Times Candace Cameron Bure Stirred Up Controversy

Candace Cameron Bure rose to stardom as the eldest daughter of Danny Tanner (Bob Saget), D.J Tanner, in the popular ABC sitcom "Full House." Prior to her big break, Bure was an up-and-coming actor, who appeared on shows such as "St. Elsewhere," "The Disney Sunday Movie" (now "The Magical World of Disney"), and "Who's the Boss?" Bure would later become a key figure on the Hallmark Channel, starring in a number of the broadcaster's movies dating all the way back to 2008. She particularly gained notoriety for playing the titular character in the "Aurora Teagarden Mysteries."

In 2015, Bure joined the 19th season of Barbara Walters' brainchild, "The View," as reported by People. By virtue of signing up as a talk show host, Bure's words now held more weight and were subject to public scrutiny. Occasionally, her conservative approach was the fuel needed to stir otherwise ignored conversations, and the trend continued way after she left "The View." These are the times Bure stirred the pot a little faster.

Candace Cameron Bure wore a 'Jesus Saves, Bro' shirt

In 2016, Candace Cameron Bure wore a gray shirt on "The View" that had "Jesus Saves, Bro" written in bold print (via American Freedom Fighters). She shared a picture of the same on her Facebook page, and in less than 24 hours, attracted the attention of at least 80,000 Facebook users, some with the opinion that she was subtly imposing her religious views on the audience.

Bure has, in the past, made it clear that hers is a faith-driven life. "You know, the Bible is the source of truth for me that I go to especially when I'm anxious and when I'm worrying," she shared in a 2020 interview with ABC. "I can rest assured and have peace and know that the creator of the universe is looking out for me."

As such, Bure is no stranger to bold expressions of faith using everyday items and clothing. Her Dayspring-Walmart merchandise partnership includes scripture-inspired messages on shirts, cups, photo frames, doormats, and stationery.

Her beliefs on creationism versus science

Candace Cameron Bure and her "The View" co-hosts went toe-to-toe on creationism versus science during an episode of the show. Bure argued in defense of Dr. Ben Carson, who chose faith over science in a conversation with political commentator Bill O'Reilly (via Fox Insider News). "I certainly believe that God is our creator," the renowned neurosurgeon proclaimed on "The O'Reilly Factor." He'd also dismissed the theory of evolution on an episode of "The View."

Bure, who shared Carson's religious standing, let her two cents be known. "To say that someone that believes in intelligent design does not believe in science is silly," she vocalized. "The two are compatible."

While she's leaned much on her religious side in her career, Bure had a science-oriented role in the '90s television series "Bill Nye the Science Guy." In her portrayal of Candace, the Science Gal, a young Bure dived into all things science-related, including the making of fire.

Her opinion on same-sex weddings and a cake boycott

When a bakery attracted a $135,000 fine for its refusal to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, Raven-Symoné, who was a co-host on "The View" from 2012 to 2016, saw it as a discriminative act, while Candace Cameron Bure passed it as the right to choose.

Bure and Symoné each voiced their opinions, with the former partially stating, "I think you are comparing apples to oranges here. ... This is about freedom of association. It's about constitutional rights. It's about first amendment rights. We do have the right to still choose who we associate with." While some fans held the opinion that people in business ought to exercise unbiasedness, others were in agreement with Bure's sentiments. 

On gay rights, Bure declared her stand back in 2017. She posted a photo of herself sporting a "Not Today Satan" shirt, a quote that's largely associated with "RuPaul's Drag Race" champion Bianca Del Rio. What resulted was an exchange between the pair, which led to a response from Bure that partly declared, "Loving Jesus doesn't mean I hate gay people or anyone," per People.

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Candace Cameron Bure followed Donald Trump on social media

In December 2016, Candace Cameron Bure announced she would be exiting "The View." Her departure, she said, was a tough but necessary decision to make, given that her other projects were picking up. Bure also cited that family time had become alien, and stepping down would allow her to catch up.

This message was echoed during Bure's appearance on the "Behind the Table Podcast," in which she added, "Because of the emotional state of mind, 'The View' by far was the toughest job. And, as soon as Donald Trump won that election, I was like 'This has got to go,' because I could not — I did not wanna be the punching bag for the next four years in that conservative seat." Following her exit, Bure said she would stay mum on all things politics, per Fox News, at least as far as the public was concerned. That declaration, however, did not include her activities on social media. Once word went around that she was following Donald and Melania Trump, all hell broke loose.

Yet again, Bure took to her Instagram Stories to set the record straight. "A follow is not an endorsement," she explained in a since-expired Instagram Story, according to Fox News. In the footage, reposted by ET Canada, Bure further clarified: "A follow does not mean I agree with everything they say and do. It just means I follow a broad range of people."

She made a provocative social media post

As it turns out, Candace Cameron Bure does not need to use her words to get people talking. Sometimes, pictures make do, explosively so. When Bure uploaded an image of her and her husband on Instagram, with the latter's hand resting on her breast, her conservative fans had to armor themselves with helmets since the stone-throwing reached its summit. Some followers simply saw the couple as being playful, while a good number of her audience thought it was immodest. Bure was unapologetic. She addressed the issue through a video on her Instagram Stories (via CNN), saying, in part, "For all you Christians that are questioning my post with my husband's hand on my boob, my husband of 24 years, thinking it was inappropriate, it makes me laugh because it's my husband."

It wouldn't be the last time a post landed Bure in trouble. In 2021, she shared a since-deleted post on TikTok of herself lip-syncing to six-time Grammy nominee Lana Del Rey's unofficially released song "Jealous Girl." Captioned "When they don't know the power of the Holy Spirit," the post featured Bure holding a black Bible as she moved to and from the camera (via CNN).

According to those who weren't in agreement with the video, she was being seductive. As a result, Bure chose to apologize. "A lot of you thought it was weird, and, I'm sorry," she observed in a separate video, shared by CNN. "I was trying to be strong."

Her views about COVID-19

At a time when most celebrities were pushing for vaccination against COVID-19 and getting vaccinated themselves (via People), Candace Cameron Bure joined the long list of public figures caught in vaccination controversies. Through Instagram, Bure revealed that she wasn't against vaccination, but was gunning for people's rights to exercise medical freedom. The pictures she shared further endorsed exercise, vitamins, "real food," and early intervention. "This mama is holding the line and standing up for freedom. This should not separate us. We can have different opinions and still respect and love one another," Bure's caption read in part.

Way before Bure had made her COVID-19 views public, her older brother, Kirk Cameron, had come under fire for ignoring the disease's safety measures. Cameron shared videos of a Christmas caroling event at a time when masks and hand sanitizers were mandatory. Except there were no masks or hand sanitizers in sight, neither did the crowd observe social distancing, as per COVID-19 mitigation guidelines.

In response to the backlash directed at Cameron, Bure took to Twitter to clear the air. "I did not attend any recent caroling events. Also, I choose to follow the greater guidelines by wearing a mask and social distance when I'm in public," she wrote, and additionally highlighted that there were far more diplomatic ways of criticism than foul tweets.

Candace Cameron Bure spoke about 'traditional marriage'

In her capacity as the chief creative officer of the Great American Family network, Candace Cameron Bure revealed in an interview with The Wall Street Journal that the cable channel would be focusing on "traditional marriage" in their making of Christmas movies. "I think that Great American Family will keep traditional marriage at the core," Bure said in response to a question about the inclusivity of same-sex couples as film leads. While there are other forms of non-traditional marriages, per Bustle, Bure's revelation was met with excessive clap back.

Most notable was an online war with dancer JoJo Siwa, with whom the "Faith of our Fathers" actor already had an existing feud. The popular teen figure had previously come out as pansexual through a TikTok video back in 2021. Bad blood between the pair began when Siwa called Bure the "rudest celebrity" she'd encountered in a now-deleted TikTok video (via Entertainment Weekly). Bure reacted through an Instagram video.

Though the pair seemed to have squashed their beef, per Bure's video, Siwa shared a screenshot of Bure's Christmas movie stance on Instagram, with the caption, "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." She further expressed how the news had impacted the fraternity. "This is rude and hurtful to a whole community of people," Siwa wrote.