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Bobby Jindal Slams HGTV For Canceling Benham Brothers Show

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Governor Jindal made the remarks during a speech yesterday's commencement for Liberty University, the private Christian college founded by Jerry Falwell. One of the main topics he addressed was his concern about "the war on religious liberties."

Sitting in the front row during the event were anti-gay brothers David and Jason Benham, whose HGTV show was canceled last week and who themselves graduated from Liberty in 1998.

According to KTBS, Jindal defended the brothers:

And the same thing happened again just this week, with another demonstration of intolerance from the entertainment industry. HGTV was working on a new show featuring the Benham brothers, twin brothers who graduated from right here at Liberty University in 1998. But HGTV cancelled the show this week, allegedly because they learned that one of the brothers protested at the Democrat Party Convention, and the other had protested at an abortion clinic. Think about that for a minute. If these guys had protested at the Republican Party Convention, instead of cancelling their show, HGTV would probably have given them a raise.

Aside from the Benham brothers, Jindal's speech also included words of support for Hobby Lobby stores and Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson, who he defended during the height of that controversy last year.

Video of the entire commencement ceremony is AFTER THE JUMP. Jindal comes in shortly after the 2 hour and 5 minute mark.

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  1. Ah! The Benham brothers are "graduates" of Liberty University. That explains a lot.

    Posted by: Vint | May 11, 2014 3:49:31 AM


  2. I find it hilarious that all these republicans are upset when capitalism doesn't work in their favor.
    Poor, ignorant and bigoted Xtian morons. America doesn't want to buy what you are selling. So piss off. That's how capitalism works.

    Posted by: Marc | May 11, 2014 3:50:51 AM


  3. Video of the entire commencement ceremony is AFTER THE JUMP. Jindal comes in shortly after the 2 hour and 5 minute mark.

    WHO THE HELL IS SO MASOCHISTIC AS TO WATCH THAT?

    Posted by: Bob K | May 11, 2014 4:19:05 AM


  4. This guy is a dunce.

    Posted by: TKinSC | May 11, 2014 5:03:45 AM


  5. Saturday was a big day for gay. We had Conchita Wurst win Eurovision and Michael Sam signed to the NFL.
    The world is changing.

    Posted by: mike | May 11, 2014 5:17:47 AM


  6. You left out the first gay marriages in the South Mike.

    Posted by: RayJacksonMs | May 11, 2014 5:39:44 AM


  7. Jindal can never, ever be accused of being intelligent. Never happen. Ever.

    Posted by: Geoff | May 11, 2014 6:41:37 AM


  8. Actually "Bobby" the dear men you were defending have referred to gay people as "evil" and tried to prevent LGBT from utilizing their Constitutional right to peaceably assemble. Would you be OK if HGTV wanted to back a show by individuals who claimed Southeast Asian immigrants are driven by Satan to destroy America? Oh, wait, if it could get you the GOP nomination you probably would. Never mind.

    Posted by: CPT_Doom | May 11, 2014 7:58:20 AM


  9. Two HOURS? That's kind of stealing the thunder from those whose day it was supposed to be. I think I would've slit my wrists at about the 45 minute mark. How odd that the Bigot Twins were there, and in the front row? But then I guess Liberty U doesn't have too many almost-mainstream TV stars among its alum.

    Posted by: jim | May 11, 2014 7:59:15 AM


  10. The followers of the baby jeebus have been persecuting people since the crusades. Their victim clothes do not fit them very well.

    Posted by: Jason MacBride | May 11, 2014 8:04:29 AM


  11. The "Taxi Driver" speaks again!

    Posted by: BRAINS | May 11, 2014 8:07:33 AM


  12. "Brains" - you're an idiot.

    Posted by: Boston | May 11, 2014 8:24:54 AM


  13. They didn't just "protest," they said we were demon possessed and needed to be destroyed.

    Posted by: Tigernan | May 11, 2014 8:34:20 AM


  14. This is EXACTLY why LGBT people and minorities need to VOTE in every single election that is held! Even the mid-term elections! If you don't vote then these right wing nut jobs get elected. VOTE, people, VOTE!

    Posted by: Jere | May 11, 2014 8:55:12 AM


  15. Another prime example of someone who is 'educated beyond their intelligence'

    Posted by: Alex Parrish | May 11, 2014 9:11:07 AM


  16. Ironic - bigots whining about being "persecuted". The Benham twins are free to practice their religious beliefs but HGTV doesn't support bigotry. Get over it. Go to Fox News Network.

    Posted by: Chrislam | May 11, 2014 9:25:32 AM


  17. Well, the man may not be sophisticated, but he sure knows how to play to his audience seemingly cut from the same cloth.

    Religions aren't under prosecution, just their prosecuting ways. ;)

    Posted by: pete n sfo | May 11, 2014 9:36:24 AM


  18. Idiots like this would have a bit more credibility if they also spoke out against the people on their own side who keep calling for the boycott of businesses that are gay-supportive. NOM & Starbucks, anyone??? And gee, wasn't somebody just recently calling for a boycott of whatever NFL team drafted Michael Sam?

    Posted by: John B. | May 11, 2014 9:37:21 AM


  19. Liberty "University" has been running commercials on local TV in South Florida promoting their programs for mail-in diplomas.... a sure sign of a quality education.

    Posted by: JonnyNYNY2FLFL | May 11, 2014 9:38:56 AM


  20. That is NOT what you speak about at a commencement. Most republicans have NO shame and shame on YOU jindal!

    Posted by: ToThePoint | May 11, 2014 10:08:48 AM


  21. Liberty University has been keeping some odd bedfellows over the years. Glenn Beck appeared there lately to expose the sheltered students to some misleading "history" and sanitized Mormon doctrines. Look at Warren Throckmorton's informative and balanced blog concerning LU's intimate relations with Sun Myung Moon, Benny Hinn and other "Xtian" luminaries. At least Jerry Falwell tried to keep the hate factory orthodox Southern Baptist.

    Posted by: gregorybrown | May 11, 2014 10:31:47 AM


  22. Has Bobby Jindal ever looked at himself in the mirror? He's not exactly what the GOP base is looking for in a president.

    Posted by: ny2.0 | May 11, 2014 10:35:11 AM


  23. HGTV dodged a bullet of total crazycakes and corporate embarrassment. Good for the network! As pretty as the Brainwash Twins are, they're still dead-brained and Christian mind-washed to perfection.

    Posted by: Tarc | May 11, 2014 10:55:17 AM


  24. Booby, you should reflect a minute on who you are supporting. Would they support you if you were in a similar situation? Nope.

    Posted by: Bubba | May 11, 2014 11:02:29 AM



  25. Jindal is a self-loathing freak, so he fits in with the Repubs very well. He self-admittedly changed his name and religion to emulate Bobby Brady. I hope that is enough to keep him at the state level, as one of the Republican people of color.

    Posted by: TM in LBC | May 11, 2014 11:13:02 AM


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