Candace Cameron Bure’s comments about centering “traditional marriage” on her Christian movie network quickly confronted, strong recoil. Considering she left the Hallmark channel to make more religion-based content, while Hallmark makes more diverse (and less heterosexual) content, it seems clear where she stands. But the Full house alum has released a lengthy, outraged statement claiming that the media has her completely wrong.
“It absolutely breaks my heart that anyone would ever think I would deliberately want to offend and hurt someone,” she said in a statement to Peoplenotably not heartbroken that she can have actually someone offended and hurt. “It saddens me that the media often tries to divide us, even around a subject as comforting and joyful as Christmas movies. But given the toxic climate in our culture right now, I shouldn’t be surprised. We need Christmas more than ever.”
Right: us all Christmas more than ever –except for gay couples, who probably won’t be seen on the Great American Family network. But Candace Cameron Bure is a “committed Christian” who loves “all people,” meaning “any race, creed, sexuality, or political party, including those who have tried to bully me with name calling.” How magnanimous.
While she previously stated that the network will focus on “traditional marriage,” she claims that characters with other “identities” could pop up just like that. “I had also spoken out in my interviewwhat was not included, that people of all ethnicities and identities have contributed to the network in amazing ways, both in front of and behind the camera, which I encourage and fully support,” said Cameron Bure.
The actor concludes her essay-length statement by evangelizing about God’s love, which he “poured out upon mankind when he bestowed the gift of joy and forgiveness on Christmas morning 2,000 years ago.” In a deft piece of missionary work, she ends by saying, “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.”
Given that this statement is not an apology for discrimination, nor an overwhelming affirmation of support for the LGBTQ+ community, it seems unlikely to stymie the current wave of criticism. Her previous comments proving how she can justify discrimination based on sexuality because of her religion, and so it seems it stays that way.