the Full house alum, who serves as creative director for the GAF network, addresses the controversy in a statement to PEOPLE.
“Everyone who knows me knows without a doubt that I have great love and affection for all people. It absolutely breaks my heart that anyone could think that I would intentionally want to offend and hurt someone,” says Bure, 46. It saddens me that the media often seeks to divide us, even around a subject as comforting and joyful as Christmas movies. But, given the toxic climate in our culture right now, it shouldn’t surprise me. We need Christmas more than ever. ”
“I am a devout Christian. Which means that I believe that every human being bears the image of God. Therefore, 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,” she continues. “My heart longs to build bridges and bring people one step closer to God, to love others well, and to simply be a reflection of God’s great love for all of us.”
The actress also addresses those people who directly criticized her.
“To those members of the media responsible for using this opportunity to fan the flames of conflict and hate, I have a simple message: I love you anyway. To those who hate what I value and attack me online: I love you For those who have tried to assassinate my character: I love you,” he says. “To everyone reading this, of any race, creed, sexuality or political party, including those who have tried to intimidate me with insults, I love you.
“I have long wanted to find a home for more faith-based programming. I am grateful to be an integral part of a young and growing network,” she adds. “I also expressed in my interview, which was not included, that people of all ethnicities and identities have and will continue to contribute to the network in great ways, both in front of and behind the camera, which I fully encourage and support. I never interested in proselytizing through my stories, but celebrating the greatness of God in our lives through the stories I tell”.
Cameron Bure concludes his statement: “The God we serve is a tremendously creative and loving God.”
“He didn’t just capture a small part of my heart, he has captured my whole heart. It will be reflected in everything I do and say; in my family, my work, and my interactions with people from all walks of life, The love of God and God’s compassion are front and center,” he shares. “It all comes from the LOVE that God himself poured out on humanity when he gave the gift of joy and forgiveness on the first Christmas morning 2000 years ago. That’s why I love Christmas stories and sharing true joy and true peace. with millions of people around the world.”
She adds, “And motivated only by pure love, I hope you’ll join me in sharing God’s hope for the whole world this Christmas season. Call it my Christmas wish.”
When asked if GAF’s programming would include same-sex couples, Bure said The Wall Street Journal earlier this week that his next job with GAF “keep traditional marriage at the center” of his narration.
Bill Abbott, the former Hallmark Channel CEO who now runs GAF, added: “It’s certainly the year 2022, so we’re on top of the trends. There’s no whiteboard saying, ‘Yes, this,’ or ‘No, this. never come here.'”
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“Honestly, I can’t believe… that she wouldn’t just create a movie with the intention of excluding LGBTQIA+but also talking about it in the press,” Siwa, 19, wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. “This is rude and hurtful to a whole community of people.”