JoJo Siwa Doesn’t Think She & Candace Cameron Bure Will Speak Again
JoJo isn’t here for Candace’s “traditional marriage” comments.
Well, it seems there’s no mending JoJo Siwa’s friendship with Candace Cameron Bure. Last week, Bure sparked controversy for saying the new TV network she’s associated with, Great American Family, would keep “traditional marriage” at the center of upcoming films. Siwa initially called out Bure’s comments, and now she’s made it clear mending ties between the two, who’ve previously feuded, isn’t likely.
On Nov. 20, Siwa, who is a member of the LGBTQ+ community, attended Elton John’s Farewell from Dodger Stadium concert in Los Angeles. There, she told People that she hasn’t spoken to Bure about her “traditional marriage” comment.
“We have not [talked], and I don't think we ever will again,” Siwa told the publication. “That's what's f*cked up. 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*tty.”
On Nov. 14, Bure told The Wall Street Journal she left her stint at Hallmark to join Great American Family following leadership changes. When asked by the publication if films on the new TV network would feature same-sex couples as lead characters, Bure said, “I think that Great American Family will keep traditional marriage at the core.”
In an Instagram post the next day, Siwa called Bure’s intentions “rude and hurtful to a whole community of people.”
“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,” Siwa wrote.
Siwa received an outpour of support on her Instagram post, including fellow Dance Moms alum Maddie Ziegler and former Fuller House costar, Jodie Sweetin. Siwa told People that it felt “really nice” to have peers in the industry publicly standing behind her.
Then, on Nov. 16, Bure addressed the backlash to her comments about Great American Family in a lengthy Instagram post. Notably, Bure did not directly mention Siwa in her statement.
Bure also received support in her post from notable celebrities like The Wonder Years alum Danica McKeller (who is also working with Great American Family) and former The View co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck. “We love you Candace. Your heart echoes such humility and love- and the call for grace and mercy on this season is real,” Hasselbeck wrote, alongside a series of heart emojis.
As for why Siwa chose to publicly called out Bure, the dancer told People that she wants to use her platform to “change the world for the better.”
“I am being honest and maybe being a little disruptive to somebody's life, but it's what I believe in,” Siwa told the publication.
“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,” Siwa said.
The situation between Bure and Siwa comes nearly four months after they previously made headlines for a perceived controversy. In July, Siwa claimed in a TikTok that the Fuller House actor was the “rudest celebrity” she’d ever met. The viral video spiraled into a frenzy, so much so that both women came forward to clear up the drama.
Bure evidently declined to take a photo with her at the Fuller House premiere, when she was just 11 years old. In July, Bure said she reached out to Siwa to clear up the exchange and apologize.
The two seemed to move past the situation at the time, but now it seems they’re back at square one.
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