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Benham Brothers: HGTV ‘Was Bullied’ Into Canceling Our Show (Video)

by David Badash on May 9, 2014

in Bigotry Watch,News,Politics,Religion

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David Benham and his identical twin brother and business partner Jason Benham talked with CNN’s Erin Burnett last night about the decision by HGTV to cancel their upcoming reality TV show. The brothers have expressed extremist views on gay people, same-sex marriage, Muslims, and a woman’s right to choose, but are now claiming they “love homosexuals” and Muslims.

“We love all people,” David Benham told Erin Burnett. “I love homosexuals. I love Islam, Muslims, and my brother and I would never discriminate. Never have we — never would we.”

“Never have I ever spoken against homosexuals, as individuals, and gone against them. I speak about an agenda. And that’s really what the point of this is — is that there is an agenda that is seeking to silence the voices of men and women of faith,” David Benham added.

What Benham is saying is he’s never verbally attacked a gay person — just their rights and dreams of equality, being able to marry, and not be fired for who they are.

LOOK: HGTV Slammed For Excluding Anti-Gay Christian Consumers From America’s ‘Rainbow Of Diversity’

The Benhams also claim that HGTV “was bullied” into canceling their reality show pilot, although they fail to say by whom.

Jason Benham also told Burnett that “when I heard you say that we said our faith cost us the show, that’s just not the truth.” But in a statement yesterday, the Benhams said, “If our faith costs us a television show then so be it.” 

In short, the Benhams are masters at equivocation and splitting hairs.

Right Wing Watch has done an excellent job of posting audio of David Benham, and detailing the brothers’ actions, including organizing an anti-gay hate rally in North Carolina.

Earlier this week, Right Wing Watch reported that on “a 2012 blog post on Operation Save America’s website, David [Benham] likened the fight against marriage equality to opposing Nazi Germany:

I read an excellent article this morning by a former NFL player, Ken Hutcherson, on the political correctness of many evangelical organizations in America today. I share his same sentiment when it comes to Christian organizations appeasing evil instead of resisting it. In a desperate attempt to appear attractive and not “offensive”, an overwhelming number of Christian organizations in America have adopted a politically correct policy of appeasement in the face of evil instead of standing at the mid-point of biblical tension on the social issues of our day.

In terms of Ken’s take on Referendum 74 (same sex marriage vote), if evil is being accepted and appreciated at the national level, aggressive Christian men must lead the charge against it. In the late 1940′s England realized this truth with Neville Chamberlain’s Policy of Appeasement and the Nazi regime. Chamberlain thought he could somehow “appease” the fuehrer, yet Winston Churchill aggressively stood against this policy and proclaimed that they must kill Hitler and destroy the regime in its entirety. It wasn’t long before Chamberlain’s “politically correct” policy fell flat on its face, and Churchill – the more aggressive man – took the reins and joined America in defeating the beast called, Naziism [sic].

The Benham brothers’ claim of “loving” gay people is the same brand of Christian hate that should be called a kinder, gentler version of “God hates fags.” It’s “love the sinner but hate the sin.”

Watch the Benhams with Erin Burnett:



Anti-Gay Benham Brothers On HGTV Cancellation: Anyone Who Says We Hate Gays Is ‘Lying’

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Mykelbarber May 9, 2014 at 10:44 am

In our capitalist, profit-motive television sector (this is not NPR), bigotry doesn't sell diapers any longer. Buhbye.

tomasczt May 9, 2014 at 11:01 am

I'm furious with HGTV for not doing even the most basic review of who they cast in this new show – their bigoted words *and* actions were evident, not hidden and requiring a massive intelligence action to uncover. Based upon HGTV's lackadaisical, reflexive, and uninformed approach ("they're attractive, and house flipping shows make us money!") they not only put themselves through this newest firestorm of "religious liberty" and misattributed first amendment posturing, they gave these tools a platform and visibility, and perpetuated bullshit "gay mafia" arguments, all while providing another opportunity for the ridiculous Christian persecution complex to be both fed and displayed. I hope that whomever at HGTV is responsible for creating this scenario through green-lighting a show for bigoted tools in the first place is bearing some consequences for the results.

Alex_Parrish May 9, 2014 at 11:56 am

tomasczt — No — the powers that be at HGTV are thrilled with this little ploy for attention. It is a formula we will probably see a lot of in the next few months as it is effective in generating publicity for sagging ratings. 1. Find an attractive yet bigoted premise for a network show, 2. Hire the bigots and publicize it, 3. pretend ignorance of the offensive speech/behavior, 4. Cancel the show with a ceremony of righteous indignation, 5. bask in the hours and pgaes of publicity it engenders, watching both sides battle-it-out on the other networks while your network stands aside enjoying the publicity.

tomasczt May 9, 2014 at 1:45 pm

While that's all certainly possible, I hope that you're wrong – if not regarding HGTV and this instance, then certainly I hope it isn't a "formula we will probably see a lot of in the next few months". While I don't know whether the "there is no such thing as bad publicity" adage played out positively in totality for A&E, it doesn't seem that the Duck Dynasty debacle benefitted them – they lost viewers on that show (, and had to endure/respond to ongoing outrage from multiple directions, with some lasting impact on their reputation/brand. I hope those considerations and costs they bear outweighs any publicity benefit from manipulating programming to engender controversy.

xenubarb May 10, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Well, okay, so you got some publicity. That doesn't mean you also have something to air in place of the stupid show you concocted to spawn this controversy in the first place.

Good publicity and no show. Netflix.

SeanLiberty13 May 9, 2014 at 12:13 pm

Soooooo….. then what is it when One "Million" Moms and the rest of Anti-gay Inc. do the same to companies who advertise during TV shows that have LGBT themes demanding they pull their ads so the show can't afford to be on the air or before the show even airs demanding the network not air it? Or when they demanded JC Penny fire Ellen Degeneres as their spokes model, not because of her beliefs or offensive statements she has made, but simply because she is a lesbian? Or when they do the same to Starbucks, Macy's, Target, JC Penny, J. Crew. Gap Inc. Nabisco, Amazon, General Mills (where one of them "accidently" set fire to their headquarters lawn when creating a protest video for YouTube), Disney, Home Depot and many many more not because of discrimination or refusal of service but simply because those companies support and respect their LGBT employees and customers and their rights and because they create marketing to attract potential LGBT customers as well as their straight family and firends who support them?

Oh that's right, it's not bullying when they do it – only when we do it.

Also, funny thing he should mention defeating the Nazis, since the Allies may not have been able to defeat the Nazis if a gay man named Alan Turing, the grandfather of computer science, had not broken the Nazi enigma code helping the Allies find out what the Nazis were up to.

P.S. Does anybody remember when the anti-American "Christian" religious-right did the same to the TV show "All-American Muslim" on TLC? Oopps I'm forgetting again that it is ok when they do it to others but nobody is allowed to do it to them because they are apparently "superior" and the end all be all rulers of the entire world. Do as I say, not as I do HYPOCHRISTIANS!!! In fact, the anti-Muslim Benham bigots probably took part in it and are now bitching and moaning about it being done to them.

xenubarb May 10, 2014 at 1:33 pm

HGTV made the right decision. If one were to look at the plummeting career of Rush Limbaugh, that vast maw that spews an ugliness so special people have united together to Flush Rush, you'd see how the people's voice influences advertisers.

HGTV wasn't "bullied" into dropping the Bigot Twins. It was a business decision based on the reaction to Limbaugh, the Duck Dynasty crowd, etc. People don't want to listen to bigoted ugliness as entertainment for the most part, and many of us would step up to oppose it.

Of course, it's no surprise that the twins are also bible thumpers. Because Christianity and Islam are such religions of peace and acceptance, right?

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