Christian actress Candace Cameron Bure has responded to online criticism after telling a news outlet that she doesn’t expect her new network, the Great American Family, to include LGBT storylines in her Christmas films, accusing the media of creating a schism to accomplish.
Celebrities took to social media this week to slam Bure, 46, best known for her role on hit sitcom Full House, after she responded negatively to a Wall Street Journal question about whether this would be the case for all same-sex storylines in projects produced by Great American Family.
“I think Great American Family will keep the traditional marriage at its core,” said Bure, 46, the chief creative officer of the Great American Family network — which aims to create a “God and Country alternative for vacation entertainment.” be.
After receiving criticism from celebrities and LGBT advocacy group GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), Bure responded in an Instagram post on Wednesday. She said, “It breaks my heart that anyone would ever think I was intentionally trying to offend and hurt someone.”
“It saddens me that the media often tries to divide us, even when it comes to a subject as comforting and joyful as Christmas movies,” Bure continued. “But given the toxic climate in our culture, I shouldn’t be surprised. We need Christmas more than ever.”
One of Hollywood’s more outspoken conservative Christian voices, Bure said she must follow her faith, which calls her to love all people “fiercely and indiscriminately.”
“To those members of the media responsible for using this opportunity to fuel conflict and hatred, I have a simple message: I love you anyway,” she wrote.
“To those who hate what I love and who attack me online: I love you. To those who tried to murder my character: I love you. To everyone reading this, regardless of race, creed, sexuality, or political party, including those who have tried to abuse me, I love you.”
In response to her statement, numerous celebrities took to social media to criticize Bure’s comments.
Former Dance Moms star JoJo Siwa, who came out as gay in January 2021, expressed her dislike for Bure’s comment in an Instagram post Tuesday. Siwa previously accused Bure of being one of the “rudest” celebrities she’s ever met.
“This is rude and hurtful to a whole community of people,” the 19-year-old dancer wrote.
“Honestly, after everything that happened a few months ago, I can’t believe that not only is she making a film with the intention of excluding LGBTQIA+, but she’s also talking about it in the press.”
One Tree Hill actress Hilarie Burton Morgan called Bure a “bigot” on social media Monday.
“I don’t remember Jesus liking hypocrites like Candy,” Morgan said in one tweet. “Why, surely. Earn your money honey. You ride that wave of prejudice all the way to the bank.”
A representative from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) urged others in the entertainment industry to question plans to work with the Great American Family network. Since 2019, the advocacy group has been pushing for 20 percent of all TV characters to be LGBT by 2025.
“It is irresponsible and hurtful for Candace Cameron Bure to use tradition as a cover for exclusion,” wrote Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President and Chief Executive Officer, Tuesday in a expression.
“I would like to chat with Bure about my wife, our children and our family traditions.”
Ellis also stated that if Great American Family plans to “purposefully exclude stories about LGBT couples, actors, advertisers, cable and streaming platforms, and production companies should take note and seriously consider affiliating with a network.” will want exclusion as one of its values.”
In her Instagram post Wednesday, Bure attempted to shed light on the remarks she made in the Wall Street Journal interview.
“I had also expressed in my interview, which was not included, that people of all ethnicities and identities both on and off camera have contributed and will continue to contribute in great ways to the network, which I encourage and fully support.” Bure wrote.
“My heart wants to tell stories that have more meaning and purpose and depth. I knew the people behind Great American Family were Christians who loved the Lord and wanted to promote faith programs and good family entertainment.”
Bill Abbott, the executive director of The Great American Family, didn’t seem to rule out the possibility of a same-sex act when interviewed by The Wall Street Journal.
“It’s certainly 2022, so we’re aware of the trends,” he said. “There’s no whiteboard that says ‘yes, that’ or ‘no, we’re never going to get here’.”
In April, it was announced that GAC Media, a Texas-based company that owns Great American Family, had hired Bure to curate programming and help develop the Great American Christmas franchise. At the time, Bure said she felt the company was “a perfect fit for my brand” because they “share a vision of creating compelling, wholesome content for an audience that wants to watch programming for and with the whole family.”
In October, the cable network Great American Family announced a series of 18 vacation movies, marking a 50 percent increase in the network’s vacation movie offering in its second year. The network wants to establish itself as a contact point for original Christmas films.
Nicole Alcindor is a reporter for The Christian Post. She can be reached at: [email protected]
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