HGTV has announced that it will not move forward with filming further episodes of the new show Flip It Forward after controversial comments made by twin brothers Jason and David Benham from 2012 surfaced Thursday, May 8.
Being a twin myself, I was looking forward to the show, in which the Benhams build dream homes for low-income families. So here’s the issue: David Benham expressed his concerns with abortion and homosexuality that blog Right Wing Watch obtained and posted. With over 2,000 shares of the article, apparently HGTV got cold feet. The question is: should the show have been cancelled? Granted, HGTV has a LARGE following in the LGBT community, but cancelling the show, in my opinion, was a little extreme.
Here is the statement folks had an issue with:
“We have no-fault divorce; we have pornography and perversion; we have homosexuality and its agenda that is attacking the nation; we have adultery … while the church sits silent and just builds big churches.”
From my lens, David wasn’t bashing the LGBT community or their way of life—it seemed more of a call to action for the church and for believers to embrace all walks of people and shift their focus.
In a statement to USA Today, the Benhams said, “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…” He went on to say, “We were saddened to hear HGTV’s decision. With all of the grotesque things that can be seen and heard on television today, you would think there would be room for two twin brothers who are faithful to our families, committed to biblical principles, and dedicated professionals. If our faith costs us a television show then so be it…”
Now, what a way to handle a loss of what I’m sure their families were looking forward to. I couldn’t have said that better myself. For some reason, people want to point fingers at Christians for not speaking up, but when they do…well, you see what happens.
If the LGBT community is so sensitive to take the words of a person’s belief system and misconstrue it as bashing, perhaps the justice they seek is still within themselves. No one is saying they’re unwanted, unwelcome or unloved.