It’s official: There is no such thing as a politics-free zone anymore, especially if you choose to wear a red hat. That’s what we can take away from Lori Loughlin’s Instagram this weekend, when a little post celebrating the last day of filming a Hallmark Channel movie turned into a battleground.
“Coming to a close on Homegrown Christmas,” Loughlin wrote, captioning three photos of herself and the cast and crew wearing red beanies that read, “Another Hallmark Christmas Movie.”
Many fans of the Full/Fuller House star congratulated her on wrapping her third Christmas-themed movie for the network. But one person interpreted the photos differently.
“Love the show Lori but wish you would keep politics out of it. Guess we just disagree that our president is ‘making America great again,’” wrote Garrett Murphy.
“I’m so confused by your comment,” Loughlin responded. Meanwhile, Murphy had already begun to debate with other commenters about whether the red hats with white writing on them were meant as a nod to Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” caps. It’s doubtful that she was actually confused, but she probably hoped that saying as much might shut down the conversation.
Many chimed in to say that calling the hats pro-Trump was “reaching.”
Lori Loughlin through the years
Lori Loughlin through the years
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 07: THE EDGE OF NIGHT - 1981 - Lori Loughlin (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - CIRCA 1981: Christopher Atkins and Lori Loughlin circa 1981 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bret Lundberg/IMAGES/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - JULY 29: Lori Loughlin attends 21st Birthday Party for Christopher Atkins on July 29, 1982 at Studio 54 in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
FULL HOUSE - 'Tanner Vs. Gibbler' - Airdate: October 21, 1988. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)JOHN STAMOS;LORI LOUGHLIN
WESTWOOD,CA - MARCH 8: Actress Lori Loughlin attends the 'Chances Are' Westwood Premiere on March 8, 1989 at Mann Bruin Theatre in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd/WireImage)
Promotional studio portrait of American actor Lori Loughlin of the television series, 'Full House,' circa 1989. (Photo by Fotos International/Getty Images)
FULL HOUSE - 'Double Trouble' - Airdate: September 17, 1991. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)LORI LOUGHLIN
FULL HOUSE - Ad Gallery - September 25, 1991. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)BOB SAGET;JODIE SWEETIN;JOHN STAMOS;DAVE COULIER;LORI LOUGHLIN
LOS ANGELES - JUNE 9: Actress Lori Loughlin attends the 'ABC Affiliates Party' on June 9, 1994 at Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd/WireImage)
FULL HOUSE - 'Under The Influence' - December 6, 1994. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)JOHN STAMOS;LORI LOUGHLIN;DAVE COULIER
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 790 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress Lori Loughlin during an interview with host Jay Leno on October 25, 1995 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Lori Loughlin during 'Shrek 2' Los Angeles Premiere - Green Carpet at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 15: Actress Lori Loughlin arrives at the Hugo Boss Fall/Winter 2005 Collection Show at the Beverly Hills Hotel on March 15, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
Tiffani Thiessen and Lori Loughlin (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
Lori Loughlin during Saks Fifth Avenue's Unforgettable Evening Benefiting Women's Cancer Research Fund - Arrivals and Inside at The Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel The Regent Beverly Wilshire H in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)
Lori Loughlin with her daughter Olivia during Los Angeles Premiere of LionsGate's 'Happily N'Ever After' Hosted by the Hot Moms Club at The Mann Festival Theater in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by J.Sciulli/WireImage for LIONSGATE)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 20: Actress Lori Loughlin attends the Saks Fifth Avenue's Unforgettable Evening cocktail reception benefiting Entertainment Industry Foundation's (EIF) Women's Cancer Research Fund held at the Beverly Wishire Hotel on February 20, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Caulfield/WireImage)
Lori Loughlin at the '90210' press conference at the Four Seasons Hotel on October 1, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 07: Dancing with the Stars host Tom Bergeron and actress Lori Loughlin arrive at the 35th Annual People's Choice Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on January 7, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for PCA)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 27: Actress Lori Loughlin arrives at the 13th annual Unforgettable Evening benefiting EIF held at Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on January 27, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 20: Lori Loughlin is seen on January 20, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Lori Loughlin appears on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
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Finally, Loughlin stepped in again. “The hat says ANOTHER HALLMARK CHRISTMAS MOVIE. RED is for the Christmas season,” she explained. “Hope that clears up the confusion. Also the entire crew is Canadian.”
Murphy decided to double down. “Oh give me a break Lori I think it’s pretty obvious what it means. It’s also pretty obvious that you’re all enjoying excluding EVERY OTHER RELIGION by wearing those ‘Christmas only’ hats.”
That added complaint about Christmas made it seem like this person is just trying to troll everyone reading. Lori (or Hallmark) fans weren’t amused. “I am a liberal and you are ridiculous,” one commenter wrote to Murphy.
Despite Loughlin’s protests, however, and regardless of whether Murphy’s complaints are sincere, there is something to all of this. Last year, the Los Angeles Times reported that the Hallmark Channel is most popular in states that voted for Trump in 2016. Those markets tend to favor less edgy programming that depicts traditional family values, according to a survey obtained by the paper.
The other point we can glean from this exchange is that there’s no such thing as a neutral red hat these days. Sorry, Canada.