Tom Hanks Calls Prop 8 Supporters ‘Un-American’


At Wednesday night’s premiere of HBO’s Big Love, which as you may know centers around a fundamentalist Mormon family that practices polygamy, Executive Producer Tom Hanks decried Mormon support for Proposition 8, calling it “un-American,” saying he hoped more light would be shed on the church’s activities:

“The truth is this (show) 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. 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.”

And, if you missed it, more light was shed on it yesterday.


  1. CK says

    I certainly hesitate to call any person un-American, because we have had that accusation leveled at us as a community enough in our time just for being who we are, but I have to agree that the actions of restricting. limiting and removing rights from someone, are certainly un-American behavior!

  2. Michael Bedwell says

    For those who missed it, here’s a link to the YouTube clip of Tom Hank’s acceptance speech for his Academy Award for playing a gay man with AIDS in “Philadelphia.”

    He was great in an imperfect film but this is one of the most eloquent, and unquestionably the most self-less of any Oscar acceptance speech I’ve ever heard. For it, he will always be a hero to me.

  3. Michael Bedwell says

    I understand the case can be made grammatically, but you should change the headline, Andy. Technically, Hanks only called the ACT of giving money to pass Prop H8TE “unamerican.”

  4. Paul R says

    Michael, it’s just as easy to read “that” as referring to “making Prop 8 happen” or even just Prop 8 as being un-American. And anyone who made Prop 8 happen is a supporter of Prop 8. It’s not really twisted logic or a grammatical leap.

  5. Mr. N says

    What is un-American is bullying people for exercising their most basic right as an American, just because liberal Hollywood does not like the way they voted or the cause they supported. Tom Hanks saying that Proposition 8 was about hate is like saying people who are pro-life must hate women or if you are for tougher immigration laws, then you must hate Latinos. Proposition 8 was never about hate, but for preserving the institution of marriage as it has stood for thousands of years. All the hate I’ve seen has been from the protesters who have waged a McCarthyism war just like the communism paranoia of the 50s by publishing the list of donors to the Proposition 8 campaign so that they can harass them. Tolerance does NOT mean condoning immoral and unnatural behavior.

  6. TANK says

    But that’s false, mr. N. It didn’t stand that way for thousands of years…even fifty years… In fact, marriage has evolved constantly throughout its history…from a property arrangement to a civil contract. It only became a sacrament in the 12th century, and same sex partners were married by roman catholic priests in the middle ages… Interracial couples were barred from marrying in the united states, but the laws changed to include them–that changes the definition of marriage.

    And yes, people who are pro life are either explicitly or implicitly sexist–just a simple fact…people that want tougher immigration laws…you guessed it, sillypants! Generally xenophobic and anti hispanic either explicitly or implicitly.

    It’s absurd, Mr N, to compare the mccarthy witch hunts to the supporters of prop hate and bigotry, which stripped deserving couples of the right to marry. We are entitled to know who those people are as OUR political system is transparent to prevent corruption. This isn’t paranoia…this is bigotry, and prop 8 undermined a RIGHTS based democracy. This put those rights that they used in jeopardy by making all rights unsafe in putting a minority’s rights up for popular vote…in principle (the principle endorsed by the referendum), it can happen to anyone about anything.

    Now I have a question for you. Why is it so easy to be stupid? Why is it so easy to write and say stupid things…over and over again? Why is it so easy to repeat other’s false claims as if they’re your own? And is it because it’s easy that people like you do it so frequently?

  7. Rob Smoot says

    The truth is that the Mormon Church pretty much controls its members like many other churches. Many times in the past it has had its members lobby against anyone or anything that it personally doesn’t like reguardless if their beliefs thread on others rights or lives, even if they are not members of the Mormon Church. The Mormon leaders will tell you that they believe in free agency, or freedom of choice, but in reaility they want to control everyone even those not members of their church. Prop 8 is a prime example of that effort. If your going to be a member of the Mormon Church then abide by their rules. But no church has the right to impose their beliefs on others no matter how good intenioned they believe their intentions are.

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