HGTV cancels new television show before first episode after campaign against its Christian hostscomment (1)
May 22, 2014
HGTV had announced a new series, “Flip it Forward,” planned for October, starring twins David and Jason Benham. In each episode, the brothers would find a fixer-upper and “transform it into their forever home — with a healthy dose of sibling rivalry between the brothers along the way,” HGTV announced in April.
But on May 7, quietly, in a tweet, HGTV said the show will not be happening.
According to Towleroad.com, HGTV was alerted to a story by RightWingWatch.org, which called the brothers “anti-gay, anti-choice extremists.” A social media campaign quickly took flight to pressure HGTV to cancel the show.
David Benham was reported as having protested against homosexual rights and abortion.
The Benham brothers issued a statement on their Facebook page saying: “The first and last thought on our minds as we begin and end each day is; have we shined Christ’s light today? Our faith is the fundamental calling in our lives and the centerpiece of who we are. As Christians we are called to love our fellow man. Anyone who suggests that we hate homosexuals or people of other faiths is either misinformed or lying.
“If our faith costs us a television show then so be it.”