HGTV, Chipper Gaines offer responses to Fixer Upper anti-gay allegations: ‘Do everything in love’

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The Chip and Joanna Gaines anti-gay rumors have been swirling for days, thanks to the controversial views of their mega-church’s pastor. Jimmy Seibert, the head of the Antioch Community Church in Waco, got the Gainses into some trouble on the day of the Fixer Upper Season 4 premiere, after a BuzzFeed story unearthed anti-gay and pro-conversion therapy comments the pastor made on several occasions–most notably in his first sermon after the 2015 Supreme Court ruling making gay marriage legal in all 50 states. (Click here to see Seibert’s full 2015 sermon, along with some of his other inflammatory remarks.)

Though neither Joanna nor Chip Gaines had ever made public statements regarding their views on same sex marriage or widely condemned conversion therapy practices, the report put pressure on Fixer Upper home network HGTV, which regularly features gay couples and individuals on its other shows. (To date, a gay couple has yet to appear on Fixer Upper.) Now, HGTV has offered a brief statement of support of the LGBT community, in an effort at clarifying matters. “We don’t discriminate against members of the LGBT community in any of our shows,” the network said, according to Variety. “HGTV is proud to have a crystal clear, consistent record of including people from all walks of life in its series.”

In addition, Chipper Gaines himself took to Twitter with a series of statements that didn’t address the issue directly, but appeared to assuage the fears of many fans. Their main takeaway? According to Chip, we should “Do everything in love”:

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Fixer Upper Season 4 airs Tuesday nights on HGTV.

RELATED ARTICLE: Chip and Joanna Gaines conversion therapy controversy threatens to overshadow Fixer Upper Season 4

(Photo credits: Chip and Joanna Gaines anti-gay via Twitter, Instagram)


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  • JohnMyroro

    Trump people.

    • LoLo

      So you are generalizing a group of people based off of this? Isn’t that what people accuse Trump followers of doing?

      • Jen

        Liberals are all-inclusive and tolerant of all beliefs…unless you’re a Christian- then they’re the most hateful, spiteful, double-standard folks in all the world. Makes lots of sense, huh? 🙄 Thank GOD Trump won!

        • JohnMyroro

          Trump person.

        • LoLo

          I will never understand how some supporters accuse his supporters of things then turn around & do the same thing they claim to be against. I’m so over people making generalized statements about people when they don’t know the people.

          • Rabbi Kutyourpeckero

            Eat them words honey!

        • Em

          How wonderfull would the world be when we would all be liberal and tolerant towards any religion.
          Unfortunately, there are so many misconceptions and there is so much misunderstanding.
          Only when God, nomatter how you call him/ it would send another of his children to earth to tell us and teach us, there would be a way to tell which religion managed to get the closest to what God meant for us.
          Right now God is just looking at us shaking his head often. Like a mother does watching her kids fight.
          We have huge problems ahead of us that could connect us but its not happening yet.

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  • Toni

    That’s not at all addressing any concern?

  • LoLo

    The first time I watched their show I thought Chip was gay himself.

    • Donnie

      Grow up

      • LoLo

        Ok, because you said so.

        • Donnie

          No, it’s because everyone needs to at some point.

          • LoLo

            Yes & your the authority who determines it.

            • Donnie

              No, not me. That was your parent’s job. Clearly they failed. Or perhaps you were victim of the lifestyle your defending.

              • LoLo

                How did they fail & what lifestyle am I defending? You should take a look in the mirror before calling anyone immature. The fact that you feel the need to tell people who know nothing about to grow up or that their parents failed says more about you & what kind of person you are.

                • Donnie

                  This is getting old. You don’t have the ability to understand and I don’t have the time. Take care.

                  • LoLo

                    Now you know what abilities I have or don’t have. You are amazing. You can throw shots at people but not explain why when asked. I should have known you were just trolling.

                    • Donnie

                      I don’t know you from a hole in the ground. However, reading your posts it’s clear the kind of person you are. You came on here with intent to sling mud. That’s fine, just be prepared to accept criticism as well. If you can’t take it, I suggest you stick to reading the comments and not commenting yourself. I’m not trolling. Just calling you out. You came here with the intent to sling mud at Chip and Joanna Gaines. Why? Because they don’t share your views? Because you don’t like their TV series? What is it that made you come on here and throw insults at people you don’t even know? Sounds like YOU’RE the troll! So as I said before, grow up and move on😉

                    • LoLo

                      What did I say disparaging about them? Saying I thought someone was Gay is not a put down. Are you saying there is something wrong with that? If you didn’t like my comment why do you feel the need to reply? You only replied with put downs. But then tell me to grow up. So you can throw insults at someone you don’t know but I can’t? Hypocrite. I think you need to look up what troll or trolling means. I am far from a troll as I have been communicating with people here for some time unlike you.

                    • Donnie

                      Depends, which meaning of “gay” are you referring to? Happy or homosexual? Yes, being called a homosexual is a put down. Even more so in this case. You obviously have no regards for the Gaines’, why bother to come on here? To TROLL! Stick to subjects that matter to you. Yes, one put down deserves another put down. My first comment to you was “grow up” which was in regards to you calling Chip Gaines gay. Clearly he’s not. You meant it as a put down. Not everyone agrees with your perception. Yes, I responded to your “gay” comment. Why should you be the only voice? Your whole purpose of coming to this topic is to put down these people. Just so you know, not everyone agrees with you.

                    • LoLo

                      Now you know what I meant or how I feel about a topic. Wow, you are amazing. I said the I thought he was gay. No more. So, in your mind you took that as a put down. That says more about you than it does me. If I thought being gay was wrong then it would have been but I don’t so how is it? I am so impressed that you know how someone you don’t know, never met or conversed with feels. You are special.

                      I don’t have any issue with anyone not agreeing with me. I don’t call them names, I apologize when I’ve misspoken or been incorrect. Check my upvotes, I clearly don’t have a problem with people. Just those who hide behind keyboards spewing hypocrisy. You can’t even follow your own advice. But you can clearly give it to others.

                      BTW, so glad you took my word “troll” & continue to use it. I see originality is not your specialty. You can stick to being phony.

                    • Donnie

                      Look, get over yourself and move on already. It’s apparent you live a lonely life and have nothing better to do. Quit the drama and move on already.

                    • LoLo

                      I live a lonely life? You are the one that started this all by replying to a message I posted 3 months ago. Talk about desperate. You say move on but can’t stop yourself. Let’s see if you have the will to do so.

                    • Donnie

                      Bye, bye lolo.

                    • LoLo

                      Bye hypocrite.

                    • Rabbi Kutyourpeckero

                      Actually LoLo, after reading your conversations you sound like more of a hypocrite. Good job at baiting.

                    • LoLo

                      I’m the hypocrite. He put down my family, my parents, my life. Then said “if you have nothing nice to say don’t say anything at all”. Then he continued to put me down. So how is that hypocritical? He can’t follow his own advice & continued to put me down. Plus, how did I bait anyone? He replied to a comment I made over 3 months ago & pretended to know my thoughts & feelings. But, I can see you want in on it or maybe your really Donnie.

                    • Rabbi Kutyourpeckero

                      Yes, that’s right your the hypocrite. We agree. Sounds like your hung up on Donnie. Is Donnie male or female? What are u and which do u prefer? Sounds like they have your number😍 Baiter.

                    • LoLo

                      What are the chances of 2 people with the same icon contacting me about a comment made over 3 months ago? All within 24 hrs. Then Donnie’s comments are mysteriously deleted. Nice try Donnie. Stick to hypocrisy as being coy is not your strong suit.

                    • Rabbi Kutyourpeckero

                      Hi lowlow, nice to hear back from you. I’m surprised with your intelligence that you haven’t figured out that the logo used is standard. No I didn’t choose to post a self portrait such as you did. Feel free to call me Donnie, Ralph, Jesus or God. I go by anything. If the Donnie turns you on, please feel free to call me that. Now, on to better things. R U really that self centered and arrogant that u actually think only 1 person would call you out on your pathetic comments? Hah! Amateur! This is a forum sweetie pie. Be prepared to be challenged when your fingers do the talking for the big hole in the front of your fugliness.

                    • LoLo

                      Oh Donnie, you could not let it go. You deleted your comments then created this person with the same icon to come after me again. This is the “Rabbi’s” only comment. Who is the lonely one now?

                    • Rabbi Kutyourpeckero

                      LoLo or should I call you low low? I can’t speak for anyone else, just my myself. All I can say judging from other’s comments is that I’m not as nice. Try not to pick a fight with me. I called you out for your own comments. Watch your c**ckwasher and keep your rude comments to yourself. Put on your xxxxl panties if you want a war of words with me. Yes I tell it like I see. If you can’t deal with it, pound sand. Have a nice day sugar

                    • LoLo

                      Ok Donnie.

  • kk

    Big fan of their show, and side with their beliefs/statements. Bring on the comments of ‘I’m not watching anymore’. No matter what the belief is, each side can agree that everyone has an opinion and should be able to state it. The fact that this is even a topic for an article is ridiculous. Their beliefs don’t hinder them from running their business or being good parents.

    • Mrs. G

      you just contradicted yourself saying everyone has an opinion and should state that so why cant they say they are not watching anymore? i’m sure christians dont watch certain shows because it’s not within their beliefs. i vote with my dollar!! i won’t do business with people who do not have the same beliefs as myself. it’s my right!! :)

      • http://life-as-trip.tumblr.com/ Kenneth

        its your right like free speech is a “right”, doesn’t mean people don’t look stupid cashing in on their “rights”….. How about the christian lady that owns her own photography business and has you’re exact same mindset…. she wont take pictures or offer her business to anyone that does not share he belief on same sex marriage….. oh wait that’s not ok, she cant refuse business based on her beliefs. But you can refuse to do business with her because of yours. its funny just how contradicting everyone is when you take a step back and actually evaluate what it is you think you are actually taking a stance on.

        • Mrs. G

          I’m speaking as a consumer. It is MY RIGHT to buy your product, watch your show or buy your service. If you’re doing business/own a company well then yeah it’s wrong. They have laws in place! If some photographer wants to lose business that’s not exactly smart.

          • http://life-as-trip.tumblr.com/ Kenneth

            Ya you are right. there are laws. And laws that protect a business owner from practicing business that goes against their religious belief. As this lady did In Indiana. Which Indiana had the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. She exercised her “right to refuse service”. But as soon as the liberal media and drive by mob swooped in, you know, the 12%’ers that try to act like an entire population has the same beefs, the legislators did what all politically correct legislators do and made an amendment saying you couldn’t do it based on religious beliefs. Reason 2,431 Trump won. These city elites and East/West “scholars” are not America.

            If Chip doesnt want to do business with gay couples then fine, let them go down because they cant find business. But the government dictating how Chip and his wife run their business is again another reason Trump won. People are sick of it