Actor Kirk Cameron caught heat Thursday for hosting a crowded and non-COVID-19-safety compliant Christmas caroling event, which he called a “peaceful protest” to oppose California’s statewide pandemic stay-at-home order.
The 50-year-old “Growing Pains” star organized the Sunday rally — his second this month — complete with a live band and hundreds of people in a mall parking lot in Thousand Oaks, California, according to footage he posted on Instagram.
“God Bless America. Joy over fear!” Cameron wrote in a post promoting photos of the “protest,” which shows throngs of maskless singers — apparently failing to follow social distance recommendations.
Critics were quick to point out the carolers were likely spreading more than just Christmas cheer.
“This is one of the most irresponsible things I’ve seen lately,” one observer slammed, in reference to California’s spiking coronavirus infections. “To him that knoweth to do good and doeth it not, to him it is sin…”
Another fumed, “No social distancing and only a couple of people wearing masks? This is so disrespectful and disappointing.”
The former teenage heartthrob claimed the protest was in opposition to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order. It was also meant to “celebrate our “God-given liberties, our constitutionally protected rights” and the “birth of our savior,” he said.
On Dec. 6, the actor hosted a similar event where “over 500 people gathered” to sing Christmas songs, according to FOX News.
”If you love God, if you love Christmas and you love liberty, you’re not going to want to miss this,” Cameron said in a video at the time.