“Full House” alum actress Candace Cameron Bure is taking heat over her refusal to feature same-sex couples in films, but the Christian believer isn’t backing down.
Bure, who now works as Great American Family’s chief creative officer, noted recently that she wants to put religion back into Christmas movies, Fox News Digital reported. She left Hallmark after that network decided to all more ‘diversity’ in its content, including a Christmas film featuring a gay couple, “The Holiday Sitter,” which will be released next month.
“I think that Great American Family will keep traditional marriage at the core,” she said after being asked by The Wall Street Journal if she would green-light any films with LGBTQ themes.
That said, the chief executive of Great American Media and the original creator of the Hallmark Channel countered that there no set content plan.
“It’s certainly the year 2022, so we’re aware of the trends,” Bill Abbott told the WSJ. “There’s no whiteboard that says, ‘Yes, this’ or ‘No, we’ll never go here.'”
Bure’s remarks were slammed by actresses Hilarie Burton and Jojo Siwa, with Burton calling them “disgusting.”
“Now they’re just openly admitting their bigotry. I called this s— out years ago when Abbott was at Hallmark,” she wrote. “Glad they dumped him. Being LGBTQ isn’t a ‘trend.’ That guy and his network are disgusting. You too Candy. There is nothing untraditional about same-sex couples.”
“Bigot,” Burton added. “I don’t remember Jesus liking hypocrites like Candy. But sure. Make your money, honey. You ride that prejudice wave all the way to the bank.”
Siwa shared her thoughts on Instagram as well.
“Honestly, I can’t believe after everything that went down just a few months ago, that she would not only create a movie with intention of excluding LGBTQIA+, but then also talk about it in the press,” she noted. “This is rude and hurtful to a whole community of people.”
Bure left Hallmark in April after spending more than a decade at the network and starring in 10 holiday movies and 30 films overall.
“My heart wants to tell stories that have more meaning and purpose and depth behind them,” she told the WSJ. “I knew that the people behind Great American Family were Christians that love the Lord and wanted to promote faith programming and good family entertainment.”
Earlier, during an interview on “Up Next with John Contratti,” Abbott detailed his plans to provide high-quality original content that whole families can view and enjoy.
“There’s so much need for family content and the market in this space. It’s pretty scary, quite frankly, the amount of content that’s out there, the vast majority of content is salacious and is not appropriate for any member of the family, really,” he said.