Stars of ‘Modern Family,’ ‘Glee’ and Others Bash Former ‘Growing Pains’ Star on His Controversial Remarks

Mar 5, 2012  •  Post A Comment

A number of Hollywood personalities are bashing the former star of “Growing Pains” over controversial comments he made on a TV talk show, E! Online reports.

Among those offering their criticisms of Kirk Cameron are “Modern Family’s” Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Glee’s” Jane Lynch and Roseanne, all of whom condemned comments Cameron made on Piers Morgan’s CNN show.

Cameron’s comments were considered by many to be homophobic. He called homosexuality “unnatural” and said gay marriage is “detrimental” to society, the story reports.

Morgan offered his own comment after the interview, saying: "I don’t think this Kirk Cameron interview went entirely how he thought it would …"

Cameron became a star with his role on the sitcom “Growing Pains,” and his co-stars from that show were among those offering their opinions. Said Alan Thicke, who played Cameron’s TV dad: "I’ll address Kirk’s comments as soon as I recover from Rush Limbaugh’s … I’m getting him some new books. The Old Testament simply can’t be expected to explain everything."

Limbaugh is also under fire for recent comments, on a different topic, as reported elsewhere.

The actress who played Cameron’s sister on “Growing Pains,” Tracey Gold, responded to the controversy by asserting her support for the LGBT community and equal rights.

E! Online reported separately: “Unwittingly or not, Cameron sparked the controversy on Friday, when he told Piers Morgan that he not only definitively did not support gay marriage, but that he would not be accepting should one of his children be gay, and called the very idea both ‘unnatural" and "destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.’"

Roseanne had harsh words for Cameron, posting: “Kirk or kurt or whatever Cameron is an accomplice to murder with his hate speech.”

Late-night host Craig Ferguson also jumped in, posting: "Rush makes me ashamed to be a middleaged white man and Kirk Cameron makes me ashamed to be a failed actor. We don’t all think like that NoH8."

Cameron’s comments were a hot topic at an event over the weekend where George Clooney and Brad Pitt, along with Lynch and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, did a reading in Los Angeles of the play “8,” about California’s Prop 8 gay marriage ban, E! Online reported.

Said Jesse Tyler Ferguson: "It’s a very closed-minded, very homophobic viewpoint. It’s also surprising coming from someone who was probably brought up in the business among many gay people. It’s just very sad."

Added Lynch: "He was a such a cute little boy. He was a such a little sweetheart."


  1. It’s too bad all these ‘has been’ celebrities forget, over and over again, that this is still a free country, where everyone has a right to there own opinion. Kirk should be able to think whatever he wants without reprisal, or we’re all in trouble…

  2. I support statements made by Mr. Cameron in this regard. He made them not as personal attacks but as explanations of his opinions on the matter. As the father of a gay daughter, I sensed no animosity toward the gay community from Mr. Cameron. He was very calm when he made the statements and I felt he handled Pierce’s constantly probing with class. A person should be able to express his or her opinions without fear of reprisal. Sadly, some in society who cry for tolerance are the least likely to have it.

  3. JavaPete –
    Has been celebrities? Like Jane Lynch and Jesse Tyler Ferguson? Uh-uh.
    And no one in the world is telling Kirk Cameron that he can’t speak out. But freedom of speech doesn’t preclude others speaking out against you (as our good friend Rush Limbaugh is learning, finally).
    Finally, I agree that Kirk can think whatever he wants without reprisal. But public statements are different from private thoughts. And like it or not, those DO come with reprisals.
    And this goes both ways. Rush, Kirk and Pat Buchanan offend many of us. The Dixie Chicks, Bill Maher and Keith Olbermann offended many others. Let the best ideas win.

  4. Yes, and in this free country, it is also OK to say that Kirk is a mindless has-been. It does work both ways!

  5. Mr. Cameron is simply stating his beliefs and those of his religion. He’s never been afraid to discuss his Christianity before and is not in this case; he’s a strong believer and no amount of criticism will affect his relationship with God.
    If you disagree with him, that’s great, and feel free to excoriate him as you see fit.
    Derision of the person for whom Christianity is named didn’t alter his beliefs, either.

  6. He has every right to say what he said. I don’t think anyone denied that. It was, however, stupid and homophobic.


  8. With so many teens being bullied for being gay, or just being perceived as gay, anyone in the public eye needs to be very cautious about making comments that could easily empower the bullies. Perhaps Cameron has forgotten what it’s like to be a teenager. He certainly has forgotten how to be tolerant of others who don’t share his views. Time for him to go back to obscurity.

  9. His thoughts reflect those of many people who are not racist or prejudice…

  10. If what Kirk Cameron said is homophobic, wouldn’t that make Roseanne, Alan Thicke and Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s comments Judeo-Christian-phobic? Funny how people who say they are for “rights,” often are the first to deny others theirs. Cameron didn’t express hate, he simply expressed his belief that homosexuality is “unnatural.”

  11. Christ said nothing…I repeat, NOTHING about being gay. Quit confusing old testament bullsh*t with the words of our all loving savior, and go back to sacrificing goat and sheep for your transgressions!

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