On March 30, Candace Cameron Bure posted an image of herself wearing a simple shirt saying “Not Today Satan” on Instagram. Much to the Fuller House actress’s surprise, she received a lot of backlash.
Bure is well-known for holding Christian and republican beliefs and proudly speaking about them. Some people have interpreted this as her also being homophobic — even though, based on the commentary that ensues, that’s the furthest thing from what she preaches.
The phrase on her shirt, “Not Today Satan,” is said to be coined by famous drag queen Bianca Del Rio. When she happened across Bure’s photo, she had some less-than-kind words to say about Bure’s use of the phrase.
Del Rio reposted the image with the caption, “IF ONLY, THIS HOMOPHOBIC, REPUBLICAN KNEW….?❤?❤.” Fans of hers quickly followed, responding with a barrage of negative comments concerning the actress.
Bure saw the criticism and responded in the best way possible. Instead of angrily telling Del Rio off, she commented on the image: “I’m not homophobic and always sad when people think otherwise. Loving Jesus doesn’t mean I hate gay people or anyone.”
She continued to write, “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.”
Her response has been hailed as “classy,” and many of her fans believe her response could not have been worded better. Unfortunately, this commentary drew a lot of hate from both sides of the issue.
Del Rio continued to share screenshots of nasty comments with hashtags like “republicanpride.” Bure chose to stay quiet, probably for the best.
It seems silly to lump one set of beliefs with another without careful, respectful examination. Bure’s message makes it clear that no one is exempt from being respectful of others, no matter who they are or what they believe, and that kindness needs to be observed when dealing with those who disagree with us.
Quotes, especially those that have been around for a long time, can’t really be controlled by their alleged creators. Likewise, quotes can be interpreted in different ways based on a reader’s understanding and experiences, just like any form of writing can.
And in this case, though the phrase is a hallmark of Del Rio’s, there are also Christian companies that have been selling wares with the same phrase or have used the phrase without knowing that Del Rio used the same one. There has been heated debate on both sides over whether or not the words “belong” to anyone. Who knows where it originated?
In order to fight hate like racism and homophobia, it is important to be inclusive and not ostracize those on the sidelines — wherever those sidelines may be. Instead, we should all follow Bure’s suggestion and “spread love and kindness” no matter what situation we’re in.
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