JoJo Siwa is sounding off on Candace Cameron Bure’s comments that her Great American Family TV movies will focus on “traditional marriage” and not members of the LGBTQ+ community.
“I honestly can’t believe after everything that happened just a few months ago that she would not only create a movie with the intention of excluding LGBTQIA+ people, but also talk about it in the press. It’s rude and hurtful to a whole community of people,” Siwa said on Instagram.
The post received support from Bure’s More complete house co-star Jodie Sweetin who responded to the post adding, “You know I love you.”
Siwa and Bure had a little tiff earlier this year when a viral video on TikTok got the dance moms alum claiming the More complete house the actor was the “grossest celebrity”. It turns out that when Siwa was 11, she attended a red carpet for the Netflix series and asked Bure for a photo. Bure refused to take a photo with the dancer and proceeded to take photos with other people.
Bure reached out to Siwa to talk things over and they were able to clear it up with Siwa saying that she now understands the pressure of being on a red carpet but at a young age she didn’t.
Bure’s comments were featured in a Wall Street Journal article where she reveals her reason for leaving Hallmark in favor of Great American Family.
“It’s basically a completely different network than when I started because of the change in management,” she told the publication.
His comments come as Hallmark diversifies its storytelling and is set to premiere its first holiday movie starring a same-sex couple titled The holiday keeper. After Bure’s interview went viral, GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) released a statement inviting the actor for a conversation.
“It is irresponsible and hurtful for Candace Cameron Bure to use tradition as an excuse for exclusion,” said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “I would like to have a conversation with Bure about my wife, our children and our family traditions. Bure is out of step with a growing majority of people of faith, including LGBTQ people of faith, who know that LGBTQ couples and families deserve love and visibility.
Ellis said “Bure’s statement is hurtful and insulting to LGBTQ employees, as well as employees with LGBTQ friends and family.”
“If GAF’s plan is to intentionally exclude stories about LGBTQ couples, then actors, advertisers, cable and streaming platforms, and production companies should take note and seriously consider whether they wish to be associated. to a network that views exclusion as one of its values,” Ellis concluded.
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