. He can eat a dick. He hasn’t been relevant since the 80s

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 6:57pm
  27. fuk him. washed up loser! even Alan Thicke hates him…

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 6:57pm
  28. Wow he is such a has been!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 6:57pm
  29. Jesus called, he’d like his Christianity back from folks like Kirk. He’s not willing to sue for slander, because that wouldn’t be his thing.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 6:57pm
  30. Kirk needs to get off the cross. Someone else needs the wood…

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 6:57pm
  31. he’s a growing pain.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 6:58pm
  32. I’m guessing he was jaded by his last boyfriend, & decided to try & pray the gay out of himself?

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 6:58pm
  33. Suck it up princess

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 6:59pm
  34. He is very typical of his kind. One sided loaded with double standards. Typical butt hole.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 6:59pm
  35. So what’s he gonna do? Take everybody to court for “slander”? Haha!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 6:59pm
  36. Like we believe his “gay friends” support his hateful beliefs.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 6:59pm
  37. So to sum it up he’s pretty much saying “Its okay for me to say it because I have ‘gay friends’”…like I haven’t heard that excuse before

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 6:59pm
  38. I used to love him so much but have now lost any respect from this kind of Jesus-FREAK that thinks he is right while others are in the wrong.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 6:59pm
  39. he seems to have forgotten that slavery has underpinned Western civilization for hundreds of years… should we bring that back too?

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:00pm
  40. Dear Kirk Cameron, Die young and painfully. <3, me

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:00pm
  41. It is America. He has the privilege of voicing his opinions. That is what makes our country great, even tho he is misguided and ill informed.We still have the privilege of voicing our opinions, kinda like every person has a rectum. Everyone has an opinion.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:01pm
  42. Sounds like he should have been called Boner…

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:01pm
  43. face it pretty boy…ur a bigot..and i will say it to your face, its wrong to imply your faith and life style on others…….

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:01pm
  44. Kirk is an embarrassment to our society.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:01pm
  45. he is d bag

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:02pm
  46. What a bigot!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:02pm
  47. Maybe you should ask your attorney.
    Defamation of character. And the liability of your hateful comments.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:03pm
  48. You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:03pm
  49. A lot of people are just upset that so many folks are choosing to love people over hate, accept them for who they are, and really let god be the judge. The bible was written by man not god himself. I choose to love everyone, believe god loves everyone, and stand up to the hate. I just want equality for everyone, love is love that’s it, who cares if it’s two girls a guy and girl, or two guys. GET OVER IT…

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:03pm
  50. reality check Kirk, homosexuality has been around as long as civilization…..remember your history lessons, or did you even finish school with your narrow and bigoted views…bitter ball!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:03pm
  51. he can go f*** himself…man up you frickin retard!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:04pm
  52. Too late for the youmg part, Stephanie, the dude is staring his “Best Used BY” date in the face, though he is only fortyish,physically. :-)

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:04pm
  53. What a creep!!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:04pm
  54. omg is that dum or just plane stuped

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:05pm
  55. In print, it’s called “libel.”

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:06pm
  56. He is as entitled to his opinion as is anyone else. As I am entitled to mine. So long as he takes no action to infringe on my freedoms, so be it. We will never be friends, so it makes no difference to me anyway.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:06pm
  57. what a little creep

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:06pm
  58. Wow! The absolute levels of hate on here are terrifying….smh. K Cameron can say what he wants mo matter how moronic they may be. Yes he should be ready for the voiced reaction as well. But as excpect I will never meet him or have him infuence my beliefs and views. I could care less.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:07pm
  59. Stop giving this d-list douche a platform.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:07pm
  60. Why is he still news?! Let’s move on to something important please.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:08pm
  61. slander begets slander hunnybunch.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:08pm
  62. Just because he’s entitled to his opinion doesn’t mean I’m not entitled to call him a douchebag.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:09pm
  63. Hasn’t it been reported in the past he has been seen trolling restrooms? Those that protest the most it always seems to have the most to hide,

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:10pm
  64. Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:10pm
  65. Par for the course from an underhung sissy with an overactive mouth and a slow wit. Lord, save me from your followers!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:11pm
  66. people be dumb

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:14pm
  67. Slander …really… its only slander if its not true … and it clearly is ….

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:14pm
  68. Keep your views. You should know we were born into this world just like you and none of us are mistakes..not even you. Just do us a favor and keep your comments to yourself.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:15pm
  69. F him!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:16pm
  70. He’s filthy under his good looks…what a DICK!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:18pm
  71. ohh the irony…

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:18pm
  72. yep

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:19pm
  73. lets face it… sure people have their opinion and are allowed to have that… what is hard here is someone who is famous (not really any more as he is about as famous as my baby toe in my opinion) has the ability to influence many people through his use of media… i am not saying dont have an opinion but perhaps if u are going use media u should use it for positive!!! Besides its not like the lgbtq community is using media to tell everyone that straight people are disgusting…. hate is hate no matter if u have freedom of speech or not….

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:19pm
  74. HE’S AN DICK

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:21pm
  75. I still can’t figure out why anyone was even interviewing Kirk Cameron. I bout nearly forgot that dumbass existed. OK, Kirk Cameron, you can disappear back into oblivion now! Buh bye! Assbag!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:22pm
  76. REMEMBER HIS BFF WAS A “BONER”

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:23pm
  77. It’s a damn sight better than being beaten nearly to death for them, like certain homophobes would have no problem doing to a member of the LGBTQ community. So quit whining and STFU, you’re in no position to say anything about anything other than to show your just another religious bigot.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:25pm
  78. and what he said wasn’t???

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:26pm
  79. Ahole

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:29pm
  80. He is a minor personage. If you ignore him he WILL go away.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:29pm
  81. Kirk and banana theory….has everyone seen this?…how can anyone take him seriously… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2z-OLG0KyR4

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:30pm
  82. Anyone in opposition to his judgmental POV is committing slander (not the correct term for it, by the way, dude), but his calling an entire population “destructive and unnatural” is what…Godlike?

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:33pm
  83. lol

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:34pm
  84. Now he’s *really* going too far. Freedom of speech applies to us ALL, ya bigoted jackass.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:36pm
  85. WHO?

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:36pm
  86. Who’s kirk camera not on?

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:37pm
  87. If you are a “celebrity” (or an old one) and express an opinion or do anything in a public forum, people will talk, either for the good or for the bad. He just happened to say something assinine, so most of the response has been negative. Grow a pair, Kirk, and suck it up.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:37pm
  88. Kirk Cameron is Ray Comfort’s creationist buttbuddy. That’s literally everything you need to know about him, everything else is superfluous

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:39pm
  89. As unfortunate and abhorring as these comments are, this should come as no surprise. One of his recent movies for the “Christian” family circuit had his character kissing the love interest at the end of the film. However, because he will only kiss his wife, she stepped in to do the scene and it is shot from far away with soft focus. He has VERY conservative values. I have NO idea how he can call himself LOVING?! and a Christian…after these words. Regardless of the topic–they do not fall into the loving supportive category. As an actor he should understand WORDS MATTER and seemed really reveal him for who he is!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:42pm
  90. Oh, tell us, chosen one, what is right and what is wrong? For you are an all knowing washed up child star (and you played a brat on TV)!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:43pm
  91. What’s that sound…? Oh! Its the sound of your fan base shrinking kirk ‘ol buddy!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:47pm
  92. People never like to be called out on their horse crap. Go figure.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:52pm
  93. no kirk cameron, the shit you said is slander! we are stating the obvious….. you are a small-minder idiot whose head is so far up his ass you cant see straight! hate is never right, so ill see you in hell!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:53pm
  94. never confuse hate with freedom of speech!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:56pm
  95. Whatever… he slandered a whole segment of the population !

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:58pm
  96. Im tired of seeing his bigoted face on my page !

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:59pm
  97. bigotry wrapped up in prayers and religion is still bigotry

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 8:00pm
  98. he is the enemy….shoot to kill

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 8:06pm
  99. hes just another has been that noone wants to hire so hes trying to get attention to get another job before he goes bankrupt…..

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 8:11pm
  100. Dik Berberian Kirk, go ahead and explain to your fans about the men you picked up in Griffith Park in Los Angeles for sexual encounters. They have started talking already on several websites and it’s more than two or three men. And don’t forget Laguna Beach in the 80′s. Don’t worry Kirk, the Lord will forgive you.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 8:14pm
  101. Kirk
    Bite my butt!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 8:14pm
  102. ok, your 5 minutes are still up, now shut up and go back to where you’ve been all these years since you were on a tv show as a kid. bye bye

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 8:16pm
  103. Yes, Kirk, because opposing hate speech is far worse than the hate speech itself. Or the stupidity of you illegally infiltrating and recording a Druid ritual back in 2006 just so you could also go slandering Pagans. Douche.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 8:17pm
  104. Who cares what he thinks..

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 8:18pm
  105. Someone should sue this jerk for discrimination and defamation.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 8:24pm
  106. Oh, puh-leez!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 8:33pm
  107. He is just horrible. What a sad person.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 8:34pm
  108. its not slander if its actually true

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 9:00pm
  109. Apparently he doesn’t understand that people have just as much right to make comments about his opinion as he does for having said opinion, and doesn’t tolerate criticism very well.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 9:02pm
  110. He’s crazy, this is a guy who said that annorexia was God’s punishment on women for vanity, LUNATIC!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 9:04pm
  111. This Growing Pains “star” is a growing pain in my arse.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 9:08pm
  112. He really said that about women and Anorexia? After his co star publicly battled an eating disorder? Just when I thought his has been ass couldn’t get any lower… As a lesbian who is also a recovered anorexic I think its safe to say I will never, ever have an iota respect for him again, even if he were to make a miraculous turn around with his views.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 9:26pm
  113. your doing the same thing your whining about!!BUTT-HOLE!!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 9:33pm
  114. he’s a nutjob.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 9:36pm
  115. so what does he call his anti gay remarks? making nice?

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 10:32pm
  116. He needs to embrace his homosexuality instead of bashing

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 10:38pm
  117. oh REALLY?:

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 10:41pm
  118. He wouldn’t know slander if it hit him in the ass.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 10:46pm
  119. i will not be reading anymore about this man. He and the people like him listen and live only the judgment and exclusion in the bible and practive none of the love and inclusion of Jesus.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 10:48pm
  120. Fuck Kirk Cameron! He can talk shit but when he gets challenged then he starts cryin like a lil bitch!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 11:12pm
  121. Sounds like he has his own gay issues…

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 11:19pm
  122. God loves you, kirk. I think you are a freak, however.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 12:14am
  123. He is just a washed up actor still looking for fame. Too bad he’s just another uneducated self righteous Republican hypocrite.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 12:35am
  124. Just to keep from getting angry about his remarks and that he said them on TV, I just tell myself, “It would suck to be that stupid.” But also… he’s just a celebrity and a mediocre washed-up one as well, so do I really care what he thinks?

    Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 1:37am
  125. maybe he got real bad memory harassed by someone…

    Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 2:07am
  126. what a douchebag !!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 2:34am
  127. Of course he has a right to his views. And I have the right to roll my eyes and laugh. I hated that show he was in back in the 1980s and I don’t like him any better now.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 4:48am
  128. He should sue in court for slander and we should counter-sue. We’ll see who wins.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 5:15am
  129. One word…Ugh!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 5:36am
  130. What a tool. Another anti-gay person who supposedly has gay friends that support him. Let’s see them. Come out, come out wherever you are…

    Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 6:08am
  131. Poor baby – now he knows how the LGBT community feels.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 6:30am
  132. Slander uh huh…whatever, he is a washed up actor

    Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 6:32am
  133. Way to show us all ‘gods love’ you piece of shit…

    Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 6:53am
  134. So criticizing the GLBT community is okay and not slander, but criticizing him is slander. Hmmmm . . . can he say: hypocrite!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 7:00am
  135. I heard Kirk is dating Rick Santorum.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 7:09am
  136. Poor Santorum baby

    Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 8:27am
  137. As a lesbian and proud member of the LGBT community, I call Kirk Cameron’s comments slanderous and as a public figure almost libelous. Perhaps we should file suit against him. I have the HRC on speed dial #5 (the key with letter J for Justice on it)

    Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 11:22am
  138. So very sad…..

    Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 1:54pm
  139. Ahhhh poor baby. Maybe he should have kept his mouth shut. What did he expect, a pat on the back?

    Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 2:35pm