Perhaps, it’s because Kirk Cameron is not an elected official that I didn’t make much of his comments earlier this month, calling homosexuality “unnatural“, even, as he put it, “detrimental and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.” He has a right to his opinions. And we have a right to challenge him on them.
The fact that so many have raised such a ruckus over his remarks shows how far we’ve come since he was at the peak of his celebrity. His hit TV series Growing Pains ended its run in 1992, five years before Ellen DeGeneres’s coming out made the cover of Time magazine. Today, homosexuality has become so mainstream that we barely bat an eyelid when a celebrity comes out.
Had he made offered similar comments at that time, his notions would have generated far less controversy.
Not just that, most of us are secure enough in our sexuality that we don’t feel threatened by a one-time teen hearth throb’s contrary opinions.
Something else to bear in mind: the night Mr. Cameron offered his opinions on homosexuality, fewer than half a million Americans tuned into Mr. Morgan’s show. More than twice that number were watching the openly lesbian Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. Ellen De Generes’s daytime talk show draws nearly three million viewers.
And that’s the real change. These “out” lesbians anchor television programs and continue to flourish in the open market. So, let Mr. Cameron speak his mind; his opinions won’t undo the social changes of the past twenty years.