HGTV Pulls Plug on Brothers Benham


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.

1 reply
  1. Donnie Briggs
    Donnie Briggs says:

    Sometimes the double-standard in the media baffles me. I truly believe at times it does not matter what one says about the LBGT community whether it is a condemning comment against them or a passive/general statement; if one is Christian and one’s lips utter words that involves their community, or one is not accepting of their lifestyle — one is labeled hateful, even if the comment(s) made were not hateful at all (I am not presenting hyperbole). Too often, much alike the twin brothers, our community’s comments are taken out of context. What happened to Free Speech, what happened to an equal level of tolerance. I believe Christians should be more vocal regarding other’s (especially the media’s) intolerance toward us! It’s not fair that when we speak up regarding our beliefs or values, we are attacked by having shows cancelled, or product pulled from shelves, or labeled as intolerant. Who is fighting for our rights to be obeyers and lovers of God? Jesus was right when He said, “If the world hates you, know that it hated me first; if you belonged to the world (society; age of darkness/wickedness) it would [embrace] you, but since you do not, as I have chosen (sanctified, separated) you out of the world [while within], it hated you.


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