Fuller House actress and Dancing With the Stars finalist Candace Cameron Bure entered Interview with the Wall Street Journal on her recent move from a permanent fixture on Hallmark Channel programming to Great American Family, a channel that is beginning to expand its vacation programming in a space that Hallmark and Lifetime have dominated for years.
In the interview, Bure said her main reason for the move was that GAC places an emphasis on Christianity in its programming.
But when asked if GAC would follow in Hallmark’s footsteps by featuring LGBTQIA+ characters, Bure said no.
“We’re really here to spread joy and spread love and happy, good feelings,” she said of GAC’s mission for her films, adding, “I think Great American Family put traditional marriage at the heart of their holiday films will hold .
Great American Media CEO Bill Abbott, who was previously an executive at Hallmark’s parent company Crown Media, gave a more vague response, saying they are “aware of today’s trends” and that “there’s no whiteboard that says.” : ‘Yes, that’ or ‘No, we will never go here.’”
Bure’s comments drew criticism from both fans and other celebrities, including Hallmark star Hilarie Burton and Dancing With the Stars runner-up JoJo Siwa, who came out as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community in 2021.
Bure has now issued a statement to Heavy about the reaction to her comments.
Bure says she loves all people “fiercely and indiscriminately.”
In the statement, Bure began by saying that she did not mean to offend or hurt anyone and that as a Christian she “is called to love all men,” and she does so “fiercely and indiscriminately.”
The first part of the statement reads in full:
I would like to respond to my comments on the Great American Family programs as published in the Wall Street Journal. All who know me know without question that I have great love and affection for all people. It absolutely 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 topic as comforting and happy as Christmas movies. But given the toxic climate in our culture right now, I shouldn’t be surprised. We need Christmas more than ever.
I am a devoted Christian. This means that I believe that every human being is made in the image of God. For this reason I am called to love all people and I do that. If you know me, you know that I am a person who loves fiercely and indiscriminately. My heart longs to build bridges and bring people one step closer to God, to love others well and just be a reflection of God’s great love for us all.
She continues by saying that she has nothing but love for everyone, including people who are “attacking [her] on-line.”
“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. 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,” the Fuller House star wrote.
Bure also said some of her interviews were not included in the published Wall Street Journal article
In the second part of her statement, Bure said that while she is passionate about Christian programs, she loves that people “of all races and identities” contribute to GAC. She also said that part of her interview was left out in the finished product.
The second part of the statement reads:
I have long wanted to find a home for more belief-based programming. I am grateful to be part of a young and growing network. 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. I have never been interested in proselytizing through my storytelling, but in celebrating God’s greatness in our lives through the stories I tell.
Finally, Bure said that God “has conquered all [her] heart” and is “reflected in everything” she does and says.
“God’s love and God’s compassion are paramount. All of this comes from the LOVE that God Himself showered upon mankind when He gave the gift of joy and forgiveness on Christmas morning 2,000 years ago,” Bure said. “That’s why I love Christmas stories and share true joy and peace with millions of people around the world. And in the sole motivation of pure love, I hope you will join me in sharing God’s hope for the whole world this Christmas season. Call that my Christmas wish.”
Bure’s first GAC Christmas film, A Christmas…Present, premieres Sunday, November 27 at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time on GAC. In it, she stars with Marc Blucas as Maggie and Eric, “the parents of teenagers who head to their widowed brother’s house to celebrate Christmas. Through an unusual series of transformative events, Maggie is learning that enjoying the vacation is better than spending time making it perfect,” reads the GAC press release.
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