Growing Pains star Kirk Cameron and the maskless protest

Who is Kirk Cameron – American actor holding maskless protest against stay at home order?
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Onetime Growing Pains star Kirk Cameron hosted yet another Christmas caroling protest with unmasked singers in close proximity. Local news reports pin the number of attendees at about 100. The event was held in the parking lot of The Oaks Mall in Thousand Oaks to protest the governor's stay-at-home order. It’s the third such event the Fireproof actor has held this December.

The Tuesday night event at The Oaks mall attracted between 75 and 100 mostly maskless people, according to KABC-TV. People of all ages attended, including children and senior citizens.

Meanwhile, Covid-19 is hitting Ventura County — where the mall is located — hard. The county recently reported its highest-ever number of daily new Covid-19 infections, and the test positivity rate on Tuesday was 12.6%, which is higher than that of adjacent L.A. County.

Cameron has promoted each event on social media as part of a movement called Sing It Louder USA, which claims to be “Singing Christmas carols in communities across the US…in response to govt tyrants telling us how to celebrate Christmas.”

The "Growing Pains" actor, 50, shared videos of the caroling on his Instagram Story showing a large crowd standing close together and singing "The First Noel."

The Oaks posted a statement calling the event “irresponsible yet constitutionally protected” and maintained it asked the protesters not to gather in its parking lot.

Many online commenters to the posts pointed out the mall could have shut down the protest.

“To be clear,” wrote one person on Twitter, “there is no constitutional right to protest on PRIVATE PROPERTY. You can kick them out if you choose too. Threatening the public’s health is a 100% valid reason to protect your employees and mask-donning patrons.”

Deadline reached out to the owner of The Oaks, Macerich Properties, for a reaction to those comments but did not hear back, according to deadline.com.

Kirk Cameron is a growing pain in the butt

The former “Growing Pains” star, 50, who played Mike Seaver on the classic ABC sitcom from 1985 to 1992, courts controversy almost as readily as he earns critical pans.

Here are a few of his low-lights.

Hurricane blunder

In the summer of 2017, amid Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, Cameron decided to play the part of meteorologist.

“How should we look at two giant hurricanes coming back-to-back like this?” Cameron said on a Facebook video. “One thing we know about hurricanes and all weather is that this is not Mother Nature in a bad mood, this is a spectacular display of God’s immense power.”

Those two storms led to more than 100 deaths and more than $200 billion in damage to the Caribbean and the southeastern US. The island of Saint Martin, according to an official, was 95% destroyed.

Cameron soon witnessed the immense power of internet backlash.

Awful movies

Who is Kirk Cameron – American actor holding maskless protest against stay at home order?
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Faith-based films and shows need not be cheesy and terrible. Musicals such as “Godspell” and “Jesus Christ Superstar” are staples of even the secular American cultural diet. Fine movies like “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and classic ones such as “It’s A Wonderful Life” have obvious Christian elements (angels, savior resurrections).

Cameron just tends to pick the worst of the lot.

Since 2001, he’s played Buck Williams in the “Left Behind” series, about the aftermath of the Rapture. Critics, though, were hardly rapturous. The first entry holds a 16% on Rotten Tomatoes, and The Post’s Lou Lumenick called it “a classic case of preaching to the converted.”

The actor’s last film, 2014’s “Saving Christmas,” topped that with a zero percent rating. Bill Zwecker of the Chicago Sun-Times said, “Even devout born-again Christians will find this hard to stomach.”

Sparrin’ with Darwin

Who is Kirk Cameron – American actor holding maskless protest against stay at home order?
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In 2009, Cameron & Co. handed out revised versions of Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species” at American universities, with a new 50-page preface rebutting the long-accepted scientific beliefs, cites nypost.com.

Invoking the Nazis, Cameron said in a promotional video that the new edition explains “Adolf Hitler’s undeniable connection with the theory, Darwin’s racism, his disdain for racism and Darwin’s thoughts on the existence of God.”

Piling on, he told People, “You can see where [Hitler] clearly takes Darwin’s ideas to some of their logical conclusions and compares certain races of people to lower evolutionary life forms … If you take Darwin’s theory and extend it to its logical end, it can be used to justify all number of very horrendous things.”

At the time, TMZ reported that the former child star planned to embark on a college tour, in the hopes of expanding the minds of America’s future “lawyers, doctors and politicians.”

After all, “These students aren’t stupid,” he said.

Cameron has reportedly gone on to a thriving motivational speaking career (with an emphasis on $34.99 “marriage and parenting” tips) online and at churches nationwide.

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