Kirk Cameron defends gay comments, talks to 'Today' and Fox News
Kirk Cameron, once the heartthrob of many because of his "Growing Pains" tenure as All-American teen Mike Seaver, has spent the last few weeks on the receiving end of criticism following comments he made on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight" about homosexuality.
On Tuesday morning, Cameron attempted to fight back against the criticism and deflect some of the blame onto the media.
When "Today's" Ann Curry asked Cameron about his comments -- which included him calling homosexuality "unnatural" and "destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization" -- Cameron responded: "I love all people. I hate no one. When you take a subject and reduce it to something like a four-second sound bite and a check mark on a ballot, I think that's inappropriate and insensitive. The truth is that these are issues that are very personal. These are things that need to be discussed best, I believe, in the context of a personal friendship of someone who's asking the question. So when things get edited down it doesn't reflect, it certainly didn't reflect my full heart on the matter."
In other words, he thinks Piers Morgan had no business having him discuss it on the air.
He continued his defense on "Fox and Friends," saying that Morgan's asking about the topic, already knowing his feelings on the matter, was wrong.
"I don't change my feeling about the comments," he said. "To take some answers, reduce an important and personal and sensitive issue to a four-second sound bite and toss it into a community to start a political bonfire and really upset people you're looking to protect was disingenuous."
Cameron was also upset that the question came during an interview to promote his documentary, "Monumental."
Not willing to take things lying down, Morgan responded to Cameron's finger-pointing on Twitter, saying, "Kirk Cameron is moaning everywhere today that I stitched him up by releasing a 4-second 'soundbite' re his comments on gay marriage. These are the 4 seconds: homosexuality is 'unnatural..detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization'. Mr Cameron 'stands by the comments', despite his whining. So I'll let others decide if he was stitched up...or just a bigot. Re #KirkCameron, I respect his religious beliefs -- just don't respect his use of bigoted, inflammatory language re homosexuality. End."
Later in the day, Morgan extended this invitation to Cameron: "Kirk Cameron should come back on my show, live and uncensored, and we can debate this properly. Your call, Kirk. #CNN."
-- Patrick Kevin Day
Photo: Kirk Cameron. Credit: Win McNamee / Getty Images.