Candace Cameron Bure Responds to the Backlash Over Her ‘Traditional Marriage’ Comments

So, I’m pretty sure Candace Cameron Bure saw Hilarie Burton’s tweet calling her a bigot the other day, because she has now released a very long statement. 

“I would like to address my comments on Great American Family’s programming as reported in The Wall Street Journal,” Bure begins, referring to the interview in which she contended that, unlike Hallmark, which has begun featuring LGBTQ love stories, “I think that Great American Family will keep traditional marriage at the core.”

On Instagram, Bure writes, “It absolutely breaks my heart that anyone would ever think I intentionally would want to offend and hurt anyone.” She adds, “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.”

As a “devoted Christian,” Bure continues, she says she is called upon to love all human beings, and her heart yearns to be a reflection of God’s love. “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.”

Because the statement does not name names, it’s unclear if Bure’s “bullies” also include her on-again, off-again nemesis, 19-year-old JoJo Siwa, who wrote on Instagram, “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”; or her former Full House costar Jodie Sweetin, who commented on Siwa’s post, “You know I love you ❤️❤️”; or GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis, who said, “It’s irresponsible and hurtful for Candace Cameron Bure to use tradition as a guise for exclusion.” 

Says Candace Cameron Bure, “I’ve never been interested in proselytizing through my storytelling, but in celebrating God’s greatness in our lives through the stories I tell.” So, that clears that up I guess.

Originally Appeared on Glamour