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Tom Hanks vs The Mormons






Tom Hanks went and PO’d the Mormons. At the premiere for “Big Love” last week Tom told Fox News exactly how he felt about the passing of Prop-8 in California.

“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 let’s have faith in not only the American, but Californian, constitutional process.”

After some in the Mormon Community got a tad indignant over the comments, Tom issued the standard “semi-retraction” and backpedaled a bit.

“Last week, I labeled members of the Mormon church who supported California’s Proposition 8 as ‘un-American,'” the actor said in a statement through his publicist. “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,” the statement continues. “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.”

Did everyone know that Tom Hanks was a Producer for “Big Love” on HBO? Do you think it was necessary for him to clarify his original statement? I don’t know what rules Mormans have about TV and more importantly, HBO, but I wouldn’t think that they’re the people watching this. What say you?

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    • Hey DP, I dare you to leave a beet boob reference in every single comment. Come on, I know you can get creative with it. *wink

    • until the likely event that she posts candid shots of said request, check out the star trek tit signing. probably the closest thing ’till then.

      now if salma hayek would attend a star trek nerd fest…

  • Knew he was and like the show. The “un
    american” label is a cheap shot by whoever uses it in my opinion. But I agree with him and don’t like it it when Churches use their pulpits for this kind of thing – like Rick Warren did.

  • Mormons: to any European, those American weirdos who visit your town once a year asking you (who just go to church for weddings and baptisms) to join their cult and move to… where? Salt Lake what? Where?
    Mormons are weird, and providing they practise polygamy, I am not very sure they are entitled to speak about traditional marriage.

    • The Mormon church doesn’t officially practice polygamy. They used to, and there are offshoots that still do, but the vast majority don’t.

    • Sweetie Mormons don’t practice polygamy. And I think you of all people shouldn’t be speaking about the Mormons since you have no clue what you are talking about!

  • Not all Mormons are polygamists, Mireee. I’m not defending them, I just think you should have your facts straight.
    I am a huge fan of the show. It’s intriguing and entertaining. It does shed some light on the differences in beliefs within the Mormons themselves.
    And regardless of what un-PC term Hanks used, I agree with him 100%.

    • joseph smith would be rolling over in his grave on his own planet if he knew it was seen as a fringe practice. wonder if he’s still in those magic pajamas they give mormons

  • Still, who the fuck are they to push their views on anyone else? Especially in law?!?!

    I totally support Mr. Hanks.

    • me too. And I understand why he tried to “clean up” his original statement, but I still agree with what he said.

      Oh, and big love rocks.

  • Mormons believe that Jesus came to the United States in between his death and his resurrection and chilled with the Natives while teaching them about peace and gold-plated bibles.

    They ought to be automatically expelled off the rational-people-who-we-can-take-any-advice-from.

    Also, I second Donkey’s request.

    • if it makes you feel any better, no one takes mormons seriously. that’s why they’re banned to the middle of nowhere

  • They are still people, everyone. They can use their money for anything they want to and they can vote too. It’s part of the democratic process and they had every right to do what they did. And all kinds of other churches donated to Prop. 8 and no one criticizes their beliefs or calls their churches cults.

    • I agree. Besides that, they were denied their right to practice polygamy, which is definitely part of their religion. They changed the practice under pressure.

  • I’m more offended by his recent hairstyle choice. He looks like he stole Pepe Le Pew’s blow dried toupee and crazyglued it to his scalp!

    As far as Mormonism goes, they had great commercials as a kid. Anyone remember “Who Broke My Window?” with Alphonso Ribero?! I’m embarrassed to admit I still know ALL the damn words! However, just a tip to all the door-knocking troops, if you want me to answer the door then: (a) don’t knock on Sunday during football, and (b) wear a disguise of some sort (maybe carry a vacuum?) because the short sleeve suit is a dead giveaway.

  • and please stop with 20 fucking questions at the end of your summary. it reminds me of assignments my professors used to hand us; a sheet with all this info then 8 questions at the bottom to answer.

    we don’t need to be told where to go, we know how to respond

  • I love the show! It’s one of my favorites.
    And mormons who practise polygamy are not members of the LDS church. They belong to FLDS, clans or they are independet. So it’s wrong to say All mormons practise polygamy when the majority doesn’t.
    Even if I do not agree with anyone who votes for prop 8, mormons, christians, muslims, jews.. who cares what they label themselfs as. they have a right to vote, and I have the right to disagree.
    So back to mormons who vote no for prop 8. You’d think people who have been as discriminated as they were during the 19th century, at times even slaughtered, would vote for something that discriminates anyone. They should know better. But then again, as history tells us, sometimes the discriminated becomes the.. discrimators? Is that even a word? (according to google, it is! but now I want to google every single word that I’ve written, great! am I even writing words? am I creating sentences? it’s late in sweden. I should go to sleep.)

  • I knew he was the producer. I actually like the show… it’s interesting.

    I absolutely hate him for backpedaling on what he said (and most likely meant) the first time around.

    • Too bad he’s such a fucking tool. I question his intellectual honesty, or I would had he displayed any, by not attacking the better-liked proponents of Proposition 8, such as the African-American churches and Latino Catholic parishioners who voted in favor of it by more than 2 to 1. Proposition 8 was a bad idea, and as a Mormon, I’ve never understood why the “defenders” of “traditional marriage”, whatever is meant by that, felt so threatened by gays and lesbians deciding to wed. First, by the weird evangelical definition, gays and lesbians would never be capable of participating in so-called “traditional” marriage. Second, what about infidelity, spousal and child abuse, drug abuse, alcoholism, a lack of maturity when entering the marriage, and simply growing apart that are ACTUAL threats to marriage? Something like 40%+ of all marriages end in divorce. Those marriages do not end in divorce because of gays and lesbians.

      Since I am unfamiliar with the rules of this website, I will self-censor a bit. My closing comment is this: I would rather be water-boarded with the Teletubbies playing in the background than listen to another single thing that this pompous gasbag has to say. Calling people “un-American” is a McCarthyistic thing to do, and is, ironically, the most “un-American” thing of all. Oh, and Big Love sucks. Congratulations, Tom Hanks, on your spectacular fail.

  • i back him uppp!
    freedom of speech, and people shouldn’t get their panties in a bunch over it.
    he represents California proud

  • I love big love, a lot.
    And I love tom hanks, even since he’s gotten mushy, saggy and a wig on.
    I hate prop 8, I hate cults and I really hate old man whores who decided to make their own “religion” just so they could bone more than one woman and say it was okay because she’s his “wife”

    • those guys were the original don magic juan, the older pimp that hangs out with snoop dogg. he says shit like “green is for the money, and gold is for the honey!”. man nothing beats a guy really skilled at pimp talk.

      i’m sure those old mormon guys had a little rap to get all those women in bed back then too, like “that plow is for the ox, but mine is for your box!”, or “the butter churn is for dinner, but ours is for the sinner”.

    • Wow Katie, some very powerful words of hate, hate, hate. The Tom Hanks you clearly love even stated that now is not the time for division but “respectful disagreement” and here you go spewing your hatred…..real nice.

  • I love Tom. He’d have to do something REALLY stupid, like become a scientologist, for me to lose respect for him.

  • Well, the hard thing is that I myself am Mormon, along with many others who have liberal views and we did not support the campaign nor want to be associated with it. Yes, we are normal, we watch TV and I read Evil Beat religiously. I’ve always loved Tom Hanks and it sucks to have to be associated with those in my religion that contributed money to the Prop 8 thing. In a nut shell, I totally understand why people are upset with the Mormon church and why Tom said what he did, so I wasn’t offended. I also watch Big Love, mostly because it is so incorrectly associated with the mainstream Mormon church and is funny to watch them try to make those assumptions and screw them up royally. All in all, it was nice to have some sort of apology from Tom, hopefully he realizes that not all mainstream Mormons are ultra-conservative and anti-gay and have thirteen wives. One can only hope ;)

    • Follow the prophet, follow the prophet, follow the prophet, don’t go astray (next line of song)

      Follow the prophet, follow the prophet, follow the prophet, he knows the way.

      O trhat cunning plan of the evil one! O the vainness and frailties and the foolishness of men! When they are learned they think they are wise, and they hearken not unto the counsel of God, for they sit it aside, supposing they know of themselves, wherefore, their wisdom is foolishness and it profiteth them not. And they shall perish. But to be learned is good if they hearken unto the counsel of God. 2 nephi 9:28-29

      Whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same. D&C 1:38

  • I don’t like when people in the public eye make statements that are untrue….like when Mr. Hanks said, “the truth is a lot of Mormons gave a lot of money to the church to make Prop-8 happen”. While members of the LDS church may have made contributions to support prop-8, they didn’t donate it to the church for that purpose. Another thing that has probably be stated, but the members of the church in California make up for a whopping 2% of the population, including children which obviously can’t vote. There are there are 10 million Catholics and 10 million Protestants in California. It would be silly to target any of these groups just because prop 8 didn’t go the way they wanted it to. What about their freedom of speech? Mormons are just easy targets for people who “think” they know what they believe. I would be equally upset if Mr. Hanks would have called the 70% of African American voters (that voted for Prop-8) “un-American”.

  • Now that the ‘Big Love Temple Ceremony’ has turned to yesterday’s ham. We can openly and honestly talk about Tom Hanks. You see, Tommy is throwing a hissy fit at this very moment. Tommy’s plan was to get the church in a big uproar and turn the whole thing into a big firestorm of revenge.
    Revenge for California’s Proposition 8 of course. There is no doubt in my mind that after the Gay-Marriage initiative crashed and burned in California, Tommy decided to stab the Mormon Church right in the heart. He tried. He tried and he failed. The Church leadership handled his attack 10 times better than he and the rest of Hollywood handled the democratically decided Proposition 8 election. As always, good job Salt Lake City!
    And me, well I didn’t handle it as well as Salt Lake City did, I have only one Tom Hanks DVD in my Library; Saving Private Ryan. That shall remain the only Tom Hanks movie in my DVD library.

  • let’s face it mormonism and the anti gay stance are about as evil and hateful as it gets. these people condemn their own children turning them out into the streets and the kids end up committing suicide. This wing of mormon is worse than Nazi germany

    bottom line, if they believe in hell…guess where they are going for their hateful behaviour.

  • Mormonism is the absolute greatest embarrassment to our nation. That such a phony, deluded, ridiculous sham of a “religion” could produce a possible President speaks to how low our once great nation has fallen. Having a ‘C’ student as commander in chief was embarrassing, but a fu**ing Mormon??? And not just someone who was raised Mormon, but an ass**le who was a certified deacon/priest of their cult!?!? I don’t care how racist you are, but a ‘ni**er’ is surely less evil than a Mormon- atleast in your God’s eyes.