Tuesday, July 17, 2012
I love 1970s TV sitcoms. From the All in the Family, to the Mary Tyler Moore Show, Good Times and Maude. They were unique, topical, and somehow manged to raise awareness while entertaining. The 1970s was a golden age of American TV sitcoms.
Jimmie “J.J.” Walker is arguably best known as the comedic actor who played the goofy son of Esther Rolle and John Amos on CBS’ Good Times. He made famous the catchphrase “dyn-o-mite!” on the popular that ran from 1974 to 1975.
Promoting his newly penned memoir, “Dyn-o-mite”, Walker recently spoke to CNN about his life and career, his rise from poverty in the South Bronx to becoming a comedian for the Black Panthers. But it was his remarks about same-sex marriage that will surely cause the biggest controversy.
When asked if he opposed marriage equality, Walker said:
“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.
That’s fine Jimmie. I don’t like or accept you either.