Anti-Gay “Celebrities” Lisa Whelchel And Jeff Kent Join “Survivor: Philippines”

Retired baseballer Jeff Kent and Facts of Life star Lisa Whelchel are among the castaways in Survivor: Philippines, the 312th season of the reality competition. But in addition to being famous (Kent for being a home-run king, Welchel for playing spoiled Blair Warner), the two contestants share another trait: They both stand against the LGBT community.

In 2008, Kent, who played second baseman for both the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants, cut a check for $15,000 to support California’s odious Proposition 8.

Whelchel—who probably would have done the same if she had $15K lying around—has been open about being a fundamentalist Christian since the end of her hit sitcom (and her career). On her website, Whelchel told a mother worried her son might be gay that, “if a person desires, it is possible to leave behind a homosexual lifestyle. I know this is true because I’ve seen it come true in the lives of many of my friends. Thousands have been helped, loved, and supported by websites such as Exodus [International] and the many ministries they recommend.”

Whelchel actually took the post down, but thanks to the magic of the Interwebs, you can still find her comment online. She also claims her appearance on the show was the result of an online campaign by her fans (snicker).

There appears to be at least one queer competitor this season, maybe more—we pray to whatever island gods exist that they take down these has-beens—and taken ’em down hard.


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