Tom Hanks, left, executive producer of the HBO series ‘Big Love,’ poses with cast members, from left, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Bill Paxton and Chloe Sevigny at the show’s third season premiere in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009
Tom Hanks, Executive Producer for HBOâ€™s controversial polygamist series â€œBig Love,â€ made his feelings toward the Mormon Churchâ€™s involvement in Californiaâ€™s Prop 8 (which prohibits gay marriage) very clear at the showâ€™s premiere party on Wednesday night.
â€œThe truth is this takes place in Utah, the truth is these people are some bizarre offshoot of the Mormon Church, and the truth is a lot of Mormons gave a lot of money to the church to make Prop-8 happen,â€ he told Tarts. â€œThere are a lot of people who feel that is un-American and I am one of them. I do not like to see any discrimination codified on any piece of paper, any of the 50 states in America, but hereâ€™s what happens now. A little bit of light can be shed and people can see whoâ€™s responsible and that can motivate the next go around of our self correcting constitution and hopefully we can move forward instead of backwards. So lets have faith in not only the American, but Californian constitutional process.â€
Now, Hanks has apologized.
Last week, I labeled members of the Mormon church who supported California’s Proposition 8 as “un-American.” I believe Proposition 8 is counter to the promise of our Constitution; it is codified discrimination. But everyone has a right to vote their conscience â€“ nothing could be more American. To say members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints who contributed to Proposition 8 are “un-American” creates more division when the time calls for respectful disagreement. No one should use “un- American” lightly or in haste. I did. I should not have.
The Mormon church has voiced its objection to Hank’s original statement.
A spokesperson for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Kim Farah, took offense at Hanks’s comments, telling FOX News, “Expressing an opinion in a free and democratic society is as American as it gets.”
Business trump politics Tom? Or did you receive a revelation?
Not smart to bash Mormons when you are producing a show about polygamy and MORMONS, now is it? FAIL
How contemptible. Flap won’t be paying to see any more of Hank’s shows at the movies or otherwise.