Wednesday, 30 November 2016 17:48

Holy Shiplap: 'Fixer Upper' Stars Chip & Joanna Gaines Latest Target of Radical Left

Written by  Russ Jones, Media Analyst

Chip and Joanna Gaines Fixer UpperChip and Joanna Gaines of 'Fixer Upper' (Courtesy of Magnolia Market)

November 30, 2016 | | -- HGTV's Chip and Joanna Gaines have captured the hearts of fans all across America. A-matter-of-fact, according to recent ratings over 3 million viewers has made "Fixer Upper" one of the top rated programs on cable.


Because the duo shares a refreshing admiration for one another and the home seekers they serve. The average American enjoys a success story of rags to riches. The shiplap loving Chip and his wife Joanna also own Magnolia Market at the Silos, a furniture line, a magazine, and bed and breakfast.

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But it was only a matter time until the intolerant left came after the Waco, Texas couple. Gay activists and liberal journalists have targeted the "Fixer Upper" stars because of the church they attend.  

Apparently, the Gaineses attend a church that teaches the tenants of traditional marriage - marriage between one man and one woman.

Like leading the lamb to the slaughter, the outrage started with an article in BuzzFeed entitled "Chip And Joanna Gaines' Church Is Firmly Against Same-Sex Marriage."

It should be no surprise that a publication co-founded by Kenneth Lerer, who is co-founder and Chairman of The Huffington Post, is the ringleader.

Somehow BuzzFeed author Kate Aurthur equates one's qualifications to host a home renovation show to their position on homosexual marriage.

"So are the Gaineses against same-sex marriage," Aurthur wrote. "And would they ever feature a same-sex couple on the show, as have HGTV’s House Hunters and Property Brothers? Emails to Brock Murphy, the public relations director at their company, Magnolia, were not returned. Nor were emails and calls to HGTV’s PR department."

In typical group think fashion, various other mainstream outlets have joined the clarion call of orchestrated disdain. Outrage over the personal beliefs of Chip and Joanna who have never publically revealed in their perspective on same-sex marriage.

To be clear, "Fixer Upper" is about home restoration. It's not a political or religious program. During an hour episode, viewers watch the cheery duo transform a dump into a "forever home."

Why does their view on homosexuality matter? Gay marriage has become the Goldstar issue for this generation of progressives. It doesn't matter what you "say," but what you "think." The goal of the left is to silence those who don't conform.

What is rather sad, edging on humorous is that somehow many in the media believe they have uncovered a major scandal that a church in Texas considers homosexuality to be a sin.


It should be no shock that a church, especially one in the south, embraces a biblical perspective of marriage - that of a union between one man and one woman.

What most reports conveniently leave out is the Gospel message of "hating the sin, but loving the sinner."

According to the church's website, last Friday Senior Pastor Jimmy Seibert of Antioch Community Church in Waco, Texas addressed the Supreme Court decision regarding same-sex marriage from a Biblical perspective. He offered both clarity and compassion regarding the decision and the issue of homosexuality and encouraged the Church to respond according to God’s Word.

Biblical Response to MarriageBiblical Response to Marriage (Photo courtesy Antioch Community Church in Waco, Texas)

"We are called to be rescuers; to speak the truth in love and to help people go to God and His word for whatever issues we face as a culture," Seibert said.

Rational heads have prevailed, however. BuzzFeed readers have taken to Tweeter and made comments on social media objecting to the apparent witch hunt.

Gaines Buzz(Photo: Screenshot from

Twin brothers Jason and David Benham got the boot when the network canceled their do-it-yourself TV program over their beliefs on homosexuality in 2014.

Like the Benham brothers, Chip and Joanna Gaines now face the hypocrisy of the left who demand conformity.  A worldview that is intolerant of perspectives that differs from the liberal narrative.

Time will tell if HGTV allows the LGBTQ agenda to force yet another show to cancel because the stars didn't align with the litmus test of beliefs demanded by Hollywood and media elites. 

It appears some in the media didn't receive the memo. It's this very intolerance and media bias that got Donald Trump elected. Most God fearing people are caring towards those with who they disagree, but have had enough of the alt-lefts forced conformity.

To all freedom and shiplap lovers - it's time to rise in support of Chip and Joanna Gaines. 

Russ Jones is a 25-year award-winning journalist, correspondent, media analyst, and media consultant. He's traveled the world on investigative reporting trips and consultant major political and cause-oriented campaigns. He may be reached at You can also follow him on Twitter 

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