I’m Not Mad At Candace Cameron Bure

(L-R) JoJo Siwa, Candace Cameron Bure and Jodi Sweetin
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By Armando Tinoco

JoJo Siwa is sounding off on Candace Cameron Bure’s comments that her television movies on Great American Family will focus on “traditional marriage” and not members of the LGBTQ+ community.

“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. This is rude and hurtful to a whole community of people,” Siwa posted on Instagram.

The message received support from Bure’s Fuller House co-star Jodie Sweetin who replied to the post adding, “You know I love you.”


Bure’s comments were featured in a Wall Street Journal article where she reveals the reason she left Hallmark in favor of Great American Family.

“It basically is a completely different network than when I started because of the change of leadership,” she told the publication.

Her comments come as Hallmark diversifies its storytelling and is set to premiere its first holiday movie featuring a same-sex couple titled The Holiday Sitter. After Bure’s interview went viral GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) issued a statement inviting the actor to a conversation.

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


I’m just going to go ahead and say this. Speaking as a heterosexual man who is staunchly pro-LGBT rights, as well as being an adamant atheist, I don’t have a problem with this. 

Seriously, why’s everyone trippin’? Candance Cameron Bure wants to make her little religious Christmas movies, on this new Christian cable station, let her! Let her cater to that audience that wants to see Faith-based stories of “traditional” families. If that’s not something you want to watch, don’t watch it. If she doesn’t want to include LGBT families, so what? I don’t think that that in and of itself is “hurtful.” It would be hurtful if the movies include LGBT families and portrays them negatively, but just not featuring them at all? So be it.

Everything doesn’t have to be made for everybody. I’m personally interested in inclusion and diversity in my entertainment, so this content would probably not be for me. But in this era with so many different avenues, the cable channels and streaming services, the internet, etc., I think it’s fine to target a specific demographic for the type of content you want to make. So leave Candace alone.

Just my opinion.

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