NS フルハウス alum — who serves as the the chief creative officer for GAF network — addresses the controversy in a statement to PEOPLE.
“All of you who know me, know beyond question that I have great love and affection for all people. It absolutely breaks my heart that anyone would ever think I intentionally would want to offend and hurt anyone,” says Bure, 46. “It saddens me that the media is often seeking to divide us, even around a subject as comforting and merry as Christmas movies. しかし, given the toxic climate in our culture right now, I shouldn’t be surprised. We need Christmas more than ever.”
“I am a devoted Christian. Which means that I believe that every human being bears the image of God. そのための, I am called to love all people, そして私はします. あなたが私を知っているなら, you know that I am a person who loves fiercely and indiscriminately,” 彼女は続けます. “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.”
The actress also addresses those people who criticized her directly.
“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: 愛してます. To those who have tried to assassinate my character: 愛してます,” 彼女が言います. “To everyone reading this, of any race, creed, セクシュアリティ, or political party, including those who have tried to bully me with name-calling, 愛してます.
“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,” 彼女は付け加えます. “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. I’ve never been interested in proselytizing through my storytelling, but in celebrating God’s greatness in our lives through the stories I tell.”
Cameron Bure concludes her statement: “The God we serve is a wildly creative and loving God.”
“He didn’t just capture a small part of my heart, He has captured all of my heart. He will be reflected in everything I do and say; in my family, my work and my interactions with people from all walks of life, God’s love and God’s compassion is front and center,” 彼女は共有します. “All of that comes from the LOVE that God himself showered upon humanity when he gave the gift of joy and forgiveness on the first Christmas morning 2000 数年前. It is why I love Christmas stories and sharing true joy and true peace with millions of people around the world.”
彼女は付け加えます, “And in the sole motivation of pure love, I hope you’ll join me in sharing God’s hope for all the world this Christmas season. Call that my Christmas wish.”
Bure told ウォールストリートジャーナル earlier this week that her forthcoming work with GAF will “keep traditional marriage at the core” of its storytelling.
Bill Abbott, the former Hallmark Channel CEO who now runs GAF, added of featuring same-sex couples: “It’s certainly the year 2022, so we’re aware of the trends. There’s no whiteboard that says, 'はい, これ’ or ‘No, we’ll never go here.'”
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“本音をいうと, I can’t believe … that she would not only create a movie with intention of excluding LGBTQIA+, but then also talk about it in the press,” シワ, 19, wrote on Instagram Tuesday. “これは rude and hurtful to a whole community of people.”