Cathy Lynn Grossman of Religion News Service takes issue with HGTV’s decision to cancel plans to feature twins David and Jason Benham in a new show, “Flip It Forward.” HGTV pulled out of a deal with the brothers after RightWingWatch.org circulated video of them making anti-gay, anti-choice statements at a political rally. She writes:
It’s Duck Dynasty redux… sort of.
This time, instead of the bearded patriarch of A&E in trouble for comments about gays and weird ideas about black people, it’s a social media teardown over the rehab twins’ harsh you-can-google-them views about homosexuality and abortion.
… Don’t like them? Don’t watch them. Bad ratings are a faster way to kill a show than any political blowup.
But can I watch people whose religious, social or political views may not be my own (even those who insist an island in every kitchen) take a sledgehammer to a mildewed basement wall? Sure.
Read her full column here. And let us know: Was HGTV right to can the Benhams? And would you hire a contractor to say, tile your bathroom, if you noted inflammatory bumper stickers on his or her truck?