Candace Cameron Bure has revealed she hopes a new faith-based movie will empower people to turn to Jesus — three months after the actress was labeled a “bigo” for her views on “traditional marriage.”
The Full House actress, 46 – who sparked controversy for saying the Christian network she now works for will focus on “traditional marriage” rather than same-sex couples — took to Instagram on Friday to praise the movie Jesus Revolution.
The Kelsey Grammer-helmeted film documents the story of the late hippie preacher Lonnie Frisbee. Mighty Ducks star Shaun Weiss plays a Vietnam veteran fighting back from drug addiction.
Bure shared a trailer for the movie, writing, “@jesusrevolutionmovie hits theaters THIS FRIDAY, February 24, which means if you didn’t have any weekend plans, now you do!
“In the end, I pray that this movie will be used for His glory, and that people will hear the gospel and turn to Jesus.”
Message: Candace Cameron Bure has revealed she hopes a new faith-based movie will empower people to turn to Jesus — three months after the actress was labeled a “bigo” for her views on “traditional marriage” (pictured 2020)
Bure caused a backlash with an interview she did with the Wall Street Journal. She said her new TV network – Great American Family – would not feature gay couples in lead roles, unlike Hallmark Channel, where she previously starred.
She previously announced she would be leaving Hallmark Channel in April, two years after the network released its first LGBTQ holiday movie starring a gay lead couple.
Candace explained that she wanted to “tell stories that have more meaning” now that she’s partnered with the Great American Family network, a cable television network that was founded in 1995 and was originally a country music channel.
In April last year, Candace revealed she was moving to the network as it would better fit her “brand.”
‘I am constantly looking for ways in which I can inspire people to live life meaningfully. GAC fits my brand perfectly; we share a vision to create engaging, wholesome content for audiences who want to watch programming for the whole family,” she wrote.
However, the actress took a hit when she confirmed this week that she didn’t expect the network to feature same-sex couples in starring roles. “I think Great American Family will keep traditional marriage at its heart,” she said.
Last year, Bure revealed that she left the Hallmark Channel party because of the stories it told.
“My heart wants to tell stories that have more meaning, purpose and depth behind them,” she explained. “I knew the people behind Great American Family were Christians who love the Lord and wanted to promote faith programming and good family entertainment.”
Movie: Bure acclaimed film Jesus Revolution – the Kelsey Grammer-supported film documents the story of the late hippie preacher Lonnie Frisbee
Backlash: Bure caused a backlash with an interview she did with the Wall Street Journal. She said her new TV network – Great American Family – would not feature gay couples in lead roles, unlike the Hallmark Channel (pictured) where she previously starred
Hitting out: Burton called Bure a “bigot” in response to the comments
Disbelief: JoJo Siwa, who recently had an argument with Bure after he called her the “rudest celebrity” she’d ever met, also denounced the actress as “rude and hurtful”
‘You know I love you’: Even Candace’s Full House co-star Jodie Sweetin seemed to appease her
Backlash: Twitter users expressed their displeasure following the publication of Bure’s comments
Backlash: Last year, Bure was criticized for the people she followed on social media, but she insisted that ‘following doesn’t mean she approves’
She later added that she thought “Great American Family will keep traditional marriage center stage.”
Great American Family is a cable television network that broadcasts family-oriented programming, much like Hallmark.
Celebrities like JoJo Siwa and Maren Morris were quick to call Bure’s comments homophobic.
One Tree Hill star Hilarie Burton even called Bure a “bigger,” saying, “I don’t remember Jesus liking hypocrites like Candy.” But sure. Earn your money, honey. You ride that wave of prejudice all the way to the shore,” in one tweet.
Bure then issued another statement to defend himself.
“Anyone who knows me knows without any doubt that I have great love and affection for all people,” she shared Fox News digital. “It absolutely breaks my heart that anyone would ever think I would deliberately want to offend and hurt someone.”