Lori Loughlin’s crimes repeated in the Candace Cameron Bure controversy

When Candace Cameron Bure said this week that she didn’t expect her new television home, the Great American Family network, to feature LGBTQ stories in its holiday movies because their content would focus on “traditional marriage,” she put her friend Lori Loughlin in the seat. hot.

Loughlin is one of the Tennessee-based Christian network’s rising stars, set to appear in her first made-for-TV movie since 2018, after her once-wholesome “Full House” image was shattered. for his role in the national university admissions scandal.

Given Bure’s role in creating content for GAF as creative director, it’s likely she helped recruit Loughlin to the network, with the idea of ​​giving her former “Full House” colleague a chance to revive his career after to plead guilty in the bribery scandal. in 2020 and served time in federal prison.

But Bure’s comments to the Wall Street Journal this week about how the “Great American Family will keep traditional marriage at its center” have sparked an intense backlash from Hollywood’s LGBTQ community and its allies.

Bure’s comments have also put Loughlin, and his criminal efforts to get his unqualified daughters fraudulently admitted to the University of Southern California, back into the spotlight. People shared angry comments on an Instagram Bure photo posted on november 7 which showed her with Loughlin and other GAF stars, smiling and waving to fans.

People questioned how Bure and GAF ​​can say they stand for positive moral values ​​when the network happily employs Loughlin, but, as they say Bure suggested, discriminates against LGBTQ people.

“If Lori is there, I won’t look. She is a BAD ROLE MODEL,” one person said.

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“I do NOT agree with Lori being there,” said another. “My son started college when that scandal broke. What his family did is not right. Where are the values ​​of the Great American Family?

“Wait Lori? So a gay family isn’t great, but a family that commits serious crime to get by is? Noted,” someone else said.

Bure tried to defend himself Wednesday, in part by accusing the media of scrutinizing his words to spark outrage.

“It absolutely breaks my heart that anyone would think that I would intentionally want to offend and hurt someone,” Bure wrote. on Instagram Wednesday afternoon. “It saddens me that the media often seeks to divide us, even around something as comforting and joyful as Christmas movies. But, given the toxic climate in our culture right now, it shouldn’t surprise me. We need Christmas more than ever.”

Bure and Loughlin’s friendship dates back at least to when the actors first co-starred in the beloved family sitcom “Full House” in the late 1980s and 1990s. Both also became prominent names for the Hallmark Channel, with Bure earning the nickname “Queen of Christmas.” Given Bure’s comments to the Wall Street Journal, it is speculated that he left Hallmark for GAF over concerns that the former was becoming more “inclusive” in its programming, even with the release of its first Christmas movie with an LGBTQ couple in the lead.

Meanwhile, Bure apparently stayed with Loughlin, as “Aunt Becky” served two months at the Dublin Federal Correctional Institution in late 2020. Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, have pleaded guilty to paying $500,000 in bribes to have his daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella. admitted to USC under the false pretense of being crew team athletes.

Bure said in a 2021 interview that she and Loughlin have kept in touch. “Yes, I have spoken to Lori (Loughlin) many times. And she is doing well,” Bure said.

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Loughlin’s film for the GAF Network, “Fall Into Winter,” began production in October and will be released in January 2023. Loughlin and Bure are also longtime colleagues of Bill Abbott, the new CEO of Great American Media, who stepped down as CEO of Hallmark following a 2019 controversy over an ad featuring a same-sex couple kissing, The Wrap reported.

“Lori is a genre-defining star who I have been honored to call a close friend and collaborator for over 15 years,” Abbott said in a statement, announcing her new show in September. The people reported. “I look forward to welcoming the Great American Family back to anchor our winter 2023 lineup of programming.”

Amid backlash over Bure’s comments in the Wall Street Journal story, which was headlined “Candace Cameron Bure Wants to Put Christianity Back in Christmas Movies,” some people defended Loughlin and the GAF for giving it a second look. chance. They noted that Loughlin expressed remorse for his crimes in court and served his sentence.

But others correctly point out that Loughlin and her husband spent more than a year after being indicted in March 2019, insisting on their innocence and claiming they were victims of malicious prosecution. Evidence in the case also showed that Loughlin and Giannulli recruited their daughters into the scheme by posing as crew athletes for photos to be submitted with their USC applications and tried to silence a counselor at the girls’ high school. that raised “red flags” about false information in those applications.

“Wow I guess your values ​​also align with someone who lied and cheated to give their kids something they didn’t earn while other kids and parents broke their asses doing it the right way,” someone wrote on Bure’s Instagram post. . “Oh, and she was outraged, she was unapologetic the whole time. Yes, we see the networks and their values ​​very clearly.”

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Others suggested that GAF can forgive a person who has done something wrong, but only if they are a “cis white woman.” Another said: “So a great American family doesn’t include anyone who is gay, but are you okay with a straight woman/mom cheating and lying to her kids in college? It’s okay.”

On Twitter, people criticized the women’s “hypocrisy” and their version of “Christian love.”

Meanwhile, other people who expressed disappointment or anger over Bure’s comments this week include dancer and reality star JoJo Siwa, Loughlin’s co-star Jodie Sweetin, who stood by Siwa in denouncing Bure’s “rude and hurtful comment.” Bure, and Bure’s former Hallmark colleagues, Hilarie. Burton Morgan and Holly Robinson Peete, The people reported.

Peete said Bure’s comments were “disappointing but not surprising.”

“Go make the content you want to make, but why insist on punishing others?” Peete wrote on Instagram. “As a proud mother of an lgbtqia person, the traditional marriage date stung. Proud to be on the Hallmark Channel, who understands the importance of diversity and inclusion of EVERYONE.”

The gay rights organization, GLAAD, suggested that advertisers consider boycotting the network.

“It is irresponsible and hurtful for Candace Cameron Bure to use tradition as a pretense for exclusion,” Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD president and CEO, said in a statement Tuesday. “I would love to have a conversation with Bure about my wife, our children, and our family traditions.”