Here are three news items involving Emmy-winning comic actor Eric Stonestreet. Two of them really happened…and one of them only happened in our minds. Can you guess which one is a fabrication? Answer at the end of the post.
Eric Stonestreet plays Cameron Tucker on ABC’s Modern Family. His character is married to Mitchell Pritchett (Jessie Tyler Ferfuson), and the portrayal has been credited with easing attitudes toward same-sex relationships and marriages in the United States. Pennsylvania senator and two-time presidential candidate Rick Santorum has been an outspoken advocate against same-sex marriage on a number of occasions, but at Washington event at which both Stonestreet and Santorum were present, Santorum asked if Stonestreet would take a picture with him because he’s a big Modern Family fan. Because of Santorum’s past statements, Stonestreet refused the picture.
Stonestreet has won the Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy twice, in 2010 and 2012. In 2014, however, two of his costars were nominated, but he wasn’t. What did he do? He may or may not be behind an ugly campaign to discredit one of the actors who was nominated. He’s reportedly responsible for a large billboard in downtown Los Angeles that pictures Tony Hale of Veep with the caption, “Modern Failure.”
A woman was on a flight to Los Angeles recently, seated near Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of the rock band KISS. When she tried to ask for an autograph, Stanley refused, called her “Aunt Bee,” and Simmons tried to steal her seat, which he thought was better than his. What does this have to do with Eric Stonestreet? The woman was Stonestreet’s mother, Jamey Stonestreet, and Eric spread the exchange and trashed the members of KISS on Instagram and Twitter. (Simmons and Stanley denied everything.)
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