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“Full House” actress Jodie Sweetin said she’s “disappointed” that one of her upcoming films was recently sold to the family-oriented media company Great American Family (GAF).
The 41-year-old actress relayed her thoughts about the film “Craft Me a Romance” selling to the network. Sweetin’s former “Full House” co-star, Candace Cameron Bure, is a chief creative officer and frequent collaborator at GAF after leaving their competitor, The Hallmark Channel.
“Sometimes, we, as actors, don’t have control over which network buys the projects we are in, nor are we a part of the process in which they get sold,” Sweetin said in a statement. “So I was very surprised to learn by reading about it in the press yesterday that the independent film I worked on over a year ago was sold to Great American Family.”
She continued, “I am disappointed, but in keeping with my mission of supporting the LGBTQ+ family, any potential or future money made from this sale will be donated to LGBTQ+ organizations.”
GAF CEO Bill Abbott and Bure did a joint interview in November 2022 stating that they planned to “keep traditional marriage at the core” of the upcoming programming to differentiate themselves from Hallmark, which has been featuring more LGBTQ storylines in recent years.
“I’m very excited to develop heartwarming family and faith-filled programming and make the kind of stories my family and I love to watch,” Bure shared in a statement about making the switch. “I am constantly looking for ways that I can inspire people to live life with purpose.”
While Abbott said there’s no strict rule prohibiting same-sex love stories at GAF, the comments about traditional marriage were blasted by several celebrities.
JoJo Siwa posted, “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. This is rude and hurtful to a whole community of people.” This prompted Sweetin to respond to Siwa, saying, “You know I love you.”
The film “Craft Me a Romance” premieres on GAF on September 16. It stars Sweetin as the owner of an arts and crafts store who is told by a rival store owner that she must sell her store or go out of business.