Yesterday Bobby Berk, the design expert on Queer Eye, posted a selfie with fellow “Fab Five” member Jonathan Van Ness, along with Fuller House stars Andrea Barber (Kimmy Gibbler) and Candace Cameron Bure (D.J. Tanner). His fans particularly weren’t amused by the Bobby Berk Candace Cameron selfie, rehashing allegations that the actress is a homophobe.
The Bobby Berk Candace Cameron Bure selfie at issue didn’t look like anything inflammatory on first glance. He posted the picture to Instagram with the caption “When your childhood TV friends become your adult REAL friends.” The comments, however, are chock-full of people taking Berk to task for appearing in a selfie with her, labeling her a homophobe.
Is Candace Cameron Bure a homophobe? She’s definitely flirted with the appearance of seeming homophobic, albeit not to the extreme of her brother, former teen heartthrob and current punchline Kirk Cameron.
Kirk Cameron is a born-again Christian since his Growing Pains days who told alleged journalist Piers Morgan, “I think that [homosexuality is] unnatural. I think that it’s detrimental and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.”
But Candace Cameron Bure doesn’t get a clean bill of non-homophobia. She’s defended an Oregon anti-gay baker on The View, arguing with Raven-Symoné about the issue. She also bowed out of a debate about Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and implied that Hillary Clinton‘s support for abortion and gay rights were why she couldn’t support the candidate.
In fact, most of Candace Cameron Bure’s homophobia has had a veneer of plausible deniability — for example, did she share pictures of herself and her son enjoying Chick-fil-A because they’re fans of the chicken … or is it because they’re fans of the chain’s support for homophobic policies? But add these all together and things don’t look so good for the former child star.
Last year, Bianca Del Rio famously took Candace Cameron Bure to task for wearing a shirt bearing Del Rio’s catchphrase “Not Today, Satan.” Del Rio reshared the image with the caption “If only this homophobic Republican knew… 😈❤😈❤.” Bure replied:
Why do you have to be nasty to me? You don’t know me or my heart. I’m not homophobic and always sad when people think otherwise. Loving Jesus doesn’t mean I hate gay people or anyone. You sent a bunch of hateful people to my page writing horrible things. I hope next time you’ll spread love and kindness, even when you disagree with people. Sending you love and wish you all the best.
(That said, it should be noted that Del Rio did not send her fans to attack Bure; Del Rio’s fans did that on their own.)
So, is Candace Cameron Bure homophobic? It’s hard to know for sure, but she hasn’t done much to distance herself from that assumption.
Check out the Bobby Berk Candace Cameron Bure selfie below:
In the comments of his Insta post, Berk at one point responded to fans upset about the selfie, “Pretty sure that kind of attitude is what we’re trying to stop on Queer Eye.” Berk also uploaded in Instagram Story in which he addressed his fans’ criticism, saying, “She’s a human and an artist just as I am, and the whole basis of Queer Eye is to learn to be able to coexist and to learn from people who think differently from you. … I do know her views. I am against her views, but as a person I love her just as we should all love each other.”
What do you think of the Bobby Berk Candace Cameron Bure selfie? Outraged or nah?
Featured image of Bobby Berk via BuilderOnline.com