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Trevor Donovan weighs in on GAF Backlash: People can ‘believe what they want’

Stay neutral? Trevor Donova addressed the controversy sparked by the Great American Media co-star Candace Cameron Burewho argued that the network will vouch for “traditional marriage.”

The 44-year-old California resident, who signed an overall deal with Great American Media in 2021, opened up during an interview with Variety published on Wednesday 23 November. “I think people should be and believe what they want as long as they are kind and accepting of others,” explains Donovan. “For those of you who have followed me ever since 90210, you know my heart and character. It doesn’t matter who you love, whatever your race or religion, you matter. Living together is possible through mutual respect and acceptance.”

Trevor Donova. Greg Allen/Invision/AP/Shutterstock

He called Bure, 46, direct, saying: “Based on the few months I’ve known Candace, I’ve noticed she’s kind and passionate about her faith.”

The Full house alum made headlines earlier this month after speaking about her move from Hallmark to Great American Media along with exec Bill Abbottwho took over the network in 2021.

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

When asked if Great American Media would consider including LGBTQ+ storylines, the actress commented, “I think Great American Family will keep traditional marriage at its core.”

Abbott, who previously worked at Hallmark for two decades, also spoke of plans for Great American Family and Great American Living programming. “It’s definitely the year 2022, so we’re aware of the trends,” he said. “There’s no whiteboard that says, ‘Yes, this’ or ‘No, we’re never going here.'”

The comments drew criticism from fans and fellow celebrities alike, including Hillary Burton, who criticized Cameron Bure for her comments in a strongly worded tweet. “Bigot. I don’t remember Jesus liking hypocrites like Candy,” the 40-year-old Virginia resident wrote on Nov. 15. ‘But sure. Earn your money, honey. You ride that wave of prejudice all the way to the shore.”

JoJo Siwa followed suit after earlier falling out with the Full house alum earlier this year. “Frankly, after everything that happened a few months ago, I can’t believe she wouldn’t just make a movie with [the] intention to exclude LGBTQIA+, but then also to talk about it in the press,” said the Dance moms alum, 19, wrote via Instagram. “This is rude and hurtful to an entire community.”

Amid the backlash, Cameron Bure issued a lengthy statement in an attempt to clarify her position. “Anyone who knows me knows without any doubt that I have great love and affection for all people. It absolutely breaks my heart that anyone would ever think I would deliberately want to offend and hurt someone,” she wrote via Instagram on Nov. 16, arguing, “We need Christmas more than ever.”

The Dancing through life the author called out “those who hate what I value and attack me online” and “those who have tried to kill my character”, but did not name Burton. “If you know me, you know I’m someone who loves fiercely and indiscriminately,” she continued. “My heart longs to build bridges and bring people one step closer to God, to love others well, and just to be a reflection of God’s immense love for all of us.”

She concluded: “To anyone reading this of any race, creed, sexuality or political party, including those who have tried to bully me with name calling: I love you. … And in the sole motivation of pure love, I hope you will join me in sharing God’s hope for all the world this Christmas season. Call that my Christmas wish.”

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