Since his Friday appearance on Piers Morgan Tonight, the internet has been buzzing with reaction to Kirk Cameron’s latest comments about homosexuality. Asked by Morgan whether he thinks homosexuality is a sin, the former Growing Pains star said “I think that it’s unnatural. I think that it’s detrimental and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.”
Cameron, who has said he found religion as a teenager during his run on Growing Pains, at times reportedly took issue with the show’s morality. “I think that the way I probably handled myself back then was a little less graceful than I would like to do that now,” he later said while appearing with his castmates on Larry King Live, the show that previously held the time slot now occupied by Piers Morgan Tonight. The TV family appeared to have worked through the issue though, with Cameron saying, “I think I’ve been forgiven.”
In light of Friday’s controversial comment, Just My Show invited another former Growing Pains actor and previous JMS guest to share his thoughts on the situation. Actor and comedian Bill Kirchenbauer played the recurring role of Coach Graham Lubbock, Mike Seaver’s teacher and occasional mentor, before starring in the Growing Pains spin off Just the Ten of Us.
Statement from Bill Kirchenbauer to Just My Show:
“When I first started working on the show, Kirk was a very nice well mannered young man who seemed to have his ego in check. Some time after he turned religious, he then started doing things like getting Julie McCoullough fired because he thought her to be an immoral young girl because of her appearance in Playboy. Not very Christian like…To denounce homosexuals the way he has, is to denounce a number of the very people that worked on Growing Pains day in and day out to make him a very famous and wealthy man. To work in show business and have contempt for and not accept gays is like working at Disneyland and not liking children. His statements are deplorable and just shows how he has been brain washed by the extreme religious haters. If anything, I think people like him are ‘detrimental and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.’”
Just My Show, while generally non political in nature and a long time fan of Kirk Cameron’s work on Growing Pains, strongly disagrees with his extreme point of view on this topic. JMS has extended Cameron an invitation to discuss the issue further on the podcast.