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Sorry: Tom Hanks Apologizes for Calling Traditional Marriage Supporting Mormons – “UNAMERICAN”

Tom Hanks at Big Love premiere

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

Remember last week when Tom Hanks exposed his anti-Mormon bigotry at the premiere of the show in which he is executive producer, “Big Love?” The controversial HBO show deals with a Mormon polygamist family.

Tom Hanks, Executive Producer for HBO’s controversial polygamist series “Big Love,” made his feelings toward the Mormon Church’s involvement in California’s Prop 8 (which prohibits gay marriage) very clear at the show’s premiere party on Wednesday night.

“The 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,” he told Tarts. “There 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 here’s what happens now. A little bit of light can be shed and people can see who’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.”

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 – 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.


Tom Hanks

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.

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One Comment

  • Euripides

    At least Hanks’ apology was a real one. Not at all like the usual liberal blather, like “I’m sorry that you were offended.” That sort of apology doesn’t excuse the original behavior.