by (@shalapitcher)

Kirk Cameron, Jake Lloyd Remind Us That Child Stars Are People Too

We’re used to putting our now-grown child stars in one of three categories: tragic failures, surprising success stories or tragic failures that managed to become surprising success stories. We mourn our Dana Platos and Corey Haims, celebrate the Jason Batemans and Neil Patrick Harrises and Danica McKellars, and are warily rooting for the Lindsay Lohans and Macaulay Culkins. But this week, we were reminded that like, you know, regular kids who grow up, there are many paths for child actors to take.

They can grow up to be Kirk Cameron, who’s long parlayed his Growing Pains fame into a platform for Christian evangelism, making Left Behind movies and all sorts public appearances to denounce the theory of evolution. Still, when he went on Piers Morgan last week and called homosexuality “unnatural, detrimental and ultimately destructive to foundations of civilization,” his co-stars, Tracey Gold and Alan Thicke, along with a whole lot of other celebs, reacted with outrage and disappointment in him. But really, whether we agree or not (not!), Cameron’s been rebelling against the Hollywood stereotype for ages now. Should we really be surprised? Read more…