Like an example of double standards and selective outrage? Me too. Here’s one case of it in action.
LOS ANGELES, March 4 (TheWrap.com) – Former “Growing Pains” star Kirk Cameron‘s negative comments on homosexuality and gay marriage, made Friday on CNN’s “Pier Morgan Tonight,” have drawn a rapid response from GLAAD.
Cameron said he thought homosexuality was “unnatural.”
“I think that it’s detrimental and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization,” the actor told Morgan.
Cameron, who is an evangelical Christian, also spoke out against gay marriage.
“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. So I would never attempt to try to redefine marriage. And I don’t think anyone else should either,” Cameron said. “So do I support the idea of gay marriage? No, I don’t.”
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation issued a statement Saturday in response to the actor’s appearance on the CNN program.
“In this interview, Kirk Cameron sounds even more dated than his 1980s TV character,” Herndon Graddick, senior director of programs at GLAAD, wrote “Cameron is out of step with a growing majority of Americans, particularly people of faith who believe that their gay and lesbian brothers and sisters should be loved and accepted based on their character and not condemned because of their sexual orientation.”
Graddick also addressed Cameron’s remarks regarding gay marriage.
“With an increasing number of states recognizing marriage equality, Americans are seeing that marriage is about committed couples who want to make a lifelong promise to take care of and be responsible for each other and that gay and lesbian couples need equal security and legal protections. That’s not ‘redefining’ anything.”
In brief remarks to TMZ Saturday night, Morgan called Cameron “brave” to voice his beliefs. Morgan said he feels Cameron “was honest to what he believed” even if most people find his views to be “antiquated.”
When Roland Martin tweeted remarks GLAAD considered homophobic and possibly an incitement to gay bashing, they unleashed their rap on him leading to CNN suspending him indefinitely, despite Mr. Martin’s apology.
Piers Morgan gives Kirk Cameron a forum to call homosexuality “unnatural,” “detrimental” and “ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization” and though a has-been, hack actor like Cameron gets the GLAAD smack down, why is Morgan given a pass for telling TMZ Cameron’s remarks were “brave” and “honest?” Does the qualifier that they were “antiquated” give Morgan a pass from Martin’s apology does not?
Seems like GLAAD has their own evolving standards when it comes to Martin’s silly Tweets and Morgan’s tacit approval of Cameron’s clear and present homophobia. What’s the lesson to be learned here? It’s a bad thing when a Black CNN contributor implies homophobia but it’s okay when a White CNN host applauds it?
How can GLAAD plausibly criticize a nobody like Cameron while giving Morgan a pass? I could care less what a nobody like Cameron says. This is a guy who attacked Steven Hawking and John Lennon for not believing in heaven. To go after the former teen idol of Growing Pains while saying nothing about Piers Morgan, the enabler and defender of Camerion’s bigotry makes no sense. Or maybe it does if GLAAD figures they’ve bagged their quota of CNN personalities by getting Martin off the air.
GLAAD apparently considers the sin lies in making remarks they consider offensive. But if you give the homophobe a forum and defend his right to be homophobic, it’s no harm, no foul.
Or maybe the simplest answer is it’s true that hypocrisy IS the greatest luxury and GLAAD is more willing to take on homophobic remarks when they’re coming from self-described Christians like Martin and Cameron and tolerate them when Morgan sticks up for bigotry.
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- Kirk Cameron Tells Piers Morgan Homosexuality Is ‘Unnatural’ and ‘Destructive’ (VIDEO) (blippitt.com)
- GLAAD slams Kirk Cameron for ‘unnatural’ stance (kenyatta2009.wordpress.com)
- Piers Morgan — Kirk Cameron Was ‘Brave’ to Voice Anti Gay Marriage Opinions (tmz.com)