Kirk Cameron Defends Comments About Women’s Place in the Home on Fox
Friday’s #OneLuckyGuy on Fox News’ Outnumbered was none other than former Growing Pains star-turned-Evangelical Christian Kirk Cameron. And while he covered a number of news items during the hour, the four female hosts also gave the actor a chance to explain some recent comments he made in a Facebook post about women’s role in the home during the Christmas season:
“If you are a mom, if you are a wife, if you’re the keeper of your home, I want you to know that your joy is so important this Christmas,” Cameron told his fans, before urging women to “let your children, your family, see your joy in the way that you decorate your home this Christmas, in the food that you cook, the songs you sing, the stories you tell, and the traditions that you keep.” He added, “Invite your whole neighborhood into your Christmas.”
While Cameron evidently meant no harm with his words, they were immediately taken as somewhat demeaning to women by the several sites that picked them up this week.
Cameron insisted that he doesn’t believe women should be home “barefoot and pregnant,” pointing out that his wife collaborates with him on his film projects, including his latest, Saving Christmas, which the Facebook post was intended to promote.
“What I mean is I see how hard my wife works, and she has chosen to reserve her time, her energy, everything at this chapter in her life to pour into six kids, which is a huge job,” Cameron said. “And I know that it is not just a little offensive to millions of moms out there who have chosen to do the same thing and sacrifice so much to be at home, when they scrape their knee and to have the house the way that they want, for someone to even imply that that is somehow less than carrying a briefcase and having a job professionally.”
Andrea Tantaros called out supposed “straight-news” operations like Yahoo for “editorializing” Cameron’s comments. But on the flip side, the hosts of Outnumbered uniformly defended what he said and accused his critics of deliberately “misinterpreting” his meaning.
“Wow, we are glad that you’re here,” Harris Faulkner said at the end of the segment.
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