Hallmark Channel apologized Wednesday after airing an awards show that scrubbed all mentions of the pro-life film “Unplanned” despite it scoring nominations in three categories.
“Unplanned” was nominated for the faith and freedom award, best movie for mature audiences, and most inspiring performance at the annual Movieguide Awards aired late last month, but all mentions of the film were censored from the broadcast, the Washington Examiner reported.
“Outraged,” Ashley Bratcher, the movie’s lead actress, tweeted Sunday. “Movieguide awards recently aired on @hallmarkdrama & @UnplannedMovie & I were nominated. We were the ONLY nominees who were not recognized. Hallmark has ERASED us from the show and refused to acknowledge us as nominees. This is completely UNACCEPTABLE.”
The broadcast reportedly omitted Ms. Bratcher’s speech thanking God and left the film’s title out completely.
“We have scheduled the MOVIEGUIDE® Awards to re-air on Hallmark Drama on Monday, March 9th at 10 PM,” a spokeswoman told the Examiner. “It will also be available on the TV Everywhere app. All telecasts will include mentions of the film, ‘Unplanned’ and its lead actress, Ashley Bratcher. We at Crown Media extend our sincere apologies to Ms. Bratcher.”
Ted Baehr, founder and publisher of Movieguide, told LifeSiteNews on Monday that it was his company — not Hallmark — that edited the awards show.
“We made some decisions. We may have made some wrong decisions, but we’ve made decisions,” Mr. Baehr said.
Ms. Bratcher later tweeted that she “received & accepted apologies.”
Hallmark has gone on the record & the MovieGuide Awards will re-air to include Unplanned’s nominations on 3/9 @ 10PM on @HallmarkDrama Please be sure to tune in or stream on the Hallmark app! 🎉 I have received & accepted apologies. Extend grace, my friends. 🕊 Thanks to all.— Ashley Bratcher (@_AshleyBratcher) March 5, 2020
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