JoJo Siwa says there is little chance she will ever speak with Candace Cameron Bure again following her controversial remarks on ‘traditional marriage.’
‘We have not [talked], and I don’t think we ever will again,’ Siwa, 19, told People.
‘That’s what’s f***ed up,’ she continued. ‘You not liking gay marriage, do your thing girl. You being religious, do your thing girl. Of course, I would want everybody to do what they want to do. But to purposely exclude someone because of who they love, that’s sh***y.’
No contact: JoJo Siwa says there is little chance she will ever speak with Candace Cameron Bure again following her controversial remarks on ‘traditional marriage’
Siwa suggested Bure reach out to GLAAD president and CEO Kate Ellis in order to mend things. Ellis previously extended an offer to speak with the actress ‘about my wife, our kids, and our family’s traditions’ in a statement responding to the controversy.
‘That’s what I would want Candace to do,’ Siwa said. ‘I would want her to have a conversation with GLAAD. Because even though I am educated, GLAAD is such an incredible organization. Sarah is a genius when it comes to the gay community. And I think that Candace having a conversation with her would be not only eye-opening to Candace but eye-opening to a whole world of people who might have those same beliefs.’
Last week Bure came under fire after revealing in a Wall Street Journal interview that she anticipated her new Christian TV network would refrain from featuring gay couples in leading roles.
Siwa’s beef with Bure, 46, goes beyond the remarks – over the summer the dancer, who came out as part of the LGBTQ community last year, called the Full House actress the ‘rudest celebrity’ she had ever met.
Controversy: Candace Cameron Bure faced backlash last week after anticipating her new TV network would refrain from featuring same-sex couples in leading roles
Speaking with cameras last week, JoJo proudly revealed she was ‘inspired by what’s going on’ when selecting her outfit. The rainbow became the symbol of the gay rights movement in 1978.
‘Here’s the thing, it’s not that every movie has to have an LGBTQIA representation, or love story, that’s not the case. But to publicly say that you want to bring the Great American Christmas back to being all about straight marriage. It’s just a little wrong,’ she said.
JoJo admitted she struggled to give her the benefit of the doubt as she branded the remarks ‘rude’ to a ‘whole community of people.’
‘It’s no secret that I said she was the rudest celebrity to me a few months ago, but now what she did was really rude to not me but a whole community of people and a whole family of people and honestly all day today I tried to find a way to give her a little bit of, “Well maybe it was with this intention, well maybe with this intention,” but honestly it’s just f**ked up. It’s just a little f**ked up.’
Christmas staple: Bure announced she would be leaving the Hallmark Channel back in April, two years after the network released its first LGBTQ holiday movie with a gay lead couple; pictured in Switched For Christmas
When it was noted that the Christian faith was all about love, JoJo agreed but added kindness was key.
‘You can have your religious beliefs and you can have whatever you want to believe in, but you can also be kind to one another.’
JoJo could hardly contain her laughter as she addressed Bure’s remarks on her Instagram Stories.
The reality star insisted she was ’embarrassed’ for the Full House vet.
‘Her article thing, I’m genuinely dying laughing over it, it says “I think the Great American Family or whatever her movie is, will keep traditional marriage at the core.” It’s just embarrassing! I’m just embarrassed, like for her,’ she said laughing.
It’s personal: Siwa previously said Candace was the ‘rudest celebrity’ she had ever met
She added: ‘It’s just hilarious to me, that somebody, I mean it is a quote coming from Candace, but somebody was like, “Yeah! Yeah, that’s a great idea!” Meanwhile, I’m over here looking like a walking Pride flag, I’ve got my socks!’
JoJo had already hit out at Candace earlier that day, posting on her Instagram Stories: ‘honestly, 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. This is rude and hurtful to a whole community of people.’
In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, Candace anticipated the new TV network she is employed by – Great American Family – would not be featuring gay couples in lead roles, unlike the Hallmark Channel.
Firestorm: The backlash came in from all corners of the Internet, with celebrities and the Twitterverse slamming Bure for the comments
‘I think that Great American Family will keep traditional marriage at the core,’ she told the WSJ.
Bure announced she would be leaving the Hallmark Channel back in April, two years after the network released its first LGBTQ holiday movie with a gay lead couple.
The backlash came in from all corners of the Internet, with celebrities and the Twitterverse slamming Bure for the comments.
Hallmark released its first film with a gay couple prominently featured, The Christmas House, in 2020. They will release their first Christmas film with a leading gay couple, The Holiday Sitter, this year.
‘It’s just embarrassing!’ JoJo could hardly contain her laughter as she addressed the matter on her IG Stories
Pride! Siwa declared, ‘Meanwhile, I’m over here looking like a walking Pride flag, I’ve got my socks!’
Bure has since responded to criticism of her statements that her new television home Great American Family would not be featuring gay couples in lead roles.
In a lengthy statement provided to People on Wednesday, Bure defended herself and the network and said that the backlash from stars including JoJo and Hilarie Burton ‘breaks my heart.’
While Bure, 46, claimed that people of ‘all ethnicities and identities’ would be able to ‘contribute to the network’ both on screen and behind the camera, she appeared to avoid the issue of Great American Family’s apparent ban on gay lead characters, while claiming the backlash was created by the ‘media,’ rather than the stars who took issue with her earlier statements about the network to the WSJ.
JoJo’s issues with Candace are personal.
Back in late July, the star shared a video where she called the Full House star the ‘rudest celebrity I’ve met’ that unexpectedly went viral. Each of them would share their side of the story before Bure DM’d her to address the situation, which put the actress at ease as to where they stood.
Speaking with E! News in October, JoJo said she had ‘moved on’ from the feud.
‘I’ll be honest. I haven’t spoken to her at all since the whole thing [went down]. I think she’s alive and thriving. I think I’m alive and thriving.’
When asked to elaborate about whether things were okay between the two, Siwa (born Joelle Joanie Siwa) laughed and put the controversy to rest: ‘”We’re…civil? I don’t know. I’ve got like three problems since that one so we’re moved on.’
JoJo came out as part of the LGBTQ community last year, and shortly thereafter elaborated she was ‘technically’ pansexual.
‘I like queer,’ she told People last year. ‘Technically I would say that I am pansexual because that’s how I have always been my whole life is just like, my human is my human.’
Feud: Back in late July, the star shared a video where she called the Full House star the ‘rudest celebrity I’ve met’ that unexpectedly went viral