Kirk Cameron, Growing Pains actor and born-again evangelist, recently appeared on Piers Morgan, where he said he believes "homosexuality is unnatural, detrimental and ultimately destructive to foundations of civilization."
When Piers asked Kirk how he would react if one of his six children was homosexual, Cameron said he would "sit down and have a heart-to-heart with him," and would tell his child that "there's all sorts of issues that we need to wrestle through in our life, and just because you feel one way doesn't mean we should act on every thing that we feel." Grow Up, Kirk Cameron! The Actor's Painfully Homophobic Rant
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Now Kirk is (rightfully) getting all sorts of angry responses from notable celebs, former costars, and the public in general.
According to Us Weekly, Kirk's former Growing Pains costar, Tracey Gold, tweeted: "I am a strong supporter of the LGBT community and I believe in equal rights for all."
Jesse Tyler Ferguson (who plays Mitchell on Modern Family) also took to the Twittersphere to express his thoughts on the matter: "The only unnatural thing about me being gay is that I had a crush on Kirk Cameron until about 24 hours ago." 6 Coolest Gay Celebrity Dads
Craig Ferguson took a stab at the washed up actor in his statement, saying Cameron makes him "ashamed to be a failed actor. We don't all think like that."
The Good Wife's Josh Charles said: "I know Growing Pains was only a TV show, but I have to think both Alan Thicke and Joanna Kerns must feel they failed as parents tonight."
Alan Thicke responded to the incident on Twitter himself, saying: "I'll address kirk's comments as soon as I recover from rush limbaugh's," and "I'm getting him some new books. The Old Testament simply can't be expected to explain everything." Thicke later added, "I love Kirk but I may have to spank him…'tho not in a gay way!"
Other people who expressed their distaste over Cameron's remarks include Debra Messing, Martha Plimpton and Kristin Chenoweth.
Roseanne Barr, called Cameron an "accomplice to murder with his hate speech." Her comment (albeit a tad hyperbolic) hits on an important issue, seeing as so many young LBGT people feel confused and ashamed when people express such hurtful and irrational points of view as Cameron did.
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With the suicide rate on the rise, we need to be putting positive, uplifting messages out into the world, not hateful, demeaning ones.
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