HGTV is making a statement and standing behind the gay community. After giving the green light to air “Flip it Forward, a real estate series featuring twin brothers, David and Jason Benham, the network is now pulling the series. The announcement was made on Wednesday after the twins were revealed as anti-gay activists. The network tweeted, “HGTV has decided not to move forward with the Benham Brothers’ series.”
The show was set to debut in October, but it was discovered almost immediately after the show was announced that David Benham is an active anti-choice, anti-muslin, and antigay activist. Furthermore, Benham is a spokesman for Operation Save America, an extremist right wing organization founded by his father, Flip Benham. He has protested outside of abortion clinics and has made extreme racists remarks towards the Muslin community. If that’s not extreme enough, he has condemned the interfaith Sandy Hook memorial, blamed the Aurora shootings on the Democratic Party and blamed abortion rights for the Sept. 11 attacks.
Benham’s actions against the LGBT community includes protests of gay pride events and made his anti-gay marriage stance known by issuing a warning that marriage equality will “erode the moral fabric of society.” These actions don’t sound like the type of host described in HGTV’s description of the show and its hosts. Right Wing Watch also reported that Benham led a prayer rally outside the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2012, which he said was needed to stop “homosexuality and its agenda that is attacking the nation.”
He told radio host Janet Mefferd at the time that his brother Jason helped in the organization of the DNC prayer, known as Charlotte 7:14. These were just some of the reasons HGTV’s announcement of the show caused uproar. The network’s quick action after “reviewing all information about the Benhams” can also be applauded, but some would argue that the network should’ve did a background check to begin with. The information was out there and not hard to find.