In a lengthy statement that entirely ignores the remark that initially infuriated people, Candace Cameron Bure now accuses the media of being to blame for the outrage her own comments provoked.
Bure added in a statement she gave to People exclusively, “All of you who know me, know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I have enormous love and affection for all people. That anyone could ever assume that I would purposely seek to offend and hurt someone truly hurts my heart.”
“It saddens me that the media is often seeking to divide us, even around a subject as comforting and merry as Christmas movies. But, given the toxic climate in our culture right now, I shouldn’t be surprised. We need Christmas more than ever. I am a devoted Christian.“
“Which means that I believe that every human being bears the image of God. Because of that, I am called to love all people, and I do. If you know me, you know that I am a person who loves fiercely and indiscriminately. My heart yearns to build bridges and bring people one step closer to God, to love others well, and to simply be a reflection of God’s huge love for all of us.”
The actress then went on to blame “the media” for causing a divide.
“I have a straightforward message for the media professionals who are using this occasion to feed the flames of hostility and hatred: I love you nevertheless. I love you, those who despise my values and harass me online. I love you to those who have attempted to undermine my character. I love you, to everyone reading this, regardless of your race, religion, sexual orientation, or affiliation with a political party,” Bure continued.
“I have long wanted to find a home for more faith-based programming. I am grateful to be an integral 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 have and will continue to contribute to the network in great ways both in front of and behind the camera, which I encourage and fully support.”
“I’ve never been interested in proselytizing through my storytelling, but in celebrating God’s greatness in our lives through the stories I tell.”
Bure concluded by saying, “The God we worship is an incredibly creative and compassionate God. He has completely captured my heart, not just a small portion of it. God’s love and compassion will be evident in all I say and do, including my relationships with individuals from all walks of life at work and at home.”
“All of that comes from the LOVE that God himself showered upon humanity when he gave the gift of joy and forgiveness on the first Christmas morning 2000 years ago.”
“It is why I love Christmas stories and sharing true joy and true peace with millions of people around the world. And in the sole motivation of pure love, I hope you’ll join me in sharing God’s hope for all the world this Christmas season. Call that my Christmas wish.”
After 14 years of producing films for the Hallmark Channel, Candace Cameron Bure ended that chapter of her life in April when she switched to the Great American Family network. Cameron has shared some of her future ambitions for her Christmas movies as the chief creative officer of her new network.
One of those initiatives is facing a great deal of opposition and criticism. Great American Family won’t likely include gay couples, Cameron said, instead choosing storylines that feature “traditional marriages” in an effort to “maintain conventional marriage at the core.”
It is claimed to have been a key factor in her decision to leave Hallmark for the new network, which was launched in 2021.
She felt Great American Family was a far better fit for her vision, brand, and objectives than Hallmark because she was uncomfortable with the “change of leadership” there. She is eager to write stories with “depth” and “meaning.”
A network spokesman reaffirmed the company’s commitment to delivering tales with a variety of viewpoints – for all viewers – at the time of her breakup with Hallmark.
In contrast to what Cameron believes, the spokesperson stated, “We want all viewers to see themselves in our content and everyone is welcome.”
Cameron now has the flexibility to tell stories that are more in keeping with her beliefs thanks to Great American Family.
In a subsequent interview, she stated, “I knew that the people behind Great American Family were Christians that loved the Lord and wanted to promote faith programming and wonderful family entertainment.
However, many of her celebrity peers were offended by her choice of words in response to her remarks. Hilarie Burton Morgan, a star of “One Tree Hill,” said this:
While LGBTQ+ activist and Dance Moms star JoJo Siwa responded, writing, “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.”
Bure and Siwa had a conflict earlier this year. ” This is impolite and insulting to the entire community”, I say.
Abbott didn’t seem to be as direct about the LGBTQ+ themes, though, as Cameron was. He responded in a far more “conservative” manner instead.
We are aware of the trends because it is unquestionably the year 2022. The Wall Street Journal quoted Abbott as saying, “There’s no whiteboard that says, ‘Yes, this’ or ‘No, we’ll never go here.
Candace Cameron has not yet made public her first project since joining Great American Family as an executive.
When she publishes A Christmas on November 22, that’s about to change. Currently showing as a part of the network’s Great American Christmas, which will have fresh holiday films all season long.
Marc Blucas and Cameron will both portray real estate agents and mothers who aren’t entirely sure what Christmas is all about in the television movie.
She begins to understand the “reason for the season” after spending the holiday with her widower brother and makes every effort to make her family’s Christmas special.
Bill Abbott is also awaiting the publication. He said that it exemplifies what his Great American Media team is looking forward to producing in the upcoming weeks, saying “I am happy to be kicking off our relationship with a must-see film like A Christmas…Present, which will excite our fans this holiday season.”