Benham Bros on HGTV Cancellation: 'Anyone Who Suggests We Hate Homosexuals...is Misinformed or Lying'
David and Jason Benham, the would-be HGTV hosts whose show was canceled yesterday by the network after Right Wing Watch wrote a lengthy post about their family's anti-gay, anti-choice, and anti-Muslim extremism, have released a statement posted by USA Today.
Said the brothers:
"The first and last thought on our minds as we begin and end each day is; have we shined Christ's light today? Our faith is the fundamental calling in our lives, and the centerpiece of who we are. As Christians we are called to love our fellow man. Anyone who suggests that we hate homosexuals or people of other faiths is either misinformed or lying. Over the last decade, we've sold thousands of homes with the guiding principle of producing value and breathing life into each family that has crossed our path, and we do not, nor will we ever discriminate against people who do not share our views...
...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."
In related news, Jeremy Hooper makes note that some have said that David Benham is disconnected from Operation Save America. Not true.
Last Friday, Robinson Elementary School in Raytown, Missouri sent a letter home to parents announcing that a male student known as Adam had returned to school as a female named Jasmine.
According to KMBC.com, the letter — which was sent out at Jasmine’s parents’ request — “asked students and parents to treat everyone at school as they would want to be treated.”
"This is not about who you want to be. This is what you are," said Caroline Gibbs, of the Transgender Institute. "This is a genetic, medical condition, hardwired. One is born with it."
"Gender identity is separate from sexual orientation," said Jessica Farmer, a counselor who works with gay and transgender youth. "They are two separate things. So if you ask a young person if they're male or female, they'll usually have an answer."
Farmer said very young people and their families who deal with these issues at an early age usually have fewer problems adjusting than those who deal with them later on.
Vincent Paolo Villano, Director of Communications for the National Center for Transgender Equality said that the NCTE had an internal conversation about whether the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act meant to protect student educational records applies in this case or whether the letter revealed too many identifying characteristics about the youth.
Furthermore, if the school’s letter meant to make the community aware of Jasmine’s transition as a medical condition, Villano doubted that the school’s action in this case mirrored how it would handle other medical issues, like if a kid had to stay home with chicken pox.
But acknowledging that the school may have sent the letter as a way to raise awareness and forestall bullying, Villano said, “Whenever schools and teachers take action to feel affirm a student’s identity and help them feel good about themselves, that’s to be applauded.”
The district had no additional comment.
Photographer Thomas Knights is crowd-funding the creation of a coffee table book comprised of pics from his well-publicized photo exhibit of red-haired men called RED HOT.
Knights funded the original exhibition through Kickstarter and has returned to the funding platform to help create the RED HOT 100 photo book. Of the book, Knights said:
“Many have suffered prejudice or discrimination as a direct result of their red hair. Next to each portrait is a personal quote, adding a layer of heart, humour and triumph to their beautiful image. This is a book that is not only pleasing on the eye, but also holds a mirror up to current perceptions of male beauty and asks the question, why are there so few ginger heroes or heartthrobs in western culture?”
You can see Knights talking about the project and beautiful video footage of his models AFTER THE JUMP…
See some more beautiful video footage of his models HERE.
Former Wilson-Phillips frontwoman Carnie Wilson has apologized for calling disgraced former Clippers owner Donald Sterling's girlfriend V. Stiviano “a man” and “a he” during Wilson’s appearance on CBS’ The Talk.
During the show, Wilson said "There's a lot of plastic surgery, then she's like, 'I'm his right-hand man.'Man. Am I crazy to think that? OK. Whatever."
Wilson later apologized after her appearance via Twitter stating "Today on @TheTalk_CBS I made a comment that was misunderstood about Donald Sterling's assistant. I LOVE EVERYONE- gay, straight, trans," and later "My heart feels heavy thinking that I offended some ppl saying that V looked like a man. Plz know I meant nothing ill or derogatory. Truth."
When The Advocate’s trans issues writer Parker Marie Molloy pressed Wilson for clarification on Twitter, Wilson answered, "I was really referring / To what the over plastic surgery had done to [Stiviano’s] face. No way, shape or form trying to offend the transgender community." Wilson added, "I’ve been bullied and ridiculed my ENTIRE life. I wouldn't want 2 hurt anyone."
Molloy noted however, that many other Twitter users have also used the transphobic slur "tranny" when describing Stiviano’s appearance.
Matt Bomer sat down with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday night to talk about his upcoming role in The Normal Heart, for which he lost 40 pounds. Bomer says he fasted for 21 days and went on an "extremely regimented diet."
Says Bomer of recalling the early days of the AIDS crisis: "The amount of social injustice is insane. It just lights a fire in your belly."
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
For all our coverage of The Normal Heart, click HERE.
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera released a stunning new shot of the Earthrise yesterday. In the photo, the Earth is a color composite very close to what a person would see from the same perspective, and the brightness contrast of the Earth and moon is also very accurate.
LRO experiences twelve earthrises every day, however LROC is almost always busy imaging the lunar surface so only rarely does an opportunity arise such that LROC can capture a view of the Earth. On the first of February of this year LRO pitched forward while approaching the north pole allowing the LROC WAC to capture the Earth rising above Rozhdestvenskiy crater (180-km diameter).
The LROC Wide Angle Camera (WAC) is very different than most digital cameras. Typically resolution is reported as the number pixels in a single image, a cell phone camera today has more than 5 million pixels (5 megapixels). A single WAC frame has only 9856 pixels, however the WAC builds up a much larger image by exposing a series of images (or frames) as LRO progresses in its orbit; this type of imaging is called "push-frame". Over a full month as the LRO orbit track progresses around the Moon the WAC builds up a collection of images that covers the entire globe.