Actress Candace Cameron Bure has issued a statement explaining that she loves everyone, including people who attack her online and attempt to smear her character.
Bure recently came under fire after telling the Wall Street Journal that Great American Family, a media network she is involved with that produces family-friendly content, will focus on traditional marriage.
When asked whether she anticipates the cable channel featuring homosexual couples as leads in holiday films, Bure said no, according to the outlet. “I think that Great American Family will keep traditional marriage at the core,” Bure said, according to the Journal, which reported that the actress is the chief creative officer of Great American Family.
“It’s certainly the year 2022, so we’re aware of the trends,” Great American Family CEO Bill Abbott said. “There’s no whiteboard that says, ‘Yes, this’ or ‘No, we’ll never go here.'”
Hilarie Burton Morgan accused Bure and Abbott of being bigots and called them both “disgusting.”
Bure issued a lengthy statement responding to the uproar about her comment regarding Great American Family content.
“All of you who know me, know beyond question that I have great love and affection for all people,” Bure said in the statement. “It absolutely breaks my heart that anyone would ever think I intentionally would want to offend and hurt anyone.”
The actress said that she loves everyone, including those who besmirch her.
“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,” Bure noted.
“To the members of the media responsible for using this opportunity to fan flames of conflict and hate, I have a simple message: I love you anyway. To those who hate what I value and who are attacking me online: I love you. To those who have tried to assassinate my character: I love you. To everyone reading this of any race, creed, sexuality, or political party, including those who have tried to bully me with name-calling, I love you,” she said in the statement.
“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,” Bure noted.