The sitcom “Full House” was a huge success in the late ’80s and early ’90s and it propelled many of its stars to fame. Among them was John Stamos as the hunky Uncle Jesse, who was a surefire drawcard for women everywhere. Other notable actors included Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, young girls at the time, who played the singular role of Michelle Tanner, while Stamos’ close friend Bob Saget also became very well known.
The show would run for eight years, airing from 1987 to 1995, but to the delight of fans, it wouldn’t be the last the world would see of “Full House,” when two decades later in 2015, Netflix announced they would be reviving the show. The reboot adapted the name slightly to “Fuller House” and was released in 2016.
Despite the fact that the Olsen twins didn’t reprise their role as Michelle Tanner, the rest of the cast all returned as regular characters or guest roles. “Fuller House” aired for five seasons to mixed reviews, but fans of the original were no doubt happy to have the gang back together again.
Another one of the stars from the show who shot to fame during the series’ original run is actress Candace Cameron Bure, better known to fans as D.J. Tanner. Candace has appeared in various other roles over the years including an appearance on “Dancing With the Stars” and a hosting role on “The View.” But it was her many Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel that drew so many fans. However, those same fans may tune Bure out after her decision to move channels for reasons some have found quite controversial.
Bure has been a staple in the Hallmark Channel’s holiday fare since 2008, with hits such as “Christmas Under Wraps,” “A Christmas Detour,” “Switched for Christmas” and “Let It Snow.” But the actress — dubbed the “Queen of Christmas” — shocked fans when she announced she would be leaving the channel and moving to a new network, called the Great American Family. She explained the move to the Wall Street Journal as a personal choice to align her values better with the people she worked with.
“My heart wants to tell stories that have more meaning and purpose and depth behind them,” Bure told WSJ, as reported by Fox News. Now the Great American Family’s chief creative officer, Bure said she “knew that the people behind Great American Family were Christians that love the Lord and wanted to promote faith programming and good family entertainment.”
While nobody can fault her for wanting to make a career move she feels is best for her, it was her response to whether the channel will feature any LGBTQ storylines or characters that have incited backlash. “I think that Great American Family will keep traditional marriage at the core,” she said.
However, the chief executive of Great American Media Bill Abbott was less black and white about their plans, as he said: “It’s certainly the year 2022, so we’re aware of the trends. There’s no whiteboard that says, ‘Yes, this’ or ‘No, we’ll never go here.’”
Fans were quick to air their views online on what Bure constituted as a “traditional marriage,” with many criticizing her for what they described as being close-minded. However, many fans have also come to her defense as well and said she is free to believe what she wants.
Many took to Twitter to blast Bure on her comments and express they were disappointed by her stand.
“I was hopin @candacecbure would change her ways as I liked her (love Full and Fuller House). However it seems shes still homophobic&that is both hurtful&unacceptable in 2022. 🏳️🌈❤️ @candacecbure your idea of “family” isn’t true. Love makes a family not gender, dna or sexuality,” @loveislove wrote.
“What ‘traditional marriage’? Selling young girls into marriage for property. That was tradition at one point. What about having to give property to the church for a marriage license? That was tradition as well. What about plural marriage for some? Or is it only her definition?” Corey Stewart commented.
Others, however, defended the star and said she was entitled to her own opinions.
“The critics of Candace obviously do not believe the Bible which is crystal clear on homosexuality!!” Jon Moore wrote.
“I am like her I quit watching Hallmark when they started adding gay movies because I don’t believe in them either. It is in the Bible that men do not sleep with men. How much clearer do you have to make it. If you are a Christians then that is what you believe,” @roxylandis tweeted.
Bure is not the only one in her family who had courted controversy on such issues. In 2012, her brother, actor Kirk Cameron, started a media storm after making contentious remarks about religion, marriage and abortion on “Piers Morgan Live.” Among his most problematic comments were that homosexuality is “unnatural … harmful, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations for civilization,” while abortion is “wrong under any circumstances.”
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