Leave Chip and Joanna Gaines Alone

Millions of Americans tune to HGTV every Tuesday to watch Fixer Upper with Chip and Joanna Gaines. Why? The Waco, Texas-based couple has a keen eye for design, provides family-friendly content, and is largely successful in their trade. Together, the couple have made the New York Times Bestsellers List, built up the Magnolia brand, and always pay tribute to their humble roots.

In the October 2016 edition of Texas Monthly, the Gaineses are credited with helping revitalize Waco, TX:

But a funny thing happened along the way to success. Chip and Joanna Gaines and their idyllic show about living an idyllic life in an idyllic place became the unwitting symbol of the redemption of a storied Texas city that had had mostly negative national attention: the Branch Davidians, Baylor’s athletics scandals, the Twin Peaks biker shoot-out—and those are just the recent ones. Out of all that somehow came Chip and Joanna Gaines going about their business, not hanging their heads in embarrassment and shame.

Somehow, against every odd in the world, Waco has become a tourist destination, a lifestyle aspiration, a relocation consideration, and it’s all because of Chip and Joanna Gaines.

With all this success, someone will find a bone to pick to tarnish their good name. And unfortunately, someone has. The couple is now subject to a witch hunt by the geniuses at Buzzfeed. Their crime? Attending a church in Waco, TX that preaches marriage between one man and one woman:

Their church, Antioch Community Church, is a nondenominational, evangelical, mission-based megachurch. And their pastor, Jimmy Seibert, who described the Gaineses as “dear friends” in a recent video, takes a hard line against same-sex marriage and promotes converting LGBT people into being straight.

So are the Gaineses against same-sex marriage? And would they ever feature a same-sex couple on the show, as have HGTV’s House Hunters and Property Brothers? Emails to Brock Murphy, the public relations director at their company, Magnolia, were not returned. Nor were emails and calls to HGTV’s PR department.

Fixer Upper has fans of all stripes: Christiansfeminists, and LGBT viewers have all found something to love in the Gaineses. So in the absence of a response from them or their representatives, it’s worth looking at the severe, unmoving position Seibert and Antioch take on same-sex marriage.

The question beckons: who cares what church they go to? Is the Buzzfeed writer aware that they live in a conservative town in a conservative state, making it likely they hold these supposed views on marriage? Who cares! Fixer Upper is about remodeling, not politics. Why does this home improvement show have to be politicized?

Here’s something that’ll deeply disturb Buzzfeed: the Gaineses are devout Christians. The horror, the horror!


This targeting of the Gaineses is not uncharacteristic in this day and age. The Left and their surrogates in so-called “news” outlets are looking to stir the pot and divide Americans. If you dissent from their worldview, you are a bigot, sexist, racist, homophobe-the works. It’s no wonder why Trump, for all of his faults, won: people are sick and tired of the elites in all spheres attacking the American way of life.

Chip and Joanna Gaines are good, wholesome people who bring joy to Texans and millions across the country. They are respectful, courteous, kind folks who are devout Christians. Entertainment needs more people like them, not fewer.

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Is Buzzfeed Leading a GOP Media Boycott?

Buzzfeed cancelled a $1.3 million advertising deal with the RNC. Politico reported Monday:

In an email to staff on Monday, BuzzFeed founder and CEO Jonah Peretti explained that in April, the RNC and BuzzFeed signed an agreement to “spend a significant amount on political advertisements slated to run during the Fall election cycle.” But since Trump became the nominee his campaign has proven themselves to be “directly opposed to the freedoms of our employees in the United States,” because of proposed bans on Muslim immigration and comments about descendants of immigrants, among other policies.

“We don’t need to and do not expect to agree with the positions or values of all our advertisers. And as you know, there is a wall between our business and editorial operations. This decision to cancel this ad buy will have no influence on our continuing coverage of the campaign,” Peretti said in the memo, a copy of which was obtained by POLITICO.

“We certainly don’t like to turn away revenue that funds all the important work we do across the company,” Peretti wrote. “However, in some cases we must make business exceptions: we don’t run cigarette ads because they are hazardous to our health, and we won’t accept Trump ads for the exact same reason.”

Obviously Buzzfeed management believes that Trump, and the RNC, has crossed a line separating simply advocating policies they find distasteful, and actual reprehensible positions with which no self-respecting outlet can agree.

First, can Buzzfeed do this legally? After all, it’s political advertising. In short, yes. The Communications Act only covers broadcast media, not (yet) online media. So Buzzfeed can safely do as they like. Television and radio stations (and networks) are still constrained–they must sell spot advertising to federal candidates during prime (or drive) time.

Second, how will this affect other news outlets? I’m not a lawyer here (or anywhere). But the FCC’s rules on political advertising would seem to indicate that most organizations cannot refuse RNC ads for federal office. Does this extend to, say, CNN’s online operations? I don’t know, but most likely if they are packaged together.

However, Buzzfeed’s action is a stake in the ground. It represents a news (it’s questionable in that capacity, but Buzzfeed has established itself somewhat) organization refusing to bend to the “nominee” simply because he’s the GOP’s choice. There could very well be more of these refusals in the future. Maybe they’ll convince Trump to soften his positions? Or maybe they’ll wake the RNC up from its fever dream?

Eh, probably not.

BuzzFeed’s Casey Gueren (@caseygueren) & Yahoo’s Jen Gerson Uffalussy (@jennyalyse) Get Planned Parenthood Awards

Many commentators, not just on the right, have noticed a lack of coverage about the Planned Parenthood videos from BuzzFeed. In the rare coverage from BuzzFeed, it has mostly been to mock eye witnesses or downplay the findings of the Center for Medical Progress’s investigation.

Casey Gueren is the Health Editor for BuzzFeed and now we have a pretty good idea why Casey Gueren has decided to edit out any coverage of the atrocious videos. She got an award from Planned Parenthood.

You read that right.

In a country where most Americans are pro-life and more and more Americans, even those who consider themselves in favor of abortion rights, are outraged but what they’ve seen, it makes the work of propagandists for Planned Parenthood even more important.

The fact that an organization that considers itself a news organization would not only avoid at all costs covering objectively the Planned Parenthood tapes, but would also let its Health Editor accept an award from Planned Parenthood, shows BuzzFeed really has no intention of reporting fairly or honestly on a subject that has moved the nation.

Casey Gueren earned her award for being a propagandist for evil. Oh, and the award she accepted was named after Margaret Sanger, a KKK supporter who wanted to exterminate black children — kinda like what Planned Parenthood does now.

It is also worth noting that Yahoo! News Health Editor, Jen Gerson Uffalussy, also got the award after writing dismissively about the Center for Medical Progress videos.