While Candace Cameron Bure is riling the feathers of some on the left, the Christian celebrity is earning praise from others stepping out to support her.
One of those advocates is Paul Greene, star of Hallmark’s “When Calls the Heart.” During an interview with TV Insider, Greene described Bure as “the most amazing person” and called out the media for often skewing people’s words for “clickbait.”
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“I don’t disagree with everything she does,” Greene said. “I just wish the media was fair enough to put in her whole statement. That’s what people need to know, that Candace truly loves people. The news media drives me nuts, because they leave out important parts. They do it all the time for clickbait. That is what is happening to Candace. That’s from my perspective.”
The recent backlash against Bure came in early November after the Wall Street Journal published its interview with the former Hallmark darling. During the interview, Bure — who has since joined Great American Family as its chief content officer — praised GAF leaders who “love the Lord” and want “to promote faith programming and good family entertainment.” She also acknowledged that, unlike Hallmark, which is leaning into LGBTQ storylines, GAF “will keep traditional marriage at the core.”
Those comments did not sit well with many on the left and in the mainstream media.
After intense backlash, Bure released a statement of her own, rebuking the media for “dividing us.”
The controversy came less than two weeks before the premiere of Bure’s first GAF movie, “A Christmas… Present,” which debuted Sunday night. Additionally, Greene’s first GAF film, “I’m Glad It’s Christmas,” starring singer Gladys Knight, aired Saturday evening.
Bure will also star in the new animated CBS Christmas special, “Reindeer in Here,” airing Tuesday night at 9 p.m. EST. The star-studded cast includes voice-over work from Adam Levine, Henry Winkler, and Jim Gaffigan, among others.
“She is the most amazing person,” Greene said of Bure. “I’ve said this about Lori Loughlin when things came up with her. They are my friends, and if they are going through whatever they are going through, I’m going to stand by them as their friends.”
“From what I know about Candace, none of what they say in the media recently makes any sense or is true,” he continued. “They left out important parts of what she said [to The Wall Street Journal] and who she is. I know who she is, at her heart. Her friend and manager are a part of the LGBTQ community. She is amazing. She is loving to all people. Whatever she chooses to produce is her choice, and I don’t judge her for that.”
Despite potential pressure in his personal life, Greene doubled down, making it clear he has no plans to turn against Bure.
“I have so many friends that are gay,” he said. “They may get upset I’m not coming out against her, but I’m not, because she is my friend. And I know her heart. People are so divided, and there is so much money to be made on division. I just wish we [could] all come together.”
Greene added, “We also have to remember there is a real person on the other side, whether it’s Lori or Candace. They are human beings there. They bring real joy and are compassionate. When you look at social media, people are so cruel. How Candace has responded with so much love, it just shows you who she is.
Others who have come to Bure’s defense include her daughter, Natasha, who heaped praise on her mother.
“How much she loves Jesus and how firm in her faith she stands,” she wrote after an Instagram follower asked her to share her “favorite thing” about Bure. “She is bold. She is kind. She is so creative and has one of the greatest hearts. I look up to her in many, many ways. [I] continuously feel blessed that God gave me her as my Mama.”
Bure left Hallmark in April to join GAF, which is releasing 18 original Christmas movies this holiday season.
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