Candace Cameron Bure responds to backlash on IG
Actress Candace Cameron Bure is responding to backlash after making a comment about “traditional marriage.”
Bure, who has long been the star of the Hallmark Channel’s Christmas movies, recently moved to Great American Family, a new cable channel that is much more conservative and religious, the Wall Street Journal reported.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Bure said there would be no same-sex couples as leads. Instead, she said the channel “will keep traditional marriage at the core.”
Since the interview was published on Monday, Nov. 14, Bure has faced backlash.
After two days, she addressed the criticism in an Instagram post.
“It absolutely breaks my heart that anyone would ever think I would want to offend or hurt anyone,” Bure began in her post. She then blamed the media for its attempts at dividing people for and encouraging backlash.
“Given the toxic climate in our culture right now, I shouldn’t be surprised,” Bure wrote.
In her post, Bure acknowledged that she loves all people, including “members of the media who used this opportunity to fan flames of comfort and hate” and “those who have tried to assassinate [her] character.”
“I love you anyway,” she said.
She also shared that Great American Family has had and will continue to have have people of “all ethnicities and identities” working on its programming.
“I am a person who loves fiercely and indiscriminately,” she said.
Great American Family commented on Bure’s post, expressing its support.
“We love you Candace. #WelcomeHome,” it wrote.
Hallmark declined to comment on the Wall Street Journal’s story, but a spokesperson said that the network wants “all viewers to see themselves in our programming and everyone is welcome.”
The channel will air its first ever movie with an LGBTQ love story, “The Holiday Sitter,” on Dec. 11, actor Jonathan Bennett, who stars in the movie, shared on Instagram.
Following Bure’s comment in the Wall Street Journal article, several celebrities took to social media to share their thoughts.
Actress Hilarie Burton Morgan took to Twitter, Nov. 14, saying there is “nothing untraditional about same-sex couples.”
“Bigot. I don’t remember Jesus liking hypocrites like Candy. But sure. Make your money, honey. You ride that prejudice wave all the way to the bank,” she wrote on Twitter.
Jojo Siwa, a “Dance Moms” alum shared in an Instagram post that Bure’s comment was “rude and hurtful to a whole community of people.”
Siwa and Bure had a back-and-forth in July after Siwa posted a TikTok calling Bure the rudest celebrity she had met. In an Instagram video, Bure addressed the issue and said the two were on good terms.
“Honestly, I can’t believe after everything that went down just a few months ago, that she would not only create a movie with intention of excluding LGBTQIA+, but then also talk about it in the press,” Siwa wrote in her Nov. 15 Instagram post.
Bure’s “Full House” and “Fuller House” co-star, Jodie Sweetin, voiced her support for Siwa, commenting “You know I love you” on her Instagram post.
In her Instagram post, Bure said she “yearns to build bridges.”