Candace Cameron Bure is under fire for saying the new network will not feature gay couples

Candace Cameron Bure has come under fire for saying the new TV network she’s on won’t feature same-sex couples in starring roles, with One Tree Hill actress Hilarie Burton leading the charge by calling her a “bigot” and JoJo Siwa slamming her as ” intolerant.” “Insolent and mischievous.”

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Bure revealed that she expects the Great American Family Network, the media company she’s now making Christmas movies with, to “keep traditional marriage at its core.”

Bure, 46, has long been a star of several Hallmark holiday movies, but recently left the Great American Family Network, which WSJ describes as “the God-and-country alternative for holiday entertainment.”

Speaking out: Burton was among those who criticized Bure for her remarks

Controversy: Candace Cameron Bure came under fire after she said the new TV network she joined would not feature same-sex couples in starring roles – with Hilarie Burton calling her a ‘bigot’

'This is rude and hurtful': JoJo Siwa, who was recently feuding with Bure, called her a

“This is rude and hurtful,” she pointed out to JoJo Siwa, who was recently feuding with Bur after calling her “the rudest celebrity” she’s ever met.

“With a name that evokes red-state pride and content that embraces the faith, the channel presents itself as an option for Christians who think Hollywood is ruining Christmas,” the Wall Street Journal wrote of the network.

Candace said she longed to make films with “more meaning” and joined a great American family because of their vision of religious programming.

My heart wants to tell stories with more meaning, purpose and depth behind them. I’ve learned that the people behind the Great American Family are Christians who love the Lord and want to promote religious programming and quality family entertainment,” she said in the profile.

Bill Abbott, CEO of Great American Media who previously held the same role at Hallmark Channel’s parent company, has referred to Candace as “an essential part of what we do.”

Hallmark staple: Bure, 46, has long been a star of several Hallmark holiday movies, but he recently left the Great American Family network, which WSJ described as

Hallmark staple: Bure, 46, has long been a star of several Hallmark holiday movies, but recently left the Great American Family Network, which WSJ describes as a “God-and-Country alternative for holiday entertainment.”

Holiday spirit: Bure's image in the Hallmark Christmas movie

Holiday spirit: Bure’s image in the Hallmark Christmas movie

Abbott left Crown Media Family Networks in early 2020 after the network pulled four ads for wedding planning website Zola that featured a gay couple kissing on their wedding day. The ad was re-advertised and Hallmark apologized to viewers after the backlash. No explanation was given for his departure.

Speaking about including same-sex couples in great American family films, he told WSJ: It’s definitely 2022, so we’re aware of the trends.

“There is no whiteboard saying, ‘Yes, this’ or ‘No, we will never go here. “

Hallmark released its first film with a prominently featured gay couple, The Christmas House, in 2020.

Burton was among those who criticized Candace Cameron Bure on Twitter after her interview was published

Burton was among those who criticized Candace Cameron Bure on Twitter after her interview was published

The hit: Burton described Bury as

The blow: Burton called Bure a “fanatic” after the remarks

It was announced in April that Candace had signed a deal with GAC Media to “develop, produce and star in films and television shows across the GAC Family and GAC Living,” Variety reported.

Actress Hilarie Burton was among those who criticized Candace Cameron Bure on Twitter after her interview was published.

“Beggott,” she wrote on Twitter. I don’t remember Jesus loving hypocrites like Candy. But sure. Make your money, honey. You are riding the wave of prejudice all the way to the bank.

She also called out Abbott in a separate tweet, criticizing his remarks and calling LGTBQ “a trend.”

Infidelity: Jojo slammed Siwa, who was recently feuding with Puri after calling her a

Infidelity: JoJo Siwa, who recently feuded with Puri after calling her the “most rude celebrity” she’d ever met, slammed the actress as “rude and hurtful”

‘You know I love you’: Even Candace’s co-star Jodie Sweetin on ‘Full House’ seemed to look it up

“Only now are they publicly admitting their bigotry,” Hillary also wrote in a separate tweet. I called this one years ago when Abbott was on Hallmark. Glad they gave it up. Being LGBTQ is not a “trend”. This guy and his network suck. You too Candy. There is nothing funky about same-sex couples.

JoJo Siwa, who was recently feuding with Bure after calling her the “most rude celebrity” she’d ever met, also called her “sassy and hurtful.”

Honestly, I can’t believe after everything that happened just a few months ago, that she would not only make a movie with the intent of excluding LGBTQIA+, but would also talk about it in the press. This is rude and hurtful to an entire community of people,” she posted on Instagram.

Backlash: Twitter users expressed their displeasure after Puri's remarks were posted

Backlash: Twitter users expressed their displeasure after Puri’s remarks were posted

Even Jodie Sweetin, Candace’s co-star on Full House, seemed to dig into it.

Sweetin responded to JoJo’s post, captioning, “You know I love you (red heart emoji).”

Many others also expressed their displeasure with Buri’s remarks.

Am I the only one who thinks the statement made by @candacecbure about leaving @hallmarkchannel just screams homophobic? I’m sick of this woman hiding her homophobia behind her “Christian values,” one Twitter user posted.

What a hater #candacecameronbure! Thank you for the anti-gay #GreatAmericanFamily ad and just for #trumpers, another tweet.

This certainly isn’t the first time Bure has faced backlash online.

Last year Buri came under fire for the people she followed on social media – but she persisted “Following does not mean endorsement.”

“I’ve read several comments from people… I was disappointed or told they didn’t follow me because of the people I chose to follow on Instagram,” Bouri said, addressing the outcry last year, in an Instagram story. And it always feels weird to me because I follow a very wide range of people — politically, within my line of work and then personal friends and things I like. But following does not mean endorsement.

Bure — who follows political figures like President Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Melania Trump and Candace Owens — insisted that just because there’s a variety of voices to follow doesn’t mean it aligns with “everything they say and do.”

“It just means that I follow a wide range of people so I have a perspective,” she said. I want to know what is happening in the world, I want to hear different sides of the debate. I follow people in entertainment who I don’t necessarily agree with or act the same way, but I want to hear what our community is up to, and what culture it’s making out.

“I follow left and right, but it doesn’t make my blood boil,” the actress added. I don’t get angry about that. So maybe it’s healthy for some of you not to follow people you don’t agree with. But that doesn’t bother me. It just gives me perspective.

Backlash: Bure came under fire last year for the people she followed on social media — but she insists that

Backlash: Bure came under fire last year for the people she followed on social media – but she insists, ‘following doesn’t mean endorsing’

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