JoJo Siwa Says She and Candace Cameron Bure Haven’t Talked: “I Don’t Think We Ever Will Again”

JoJo Siwa Says She and Candace Cameron Bure Haven’t Talked: “I Don’t Think We Ever Will Again”

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JoJo Siwa is making it clear that she’s not looking to reconcile with Candace Cameron Bure. “We have not [talked], and I don’t think we ever will again,” Siwa said in an interview with People at Disney+’s “Elton John Live: Farewell From Dodger Stadium” event on Nov. 20. Siwa’s comments were in reference to Bure’s plans to reportedly create a collection of new LGBTQ+-free movies for the network Great American Family, which Siwa previously criticized in a Nov. 15 Instagram post.

“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 in the original Instagram post. “This is rude and hurtful to a whole community of people.”

Siwa elaborated on her feelings about Bure’s comments in the Nov. 20 interview. “That’s what’s f*cked up,” she said. “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.” Siwa added that she feels Bure should take up GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis’s offer to speak with her. “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.”

Actor and executive Bure departed the Hallmark Channel for Great American Family this year, per Variety, citing her desire to create content that is “trusted” and “wholesome.” In a Nov. 14 interview with The Wall Street Journal, Bure made it clear that she plans to “put Christianity back in Christmas movies.”

“I knew that the people behind Great American Family were Christians that love the Lord and wanted to promote faith programming and good family entertainment,” Bure said. “I think that Great American Family will keep traditional marriage at the core.”

A statement reps for Bure provided to POPSUGAR in response to Siwa’s post read, “I had also expressed in my interview, which was not included, that people of all ethnicities and identities have and will continue to contribute to the network in great ways both in front of and behind the camera, which I encourage and fully support.”

Hallmark has been slowly making progress in LGBTQ+ inclusion: its first Christmas movie starring a gay couple — “The Holiday Sitter” — premieres on Dec. 11 and stars “Mean Girls” actor Jonathan Bennett.

Bure’s statements have provoked commentary from more people than just Siwa. “Bigot,” actor Hilarie Burton Morgan wrote on Twitter on Nov. 14. “I don’t remember Jesus liking hypocrites like Candy. But sure. Make your money, honey. You ride that prejudice wave all the way to the bank.”

On Nov. 16, actor Jodie Sweetin — who starred on “Full House” and “Fuller House” alongside Bure — showed her support for Siwa, commenting “You know I love you ❤️❤️” on the influencer’s Instagram post.

That same day, GLAAD President Ellis posted a Twitter thread that began, “It’s irresponsible and hurtful for Candace Cameron Bure to use tradition as a guise for exclusion. I’d love to have a conversation with Bure about my wife, our kids, and our family’s traditions. Bure is out of sync with a growing majority of people of faith, who know that LGBTQ couples and families are deserving of love and visibility.”

This exchange isn’t the first time Bure and Siwa have clashed. Back in July, Siwa participated in a TikTok challenge about the rudest celebrities users had ever met. Her post featured a photo of Bure in response to the prompt, per Us Weekly. Soon after the clip was shared, fans unearthed a video of Siwa and Bure on “The Kelly Clarkson Show,” in which Bure described her own Christmas home-decor style as “simple and elegant” and then turned to Siwa and said, “Maybe a little different than your place.”

Bure shared her own Instagram Reel addressing Siwa’s TikTok, per Us Weekly, saying they had a “great conversation” and telling her fans that it was “all good on the JoJo front.” She also added that Siwa had apparently asked for a photo on a red carpet when she was 11, but Bure turned it down — which Siwa now understands. “She said, ‘You weren’t even mean! And I get it now, as an adult, when you’re on the red carpet and everything’s happening and you’re being pulled in different directions, but at that time I was 11,'” Bure said in the video. However, a few days later, Siwa responded by saying that wasn’t the whole story. “It was at the afterparty that she didn’t wanna take a picture with me, and I was OK with that,” Siwa told Page Six. “But then I turned around, and when I looked back, she was taking pictures with other kids. And that’s what made me really upset.”

Now, though, it seems their differences have grown much harder to reconcile. Siwa, who is currently dating content creator Avery Cyrus, is a passionate advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. “Nobody is normal. And I think a lot of times people are worried and fearful about being judged, but the truth is nobody’s really that judgmental. Everybody’s just trying to make it themselves,” Siwa said in a 2021 interview with the It Gets Better project, which supports queer youth. “I think [being themselves] makes them brave. I think that makes them awesome and cool and special and celebrated . . . It means that you’re choosing to live your life the way you want to live it and that’s OK.”