After a Troubling Week, Chip and Joanna Gaines Go to Church


Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV’s Fixer Upper, faced recent controversy by doing what many do: going to church. Last week, a Buzzfeed article took aim at the Gaines’ pastor for supposed anti-LGBTQ views.

The article claimed the Gaines’ pastor held controversial views on homosexuality. It also alleged HGTV is complicit in anti-LGTBQ views by not featuring any episodes of Fixer Upper with same-sex couples.

Chip and Joanna Gaines did not make a direct response to the article. However, Chip asked fans be respectful of the article’s author, Kate Arthur, as well as Cosmopolitan night editor Gina Mei.

Yesterday, Gaines tweeted this:

Though the Gaines did not respond, pastor Jimmy Seibert of Waco’s Antioch Community Church did. “We are not only not anti-gay, we are just pro-helping people in their journey to find out who God is and who He has made them to be,” Seibert said.

HGTV also responded to the article with a simple statement. “We don’t discriminate against members of the LGBT community in any of our shows,” a spokesperson said. “HGTV is proud to have a crystal clear, consistent record of including people from all walks of life in its series.”

The popular house flipping show Fixer Upper is entering its fourth season.

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