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Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 01/ 5/2011

Anderson Cooper's go-to guy re: end times? 'Growing Pains' alum Kirk Cameron

By Liz Kelly

It turns out that Kirk Cameron may actually be more sensible than Anderson Cooper. Not that this is a difficult bar to set. Why? Because even Cameron was amused by the CNN anchor's decision to interview him as an "end times" expert.

Cameron once thrilled tweens as Mike Seaver on the Alan Thicke-led '80s-era sitcom "Growing Pains" and has, of late, starred in the "Left Behind" series of movies about a post-rapture world. He's the real thing, too, having become a born again Christian at the age of 17. Along with some other dude, he also founded The Way of the Master (which so sounds like a Shaw Bros. kung-fu movie) evangelical ministry.

Why would Cooper be in need of an apocalyptic know-it-all? Duh. Because of the dead birds and fish that seem to be suddenly turning up worldwide.

"I think it's really kind of silly to equate birds falling out of the sky with some kind of end times theory," said Cameron in the interview. He then went on to suggest that dead birds are more of a pagan thing.

Maybe Alyssa Milano would be more helpful? Or Cooper could call on pal Kathy Griffin to weigh in when the massive shark that he's currently jumping keels over.

By Liz Kelly  | January 5, 2011; 12:48 PM ET
Categories:  Celebrities, Celebrity Life Lessons  | Tags:  Anderson Cooper, Kirk Cameron  
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"...the dead birds and fish that seem to be suddenly turning up worldwide."

You mean those weren't caused by aliens?

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | January 5, 2011 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Oh, sure. *This* idiocy the firewall-keepers don't see fit to block.

If Anderson Cooper has any dignity, he'll have performed seppuku by now.

Posted by: byoolin1 | January 5, 2011 1:36 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure what's sillier -- Cooper inviting Cameron to appear or Kirk's actually doing it. Why did he think he'd be on the show anyway, to talk about how Tracey Gold and Alan Thicke are doing? To opine on how sis Candace has coped since the 1995 cancellation of "Full House"? Clearly he wasn't too busy.

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | January 5, 2011 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Clearly, next they'll bring on Leo DiCaprio, an expert on homeless teenagers.

Posted by: mrsdorkusmaximus | January 5, 2011 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Oh, sure. *This* idiocy the firewall-keepers don't see fit to block.

Posted by: byoolin1
Byoo, that may be because the cameras did not show how excited Anderson was to be interviewing Kirk Cameron.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | January 5, 2011 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Sas, are you implying that Anderson won't be interviewing Stephanie Seymour any time soon?

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | January 5, 2011 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I don't know. I think this was actually pretty reasonable. Cooper acknowledges that these two seemingly unrelated instances of a large collection of animal deaths are quite a coincidence. He says that the internet is teeming with a bunch of theories, which clearly implies that it's something that the public is talking about. The public has brought up the "end times" idea, which would be the most interesting theory to poke further into.

Clearly, it is reasonable to want to interview someone who would be knowledgeable about such a subject. You don't want to interview someone who isn't articulate, or someone who is a complete conspiracy theorist. Seems like the next best thing to do would be to interview someone who would have done a significant amount of research on the subject. One would expect that a man who has starred in several movies based on that theme would have done a significant amount of research over the years to get his character right. I don't see why Kirk Cameron would be any less of an expert on this than, say, Jenny McCarthy is on vaccines.

Posted by: CaitlinEmmy | January 5, 2011 3:36 PM | Report abuse

CaitlinEmmy, you don't think that Kirk has a vested interest? Why not interview an objective researcher on the topic (as the PBS News Hour would) instead? (Besides, Jenny McCarthy is a wackadoodle). Kirk is an "expert" on this topic the way that $cientoloculti$t Tom Cruise is on psychiatry.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | January 5, 2011 3:56 PM | Report abuse

well to be fair, norman cohn died in 2007 - so it's not like he could bring in the big dogs...

maybe he can interview him when he rises from the dead...

Posted by: quintiliusvarus | January 6, 2011 12:31 AM | Report abuse

@ Nosy_Parker,
I was just thinking in a devil's advocate sort of way. Besides, how many objective researchers are there that study the end of times theory? My point was that Cooper was taking a novel facet of the event to report on. Everyone and their brother is interviewing biologists and veterinarians and scientists. He saw that some sizable portion (I presume) of the online chitter chatter was devoted to an end of the world type theory. I think it's interesting that he chose to report on that particular opinion instead of the traditional scientific opinion. And I'd expect that a good "audience-drawer" would be a guy who has starred in several movies on the subject and himself professes to be very religious. (Full disclosure, I'm a bit biased in favor of science. I'm A. a research student in medical school and B. probably the least religious person I know. So to have someone discuss a theology approach to this interests me because I have absolutely no knowledge about it.)

And Jenny McCartney is a whackadoodle, I agree, but people still interview her.

Posted by: CaitlinEmmy | January 6, 2011 8:01 PM | Report abuse

All you guys who are dissing Jenny McCarthy are nuts if you think she did not do extensive research to protect her child. Her ex husband is the "whackadoodle".

Posted by: rosemwb3 | January 8, 2011 1:23 AM | Report abuse

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