Kirk Cameron is worried his recent anti-gay comments will affect his new “movie,” so he’s now in damage control mode.
You may remember a couple of weeks ago he said on Piers Morgan’s show on CNN about homosexuality: “I think that it’s unnatural. I think that it’s detrimental and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.”
His spin later was to say that that means he loves gay people and even has gay friends.
Now he’s giving interviews trying to clear the air.
On Fox News he said, “I don’t change my feeling about the comments. What disheartens me (is that Piers Morgan took) “some answers, reduce— an important and personal and sensitive issue to a four-second sound bite and toss[ed] it into a community to start a political bonfire. [To] really upset people you’re saying you’re looking to protect…is disingenuous.”
What’s disingenuous is Kirk trying to say he blurted out a “four-second soundbite” when the discussion about the subject was actually almost three minutes. Kirk had plenty of time to be thoughtful and make his feelings clear. Which I think he did. And Piers Morgan didn’t “toss” any sound bite out into a community. Kirk said it – and the world heard.
Kirk also gave an interview to The Daily Beast where he said this:
“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?”
On what he’d do if his son was gay:
“It does grieve me to think there are people misunderstanding my heart on an issue. If my kids came to me and said I’m gay, I’d say, ‘Son, I love you.’ That’s never at stake. Never, never, never at stake. We’ll talk and we’ll go through life together and we’ll work through our thoughts and feelings and we’ll come to what’s healthy. You’ll make your decisions and I’ll make mine.”
When Ramin Setoodeh asks about gay marriage, Cameron’s publicist interrupts: “I don’t mean to interrupt. I think we’ve gone enough into it. The gay marriage, I just want to stay away from it. It’s just so polarizing.”
And I think that says all you need to know. Kirk Cameron wants you know he loves gays, but let’s not talk about things that are “polarizing.” He wants to give interviews hoping you’ll like him, but he can’t talk about the issue that started it all.
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