Skip to comments.'Everybody Loves Raymond' Actress Patricia Heaton: 'Media Runs With Idea Christians Are Bad Guys'
Posted on 02/28/2014 2:27:51 PM PST by SeekAndFind
Catholic actress and star of the upcoming movie, "Mom's Night Out," Patricia Heaton has said that the media often falls victim to pejoratively stereotyping Christians, rather than portraying them as real people.
"You know, my older sister is a Dominican nun, and nuns are always portrayed as weird, sexually repressed, old maids who are bitter. Listen, I went to Catholic school, there are a few of those, but the Dominican sisters that I know are lovely, lovely ladies," Heaton told The Blaze. "So I think there has been this idea out there and the media kind of runs with it, portrays Christians as bad guys."
Heaton also suggested that despite Hollywood's "godless" reputation, the entertainment industry she has interacted with has helped her own faith grow.
"The arts are [about] being creative I mean, God is a creator, he creates constantly, and when you're in a creative place like Hollywood, there's a lot of opportunity to talk and share and find common ground," she said.
She also suggested that regardless of the faith traditions practiced in Hollywood, the work of many has been inspired by God.
"Most creative people have a deep spiritual well that they're drawing from even if they don't know it," Heaton said.
Beyond faith, the former "Everybody Loves Raymond" and current "The Middle" star said that acting professionally and courteous towards others on set has gone a long way in gaining credibility in Hollywood.
"If you're on a set everyday with 12 people, they get to know you and see how you treat number one on the call sheet and number 49 on the call sheet and how you act," Heaton said. "Whether you act entitled or whether you are kind and generous and compassionate, and also, do you show up on time? Do you know your lines? Are you professional? All of that stuff speaks volumes."
This is not the first time that Heaton has spoken out against Hollywood's depiction of Christians.
In 2011, Heaton told PopEaster there was "a need for Christians to stop being portrayed in our industry as crazies."
"Christians whether as a priest, a nun, a minister, whatever have just been stereotyped to death. You try to be a model of kindness and love and forgiveness to all those around you, because you have received kindness and love and forgiveness from God through Christ. That's what Christianity is," she added.
Couldn’t disagree more, she was a straight man for her husband, the interference from her MIL and her husband’s indifference to her complaints were one of the main plot lines and that made her seem nagging. I thought she was the best on the show save for Boyle.
Not that it was up for discussion, but exceedingly not guilty.
Best character was the father Frank Barone.
When he invites Ray to the steam room at the lodge he says “yea I was worried you were going to say something stupid, or liberal”
God is indeed good and wise
Those are not OEM
Spot on, Patricia. You do proud your middle American, Christian upbringing as my neighbor in Avon Lake, Ohio.
Keep on keeping on.
“Those are not OEM”
Ask me if I care.
Boyle was a pretty darn good actor — a rabid, foaming at the mouth, lunatic liberal, but a good actor nonetheless. Apparently he and Patricia Heaton had quite a few political battles on the set when the cameras weren’t rolling.
Why do women think they look good with half of their fake boobs showing?
Holy heck, leave something to the imagination.
It’s very telling the way that Liberals/DemocRATS/Atheists/Non-Believers reflexively and virulently attack Christians.
I once responded in the affirmative to a student who asked if I was a Christian. Almost immediately, another student asked whether I would be able to present the information in the course objectively. I responded by asking why he thought I couldn’t or wouldn’t. I think my retort caught him off-guard (probably expected me to be apologetic, if not ashamed) because he hemmed and hawed and didn’t give a coherent answer. I asked the question again—More equivocating. I then inquired whether he asked the same question of all of his professors. That was sufficient to shut him up for the semester.
I don't know if that's such a good idea, mommyq. Doing that makes my head hurt due to eye strain
She admitted she had work done and does not hide her conservatism. I’m surprised she still has a gig.
Didn’t see her that way at all. She was smart, and the funniest one on the show and that’s saying a lot. The entire cast was exceptionally funny.
Holy heck, leave something to the imagination.
They do, the other half.........
I would disagree and add, how do you know that?
He and Jane Fonda were best of friends. But I still loved him as Frank.