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HGTV Cancels Show After Stars Revealed to Be Anti-Gay, Anti-Abortion, Anti-Muslim Extremists


HGTV today tweeted that it "has decided not to move forward" with a new house-flipping show called Flip It Forward starring David and Jason Benham. The network's move comes one day after Right Wing Watch wrote a lengthy post exposing the Benham family's extreme anti-gay activism.

Wrote RWW in the post:

What the announcement didn't mention is that at least one of the Benhams is not just a real estate dealer but also a dedicated right-wing activist in the mold of his father, Flip Benham, who has headed the abortion-clinic protest group Operation Save America ever since it split from the militant anti-choice group Operation Rescue.

As leader of OSA, [Flip] Benham has condemned the interfaith Sandy Hook memorial, protested in front of mosques while shouting “Jesus Hates Muslims” and blamed the Aurora shooting on the Democratic Party, which he said promotes a “culture of death.”

He has also protested LGBT pride events, interrupted church services during a sermon by “sodomite Episcopalian bishop” Gene Robinson and was found “guilty of stalking a Charlotte abortion doctor after passing out hundreds of ‘wanted’ posters with the physician's name and photo on it.” Benham even blamed the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on abortion rights.


Flip's son, David Benham, led a prayer rally — Charlotte 7:14 — outside of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2012, which he told conservative radio host Janet Mefferd was needed to stop “homosexuality and its agenda that is attacking the nation” and “demonic ideologies tak[ing] our universities and our public school systems”

...David also discussed his work to pass North Carolina’s Amendment One, which enshrined a ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions in the state constitution.

...David also discussed his work to pass North Carolina’s Amendment One, which enshrined a ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions in the state constitution.

Apparently HGTV had not done their homework on the Benhams.

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  1. Geeeze - Don't these networks vet anyone before they announce a new show? Or do they think we're so stupid we won't notice?

    Posted by: Alex Parrish | May 7, 2014 12:58:20 PM

  2. BGB... bye gurl, bye.

    Posted by: The Milkman | May 7, 2014 12:58:42 PM

  3. FYI, the "Benham" referenced in the 2d and 3d paras of the quote is their father, Flip. You have to go further down in the RWW story to get to the sons' antics (which are also bad).

    Posted by: Glenn | May 7, 2014 1:01:13 PM

  4. Uh, the one on the left is gay.

    Posted by: Robert | May 7, 2014 1:02:01 PM

  5. HGTV is a very gay and gay-friendly network. I work in real estate and it is gay, gay, gay so it's only natural who they should cater to and work with.

    And you gotta wonder how extreme Operation Save America is if they felt the need to split off from "militant" Operation Rescue!

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | May 7, 2014 1:10:07 PM

  6. Oh. And they look like such NICE clean-cut kids, too.

    Posted by: will | May 7, 2014 1:16:59 PM

  7. But, but, but first amendment!
    Two more scalps we can nail to the wall at the gay agenda clubhouse. Can't wait for Andy Sullivan to jump to their defense.

    Posted by: sjorgl | May 7, 2014 1:17:01 PM

  8. So hot yet so hateful.

    Posted by: Jack M | May 7, 2014 1:17:50 PM

  9. SJORGL... educate yourself. This has NOTHING to do with the 1st Amendment. I suggest you try Wikipedia first.

    Posted by: Rob | May 7, 2014 1:23:01 PM

  10. They honestly look like washed up gay porn stars.

    Posted by: Sam | May 7, 2014 1:23:01 PM

  11. Did anyone at HGTV even THINK to do a Google search on them before giving them a show?

    There was a time when HGTV actually had shows about how to fix YOUR home. This BS is just... old and tired. It's why I don't bother with cable TV any more.

    Posted by: Rad | May 7, 2014 1:24:05 PM

  12. Blaming 9/11 on abortion, calling Muslim-Americans the enemy of America and their extreme anti-gay views will still not be enough to prevent many on the right from defending them. I don't think Sullivan will, though.

    Posted by: Francis | May 7, 2014 1:24:52 PM

  13. ALEX PARRISH, they think we are so stupid we won't notice.

    WILL, I know! They look so wholesome, clean-cut and like decent kind human beings!

    Posted by: Rowan | May 7, 2014 1:28:18 PM

  14. Hot? They're both rough in the face.

    Posted by: Francis | May 7, 2014 1:30:08 PM

  15. Are we all bullying anyone yet ?

    No doubt Andrew Sullivan will want to write at length on this infringement and denial of First Amendment rights.
    IMO- Just another two bit bigots get their dose of karma.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | May 7, 2014 1:31:41 PM

  16. Time to make a donation to RIGHT WING WATCH!

    Posted by: ROSEMARY WOODHOUSE | May 7, 2014 1:32:32 PM

  17. It just wasn't their anti-gay views that got them in trouble. That just happened to spotlighted above since this is a gay site, their other alleged anti-views are just as troubling and disturbing. But FAUX News and their conservative buddies will focus only on the gay angle and blame us. Just watch.

    Posted by: BETTY | May 7, 2014 1:33:29 PM

  18. Abortion is not okay and I don't get why we are defending it.

    Posted by: Jay | May 7, 2014 1:33:35 PM

  19. Who said we were?

    Posted by: BETTY | May 7, 2014 1:34:50 PM

  20. They are an excellent example of deep closet deniers.
    They are vocal in their denial of what they fear most in their own personalities.
    My money is on the "both gay" theory.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | May 7, 2014 1:34:58 PM

  21. Abortion is a legal RIGHT, and it is ok. Don't like it? then don't choose to have an abortion. If its not your body, you don't get to tell someone else what to do with it.

    Posted by: Kieran | May 7, 2014 1:40:01 PM

  22. Too bad they're bigots, they're kinda hot.

    Posted by: Jim | May 7, 2014 1:45:57 PM

  23. My gaydar says the one on the left is gay.

    Maybe they can get a show about closets?

    Posted by: james street james | May 7, 2014 1:48:08 PM

  24. Whining about bullying by the gay Mafia and violations of (non-existent) First Amendment rights in five, four, three, two ...

    Posted by: MikeMick | May 7, 2014 1:54:16 PM

  25. "Didn't do their homework"?
    All it would have taken was a simple Google search.
    First Amendment? Nobody has a constitutional right to a reality show.

    Posted by: Kevin | May 7, 2014 1:55:05 PM

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