Candace Cameron Bure was the adorable oldest daughter, DJ Tanner, on Full House and Fuller House. The popular sitcoms have generations of fans. Candace has since been called the “Queen of the Hallmark Channel” by fans. She has appeared on the Hallmark Channel since 2008, starring in more than two dozen films, ten of them Christmas movies.
Earlier this year, Cameron Bure announced that she was parting ways with Hallmark, and moving to Great American Family network. “I’m very excited to develop heartwarming family and faith-filled programming and make the kind of stories my family and I love to watch,” she said in a statement about the move.
Other Hallmark stars are also making the move to Great American Family including Lori Loughlin, Danica McKellar, Jen Lilley, Jessica Lowndes, and Trevor Donovan.
Now, Candace Cameron Bure is causing much controversy with her comments about the new movies she is making at GAC. Fans and other celebrities are speaking out.
8/8 What Did Candace Cameron Bure Say?
Great American Family promotes itself on social media as “celebrating faith, family and country”. While Hallmark Channel is becoming more inclusive by diversifying their characters, it seems like GAF is going in the opposite direction.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Candace was asked if Great American Family would feature same-sex couples as leads in their holiday movies. Candace’s response was, “I think that Great American Family will keep traditional marriage at the core”.
Not only is Cameron Bure starring in GAF movies, she also has an executive position at the company.
7/8 Who Is Bill Abbott And What Did He Say?
Bill Abbott is the former Hallmark Channel CEO. He is now chief executive of Great American Media, which oversees GAF.
Candace Cameron Bure said that the reason she left Hallmark was because “it basically is a completely different network than when I started because of the change of leadership.”
When she moved to GAF, Abbott gave her the executive position, as well as freedom to produce and create content under the banner “Candace Cameron Presents”.
Abbott made a statement regarding same-sex couples, “It’s certainly the year 2022, so we’re aware of the trends. There’s no whiteboard that says, ‘Yes, this’ or ‘No, we’ll never go here.’ “
6/8 Candace Cameron Bure Receives Backlash
Twitter users were not happy with Bure’s remarks.
One commented, “I’m sorry I thought traditional Family meant people who love each other and their kids but her definition sounds more discriminatory.”
Another said, “Bye from Hallmark @candacecbure . We don’t miss you!! Hang with your bigoted brigade over at that other channel no one has heard of.”
5/8 Other Celebrities Call Out Candace Cameron Bure
Activist Matt Bernstein posted on his Instagram, “you went decades without ever having to see an LGBTQ character on screen. now, we’re in 1 out of 5 movies. sorry if this disturbs you. sending thoughts and prayers”. He added, “Candace Cameron Bure’s Plans for New Cable Channel: No Gays”.
Singer Maren Morris commented on Bernstein’s post, “Make DJ Gay Again”, and Selling Sunset’s Chrishell Stause added three clapping emojis.
JoJo Siwa, who recently had a feud with Candace, took to her Instagram, “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, “This is rude and hurtful to a whole community of people.”
Jodie Sweetin, who played younger sister Stephanie on Full House, commented on Siwa’s post, “You know I love you ❤️❤️.”
4/8 Candace Cameron Bure Responds To Criticism
Candace Cameron Bure released a statement regarding the backlash of her “traditional marriage” comment.
“All of you who know me, know beyond question that I have great love and affection for all people. It absolutely breaks my heart that anyone would ever think I intentionally would want to offend and hurt anyone,” Bure told People. “It saddens me that the media is often seeking to divide us, even around a subject as comforting and merry as Christmas movies. But, given the toxic climate in our culture right now, I shouldn’t be surprised. We need Christmas more than ever.”
She went on to say, “I am a devoted Christian. Which means that I believe that every human being bears the image of God. Because of that, I am called to love all people, and I do. If you know me, you know that I am a person who loves fiercely and indiscriminately.”
Her lengthy statement concluded with, “The God we serve is a wildly creative and loving God.”
3/8 What Did JoJo Siwa Think Of Candace Cameron Bure’s Statement?
Many did not believe that Candace Cameron Bure’s statement was an apology.
JoJo Siwa responded to the statement in an interview with People, “We have not [talked], and I don’t think we ever will again.”
“That’s what’s f—ed up,” continues Siwa. “You not liking gay marriage, do your thing girl. You being religious, do your thing girl. Of course, I would want everybody to do what they want to do. But to purposely exclude someone because of who they love, that’s sh—y.”
Siwa believes that Bure should take up an offer from GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis’ to “come have a conversation’. “I would want her to have a conversation with GLAAD. Because even though I am educated, GLAAD is such an incredible organization. Sarah is a genius when it comes to the gay community. And I think that Candace having a conversation with her would be not only eye-opening to Candace but eye-opening to a whole world of people who might have those same beliefs.”
2/8 Natasha Bure Defends Her Mom
Candace Cameron Bure’s daughter, Natasha Bure came to her mom’s defense. The 24-year-old took to Instagram to share her thoughts, “The media is an absolutely VILE space for negativity and I applaud you every time for how you handle yourself with the upmost grace,” she writes in praise of her mom. “As they continuously twist the narrative to beat down on the Kingdom, you stand firm in faith and never let others dim your light for Him.”
She thinks her mom’s words were taken out of context, “No matter how out of context or warped the words may get, the enemy will not prevail. Society has gotten completely out of hand with believing every strategically worded headline broadcasted by the media…followed by cancel culture which is nothing but ugly.”
1/8 Hilarie Burton Slams Candace Cameron Burton After Colorado Springs Shooting
One Tree Hill actress, Hilarie Burton tweeted after the LGBTQ+ shooting in Colorado Springs, seemingly referring to Cameron Bure, “THIS! This is why we have to speak out against bigotry of any kind — even the ‘aren’t-I-cute-girl-next-door’ bulls–t that I called out last week. The bigotry of @GAfamilyTV is the most dangerous kind. It normalizes exclusion under the guise of ‘protecting traditional values.’”
She went on to say that she wasn’t taking aim at religion, “I never said a word about Christianity. Newsflash: I am a lifelong Christian. But the sheer volume of people who felt emboldened to put their bigotry in writing – to live forever on the internet – was all the evidence you need.”