Growing Pains stars Jeremy Miller, Tracey Gold oppose Kirk Cameron's maskless protests
In defiance of California governor Gavin Newsom's stay-at-home order, Cameron, an evangelist, hosted three large events that saw singers opt out of wearing masks and dismiss social distancing guidelines. Local L.A. county hospitals are currently struggling with ICU capacity issues as it's estimated that one person dies every 10 minutes from COVID-19 locally.
“While I will always love my brother Kirk, I could not disagree more with his holding these maskless events at a time when safety and concern for others is an extreme priority," Miller, who played Cameron's young brother, Ben Seaver, on the hit 90s series, told Page Six. “I truly couldn’t be more disappointed in him."
Gold, who starred as Cameron and Miller's older sister Carol Seaver, also spoke out recently against the protest events.
"Checking in with my dear brother Mike. @KirkCameron as your more intelligent sister, I want you to know that I disapprove," she posted on Twitter. "I’m worried about you brother AND your family. Wear a mask. Stay home. Sing later."
L.A. County Public Health Department director Barbara Ferrer slammed Cameron's large events during a recent press conference.
“I’m at a loss of words at this point,” she said according to Deadline. “It’s very irresponsible and very dangerous and it’s unnecessary. We’re in the middle of a pandemic.”
The department identified on Saturday 706,448 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 9,438 deaths to date. There are currently 6,770 people currently hospitalized with the novel coronavirus, and 20 percent of these people are in the ICU.
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