Kirk Cameron appeared on television this week to talk about his recent anti-gay comments, implying that Piers Morgan’s show edited his words to make his views appear more controversial than they are. Now Piers Morgan has taken to Twitter to refute that claim and issue a challenge to Cameron.
Cameron made an appearance on NBC’s Today program this week and told Ann Curry that his real feelings did not come across in the interview and that his comments had been edited and therefore seemed worse than they were.
“I was surprised, frankly, that people were surprised by the things that I’ve said,” Cameron explained. “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.”
When Curry asked whether he was “encouraging people to feel hate toward gay people, Cameron answered: “Absolutely not.”
“I love all people, I hate no one,” he added. “When you take a subject and reduce it to something like a four-second soundbite and a check mark on a ballot, I think that that’s inappropriate and insensitive. … to edit it down to that, it certainly didn’t reflect my full heart on the matter.”
“Nobody should mistreat anybody. We all have our convictions formed by different things and mine are informed by my faith. They’re formed by the word of God, and I found that to be an anchor for me, a compass and a guide for me. When people start bullying one another and calling each other names for those different convictions, then I think you get into problems.”
Cameron went on Piers Morgan’s talk show a few weeks ago and said that he thinks being gay is “unnatural” and “detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.”
Following the Piers Morgan interview Kirk Cameron ran around claiming gay groups were trying to censor him with their criticism, but not once did he suggest he had been edited to appear more anti-gay.
Piers Morgan, having heard about the Today show interview and noting that Cameron didn’t actually retract any of his statements, hit back on Tuesday night and released this set of scathing tweets:
So will Kirk Cameron take up the challenge? Probably not, but wouldn’t it be fun to watch?
Meanwhile, GLAAD is being critical, and rightly so, regarding how the Today show failed to challenge Cameron on his assertion that his comments weren’t hateful.