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If you're a gay kid who grew up in the 1980s, you probably spent a significant amount of time fantasizing about going to the mall with Mike Seaver from Growing Pains, where you'd split a sundae at TCBY before heading to J.C. Penney's to try on Wranglers. In these dreams, Mike Seaver didn't judge you. Mike Seaver didn't think you were weird or unnatural or uncool for making out with that Tiger Beat poster of him in your closet. He accepted you for who you were, because that's just the kind of guy that Mike Seaver was: a lovable rapscallion with a heart of gold.
Unfortunately, there's a reason that these dreams never came true: the dude who played Mike Seaver, Kirk Cameron, is a USDA-certified asshole. Recently, Cameron, a born-again Christian who starred in the film adaptation of the Left Behind series, went on Piers Morgan's show to discuss his views on homosexuality. "I think that it's unnatural," he told Morgan. "I think that it's detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization."
During the interview, Cameron was also asked for his thoughts on gay marriage. “I believe marriage was defined by God,” he told Morgan. “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. So do I support the idea of gay marriage? No, I don’t.”
Cameron also said that if one of his six sons came out as gay, he would not accept his sexual orientation, and would instead tell him, "There are all sorts of issues we need to wrestle through in our life... Just because you feel one way doesn't mean we should act on everything we feel."
So just to recap: if you were a gay male who had a crush on Mike Seaver in the '80s, not only does Mike Seaver think you're "unnatural," he also thinks you're responsible for the destruction of "so many of the foundations of the civilization." But then again, Mike Seaver is a born-again Christian, so he probably thinks shit like drinking iced lattes and singing along to Adele in your car is unnatural as well. Oh, well: maybe Mark-Paul Gosselaar is still available?