This week, Great American Family and Hallmark entertainer Candace Cameron Bure opened up on GAF’s approach to new vacation movies. At the request of Wall Street Journal If viewers could expect GAF vacation films with leads in same-sex relationships, Bure responded that she expects the network to “keep traditional marriage at its core.” This response quickly caused a stir, with some of Bure’s colleagues and fans pushing against her statement. Now Bure has issued a statement on the criticism she has received.
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Candace Cameron Bure wrote that she loves all people
On November 16, just two days after the interview appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Bure taped it Instagram page to address the criticism she had received. She released a lengthy five-slide statement trying to clarify how she feels.
Her caption read, “From the heart – swipe through each slide.” In her statement, Bure wrote, “All who know me know without a doubt 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 anyone.”
Bure added: “It saddens me that the media often tries to divide us, even when it comes to a subject as comforting and happy as Christmas movies. But given the toxic climate in our culture right now, I shouldn’t be surprised.” The Great American Family and Hallmark star noted that she is “a devoted Christian,” which to her means, “I’m called to love all people , and I do.” She added that her love is “passionate and indiscriminate,” and that her heart “longs to build bridges and bring people one step closer to God.”
Bure’s testimony immediately received a lot of attention
Addressing the media again in her statement, Bure wrote that they would “take this opportunity to ignite conflict and hatred.” Still, she shared, “I love you anyway.” She also shared love for people who “hate what I value and who attack me online,” as well as those she says have tried “to murder my character”. The queen of Christmas movies also noted that WSJ’s releases left out a sentiment that she encourages and supports “people of all races and identities” to get involved before and outside of the GAF.
Within the first hour of Bure sharing her statement, her Instagram post had over 150,000 likes and almost 15,000 comments. Many of the comments came from colleagues or fans who support her and love what she stands for with her faith. However, there were also critical comments.
“I couldn’t love or admire you more. You embody grace and love and that is so well said.” wrote Fellow GAF Jen Lilley.
“One of the few and true I respect in Hollywood,” added Another.
“I appreciate that the network you are on now does not involve homosexual relationships.” written down someone else.
“Girl come on… We all know what you meant by “traditional marriage.” Stop backtracking and blaming “the media”. You said what you said, no one twists your words.” counters a critic.
“I see no excuse for how your words have caused pain to others. Whether you intended to cause that pain or not, it happened. They have a platform and that should come with accountability,” another critic said detailed. “It’s a shame to see this post and everything you talk about it, like I said, it created YOU and no awareness at all. You’ve officially lost a fan.”
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