Stars React To Candace Cameron Bure’s ‘Traditional Marriage’ Comment

Members and allies of the Hollywood LGBTQ+ community, including one of Candace Candace Bureformer ‘co-stars, are talking after the more complete house star sparked controversy with a comment on telling stories centered on “traditional marriage”.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal Posted Monday, Cameron Bure shared how his projects with the Christian faith-based Great American Family Network (GAF) will differ from the increasingly inclusive content seen on his previous network, Hallmark Channel.

“I believe that Great American Family will keep traditional marriage at the centersaid Cameron Bure, 46.

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Disapproval of sentiment quickly bubbled up online, and Cameron Bure’s ex Full house co-star sweet jodie He even showed his support for jojo siwawhen the dance moms the student criticized Cameron Bure’s “rude and hurtful” comment.

“Honestly, I can’t believe…she would not only create a movie with the intention of excluding LGBTQIA+, but also talk about it in the press,” said the 19-year-old, who identified as a member of the LGBTQ+ community in 2021, he wrote on Instagram. “This is rude and hurtful to an entire community of people.”

In response to Siwa’s post, Sweetin posted the comment, “You know I love you ❤️❤️.”

JoJo Siwa (left) and Candace Cameron Bure.
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Several other stars also reacted to Siwa’s post, with dance moms co-star Maddie Ziegler writing, “Go away hojo!!!!! ❤️❤️❤️”

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alyssa milano He added: “Thank you for being such a positive role model to my children. I love them so much.”

Patrick Starrr made reference to a public round trip between Cameron Bure and Siwa over the summer: “OMG after all they’ve been through!!! NOOOO MAMMM!”

holly robinson peetewho also starred in several Hallmark movies, called Cameron Bure’s comments “disappointing but not surprising.”

“Go make the content you want to make but why insist on punishing others? It’s the judgment for me,” Pete, 58, wrote. “As a proud mother of an lgbtqia person, the traditional marriage date stung. Proud to be on Hallmark channel who understands the importance of diversity and inclusion of ALL 🌈🌈🌈”

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country singer maren morriswho has spoken as an LGBTQ+ ally recently, too made his feelings known.

The “The Middle” singer left a cheeky comment on an Instagram post shared by influencer Matt Bernstein: “Make DJ Gay Again” simultaneously referencing Cameron Bure Full house DJ Tanner and adding an irreverent twist to former President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America Great Again.”

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Hallmark Veteran Fellow Hilarie Burton Morgan he also weighed in, specifically challenging a comment by former Hallmark boss Bill Abbott, who now heads GAF, at Monday’s meeting. wsj Article.

“It’s certainly 2022, so we’re on top of the trends,” Abbott said of inclusive programming. “There’s no blackboard that says, ‘Yes, this,’ or, ‘No, we’re never going here.'”

Burton, 40, tweeted in part: “Being LGBTQ is not a ‘trend’. That guy and his network are disgusting. You too [Candace]. There’s nothing untraditional about same-sex couples.”

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distinctive star jonathan bennett spoke to PEOPLE about her network’s move toward more inclusive storytelling. “What I love about the Hallmark Channel is the care they put into the quality of storytelling, especially when it involves LGBTQ+ people, it’s handled with a lot of respect,” said the Bad Girls The 41-year-old actor told Breanne L. Heldman at the PEOPLE every day podcast.

Emphasizing Hallmark’s commitment to elevating all voices both on camera and behind the scenes, Bennett added, “It’s been an unwavering amount of support from the network for telling the story and wanting to tell it and letting us do it how we want to.”

She also spoke to PEOPLE on the Tuesday night red carpet for the upcoming Hulu series. Welcome to Chippendalesemphasizing, “I’m so proud to be a part of the Hallmark Channel that does such inclusive programming… I’m proud to be making movies for everyone to see at Christmas, because Christmas is for everyone.”

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fire island star Matt Rogers had some harsher words for the aurora teagarden actress when she spoke to PEOPLE at the OUT100 celebration in New York City on Wednesday night.

“I’ve come to expect very little from Candace Cameron Bure, so what I’m doing with Candace Cameron Bure and a lot of other big stars from the past is I’m paying them absolutely dust. Think as long as these people are out there, and they keep espousing their same bulls —, just ignore them, because they’ll hate that more than anything else.”

Rogers, who is gay, went on to discuss potential projects with GAF: “If they get away from ‘traditional couples,’ then I’d love to, and listen, they’re missing out on some great talent if they want to get queer people out.”

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favorite platoon cody rigsby shared Rogers’ sentiments on the red carpet for OUT100.

“I don’t think so,” he told PEOPLE about a future gig at GAF. “I don’t think that will happen at all.”

Of Cameron Bure, he said: “My God. If you want to make content that’s for you, go ahead girl. No problem. But you didn’t need to specifically exclude us for no reason. If you want to make any content you want to make sure, sure, but You don’t have to deliberately make sure that LGBTQ+ people aren’t represented.”

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bure responded to various points raised by his critics in a statement shared with the 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,” he began.

She explained: “I am a devout Christian. Which means I believe that every human being bears the image of God. Therefore, I am called to love all people, and I do… My heart yearns to build bridges and lead people one step closer to God, to love others well and just be a reflection of God’s enormous love for all of us.”

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Bure said that she also expressed in the wsj interview that “people of all ethnicities and identities have and will continue to contribute to the network in a big way both in front of and behind the camera,” adding that he “will fully encourage and support.” But Bure said that this part was “not included” in the final story.

The recently conservative actress ended a long tenure with Hallmark that resulted in more than 20 films. Upon joining GAF, she was also named creative director.

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