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Was HGTV right to pull show featuring right-wing house flippers?

Was HGTV right to pull show featuring right-wing house flippers?

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 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?


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Said it before, will say it again: whenever one of these controversies comes along, ask yourself, “If the group being insulted was blacks (or Jews, or Mexicans, etc), would the controversy continue any longer than a disgusted shake of the head?” [Ask Cliven Bundy. Or Donald Sterling.]

The times have CHANGED: “this is the Lord’s doing, and it is glorious in our eyes”!

JC Fisher

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