It's time for Kirk Cameron to say something outrageous, he's got a new film
Kirk Cameron, the 80’s heart-throb of the sitcom “Growing Pains,” has been a champion of right wing Christians for many years. He’s produced and starred in Christian films, appearing on talk shows to promote them. During these junkets, he comments on gay marriage, Freedom of Speech, and/or the role of women, creating a firestorm of controversy, just to bask in it.
On a 2012 appearance on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight, when asked about gay marriage, Cameron responded:
“I believe that marriage was defined by God a long time ago. Marriage is almost as old as dirt and it was defined in the garden between Adam and Eve. One man, one woman for life till death do you part. I would never attempt to try to redefine marriage, and I don’t think anyone else should, either. So do I support the idea of gay marriage? No, I don’t.”
Piers Morgan pushed a little further, asking Cameron if he thought homosexuality was a sin. Cameron replied, “I think that it’s unnatural, that it’s detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.” Huh. So much for judge not lest ye be judged, huh, Kirk?
Alan Thicke, Cameron’s television dad on Growing Pains weighed in on him via Twitter, “I’m getting him some new books. The Old Testament simply can’t be expected to explain everything…I love Kirk but I may have to spank him…’tho not in a gay way!”
Earlier this year, Cameron backtracked a little. Without addressing whomever he might have affected with his dogmatic thinking he said:
“I think the greatest threat to marriage is not other people’s definition of marriage. The church isn’t taking God’s definition of marriage seriously. It’s not other people sabotaging marriage that’s the problem.
The only way to properly answer these kinds of questions is to begin the discussion with another question: Is life and sexuality sacred, or are they not? If they are, then God has something to say about these things. If not, then everyone is entitled to their own opinion on the matter.
I believe that freedom of speech and freedom of religion go hand-in-hand in America. 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.
Best I can figure, Kirk’s saying he should be allowed to say whatever he wants without consequences. That’s not how Freedom of Speech works at all. I would love to hear what God has to say about him.
In 2013, Cameron produced and starred (of course starred, he loves to be in front of the camera) in the film “Unstoppable,” an odd project filmed at Liberty University. This is a very, very Christian conservative university. The trailer was so unsettling that it was temporarily blocked from YouTube and Facebook.
Cameron then called on his followers to get the ban lifted. Besides the controversy, which died out quicker than Kirk would have liked, I heard nothing further about the film. That suited me fine, I had no interest in seeing it regardless. I did view the trailer, which consisted of scary looking masked men. Ho-hum. No wonder Kirk had to try and drum up some heat. Bo-ring.
Fast forward to November of 2014. Cameron has another movie coming, “Saving Christmas.” This time around Cameron is putting the burden of the responsibility of the holiday on women. Some of Cameron’s statements during promotional junkets for the film are outrageous. Examples? Sure. Here:
“The joy of the mom is her children’s strength, so don’t let anything steal your joy … Let your children, your family, see your joy in the way you decorate your home this Christmas, in the food that you cook, the songs you sing, the stories you tell, and the traditions that you keep.
Wives and mothers need to be baking cookies, singing carols, staying in the kitchen, unless they’re bringing him sandwiches. Okay, I made up that last one, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. I haven’t seen the movie so it could. Kirk Cameron in “Saving Sandwiches?” That’d have a better shot.
Anyway the synopsis says that Cameron has a brother named Christian (you put the “B” in “subtle,” Kirk) who has a case of the bah-humbugs. Somehow, through the magic of Christmas, Kirk Cameron does something.. uh… Christmas-y or whatever, to make Christian a believer in Christmas again. All signs point to some sort of religious epiphany in warm glowing lighting with a choir singing in the background.
Like in Home Alone, but without the deep commentary on society’s obsession with materialistic appearances over their own family; how that leads to ennui which can only be alleviated with un-killable foils; upon which you may vent your inner frustrations and rage at the hopelessness of your station in an acceptable family-friendly manner. Maybe I’m over-thinking that one.
But back to Kirk Cameron. Here we have a judgmental Evangelical Christian, happily contradicting himself. On one hand, Cameron wants to be a follower of Christ with the Bible taken at its literal word. Then he says that women should be in the kitchen, baking Christmas cookies, singing Christmas songs with their children, and roasting chestnuts. Oh wait, some of that is the Bible’s literal word. Guess it’s easy to contradict yourself when you follow a book that literally contradicts itself, but I digress.
Reality check, Kirk. Any time I have celebrated Christmas the entire family was involved, not just me. I didn’t put up Christmas lights. I did not cut down and carry a Christmas tree in my home or put those lights on either. We also didn’t bake cookies or roast chestnuts.
Living in Southern California, just like Kirk Cameron, my family has actually barbecued on Christmas because it was too warm to turn on the oven. Kirk’s mandatory Christmas customs aren’t compatible with all climates, you know. Where was he roasting his chestnuts? Maybe at his multi-million dollar cabin somewhere in Utah or Colorado? Bologna.
Cameron is on the front line of the so called “War on Christmas.” He doesn’t want people to say, “Happy Holidays,” they must say “Merry Christmas.” He does not approve of schools that do not have Christmas productions or plays.“ Never mind that Freedom of Religion states that you may believe or not believe as you choose, to Kirk, it means you must believe his religion. Period. To not flatter his beliefs is to draw his condemnation. Uh, period again!
Last week I wrote a story called My Personal War on Christmas. I considered mentioning Kirk and his views about women there, but it’s better to write a separate story illustrating how much of a media whore he is. Any time he has a new film, he does the same junket tour that any other celebrity does, and says something controversial to bring more attention to the project, just like the others do. Except he justifies it with his religion.
No matter how much he denies it, Kirk comes from Hollywood, not the Bible Belt. And using his platform to spew hateful crap in his God’s name is blasphemy of the worst kind. I don’t know why this arrogant jerk thinks he is an authority on Christianity, Christmas (secular or religious) and women, but he’s getting steadily worse, alienating himself from most of society.
Unfortunately, Kirk Cameron is so egotistically grandiose he actually believes his own bullshit. And that’s what his belief system is really about. Himself. That’ll be his next project.
Kirk Cameron’s “Believe Your Own Bullshit,” coming in 2015!