Kirk Cameron Backlash: Alan Thicke, Craig Ferguson, Debra Messing, More Slam Gay Hate Speech

Stars align to defend equal rights and publicly oppose actor's remarks condemning homosexuality

By Gina Serpe Mar 05, 2012 9:17 PMTags
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Forget growing pains, Kirk Cameron's feeling pains of a different sort: namely, those of the ever-accelerating backlash variety.

Over the weekend, stars like George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Jane Lynch reacted as one to the former teen idol's homophobic remarks, condemning his comments that homosexuality was "unnatural" and gay marriage "detrimental" to society.

Then this morning, his former small-screen sister Tracey Gold reasserted her belief in equal rights, making sure to put a considerable distance between herself and Cameron.

And now? Well, the floodgates have opened, and stars are aligning to condemn the hateful remarks in the wake of the firestorm. Among them, Kirk's TV dad Alan Thicke...

But first among those commenting online was Piers Morgan, on whose CNN show Cameron let loose with the instantly reviled comments. It's safe to say, even for a Brit, he came up with quite an understatement:

"I don't think this Kirk Cameron interview went entirely how he thought it would…"

Highly unlikely, indeed. Here's a look at what some other gay rights-supporting stars had to say:

Alan Thicke: "I'll address kirk's comments as soon as I recover from rush limbaugh's...I'm getting him some new books. The Old Testament simply can't be expected to explain everything."

Craig Ferguson: "Rush makes me ashamed to be a middleaged white man and Kirk Cameron makes me ashamed to be a failed actor. We don't all think like that NoH8."

Jesse Tyler Ferguson: "The only unnatural thing about me being gay is that I had a crush on Kirk Cameron until about 24 hours ago."

Debra Messing: "I want to thank Piers Morgan for his response to what he wud say to HIS child if (s)he came out: 'Great, as long as you're happy.'"

Roseanne: "Kirk or kurt or whatever Cameron is an accomplice to murder with his hate speech. So is rick warren. Their peers r killing gays in Uganda."

Dave Holmes: "Remember yesterday afternoon, when Kirk Cameron's views were none of our concern? Let's restore America to that golden age."

Michael Showalter: "Idea for movie: Human Centipede 3 starring Kirk Cameron and Rush Limbaugh."

Martha Plimpton: "The word 'equality' shows up too much in our founding documents for anyone to pretend it's not the American way. #usethe19th #equalitynow."