Former teen heartthrob Kirk Cameron hosted what he called a “peaceful protest” Christmas caroling event with a live band in a mall parking lot in Thousand Oaks, California, attended by “hundreds” of people on December 13, local reports said.
Cameron promoted the event on Instagram, saying participants of the “Christmas caroling peaceful protest” would be celebrating their “God-given liberties, our constitutionally protected rights,” and singing “about the birth of our savior.”
Sunday’s gathering was the second such event hosted by Cameron in recent weeks. In a video he posted following the first event on December 7, Cameron said, “Have you ever sung Christmas carols by candlelight at a time when your state governor has prohibited you from doing that?”
Public gatherings of any kind are currently prohibited under Ventura County’s stay-at-home orders and masks are required in public, according to Ventura County public health officials. The county reported 201 deaths from COVID-19 as of December 15. Nearby Riverside County said they had reached their ICU bed capacity as of December 14, and many other area hospitals are filling quickly, reports said.
Videos Cameron posted on Instagram after the event show a large crowd of mostly maskless people, including many elderly attendees. “Christmas in Community! Peaceful Protest in Song!” and “God Bless America! Joy over Fear,” he wrote. Credit: Kirk Cameron via Storyful