Christian Brothers Lose HGTV Reality Show After Remark on Gays Surfaces
The cable network HGTV is drawing some backlash from Christian conservatives after announcing that it will not move forward with a new show centered around two Christian brothers. The decision came after advocacy groups highlighted one of the brother's remarks against homosexuality.
Twin brothers David and Jason Benham were set to star in a new reality show called "Flip It Forward," but HGTV told them this week it's pulling the plug.
HGTV has decided not to move forward with the Benham Brothers' series.
— HGTV (@hgtv) May 7, 2014
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins discussed the brewing controversy on The Kelly File. He said his group and others are now pushing back against HGTV, just like in the A&E-Duck Dynasty scandal over Phil Robertson's comments on gays.
"Who decides what one can publicly advocate for? It's OK to advocate for animal rights but it's not OK to advocate for the unborn? It's OK to abolish public prayer but it's not OK to oppose the redefinition of marriage? Who commissioned these people to be the thought police here in America?" said Perkins.
He said this is another case of a minority trying "to silence the vast majority of Americans who hold to these traditional values."
The original story about the Benham brothers' views came from a website called Right Wing Watch, which called David Benham an "anti-gay, anti-choice extremist." Perkins, however, called the left-wing group "about as reliable as the ObamaCare website."
Watch the full segment above, and tune in to The Kelly File, tonight at 9p/12a ET as Megyn takes a look at whether the media is giving President Obama a free pass.