The video, which finds the former “Full House” and “Fuller House” star lip-syncing to the Lana Del Rey tune “Jealous Girl,” shows Bure grabbing a Bible as she mouths some of the song’s lyrics: “You don’t wanna dance with me, dance with me / Honey, I’m in love with you.”
Bure said she was inspired to make the video after her daughter, Natasha Bure, posted a similar video on her TikTok; she said she wanted to do a Biblical version that conveyed “nothing can trump the Holy Spirit.” Bure also posted the video to her Instagram page, where it drew criticism from fans.
“I just came home and read a lot of messages that were not happy with my latest Instagram post that was a TikTok video,” Bure said in her Instagram Story on Wednesday. “And I usually don't apologize for these things, but a lot of you thought it was weird, and I'm sorry – that was not my intention. I was using a very specific clip from TikTok and applying it to the power of the Holy Spirit, which is incredible.”
Bure said she deleted her Instagram post of the video after realizing her intended message was largely misconstrued.
“And so many of you thought that I was trying to be seductive, which clearly means I'm not a very good actress because I was trying to be strong, not sexy or seductive,” Bure said. “So, I guess that didn't work, but I deleted it.”
Bure’s apologetic response is a departure from how the actress typically handles social media criticism. Earlier this year, Bure clapped back at negative comments on a family holiday photo she posted: “If you don’t like something, just move on. There are people and real feelings behind every screen.”
“Maybe I was just trying to be too cool or relevant in a Biblical way that didn't work,” Bure said of her TikTok video. “Anyway, most of you didn't like it, clearly, but there was a small percentage of you that appreciated what I did and understood my intention. But anyway, it's gone: now I know what you don't like.”
Despite the overwhelming criticism, some users on TikTok did respond positively to Bure’s video.
“She is the only famous person who I can truly admire,” user Autumn Rhoads wrote. “And it’s all because she gives God the glory.”
“I have no idea why people have an issue with this,” user Tabby Rustamzada wrote.
“I literally screamed Candace Cameron is a Christian, yesss,” user Goofy Goober wrote. “I love that you use your platform to share the word of God.”
“LET EM KNOW DJ,” user helaina wrote, referencing Bure's "Full House" and "Fuller House" character D.J. Tanner.
Bure’s video remains on her TikTok profile, where it has amassed 1.6 million views and over 225,000 likes.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Candace Cameron Bure: Actress apologizes for Christian TikTok video