Tossed From TV: How a Pair of Bigoted Brothers Lost Their Reality Show

Benham Brothers

Note to potential TV hosts: If you are going to have a television show on network TV, make sure you know the beliefs of your target audience.

For HGTV’s Benham Brothers, they clearly did not get this memo.

On Tuesday, the website rightwingwatch.org released a comprehensive list of the brothers’ public and ongoing assaults against both the LGTB and Muslim communities in this country. One theme throughout the brothers’ public speeches is the claim that there is a “gay agenda” that is attempting to suffocate those in America who disagree with homosexuals and their lifestyles. At a prayer rally in Charlotte, North Carolina in September of 2012, David Benham spoke to the audience regarding the passage of Amendment One, which banned same sex marriages and civil unions in the state of North Carolina. At the rally, Benham said:

“We will always finger point but we don’t realize that OK if 87% of Americans are Christians and yet we have abortion on demand; we have no-fault divorce; we have pornography and perversion; we have a homosexuality and its agenda that is attacking the nation; we have adultery; we have all of the things; we even have allowed demonic ideologies to take our universities and our public school systems while the church sits silent and just builds big churches. We are so complacent, we are so apathetic and we are very hypocritical in the church, that’s why the Bible says judgment begins in the house of God. So when we prayed at 714 we asked God and our city to forgive us for allowing these things in the house of God.”

After the article was posted and began to make the rounds online, HGTV executives immediately decided to schedule a meeting with the brothers to determine the proper course of action. On Wednesday, after meeting with the brothers, HGTV announced it was canceling the brothers’ show titled “Flip It Forward” which was set to premier in October on the network. The premise of the show had been that the brothers would transform homes that were fixer-uppers to then become dream homes for average, every day citizens. In response to HGTV’s decision, the brothers released a statement that said, “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.”

Already the brothers have become Fox media darlings. They appeared on The O’Reilly Factor on Friday evening and stated that they believed HGTV was “bullied” into canceling their show. They tried to clear the air by saying they were not against the gay community or gay individuals but rather the “gay agenda” they feel is being used to silence those of the Christian faith and its principles. The brothers did not harbor any ill will toward HGTV for the decision that they made.

Naturally, Conservatives are rallying to the side of the bigoted brothers. Once again, a pair of clean-cut, God-fearing young men have been wronged just because they expressed the time-honored Biblical views which are not accepted by today’s hell-bound heathens. Already, we have seen the brothers flock to Fox News and we can be sure to expect such talking heads as Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, and Sean Hannity will prop them up on their shows to give them national exposure. Much like Phil Robertson, Fox News and friends will make the brothers out to be heroes for sharing their true Christian values and they will attempt to obliterate the “liberal media” for attempting to silence them two hard-working, kind, decent young men.

The problem for the Brenham brothers is that they are correct: There is a gay agenda. The agenda is equality. Nothing more. Nothing less. The agenda has always been a quest for equality and equal protection under the law. The right to be legally married in a ceremony with friends and family in attendance. The right to walk into a store and not be denied service. The right to adopt and raise children. The right to be buried in the same cemetery as their partner. And a myriad of the thousand plus rights that homosexual couples are being denied for the simple reason that they are gay. There is no national conspiracy to silence those who believe differently. What there is, is an increasing awareness that hatred and bigotry have no place in America in the year 2014.

The brothers were perfectly within their right to express their views at the 2012 rally in Charlotte. They are perfectly within their right to keep those views, even while they are preparing to make a television program for HGTV. That’s the beauty of the First Amendment. At the same time, we live in a capitalistic society. Businesses have the right to fire those whose comments reflect poorly upon the business or organization. Believe it or not, HGTV has a decent-sized homosexual audience. They knew that the audience would not be receptive to watching a new fall show with two brothers who publicly claimed there is an evil “gay agenda” that hopes to silence all devout Christians. Already upsetting your audience before the show even debuts is not a winning formula for a successful television program.

For David and Jason Benham, it was an expensive lesson to learn.

27 Replies to “Tossed From TV: How a Pair of Bigoted Brothers Lost Their Reality Show”

  1. Who at HGTV thought it was a good idea to give these bigots a TV show to begin with? This has to be one of the dumbass moves of the year so far.First place still goes to the L.A. chapter of the NAACP for almost giving Donald Sterling a lifetime achievement award. ( Or maybe it was a lifetime of bigotry award, who knows?)

  2. So, let me get this straight (no pun intended).
    HGTV is no longer about home and gardening.
    A&E is no longer about arts and entertainment.
    MTV hasn’t been about music in years.
    Sportsman channel hired Palin.

    Shoot your television and pick up a book.

  3. HGTV is about RATINGS ($$$)
    A&E is about RATINGS ($$$)
    MTV is about RATINGS ($$$)
    Sportsman channel is about RATINGS ($$$)

    Watch PBS which is about home, gardening, arts, entertainment, music and occasionally even sportsmen.

  4. HGTV is not the network for bigots! let Fox News give them a,TV show! I for one would have stopped viewing the programs had HGTV hired them.

    You are not a Christian if you have hatred in your heart. God is love, Satan is hatred.

  5. I already know why these idiots lost their reality show. I never want to watch blond, bigoted male idiots talk about how they think they are better than everyone else. Sounds boring as Hell!

  6. I heard these brothers being interviewed by the guy that subbed for Ed Schultz this past Friday. They are really smooth and dodgey. If you listen to them, you might even feel sorry for them; thinking they are victims.
    However, under that smooth talk, I just got this sense of hate and intolerance hiding behind scripture in the bible. I felt their message is that they are being forced to shut up by someone, and they are not going to. Which is fine – they obviously have that right. Unfortunately for them, when you are looking to land a business deal and partner with someone else, you have to take into consideration the marketing, demographics and who their brand is trying to target. These brothers and their extreme ideas did not fit that mold and they had to go.

    It’s that invisible hand of the free market.

    Thank goodness those bloggers did their own homework and exposed these two. I don’t think HGTV would have been served well employing them and am glad they were ditched.

  7. Hey, boys. Say whatever you wish. BUT>>>> be prepared to pay the price. White Supremacists have no place on public T V.

  8. In my 53 years I’ve NEVER seen so much open HATRED before!! It’s amazingly disguising!! the right wingers since Obama has been president just keeps doubling down with it’s hatred of ANYTHING that isn’t WASP republican male. These two blonde haired BOYS making homophobic rants are hilarious! Hell, in my opinion they look like two feminine versions of Siegfried and Roy!! WTF is going on with all these caucasian republican haters?? OH!! I forgot!! the GOP makes celebrities out of racist and bigots!! I remember back in the good ole days when limbaugh was the right wingers KKK recruiter! now FUX NEWS promotes insecure, old, white racist to celebrate their HATE 24/7 -365

  9. “Their father, Flip Benham, is an evangelical Christian minister and head of the protest group, Operation Save America. As leader of the group, he has protested everything from the interfaith Sandy Hook memorial and mosques (while apparently shouting “Jesus hates Muslims”) to LGBT and abortion rights.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/08/hgtv-benham-brothers-anti-gay_n_5287322.html

    Further proof that the biggest threat to “Christian family values” are Christian families’ values.

  10. They can always head over to the Sportsman Channel and Sarah can green screen their intro. But they better hurry. I don’t think she has many weeks left herself. Maybe they can flip a house for the millionaire Duckers?

  11. I personally am sick and I tired of everyone getting offend by what ever is said that they don’t like. Disagreements of ideas is human, but to have to watch every word you say or how or where you say it is getting tiresome.
    Though I may disagree with the forum the brothers chose, I do not disagree with their right to say it.
    We have become so afraid of being politically incorrect we don’t know what words are acceptable. Someone is going to twist the intent of the message. Anyone can do it about anything that is said.
    I am not defending what I was said, only their right to their religious beliefs. It should make no difference in their ability to do their job.
    Just as the gay,women, Jews
    And all other minorities want the respect and rights afforded white Anglo American Men without question.

  12. That Righteous Victim’s Bleat… Did you snag it?
    “If our faith costs us a television show then so be it.”

    Someone should remind these jerks that it is the false prophet who betrays The Word; not the sodomite.

  13. Poor, persecuted little bigots.

    They can say whatever they want; they can believe whatever they want. No one is stopping them.

    HGTV has the right to not do business with them. That doesn’t mean these two are being persecuted or having their speech infringed upon. It simply means that if you bite the hand that feeds you, the hand may just bite you back.

    There are consequences to preaching hate.

  14. They have every right to say what they say, and no one is infringing upon that right.

    And any employer has every right to fire them if the employer feels that their exclusionary, inflammatory speech will reflect negatively upon and cause bad publicity for that employer. Get it?

    And they both look gay. Especially the one on the right looking adoringly at his cute young studly blond brother.

  15. If you read the article you’ll see that they didn’t discover these nice clean cut men were actually Bigots. Good on HGTV for correcting their mistake.

  16. Must be awful to have so much hatred in your heart and pretend to be a Christian. All of the religious right preachers instill this in their flaky flock. They try to look like the old ideal of “an all American male frat boy”,but inside their souls are as black as the midnight sky. If they are born again then it is with Satan inside them. To want to hurt others with vile words and ideas does not make a Christian. I am glad HGTV booted them out. Let them cry to the other Haters. So glad they were “outed from their closet”

  17. @c.s.salsberry, GET REAL! that hate those guys were peddling didn’t phase YOU because you’re probably not a homosexual, but words have meaning and consciences! you and your ilk don’t get it! free speech is GREAT but you gotta accept the consciences of your words! BTW if someone slandered YOU, you’d be flying to the nearest lawyers office trying to sue them! grow up @c.s.salsberry.

  18. One must be careful with PBS as well, there is creeping Right Wing influence (via sponsorship) there as well.
    IMHO moving pictures and sound media is a very powerful mind controlling format.
    My TV has been cold and dark for years. I am impatient with video clips embedded in websites. It is all so much video and music and weak/slanted speech, that it enthralls the mind even as anything substantial for the mind is delivered in mind numbingly slow fashion. I always say, 20 seconds of reading a news story will deliver you mind more content that 20 minutes of watching television.

  19. “we have no-fault divorce; we have pornography and perversion; we have a homosexuality and its agenda that is attacking the nation; we have adultery”

    Dear Benham Brothers and so many others of you ilk, these things (and more) have been concurrent with the human condition throughout history. They are not some recent invention of the evil liberals.

  20. True; just read Canterbury Tales. Maybe they should look up what governor signed the very first no-fault divorce law. Hint: the state was California, the year was 1969, he was Republican and went on the be elected president in 1980!

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