70s sitcom star Jimmie 'JJ' Walker against gay marriage
'I just don't believe on moral grounds it should be done. I don't like it, I don't accept it'
Jimmie ‘JJ’ Walker, best known for his catch-phrase ‘Dy-no-mite’on the CBS sitcom Good Times in the 1970s, spoke out against gay marriage in an interview with CNN on Monday (16 July).
Walker, who describes himself as ‘a realist independent,’ believes that when it comes to marriage, ‘there’s just certain traditions that need to be upheld.’
‘No, it doesn’t affect me, no, it doesn’t change my life,’ he acknowledges. ‘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.’
He added: ‘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.’
Walker, now 65, is promoting his new memoir called Dyn-o-mite. He appeared as JJ Evans on Good Times from 1973-79. He went on to do guest spots on various television series and game shows and continues to tour the US performing his stand-up act.