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?