Child Celebrities Opposing Kirk Cameron (CCOKC) speak out against Kirk Cameron’s views concerning homosexuals in a video, using their pronunciation of the acronym for themselves. The video is a response to an interview he made with Piers Morgan.
The CCOKC video ridicules his views and makes the point that all child celebrities grew up around gays and should know better. The Child Celebrities also make the point that gays never did anything to hurt Cameron and they challenge him to name one thing gays ever did to hurt him, his community, or civilization. Criminality is not included in the response, because anyone can be a criminal, whether the person is straight or gay.
"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," explains Cameron. "So do I support the idea of gay marriage? No, I don't."
Joining Morgan in person, Cameron goes on to explain his views on homosexuality:
"I think that it's – it's – it's unnatural. I think that it's – it's detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization."
When Morgan asked Cameron what he would say if one of his six children came to him and said they are gay. He said he would have a “heart to heart” with him, just as Morgan would. Morgan said he would tell his child, “That’s great, as long as you are happy.” Cameron came back and said, “I wouldn’t say ‘That’s great, as long as you’re happy’, I would say ‘There’s all sorts of issues and we need to wrestle through them. Just because you feel one way doesn’t mean you should act on how you feel.’
The celebrities end their video with, “I’m a CCOKC and Kirk, you’re just a dick.”
Morgan summed up his thoughts on the interview with Kirk, saying that the backlash from CCOKC stems from shock that a Kirk could make such offensive statements about gays, in light of what they grew up with as child stars. He also adds his thoughts concerning being a Christian.
As Morgan later summed up the backlash, many people were "shocked by the fact of this sweet nice boy from 'Growing Pains' has come out with what he clearly felt were perfectly normal comments but actually in the cold light of day are transparently offensive."
"I just don't think you can sit there with a straight face and say 'I'm a Christian, God-fearing, all-around good person, but by the way, I hate these people who were born the way they were.'"
Cameron, surprised that his comments caused so much controversy, defended his views on the Today Show, saying that his views are in line with God’s Teachings. He insisted he was not encouraging hatred of others and that he loves all people. He stated that Morgan took his statements out of context to make a sound bite, in an effort to create a political firestorm.
“I was surprised, frankly, that people were surprised by the things that I’ve said. I have been consistent for 15 years as a Christian. I’m a Bible-believing Christian. What I would have thought was more newsworthy is if I had said something that contradicted the word of God, if I had contradicted my faith.”
“”What disheartens me… is that when you’re sitting across the table from someone who knows what your perspective is on issues… but to then take some answers, reduce an important and personal and sensitive issue to a 4 second soundbite and toss it into a community to start a political firestorm and really upset people that you’re saying you’re looking to protect, I think it’s disingenuous.”
Morgan’s response in a Twitter stated that he respects Cameron’s religious beliefs, but does not respect bigoted inflammatory remarks against gays.