JoJo Siwa slams Candace Cameron Bure for ‘hurting’ LGBTQ+ people with ‘traditional marriage’ claim

JoJo Siwa and Candace Cameron Bure

JoJo Siwa has condemned Candace Cameron Bure for the “rude and hurtful” remarks she made while promoting her new movie, A Christmas…Present. 

Former Hallmark star Bure attracted criticism after taking aim at the network’s newly LGBTQ-inclusive direction, saying that she’d defected to a Christian network to promote “traditional marriage”.

This didn’t go down well with JoJo Siwa, who had a highly-publicised falling out with Bure in July 2022, calling her “rudest celebrity [I’ve met]”.

“I can’t believe after everything that went down just a few months ago, that she would not only create a movie with intention of excluding LGBTQIA+, but then also talk about it in the press,” Siwa wrote on Instagram. “This is rude and hurtful to a whole community of people.”

Candace Cameron Bure left the Hallmark Channel after 14 years and over a dozen festive films, and voiced criticism of the network’s direction in interview with the Wall Street Journal.

Hallmark released its first Christmas film with LGBTQ+ characters, The Christmas House, in 2020. A sequel followed in 2021, and Hallmark’s first film with gay lead characters is due to arrive this year.

Bure alluded to this while promoting her her latest movie, A Christmas…Present, which is due to premiere on Great American Family.

“My heart wants to tell stories that have more meaning and purpose and depth behind them. … I knew that the people behind Great American Family were Christians that love the Lord and wanted to promote faith programming and good family entertainment,” Bure told WSJ.

“I think that Great American Family will keep traditional marriage at the core.”

Siwa and Bure had a heavily publicised feud in July 2022, with the 19-year-old star describing Bure as the “rudest celebrity [I’ve met]”.

In a TikTok video, she recalled one of her first encounters with the Christian influencer, which took place at the Fuller House premiere in Los Angeles back when she was 11 years old.

“It was at this afterparty that she didn’t wanna take a picture with me,” Siwa said.

“But then I turned around, and when I looked back, she was taking pictures with other kids.”

Siwa added: “I will say because I had a bad experience, that doesn’t mean that she is an awful human.”

In 2015, Bure defended a bakery that refused to create a same-sex wedding cake in an episode of The View.