The speculative controversy around the “Fixer Upper” stars

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“Fixer Upper” has been a staple of the home renovation world since its premiere. But the HGTV show has been in the news for a more controversial reason this week.

It started with a Buzzfeed article on the Gaineses, the stars of the show. The article stated that the pastor of their church preaches that homosexuality is a sin. The author was not able to get a comment from HGTV or the Gaineses when it was originally published, but posed this question: 

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? 

Two days later, the Washington Post published an opinion piece called “Buzzfeed’s Hit Piece on Chip and Joanna Gaines is Dangerous,” written by Brandon Ambrosino. In the article, Ambrosino, who is both gay and Christian, defended the couple and condemned the Buzzfeed article:

The entire article is an elaborate exploration of that hypothetical question. And yes, it is very much hypothetical, by the reporter’s own admission: “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.”

But that does not stop Aurthur from writing almost 800 more words about the non-story. Her upshot seems to be: Two popular celebrities might oppose same-sex marriage because the pastor of the church they go to opposes same-sex marriage, but I haven’t heard one way or the other. (I can’t imagine pitching that story to an editor and getting a green light, by the way.)

He goes on to accuse Buzzfeed of being manipulative and deliberately targeting conservatives.

It’s no secret that part of Trump’s success is owed to how skillfully he invalidated the media’s authority in the eyes of his conservative followers. The message was very clearly: The media doesn’t like me because I’m conservative, and they don’t like you because you’re conservative, and they’re going to try to ruin all of us, so let’s just ignore them.

And then, like clockwork, BuzzFeed published a story proving him right.

The Gaineses was trending on Facebook into Friday and had released no public comment on the topic.