Controversy is surrounding the new network called the “Great American Family.” The network is backed by Candace Cameron Bure who says that movies on the channel will focus on traditional families, with a mom and a dad.
Bure, 46, discussed with USA TODAY in October during an interview about inclusivity on the channel that Great American Family would “have people of all ethnicities,” but is “going to focus on traditional families.”
Bure also said the network will “lean into the faith element,” with “more storytelling about the Christian faith and talking about God. And not just making God a general statement of belief, but actually talking about Jesus and more specifics of the Christian faith.”
Bure continued to say that as a “devoted Christian,” she believes “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.”
In a statement posted to Bure’s Instagram account, she said, “To those who hate what I value and who are attacking me online: I love you. To those who have tried to assassinate my character: I love you. To everyone reading this, of any race, creed, sexuality, or political party, including those who have tried to bully me with name-calling, I love you.”
When speaking of the new network, she said, “More than just being an actress on the channel or even producing movies, it’s being … an executive there to help build and grow the network.”
Bill Abbott, co-founder and former president and CEO of Hallmark Channel’s parent company, told USA TODAY that he left Hallmark because he was “just ready for something different.”
Abbott went on to say, “We believe we’ll be the leader in quality family entertainment in this space.”
Abbott admitted “that’s a lofty and challenging objective. But we think we have the team in place to do it and the experience to do it,” he said.
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