Candace Cameron Bure under fire for saying new network won’t feature gay couples

Candace Cameron Bure has been criticized for saying the new TV network she joined will not feature same-sex couples in leading roles, with One Tree Hill actress Hilarie Burton leading the charge by labeling her ‘bigoted’ and JoJo Siwa criticizing her as ‘rude and hurtful’.

In an interview with the Wall Street JournalBure revealed that he hoped the Great American Family network, the media company with which he is now making Christmas movies, “keeps traditional marriage at the center.”

Bure, 46, had long been the star of numerous Hallmark Christmas movies, but recently left the network for Great American Family, which WSJ described as “God and country’s alternative to holiday entertainment.”

Candace Cameron Bure has come under fire after saying the new TV network she joined will not feature same-sex couples in leading roles, with Hilarie Burton calling her

Speak up: Burton was among those who criticized Bure for his comments.

Controversy: Candace Cameron Bure has come under fire after saying the new TV network she joined will not feature same-sex couples in leading roles, with Hilarie Burton calling it “bigoted”.

'This is rude and hurtful': JoJo Siwa, who recently fell out with Bure after calling her the 'rudesest celebrity' she's ever met, also slammed her

‘This is rude and hurtful’: JoJo Siwa, who recently fell out with Bure after calling her the ‘rudesest celebrity’ she’s ever met, also slammed her

“With a name that evokes red-state pride and content that embraces faith, the channel bills itself as the choice of Christians who think Hollywood is ruining Christmas,” the WSJ writes about the network.

Candace said she longed to make movies with “more meaning” and aligned herself with the Great American Family because of their vision of faith-based programming.

“My heart wants to tell stories that have more meaning, purpose, and depth behind them. I knew the people behind Great American Family were Christians who loved the Lord and wanted to promote faith-based programming and good family entertainment,” he said in the profile.

Bill Abbott, chief executive of Great American Media, who previously held the same position at Hallmark Channel’s parent company, called Candace a “key piece of what we’re doing.”

Hallmark staple: Bure, 46, had long been the star of numerous Hallmark Christmas movies but recently left the Great American Family network, which WSJ described as

Hallmark staple: Bure, 46, had long been the star of numerous Hallmark Christmas movies but recently left the Great American Family network, which the WSJ described as “God and country’s alternative to entertainment Christmas”.

Christmas Spirit: Bure in a Hallmark Christmas Movie

Christmas Spirit: Bure in a Hallmark Christmas Movie

Abbott left Crown Media Family Networks in early 2020 after the network pulled four ads from wedding planning website Zola that featured a lesbian couple kissing on their wedding day. The ad was reinstated, and Hallmark apologized to viewers following backlash. No explanation was given for his departure.

Speaking of including same-sex couples in Great American Family movies, he told WSJ: “It’s certainly the year 2022, so we’re on top of the trends.”

“There’s no blackboard that says, ‘Yes, this,’ or, ‘No, we’re never going here.'”

Hallmark released its first feature film with a prominent gay couple, The Christmas House, in 2020.

Burton was among those who criticized Candace Cameron Bure on Twitter after her interview was published.

Burton was among those who criticized Candace Cameron Bure on Twitter after her interview was published.

Hit: Burton called Bure a 'fan' after comments

Hit: Burton called Bure a ‘fan’ after comments

In April it was announced that Candace had signed a deal with GAC Media to “develop, produce, and star in movies and TV shows on GAC Family and GAC Living.” Variety informed.

Actress Hilarie Burton was among those who criticized Candace Cameron Bure on Twitter after her interview was published.

“Intolerant,” he tweeted. ‘I don’t remember Jesus liking hypocrites like Candy. But sure. Make your money, honey. You ride that wave of prejudice all the way to the bank,” she wrote.

He also called out Abbott in a separate tweet criticizing his comments calling LGBTQ a “trend.”

Disbelief: JoJo Siwa, who recently fell out with Bure after calling her the

Disbelief: JoJo Siwa, who recently fell out with Bure after calling her the “rudeest celebrity” she’s ever met, also slammed the actress as “rude and hurtful”

'You know I love you': Even Candace's Full House co-star Jodie Sweetin seemed to criticize her

‘You know I love you’: Even Candace’s Full House co-star Jodie Sweetin seemed to criticize her

“Now they’re just openly admitting their bigotry,” Hilarie wrote in another tweet. “I called this years ago when Abbott was at Hallmark. I’m glad they dropped it. Being LGBTQ is not a “trend.” That guy and his network are disgusting. You too Candy. There is nothing untraditional about same-sex couples.

JoJo Siwa, who recently fell out with Bure after calling her the ‘rudeest celebrity’ she’s ever met, also slammed her as ‘rude and hurtful’.

‘Honestly, I can’t believe that after everything that happened just a few months ago, she would not only create a film with the intention of excluding LGBTQIA+, but also talk about it in the press. This is rude and hurtful to an entire community of people,” she posted on Instagram.

Backlash: Twitter users expressed their discontent after the publication of Bure's comments

Backlash: Twitter users expressed their discontent after the publication of Bure’s comments

Even Candace’s Full House co-star Jodie Sweetin seemed to take a look at it.

Sweetin responded to JoJo’s post, commenting, “You know I love you (red heart emoji).”

Numerous others also expressed their dissatisfaction with Bure’s comments.

‘Am I the only one who thinks the statement made by @candacecbure leaving @hallmarkchannel just screams homophobic? I’m so tired of this woman hiding her homophobia behind her “her Christian values”, one Twitter user posted.

‘What a hateful individual #candacecameronbure is! Thank you for declaring #GreatAmericanFamily anti gay and only for #trumpers,” another tweeted.

This is certainly not the first time that Bure has faced backlash online.

Last year, Bure was criticized by the people she followed on social media; however, she insisted ‘a follow does not mean an endorsement.’

Addressing the outrage from last year, he said in an Instagram Story: “I’ve read several comments from people… who were disappointed or told me they were unfollowing me because of the people I choose to follow on Instagram,” Bure said. “And it’s always weird for me because I follow such a wide range of people: politically, within my work industry, and then personal friends and things that I like. But a follow does not mean an endorsement.

Bure, who follows political figures including President Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Melania Trump and Candace Owens, insisted that having a diverse group of voices to follow doesn’t mean she’s aligned with “everything they say and do.”

“It just means that I follow a wide range of people to get perspective,” he said. ‘I want to know what’s going on in the world, I want to hear different sides of the argument. I follow people in entertainment that I don’t necessarily agree with or act the same way with, but I want to know what our society is offering, what culture.’

“I keep going left and right, but my blood doesn’t boil,” added the actress. ‘I don’t get mad at it. So maybe it’s healthy for some of you to not follow people you don’t agree with. But it doesn’t bother me. It just gives me perspective.

Backlash: Last year, Bure was criticized by the people she followed on social media;  however, she insisted that 'a follow does not mean an endorsement'

Backlash: Last year, Bure was criticized by the people she followed on social media; however, she insisted that ‘a follow does not mean an endorsement’

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