Kirk Cameron shot to fame when he was cast as a young child in the coming-of-age sitcom Growing Pains. Over the years, Cameron has been embroiled in controversy, and his name often made headlines in less than flattering contexts – most of them revolving his opinions about women’s roles, and his own marriage.
Let’s go back and understand how it all went down, and everything that led to his recent scandals.
Struggling to get roles
The star was educated on the set of the show Growing Pains, and he graduated from high school at the age of 17. However, his time on the popular show ended in 1992, and ever since, Cameron has struggled to land any major mainstream roles.
His 2014 film Saving Christmas, for instance, proved to be a box office success, but was very poorly received by critics. This has become something of a recurring element in his films, with box office success intermingled with critics blasting him. But it seems that he would soon step into the spotlight – for his controversial opinions.
Kirk Cameron has been married for 28 years and has some strong opinions on how wives should act. He claims that the key to a successful marriage is to have a submissive wife. According to Cameron, wives should always follow their husband’s leads.
The actor was speaking in an interview with the Christian Post, and didn’t hold back from speaking his mind. Cameron feels if each person is ‘getting their part right,’ then regardless of how a spouse is being treated, there is hope for real change in the marriage.
Following the instructions
As he continued to discuss marriage with the Christian Post, Cameron claimed there was actually a set of instructions for marriage. He said that a lot of people didn’t know that they could find these instructions, and that they are all laid out through the word of God.
It seems that Cameron has kept his marriage instructions close to his home as he has been married to Chelsea Noble since 1991. But he doesn’t feel a happy home is just down to the wife being submissive toward her husband.
Try not to argue
Cameron said that husbands should refrain from arguing with their wives. He feels as though arguing hurts both parties, plus it can have an effect on children. Cameron feels as though arguing in front of children can make it hard for them to go on and have healthy relationships.
The actor thinks that people who believe they are winning an argument will actually end up being the losers. He feels as though both parties in an argument are actually losers, and it’s a “no-win situation.”
Going on tour
Most famous people who go on tour will have tons of fans hoping to see them either in a performance or at a convention. Kirk Cameron recently went on tour to speak about marriage.
The actor isn’t in as many films these days as a star of his caliber could be expected to be, but he’s still drawing in the crowds thanks to his marriage experience. The tour is called Love Worth Fighting For, which is an event that’s designed to “strengthen and encourage your marriage.”
Kissing his wife
Cameron met his wife Chelsea Noble on the set of Growing Pains. Due to his strong religious beliefs, once Cameron and Noble became an item he refused to do kissing scenes with anyone other than his wife.
The star would make sure Chelsea would be substituted in for the kissing scene, even if Cameron wasn’t kissing her character. He refused physical contact with anyone other than Chelsea during his time on Growing Pains, which could be a big restriction for an actor on another set, but he stuck by his beliefs.
His view on gender roles
Cameron’s opinion on what women’s roles in marriages should be were also highlighted back in 2014, when Saving Christmas was released. He said that a mother or wife’s joy at home over Christmas was very important.
Cameron recommended that wives and mothers should be free to decorate their homes however they see fit, and to cook the meals they want. On the other side, though, Cameron did suggest that husbands could surprise their wives one night by doing the dishes.
Not sharing his opinion
Cameron has been known for having conservative opinions, and many feel as though the rest of Hollywood doesn’t support the former child actor. The Growing Pains star doesn’t feel anything negative toward Hollywood and is instead grateful for the opportunities it has provided to him.
He says that no matter what people’s outlooks on life are, there will always be people who disagree with them, so he just accepts that that’s the way the world works. Despite the critics, Cameron avoids political debates and just focuses on love instead.
Not getting mainstream roles
When asked by the Hollywood Reporter about his views, Cameron feels as though his advice today wouldn’t lead an actor to mainstream roles. He thinks that is a positive as far as he’s concerned, though, because he doesn’t know any of the parts he didn’t get approached for because of who he is.
Instead, Cameron is grateful that standing up for what he believes in has led him to roles that he’s passionate about. He just encourages people to find other like-minded people and “go make a difference.”
Cameron did star in Saving Christmas as a fictionazlied version of himself in this festive 2014 project. Unfortunately, it was deemed one of the worst films ever made and still has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 0%. IMDb, meanwhile, gives it a rating of 1.5 out of 10.
Cameron’s peppy attitude is meant to help his brother Christian, who isn’t feeling the Christmas spirit. Thanks to Cameron’s teachings, his brother realizes the true meaning of Christmas. The film was heavily promoted on social media, and despite the critics, it made $2.8 million at the box office.
An underground Hollywood society
When pressed to speak about an underground conservative community in Hollywood, Cameron had a few things to say. Firstly, he said he was unaware of any group that might exist, claiming he didn’t want to say yes to “expose them.”
Cameron did say that if there was an underground conservative society, he could understand why they wanted to remain quiet. The actor feels as though high-profile conservatives would worry about being discriminated against because of their values, even though the industry claims it is non-discriminatory.
Running in the family
It’s not just Kirk in the Cameron family who was bitten by the acting bug, however. Kirk’s sister Candace Cameron Bure was also a child star after she starred in Full House, at around the same time that her brother was appearing in Growing Pains.
Candace starred in Full House, and she later appeared in the show’s spin-off, Fuller House, in 2016. Unlike Kirk, Candace has found a lot more success on the acting front and has constantly been featuring on TV shows over the years.
Crashing into Candace
As much as he loves Christmas, the holiday season hasn’t always been kind to Kirk, and in December 2018 he had an accident with his sister. It was an unfortunate go-karting accident that saw Kirk run over Candace’s hand with his racing cart.
The Cameron family were out on a fun day, but it ended up with Candace heading to the emergency room to get her hand looked at. Her fingers ballooned in size, but despite the bumps and bruises, there was nothing broken in her hand.
Admitting to his mistake
Kirk Cameron was quick to hold his hands up and admit his part in crashing into his sister. He took the blame and claimed he was the driver who tried to cut Candace off and take the lead.
After the accident, Kirk accompanied his sister to the hospital and stayed by her side the entire time. The actress was happy to report to her fans that nothing was broken and after a short trip to the hospital, she was on her way back home.
Whipping up a storm
Actors and famous people are only ever a few controversial comments away from damaging their careers, and Kirk didn’t hold back in 2017. Some people accused the actor of coming off as very insensitive toward the victims of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey in 2017.
He asked on his social media account whether we should write off two hurricanes in quick succession as a coincidence, or whether it was something more than that. Cameron then quoted passages from the bible referencing God’s power.
The social media post from Cameron caused a stir online, and it was shared thousands of times in barely any time. Some people questioned whether Cameron thought God was creating storms that caused fatalities just to teach them humility.
Others questioned how the hurricanes could be a display of love considering the number of people who lost their lives because of them. The storms devastated parts of America and the Caribbean, and Cameron’s comments were not appreciated by many people.
Offending the LGBT community
People in the public eye have to be careful over the things they say, or they run the risk of offending a lot of people. Not only will they hurt others, but there’s a good chance their careers will suffer significantly from the backlash they might have to endure.
In 2012, Cameron did an interview with Piers Morgan, and there were some controversial quotes that came from that conversation. Cameron said that same-gender marriage was “destructive to so many of the foundations of society.”
Following the interview, life for Cameron wasn’t easy for a while. Some people were unimpressed with the views he had on the LGBT community and how he saw it as “unnatural.” There was backlash from the LGBT community and others who are activists for everyone who falls under that banner.
Celebrities such as Craig Ferguson, Roseanne Barr, and Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson spoke out against Cameron, as did his Growing Pains co-stars, Alan Thicke and Tracey Gold.
Upsetting his show sister
One of the people upset by the words Cameron had to say around same-gender marriage was his Growing Pains co-star, Tracey Gold. The actress played Cameron’s sister in the sitcom, and she admitted to being bombarded with questions about her former co-star’s world views.
Gold said she didn’t feel it was appropriate to stay silent during that time and wanted to make sure the message of love and marriage for all was clear. This difference of opinion led to many stories of a feud between the former colleagues.
Dealing with the feud
Much like Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle’s reported feud, once the media felt there was a story there, they ran with it. There were rumors of a feud between Gold and Cameron after they didn’t appear to see eye to eye over the interview.
Gold said that after not saying anything to Cameron for a while, she picked up the phone to speak with him. She told her co-star that she was asked for her opinion on the matter. Gold said that Cameron was totally fine with her after that.
Waiting for a reboot
Kirk’s sister Candace was part of the Fuller House reboot in 2016, and the actor hopes his own sitcom can have a similar reboot. In early 2019, Cameron was believed to be on board for the Growing Pains reboot that might be hitting our screens soon.
Cameron has featured in a couple of the Growing Pains TV movies that came out in the early 2000s and is set to return as Mike Seaver in the future. He’ll possibly have to call on his wife Chelsea once again for any romance scenes, though, to stay true to his beliefs.
Raising six children
While Cameron waits for the Growing Pains reboot, he has his hands full at home with his six children. Cameron and Chelsea welcomed six kids into the world, and the TV stars chose to homeschool their children.
After initially being skeptical, Cameron and Chelsea are now advocates of homeschooling thanks to the fun they both had teaching their kids. Cameron says he has no regrets about homeschooling and said trying to socialize your kids in normal school is like trying to teach them about nutrition in a candy store.
Homeschooling was not an option
Cameron elaborated on his decision to homeschool their children when he spoke to thousands of homeschoolers during a convention in the state of Virginia that is regarded as one of the largest homeschool conventions in the United States.
He said that when he was first asked if he would consider homeschooling his six children, his reaction what that of “why would I do that?” and “are you kidding?” He had never even considered it as an option.
Leaning into the idea
He also said that his impression of homeschooling, as an outsider, was not exactly a positive one, but it was probably just out of ignorance. Then, circumstances led him to start considering it as a viable possibility.
To the audience full of interested listeners, he said that he was more and more dissatisfied with regular schools, but also with a much bigger family issue – the fact that he was only able to spend very little time with his children.
School vs. home
Cameron explained his line of thought. He was worried that since he and his wife were both working so hard, they didn’t have enough time with the kids, and therefore had no way to discipline them the way he thought they should be.
Also, he voiced his disagreement with the way public schools work. In his belief, the things children learned in public schools tended to go against the things they tried to teach them in whatever little time they did have together.
A friend steps in
In the end, it was a friend who convinced him to take up homeschooling for all of his six kids. In the winning argument, the friend used something that, as we’ve seen so far, is a leading force in Cameron’s life: religion.
The argument was that, “More than knowledge, what your children need is wisdom” – which in the friend’s opinion, meant basically knowing who God is, who they are, and why they’re here on Earth.
‘Learn how to be a family again’
Cameron recalled another advice that came from his friend. According to this unnamed person, Cameron had been doing things “the other way” for so much time, the best thing he could do was to take the kids out of the school system and then take six months off so they could all learn “how to be a family again.”
He did not elaborate on why this would be necessary, but the Camerons are now happily homeschooling their children.
Concern for the kids
Having six kids, ranging from ages 15 to 21, Cameron knows a lot about what it’s like to raise children. In a 2018 interview, Cameron expressed concern for the behavior of young people today, claiming that they are facing different problems than what he had to face as a teenager.
The main change, of course, being the rise in technology and the prominence of social media in a child’s life. Cameron claims that the young generation of today has difficulties discerning right from wrong. Also, he declared that the definition of “morality” in a teenager’s world has become somewhat elusive, and they do not know what a “normal” marriage looks like.
Connect, the documentary
Wanting to share his parental experience with other struggling parents, Cameron released a documentary he named “Kirk Cameron: Connect” in February 2018. Cameron uses his firsthand experience as a father of six children, four of whom have been adopted, to guide parents in his documentary.
Since today most teenagers have virtual friends who are basically strangers with immense influence on a kid’s life, this is sometimes difficult for parents to deal with or understand. The movie is aiming to expose parents to the dangers of social media on their children, and make them more aware of them.
A marriage under fire
Some people have found it hard to believe Cameron stayed faithful to his wife while still being an active member of the Hollywood show business community. After all, so many other actors and actresses have succumbed to temptation, and have even been very open about their infidelity, so was Cameron any different?
It seems, believe it or not, that he was. There has been no evidence that he has been unfaithful to his longtime wife, and he’s even written about how others may avoid falling into that exact same trap.
Other movie projects
As we’ve mentioned, Cameron’s religion affected his life immensely, both personally and professionally. After his “Growing Pains” stint, he went on to play mostly religious roles. Other than his Christmas movie, he portrayed Cameron “Buck” Williams in 2000’s Left Behind, a straight-to-TV religious movie series. More recently, he played the lead in 2008’s Fireproof.
Although they were panned by critics, both movies were relatively successful at the box office, with Fireproof being the highest-grossing independent film of 2008, thus making Cameron one of the most prominent public Christian figures.
On the Growing Pains set
Over the years, it seems his outspoken opinions raised a few eyebrows. An early such incident was allegedly reported back in 1990, on the set of Growing Pains. Life on the Growing Pains set have become tricky, since Cameron was adamant about staying true to his religious beliefs and wanted the show to do the same by not portraying certain materials on screen.
Reportedly, Cameron got actress and colleague Julie McCullough fired from the show. Backstage sources reported that the minute he heard she once modeled for Playboy magazine, Cameron was really mad. This allegedly led to the actress being written off the show. Cameron, for his part, has always denied these claims.
Cameron’s most recent movie, Extraordinary, was released in 2017. It tells the story of a married couple succeeding against all odds, much like in Cameron’s real life. Although Cameron did not play a leading role in the movie, it seems he makes his career choices only based on his beliefs and values.
Although the inspirational movie was not a success and remains fairly unfamiliar with audiences to this day, there’s no denying that Cameron continues to follow his truth and sticks to it no matter the cost.
A sense of comfort
When speaking with his sister about their time on Growing Pains and Full House, Cameron felt as though those shows were loved by people for one big reason. He felt as though viewers would tune in to watch him and his sister because of the family dynamics in each of their shows.
Cameron thinks people loved their shows because it gave them a sense of comfort while watching. The families on the screen might not have been like those of the viewers, but there was nothing wrong with that.
A family to be part of
Cameron believed that the family lives being portrayed in his and his sister’s sitcoms were something that people wanted to be a part of. That wholesome family environment portrayed on our TVs was something many people enjoyed, and Cameron says he stills gets comments about it now.
The actor says people often speak to him about his show and say they wish they had role models in their lives as Mike Seaver did. Cameron also says people wish their parents loved them like Maggie and Jason Seaver loved their kids.
Not being abandoned
Cameron feels as though people want to be a part of a family that isn’t going to leave them in a time of need. He said that it was unrealistic that issues in Growing Pains or Full House got wrapped up in just 30 minutes, but there was always an underlying resolve.
The families in those sitcoms always stuck together, and that’s what Cameron believes people are striving for in their own lives. Sticking together and loving each other is something that Cameron thinks people want.
The bonds viewers seen on their screens in Growing Pains were more than just acting, Cameron thinks. The actor said on the set of Growing Pains was a real tight-knit group of people who lived the bonds that their characters portrayed.
Cameron believes that the Growing Pains cast members felt like a “second family” to him, while his sister had the same experience filming Full House. According to Cameron, he felt as though Joanna Kerns and Alan Thicke were like a second set of parents to him.
Linking up with friends
Cameron isn’t living in the past though, and he’s still making new content. The actor has created a new show on Trinity Broadcasting Network, which will see him team up with some of the friends he’s made in show business over the years.
Cameron is going to invite some of his famous buddies onto his talk show, titled One on One with Kirk Cameron, and have them talk about their lives. This isn’t just a straight-up talk show though, and Cameron says he took inspiration from a leading comedian.
Inspired by Seinfeld
One on One with Kirk Cameron has been inspired by legendary funnyman Jerry Seinfeld, according to Cameron. He says that he loved what Seinfeld did with his talk show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and wanted to take some elements for his show.
Cameron’s intention is to be able to show a different side to the celebrity guests he brings in. The Growing Pains actor was inspired by how Seinfeld was able to get his guests to let their guard down and wanted a piece of that action.
All about competition
There is a laid back atmosphere in Cameron’s new show, but it’s not all about getting celebrities to open up. The actor also wants to introduce some form of competition to his guests to get the best reactions from them.
Cameron and friends will go head-to-head in one-on-one competitions in each episode before they then sit down and have a relaxed conversation. During these conversations, Cameron and co. will be talking about how family and faith are important in their lives.
Bombarded by fighting
Cameron feels as though there is just too much negativity in the media today, and wants his show to go in a different direction. He says turning on the news shows “everybody fighting over something,” and it’s everywhere you look.
Not only is it on the news but also all over social media where people seem to be waging wars against each other all the time. This show is taking a step back from all of that and introducing light-hearted competition where things don’t get heated.
Wanting a positive show
There are many social issues going on in the world that are hard to ignore, but Cameron wants to stay away from much of that. He says he and his guests could talk about the various differences within the human population, but he hopes to be positive and hopeful.
Cameron hopes his new show will be refreshing for people to watch, instead of seeing the same kind of content over and over again. The first season of Cameron’s show is already underway, and he’ll have to wait and see if it gets a second.
Bringing out the big guns
Over the years, Cameron has made many famous friends, and he is calling on them to help make his show a success. The former actor will invite stars such as former baseball pitcher Andy Pettitte to come on his show and take him on one-on-one.
He will also be inviting his sister on the show as well as his former Growing Pains castmates Jeremy Miller and Tracey Gold. Cameron’s other guests include the Benham Brothers, Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty, and filmmaking siblings the Kendrick brothers.
A serious element too
Cameron might be trying to keep the message as positive as possible on his talk show, but he will still tackle some larger issues that his guests have faced.
Some of his guests have overcome great personal struggles, and Cameron will be speaking with them about how they came through to the other side. Cameron says his guests will discuss a range of issues, including body and addiction problems, as well as their difficulties growing up in Hollywood.
Religion at the heart of it
While good-natured fun is a part of Cameron’s new show, it seems a large part of the message will be about how his guests relate to their religion. The show will look to touch on how examples from Cameron’s religion can help people in their day-to-day situations.
Once the competition is out of the way, the show makes way for a heart to heart between Cameron and his guests, where things get a little more serious.
Excited by the rebranding
Cameron’s show will be hitting the Trinity Broadcasting Network, and the star says he’s excited about the direction the studio is trying to head in. TBN is trying its best to widen its audience and has announced a slew of new shows in the hopes that it brings fresh eyes to their programming.
Cameron hopes his show can speak to new viewers, and he says he is “excited about the rebranding of TBN.” He thinks TBN now has a “lot of fun people” who are bringing something a little different.
Being supportive of fans
While Cameron is making plenty of time to bring fans new stuff, he also makes sure he gives back to those who follow him. In September 2019, Cameron attended the book launch of one of his fans after he heard about how much she appreciated him.
Trapped In My Body In My Own Words written by Claire Centrella is a story about her daughter, who had serious physical challenges to overcome but had time for everyone. Claire’s daughter passed away 17 years ago, but was a huge fan of Cameron’s.
Be your kid’s role model
When interviewed by Christian Post recently, Cameron explained his tips for parents and how to connect with their children better. The Growing Pains star said that the first thing all parents should try to be for their kids is their role model.
He thinks parents should be “confident” and “wholehearted” and the kind of “Christian you want your children to become.” Leading by example is just the first tip that Cameron gives to parents wanting their children to grow up with their faith.
Keep in contact
Cameron’s second parenting tip is to make sure you always keep in contact with your children. He warns that kids can go astray, so trying to keep a relationship with them will help them to leave communication open with their parents.
Cameron thinks that in many cases where kids go astray, their relationship with their parents is “usually broken.” He says that relationship is not “healthy and strong,” suggesting that if the bond between parents and children are, then they will be less likely to go astray.
The last tip that Cameron has for parents in this modern world is to ensure their children know what their identity is as a Christian. He asks if people nowadays define themselves by their nationality, talent, gender, or looks.
Cameron believes that by having your faith as your central identity, then that can never be taken away from you, and you will know who you are. He advises parents to keep that message in their home a strong one to ensure children don’t lose who they are.
Supporting Christian movies
Cameron is no stranger to Christian movies, and he was asked in his interview with the Christian Post what he thought about a new project. Overcomer is a movie starring Priscilla Shirer, and it deals with the concept of losing identity.
The story is centered around a high school basketball coach who has to change paths following the loss of his town’s largest manufacturing plant. The coach then moves into a different sport, and that asks viewers to take a look at themselves on the inside.
Conversation about who we are
The movie had an impact on Cameron, who says he enjoyed the message it brought to our screens. He says people try to move to glamorous locations like California all the time to try and find themselves after struggling with their identities.
Cameron says he loves this movie because it opens up a conversation between parents and children about what truly defines people. It focuses on identity, which was Cameron’s third big parenting tip to help keep your kids close to you.
Something we all struggle with
The notion of struggling to figure out who you are isn’t something that only happens to people in movies, Cameron believes we all struggle with it occasionally. Cameron thinks that with social media being such a big part of our lives, people are forcing their own self-worth onto millions of followers they have never met before.
He thinks people are getting their values from others on social media rather than taking a biblical world overview. People are them forming their own identities from the people they follow on social media.
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