Kirk Cameron: Media Twisted My Christmas Message to Moms
Actor Kirk Cameron, today's #oneluckyguy, made headlines this week for saying that he wants his daughters to be like Jessa Duggar and save themselves for marriage.
He also got some backlash for a Christmas message to stay-at-home mothers.
Cameron and his daughters were among the 1,000 guests who attended the wedding in Arkansas last weekend.
Duggar and her husband, Ben Seewald, said they had never even kissed until after their nuptials were official.
Cameron said at first, he wasn't sure how realistic it was for his family to travel from California for the wedding. But he said he was convinced to go by his daughters, big fans of the Duggars' reality show, "19 Kids and Counting."
"I thought to myself, as a father you have to grab moments that you want to be etched into your children's mind because you don't have that many of them? 18 years has gone by like that for me already. ... I thought, 'When am I ever going to see this again in my lifetime?'" Cameron explained.
Cameron said he wanted to be able to have the conversation about "purity" with his daughters.
The former "Growing Pains" star is promoting his new movie, "Saving Christmas," and he reflected on some recent comments about mothers that he believes were misinterpreted.
In a Facebook video message, Cameron said, "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. Because Christmas is about joy and if the joy of the Lord is your strength, remember, the joy of the mom is her children's strength. So don't let anything steal your joy."
Many interpreted his message as telling women they should stay home with their kids, and he said that's not what he meant to convey.
Cameron said he was trying to applaud stay-at-home moms who might feel "under-appreciated."
"I see how hard my wife works. And she has chosen to reserve her time, energy, everything at this chapter in her life to pour into six kids, which is a huge job," said Cameron, adding that it's "offensive" when people imply that stay-at-home moms are doing less of a job than a working mom.
Andrea Tantaros then called out news outlets that are supposed to be unbiased for seemingly "going after his religion" and "editorializing" when they reported on his comments.
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