Candace Cameron Bure speaks out after Miss Benny insinuated that the Christian actress is portraying her queer persona Full house. In a statement, Bure denied she had anything to do with the 24-year-old’s arc on the show.
“I never asked for Miss Benny’s character to be removed Full house and didn’t ask the writers, producers, or studio executives not to have weird characters on the show. Full house has always welcomed a wide variety of characters,” Bure told Yahoo Entertainment on Friday. “I thought Miss Benny did a great job as ‘Casey’ on the show. We didn’t share any scenes together, so we didn’t get a chance to talk much while filming on set. I wish Miss Benny only the best.”
The 47-year-old’s response came after Miss Benny’s TikTok about her experience Full house went viral – here’s a rundown of what’s going on.
Miss Benny claimed that “one of the Tanner sisters” was not welcome on set
The popular social media star played Casey, the first openly gay character in the Full house world, on the Netflix revival. Miss Benny, who came out as transgender last month, responded to a fan asking if Bure was “homophobic”.
“One of the Tanner sisters is very public, uh, not for the girls, if that makes sense. I remember going through the writers and the studio to basically warn me how this person was allegedly trying to change the character and not have a strange character on the show,” Miss Benny shared.
“I was also more or less warned and prepared that this person’s fan base might be encouraged to target me specifically,” she continued. “The fact that this teen actor who comes in to joke about wearing, say, a scarf, is suddenly being targeted by an adult is crazy to me. So to this day, despite being at the bar every day for two weeks, show, I only had a conversation with one of the Tanner sisters. On a positive note, I had a really nice time filming the show with all the other actors who were willing to talk to me.”
Although Miss Benny, who now stars on Netflix Glamorousdidn’t mention Bure, she added the hashtag #CandaceBure.
Bure and actress Jodie Sweetin played sisters DJ and Stephanie Tanner. Yahoo reached out to a representative for Sweetin, but did not receive an immediate response.
Bure has previously come under fire for anti-LGBTQIA+ comments
Last year, the former Hallmark Channel darling received backlash for saying her new faith-based network, Great American Family, will produce content featuring “traditional marriages” rather than gay and queer love stories.
“My heart wants to tell stories that have more meaning, purpose and depth behind them,” Bure told the Wall Street Journal. “I knew the people behind Great American Family were Christians who love the Lord and wanted to promote faith programming and good family entertainment.”
Hallmark, under new leadership, had featured more progressive storylines when the network released its first original holiday movie featuring an LGBTQ love story. Bure declined to go into specifics about why she left Hallmark, but shared, “It’s actually a very different network than when I started because of the leadership change.”
Bure said same-sex couples will not be featured on GAF, adding, “I think Great American Family will keep traditional marriage at the center.”
The comments made headlines with actress Hilarie Burton calling Bure a “bigo”. It also fueled her feud with queer star JoJo Siwa – who previously stated that Bure was the rudest celebrity she’d ever met.
Bure responded to the uproar in a statement
The actress, who never shys away from her faith, said she has great “affection for all people” but didn’t necessarily back down on her comments.
“Anyone who knows me knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that I have great love and affection for all people. It absolutely breaks my heart that anyone would ever think that I would intentionally insult and hurt someone. It saddens me that the media often try to dividing us even around a subject as comforting and joyful as Christmas movies. But given the toxic climate in our culture right now, I shouldn’t be surprised. We need Christmas more than ever,” she shared Weekly entertainment. “I am a committed Christian. That means I believe that every human being bears the image of God. Therefore, 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 reflect God’s immense love for all of us.”
She added: “To those who hate what I value and attack me online: I love you. To those who have tried to kill my character: I love you. To anyone reading this, from whatever race, creed, sexuality or political party, including those who have tried to harass me with name calling, I love you.”