Though cancel culture is not now the same problem it was just a few years ago, it is still a major problem for those in the public eye who have views that do not perfectly match the modern orthodoxy. Among those individuals is Candace Cameron Bure, the Christian actress who used to perform in Hallmark films, now works for Great American Family to produce family-friendly, Christian films, and was the victim of an attempted cancellation when she spoke about her Christian and conservative views.
Specifically, Bure faced backlash in 2022 when she spoke with the Wall Street Journal about her Christian views and why she moved from the Hallmark Channel to the Great American Family Channel over her support for traditional views of marriage and relationships.
The backlash against those views was swift and severe, though Bure was able to maintain her position at Great American Family and produce family-friendly films full of traditional families and values, so the cancel culture attempt failed.
She reflected on those days in a recent episode of her podcast, saying, “When I had a lot of these ‘bullets’ kind of hit me in the last year or so, they’ve been a really big challenge to me personally, to my heart, to my character, to my relationships, to my jobs. I remember being so upset over it, because it’s like how do you recover?”
Continuing, she added that cancel culture is a real thing and that what she experienced during those days of 2022 was a cancellation attempt on her. She said, “I’ll just say it, Cancel Culture is very real. And they were trying to cancel me.”
She then noted that her brother, Kirk Cameron, welcomed her to the James 1 club and encouraged her to read that chapter of the Bible. Reading it during her podcast, she said, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance, let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.”
Continuing, she read,“…But blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him,” indicating that she saw her experience with cancel culture as a test of her faith.
Bure posted on Instagram after her comments about traditional marriage to the WSJ drew outrage, saying, “It absolutely breaks my heart that anyone would ever think I intentionally would want to offend and hurt anyone. It saddens me that the media is often seeking to divide us, even around a subject as comforting and merry as Christmas movies. But, given the toxic climate in our culture right now, I shouldn’t be surprised.”
She added, “I am a devoted Christian. Which means that I believe that every human being bears the image of God. Because of that, I am called to love all people, and I do. If you know me, you know that I am a person who loves fiercely and indiscriminately. 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.”
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