The comments about Candace Cameron Bure’s ‘traditional marriage’ were called ‘damaging and abusive’ by GLAAD

UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 17: Actress Candace Cameron Bure visits Hallmark Channel's

The Full house alum’s comments about how the Great American Family network will “keep traditional marriage at the center” of his stories have drawn backlash from celebrities and LGBTQ advocates. (Photo: Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)

Candace Cameron Bure continues to receive criticism for her association with the faith-based network Great American Family

The Full house alum, 46, had a long-term relationship making holiday movies for the Hallmark Channel, but left the network in April — before it released its first gay-led holiday movie — for a role on the new cable channel. This week, while promoting her upcoming Christmas movie on GAF, she explained that she ditched Hallmark for the new network that promises to “keep traditional marriage” — between a man and a woman — “at its core.” Her comments have led to backlash, initially from Hilarie Burton and JoJo Siwa, and it continues.

Jonathan Bennett, who stars in the Hallmark movie The holiday sitter with same-sex romance, is one of the celebrity and LGBTQ advocates speaking out.

“I’m just proud to be a part of the Hallmark channel doing so much inclusive programming The holiday sitteran LGBTQ+-led Christmas film,” said the Mean girls actor, who married Jaymes Vaughan earlier this year, told E! News on Tuesday. “I’m just so proud to be on the Hallmark channel making these movies for everyone because Christmas is for everyone and Hallmark channels are for everyone.” He added that the film has “so much heart” and “humour” and predicts audiences will love it.

GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) issued a statement regarding Bure’s “irresponsible” comments on same-sex marriage.

“It is irresponsible and hurtful to Candace Cameron Bure to use tradition as a cover for exclusion,” said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “I would love to have a conversation with Bure about my wife, our children, and our family’s traditions. Bure is out of sync with a growing majority of religious people, including religious LGBTQ people, who know that LGBTQ couples and families deserve love and visibility.”

Ellis called Bure’s comments “harmful and offensive” to the Company’s LGBTQ employees and to employees with LGBTQ friends and family.

“If GAF’s plan is to deliberately exclude stories about LGBTQ couples, then actors, advertisers, cable and streaming platforms and production companies should take this into account and seriously consider whether they want to be associated with a network that has exclusion as one of its considers values.” Ellis wrote.

Bure’s TV sister Jodie Sweetin joined the conversation by supporting Siwa. “You know I love you,” she wrote to the singer, due out in 2021, after she scolded Bure for making “a movie with [the] intent to exclude LGBTQIA+ people.

(Screenshot: JoJo Siwa via Instagram)

(Screenshot: JoJo Siwa via Instagram)

Bure received support from her 24-year-old daughter, Natasha Bure, who praised her for “constantly choosing Christ before all else.”

Bure’s controversial remarks appeared in a Wall Street Journal story published Monday. She spoke in her capacity as chief creative officer of Great American Family.

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

Burton, van A tree hill fame, saw a headline with Bure’s comments and called she was a “bigger. I don’t remember Jesus liking hypocrites like Candy. But sure. Make your money, honey. You’re riding that wave of prejudice all the way to the bank.”

Siwa then joined the conversation, writing on Instagram: “Honestly after everything that happened a few months ago I can’t believe she would not only make a movie with the intention of excluding LGBTQIA+ but then talk about it. would talk in the press. This is rude and hurtful to an entire community of people.”

“Everything that went down” was a reference to Siwa and Bure making headlines earlier this year after Siwa posted a TikTok video of them Full house alum the “rudest” celebrity she’s ever met after a previous encounter. They later spoke privately.

In April, it was reported that Bure had left the Hallmark Channel, after 14 years as the unofficial Christmas Queen due to her numerous holiday movies, for the role on Great American Family. She will produce religious titles under the banner “Candace Cameron Bure Presents”, and is involved in content creation and curation across many genres.

Candace Cameron Bure in A Christmas... Present.  (Photo: Major US media)

Candace Cameron Bure appears in the movie Great American Family A Christmas present. (Photo: Major US media)

Bure recruited Lori Loughlin, the Full house actress implicated in the college admissions scandal, for film on the network. She also persuaded Danica McKellar, who is best known as Winnie Cooper The Wonder Years.

Bure will play the lead role A Christmas present for GAF premiered on November 27.

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