“Fuller House” star Candace Cameron Bure got into it with a drag queen on Instagram last week after he called her a “homophobic Republican.”
The controversy kicked off when Bure posted a photo of herself wearing a shirt that read “Not, today Satan,” a catchphrase popularized by Bianca Del Rio, a drag queen who won Rue Paul’s Drag Race in the sixth season of the VH1 show.
The reality TV star freaked out and reposted Bure’s picture on his Instagram profile with the caption: “IF ONLY THIS HOMOPHOBIC REPUBLICAN KNEW.”
The caption is a reference to Bure’s defense of religious freedom while cohosting “The View” in 2015. She defended an Oregon bakery’s right to decline participating in a gay wedding by providing a cake. At the time, the bakers were facing a $135,000 lawsuit, and Bure thought they had a right to refuse to participate in a wedding that violates their religious beliefs.
“I wasn’t there to debate gay marriage or straight marriage,” she said, according to TheBlaze. “It was about these bakers and their religious freedoms and the freedom of association.”
In response to Del Rio’s post, Bure wrote this in response (emphasis added).
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. Truly. – Candace.
Bure’s response is telling. She had to explain there is a difference between animosity towards gay people and not choosing to do everything they demand, especially when these demands conflict with a person’s constitutionally guaranteed right to express her religious beliefs. That Del Rio doesn’t want Bure wearing a T-shirt with his catchphrase indicates he’s not interested in persuading her to see his point of view, but wants to skewer her in a tribalistic fashion.
Sadly, this happens all the time. Not too long ago, an artist disowned his own art after one of his patrons, Ivanka Trump, became the president’s daughter. He didn’t like that one of his paying customers happened to be related to someone with different political beliefs.
This is the way the Left “persuades”: public defenestration. It’s not open discourse that respects individuals’ consent and consciences, but intimidation that pressures them to do what they’re not comfortable with — or else. “You must believe everything we believe and do everything we say or you’re out of the clubhouse,” they say.
This is why we can’t have nice things.