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'Good Times' Actor J.J. Walker: I'm Against Gay Marriage and I'll Be Seen as an Idiot For It

Actor J.J. Walker, star of the 70's sitcom Good Times, appeared on CNN to plug his memoir titled after his 'GT' catchphrase 'Dyn-o-mite', and was asked about his stance on gay marriage:

WalkerCNN: You're also against gay marriage.

Walker: Yeah I am. There's just certain traditions that need to be upheld. I'll give you the other side of it, no it doesn't affect me, no it doesn't change my life. There's just traditions that need to be dealt with. I'm a believer that gay marriage should be passed because the battle is not worth the war. The gay lobby is very loud. I'm totally against it. In 100 years from now, people are going to go, 'Who was against gay marriage?' And I'll be one of those idiots and say, 'That's me.' I'm just against it on moral grounds, that's it. I'm as much a heathen as anybody. I just don't believe on moral grounds it should be done. I don't like it, I don't accept it.

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  1. ummmm yeah pretty much.

    Posted by: Johnny | Jul 16, 2012 6:25:31 PM

  2. I don't see him as an idiot, just misguided. He will come around, I'm sure.

    Posted by: Jesus | Jul 16, 2012 6:25:59 PM

  3. Trying to figure out what the purpose if this post is. I really don't understand why it would matter what stance JJ Walker has on gay marriage. Am I missing the significance here?

    Posted by: kranbree | Jul 16, 2012 6:28:21 PM

  4. Uh....Who?

    Posted by: Speck | Jul 16, 2012 6:28:31 PM

  5. lol ....i wont even adress this

    Posted by: treasn | Jul 16, 2012 6:29:11 PM

  6. i've pretty much seen him as an idiot since the 70s.

    Posted by: alguien | Jul 16, 2012 6:37:28 PM

  7. I have never heard of this fool. He's not very clever is he?

    Posted by: DanSwon | Jul 16, 2012 6:43:06 PM

  8. @Kranbree...I'm with you on this. You're not missing a thing...except maybe how low even gay folk will go for a headline. I just wish we were better than that.

    Posted by: PAUL B. | Jul 16, 2012 6:43:44 PM

  9. Moral grounds J.J.? Whose morals are we talking about? Marrying the person that you love and wanting to spend the rest of your life together seems pretty "moral" in my book. Or tell me..should that person remain alone of perhaps marry a person of the opposite sex just to make it "look right?"
    Why in the world is CNN interviewing a "has been" sitcom star from the 70's and asking him his views on same sex marriage? Does anyone really care what this guy thinks??

    Posted by: Jim Stone | Jul 16, 2012 6:45:32 PM

  10. yeah nothing to see here, actually less then nothing.

    Posted by: epic | Jul 16, 2012 6:46:02 PM

  11. Washed up former 70s sitcom star makes anti gay marriage statement..... and we should care?

    Posted by: jcw | Jul 16, 2012 6:48:25 PM

  12. It's a comment on the changing mindset of a generation. Even 5 years ago, he probably wouldn't have acknowledged his stupidity on the matter. He does so now. THAT's why it's a worthy story. He says so himself, he has no good reason to oppose it, he just does. I'd imagine that is why many people his age have the ideas they have. Why many of our parents or older relatives would potentially oppose it if it weren't for them having us in their lives. Lucky folk that they are.

    Posted by: Tim | Jul 16, 2012 6:52:41 PM

  13. Your view of marriage is outdated and ignorant. Please join humans in making the world a better place.

    Posted by: Gueat | Jul 16, 2012 6:52:49 PM

  14. I thought J.J. was dead. Speaking of Good Times, the father was a total hunk, John Amos. sigh...

    Posted by: patrick | Jul 16, 2012 6:56:58 PM

  15. The best part of this is that he either thinks he'll be remembered 100 years from now or that he'll still be around and people will be asking his opinion.

    Posted by: Jerry | Jul 16, 2012 6:57:16 PM

  16. He and Kirk Cameron- who's next Greg Brady?

    Posted by: Frank | Jul 16, 2012 6:59:10 PM

  17. Let's not make too much of it though, he probably doesn't care one way or another. But coming out anti gay marriage gets you mentioned on tv and blogs. No such thing as bad publicity.

    Posted by: Jerry | Jul 16, 2012 6:59:25 PM

  18. Sorry JJ, but "I don't like it on moral grounds" is simply not a reason at all to deny legal couples equality. I do agree with Tim that the fact he realizes he has no real reason why he feels the way he does and he recognizes he's going to be seen as an idiot is a testament to how things are changing. People are being held accountable for their ignorant ways of thinking and as this irrelevant actor highlights, being against marriage equality solely because "I don't like it" is not enough anymore.

    Posted by: Francis | Jul 16, 2012 7:01:25 PM

  19. he's just looking for free publicity. he's a has been. if he came out for marriage equality, there would NO free publicity.

    Posted by: fsinsd | Jul 16, 2012 7:03:08 PM

  20. This is from a guy who is an open about his being a consumer of (hetero) porn. I wonder if the porn thing is somehow part of his "moral grounds" against marriage equality.

    On a kind of related subject: The self-management guru Stephen Covey died today. Covey in 1996 publicly campaigned against marriage equality in Hawaii (where there was at the time a prospect that it would be legalized there). I've been boycotting Covey's books and FranklinCovey stores and products ever since. (Covey was Mormon, by the way.)

    History will not treat Covey or Walker kindly. At least Walker sounds like he's aware that that is the case.

    Posted by: Tifton | Jul 16, 2012 7:06:05 PM

  21. I agree with Tim. JJ is "evolving"--it's just that his mind can't function at a quicker rate. He sounds like a very tired and bitter old comic. He wasn't that great in the first place and "Good Times" was his 15 minutes of fame (even though it lasted 6 seasons, I think). Odd he should have these views since Norman Lear made him famous.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Jul 16, 2012 7:07:24 PM

  22. I will not rest until we find out what Robert Guillaume thinks.

    Posted by: endo | Jul 16, 2012 7:10:37 PM

  23. I imagine his book is an example of simply sparkling prose.

    Posted by: Kevin | Jul 16, 2012 7:13:40 PM

  24. 100 years?


    It'll be closer to 100 DAYS than 100 YEARS!

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Jul 16, 2012 7:18:59 PM

  25. I don't get all the criticism.

    He said he thinks gay marriage should be passed.

    Yes, he's opposed to it on moral grounds, but he still said it should be passed. That is what our goal should be. Making people set aside their own moral opposition and allow same-sex marriage. We are wasting our time trying to make people like it or not have moral objections, but those people will hold those objections regardless. No one is exected to morally agree with the law; if that were the case, our tax code would suggest we are very morally questionable.

    Posted by: John | Jul 16, 2012 7:20:29 PM

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