Over the past few weeks, Candace Cameron Bure has been targeted by the cancel culture mob for saying that her new network Great American Family is focusing on content that promotes “traditional marriage.” Now, Great American Family actor Paul Greene is speaking out to defend the former “Full House” star.
Greene Defends Cameron Bure
“It’s tough. This time, it feels like no matter what I say, somebody’s gonna get hurt,” Greene, 48, told US Weekly about Cameron Bure’s “traditional marriage” controversy. “I think Dave Chappelle said it, that this is, like, the scariest time to speak. There’s never been a time where it feels trepidatious when it comes to having an opinion about anything.”
“It’s really hard for me to put myself in a position to understand what somebody meant or to put myself in a position of how like maybe the whole queer community might feel around this conversation because I’m neither,” he continued. “Everything I would be doing would be [a] projection or some sort of attempt to understand. But all I know is that Candace has one of the biggest hearts that I’ve ever met.”
Cameron Bure’s ‘Traditional Marriage’ Comments
This comes weeks after Cameron Bure, 46, said that Great American Family will “keep traditional marriage at the core” of its programming.
“My heart wants to tell stories that have more meaning and purpose and depth behind them,” she said of her decision to leave the Hallmark Channel for the GAF network. “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. … I think that Great American Family will keep traditional marriage at the core.”
Cameron Bure later released a statement clarifying her comments, which she refused to back down from.
“All of you who know me, know beyond question that I have great love and affection for all people,” she said. “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,” Cameron Bure continued. “But, given the toxic climate in our culture right now, I shouldn’t be surprised. We need Christmas more than ever.”
Greene Doubles Down
Cameron Bure and Greene have starred in two movies together: A Christmas Detour and On Time for Christmas.
“In all the time I’ve spent with her, there’s absolutely nothing she said that would in any way … line up with the way that what she shared has been made out to [be],” Greene said. “I don’t know if they posted 100 percent what she said. I know that sometimes people tend to leave out and little details that can make the situation even more divisive because I feel like the whole news cycle just thrives on how much we hate each other, which drives me sideways and drives me mental.”
“I just know her heart and I know from who her friends [are]and who she is that she’s not a judgmental person,” he continued.
Greene went on to say that he has “friends on all sides” of the debate and, that he is “frustrated that nobody’s listening” to one another.
“I feel like there’s gotta be a way in all of this for people to listen to one another, to come together to kind of understand what it must be like for the queer community to not have their stories told in a traditional experience like this,” he explained. “And then also for people to listen to the other side so that there’s an understanding and not just go, ‘Well, [Candace] is a X, Y, Z because …’ But actually go and look at the whole picture of who [she is and] what her life is.”
How Cameron Bure Is Doing
Greene then gave insight into how Cameron Bure is handling all of this.
“I think she’s doing well. I spoke to her [after] she just sent me a little text,” he said. “I think I had said something after she had issued [her Instagram statement]. I got interviewed and I responded … about how she has a lot of love for people and I had mentioned it. She just thanked me for saying that, but other than that, I haven’t spoken much to Candace during this time.”
Cameron Bure has long been one of the only conservative Christian voices in Hollywood, so it’s sad to see her be targeted by the left for her beliefs regarding marriage. We applaud Greene for standing by her, and we will continue to pray for her during this difficult time.