Candace Cameron Bure says media is “responsible” for misinterpreting “traditional marriage” comment amid backlash

Candace Cameron Bure has addressed her recent comments about “traditional marriage,” which she says has been attacked online.

In a new interview with The Wall Street Journal, former Hallmark darling Bure, known as the station’s “Queen of Christmas,” spoke about a move to the more “conservative” Great American Family network.

With Hallmark to release The Holiday Sitter The next month, when her first original Christmas film focused solely on an LGBT+ love story, Bure was asked if her new network would also feature LGBT+ storylines.

Bure said no, adding, “I think the Great American Family will keep traditional marriage at its core.”

Following her comments, celebrities, including JoJo Siwa and Hilarie Burton, have criticized Bure, calling her “rude and hurtful” and a “fanatic,” respectively.

Siwa, who came out as gay in 2021, posted a screenshot of an article paraphrasing Bure’s comments to say there would be “no gay people” on her channel.

The 19-year-old captioned the post, referring to her public feud with the Full house actor earlier this summer, adding, “This is rude and hurtful to a whole community of people.”

In a statement provided The IndependentAddressing her comments, Bure wrote, “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 a great way to the network . which I encourage and fully support.”

Read Bure’s statement in full below:

“I would like to address my comments on the Great American Family program as reported 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.

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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.

To those members of the media responsible for using this opportunity to stir up 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.

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.

The God we serve is a wildly creative and loving God. He didn’t just capture a small part of my heart, He captured my whole heart. It will be reflected in everything I do and say; God’s love and compassion are central to my family, my work, and my interactions with people from all walks of life. All of this comes from the LOVE that God Himself poured out upon mankind when He gave the gift of joy and forgiveness on Christmas morning 2000 years ago. 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.”

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