Kirk Cameron, 50, of Growing Pains fame has raised the ire of some by spearheading "peaceful protests" — maskless Christmas caroling events — in his area. Now, even his TV family members have spoken up, with Tracey Gold, 51, and Jeremy Miller, 41, expressing their disapproval.
Miller said in a statement to Page Six:
"While I will always love my brother Kirk, I could not disagree more with his holding these maskless events at a time when safety and concern for others is an extreme priority. I truly couldn’t be more disappointed in him."
Echoing the tough-love sentiments, Gold tweeted last week:
"Checking in with my dear brother Mike. @KirkCameron As your more intelligent sister I want you to know that I disapprove. I'm worried about you brother AND your family. Wear a mask. Stay home. Sing later."
Cameron — who also spent time at a Mar-a-Lago event this past week — issued a misguided response via a representative:
"During this awful pandemic, people are longing for hope and encouragement and we want to offer that to them ... we encourage attendees wear masks and the freedom to socially distance, but we won't deny our neighbors the opportunity to sing Christmas carols outside in whatever manner they choose. Spirits were lifted and people were encouraged! This is America — the land of the free and the home of the brave."
It's incongruous to acknowledge that the pandemic is awful, but to then willfully contribute to it; the area in which the caroling happened is experiencing a massive surge in coronavirus cases. L.A. County hospitals are so pressed by the influx of serious cases they're in danger of running out of oxygen.
Cameron's equally religious sister, Candace Cameron Bure, 44, defended his right to stage the events, even if she made sure to assert she believes in masks and social distancing, tweeting:
"I did not attend any recent caroling events. Also, I choose to follow the greater guidelines by wearing a mask and social distance when I’m in public. However, I don’t appreciate the vile tweets about my family. I believe respectful dialogue is the key to being heard. Stay safe."