Kirk Cameron is absorbing heat.
The ‘Growing Pains’ alum, 50, has angered fans for holding overcrowded Christmas protests in Southern California, where coronavirus cases are high as the pandemic rages.
Earlier this month, Cameron hosted what he called a “peaceful Christmas carols protest,” which drew crowds together to sing Christmas carols.
He planned the event in partnership with Sing It Louder USA, in opposition to housing mandate from the California government, Gavin Newsom, which went into effect when the hospital’s intensive care units fell below 15%.
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In an Instagram video, the actor claimed that “more than 500 people gathered” for the first protest on December 6 before staging an “encore protest” on December 13 in Thousand Oaks, California.
“If you love God, if you love Christmas and freedom, you don’t want to miss this,” he said in the video.
He also shared footage of Sunday’s protest at the event, with a huge crowd singing Christmas carols together.
The videos shared on social media revealed that little attention was paid to safety recommendations such as social distance and face masks.
The two clips from the event drew criticism from followers.
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“This is one of the most irresponsible things I’ve seen in recent times,” commented one of them. “To him who knows how to do good and doesn’t do it, to him it is sin …”
“Incredible,” wrote another.
“No social distancing and only a few people wearing masks? This is so disrespectful and disappointing,” insisted a third. This is not about your right to do it, this is about a country that is currently paralyzed by death from Covid-19 and its reluctance to do the right thing. and those at risk and doing the right thing. “
A fourth added: “This is so selfish. It seems like a super spreader party. Hopefully nobody dies from it.”
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“Freedom and liberty are very fragile and come with a great responsibility,” Thousand Oaks Mayor Claudia Bill-de la Pena told KABC-TV. “Continuing to hold large gatherings and ignore all guidelines is unchristian in my opinion.”
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On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times reported that there are less than 100 ICU beds available in LA County.
Fox News has reached out to Cameron’s representative for comment.