Hilarie Burton claims Hallmark fired her over inclusivity demands: 'The bigotry comes from the top'
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Hilarie Burton is chiming in on the Hallmark Channel controversy with accusations of her own.
Taking to Twitter on Sunday, Burton, 37, laid into the channel with a series of tweets after an incident in which she was “let go” following several demands for inclusivity.
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“Just going through some old emails from a #Hallmark job I was “let go” from back in January. I had insisted on a LGBTQ character, an interracial couple and diverse casting. I was polite, direct and professional. But after the execs gave their notes on the script and NONE of my…” Burton began the series of tweets.
“… Requests were honored, I was told “take it or leave it”. I left it. And the paycheck. S—-y being penalized for standing up for inclusivity. I really wanted that job. It was close to my house. It paid really well. It was about the military, which you all know I hold dear.”
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Burton then said she would walk away “in a heartbeat” if presented with a similar situation.
“Id walk away again in a heartbeat. The bigotry comes from the top and permeates the whole deal over there. I’ve been loudly cheering for @lifetimetv all year because they heard my concerns + RALLIED! You want inclusive Christmas magic?! We got it. Love is love🏳️🌈🎄💖 #receipts”
Hallmark did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment.
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Burton then took the time to praise her husband, actor and “Supernatural” star Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
“Key point here: I have a wonderful husband @JDMorgan who works his ass off so I have the luxury to choose morals over paying bills. Not everyone has that! Nor should we be forced to be dependent. If I had to cover our mortgage and was told “take it or leave it,” I’d be f—ed.”
“We are not allowed to accept creatives that are deemed controversial,” a Hallmark account representative reportedly said in an email exchange with a Zola ad buyer.
Hallmark has been ensnared in controversy following the channel’s decision to pull an advertisement that featured two brides kissing during a same-sex wedding ceremony.
One Million Moms, a division of the American Family Association that says its mission is to “stop the exploitation of our children, especially by the entertainment media,” launched a petition urging Hallmark to stop airing the commercial and other LGBTQ content.
Hallmark has since apologized and said it will reinstate the advertisement.
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Fox News' Gerren Keith Gaynor contributed to this report.
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