I vaguely remembered writing a few stories about Candace Cameron Bure several years back, but I couldn’t remember exactly what the stories were about. Something about how she’s super-churchy and Republican? As it turns out, I wrote about her when she was discussing how she’s “submissive” to her husband because that’s the way she interprets the Bible. She let’s her husband make all of the decisions, and he gets the last word on everything, you get the idea. She also has a history of being politically conservative and anti-LGBTQ rights. Like, she doesn’t believe gay people should be allowed to marry. And she believes businesses have the right to discriminate against gay people if those businesses are run by people who can use their faith as a shield.
So, funny story. Candace Instagrammed a photo of herself wearing a “Not Today Satan” t-shirt. That’s a quote from Bianca Del Rio, a contestant on and winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Bianca regrammed the IG with this message: “IF ONLY, THIS HOMOPHOBIC, REPUBLICAN KNEW……….” Bianca’s fans then flooded Candace’s IG with comments about how she’s a terrible person, a hypocrite and more. So Candace responded to Bianca:
She wrote: “Why do you have to be nasty to me? You don’t know me or my heart. I’m not homophobic and [it’s] always sad when people think otherwise. Loving Jesus doesn’t mean I hate gay people or anyone. You sent a bunch of hateful people to my page writing horrible things. I hope next time you’ll spread love and kindness, even when you disagree with people. Sending you love and wish you all the best. Truly.”
I agree that loving Jesus doesn’t mean that a person is homophobic. It’s Candace’s history of saying homophobic sh-t that makes her homophobic. And the fact that a white, cisgendered, heterosexual woman who spreads her bigoted Republican crap is now telling Bianca to be more tolerant and kind? That’s just icing on top of the hypocrisy cake. That being said, I actually believe that Candace has potential as someone who could begin to tilt towards a more LGBTQ-friendly stance, especially given some more recent interviews. I’m not excusing her, I’m just leaving room for the idea that maybe she should be allowed to grow as a person.
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