"Fixer Upper" stars Chip and Joanna Gaines have attracted millions of fans and built an empire with their down-home charm and opposites-attract chemistry. But the HGTV stars found themselves in hot water last November after a BuzzFeed article called them out for attending a church where the pastor "takes a hard line against same-sex marriage and promotes converting LGBT people into being straight."
The post went on to wonder if the Texas-based home renovation experts were themselves anti-LGBT.
Now, Chip Gaines has finally responded with his own blog post. Though it doesn't directly address BuzzFeed's article, the post vows to "change the conversation" in 2017, and he urges people of all stripes to treat each other "with dignity and with love."
"This past year has been tough. In my lifetime, I can't recall humanity being more divided. Plenty of folks are sad and scared and angry and there are sound bites being fed to us that seem fueled by judgement, fear and even hatred," wrote Gaines, who went on to say he and Joanna would not allow themselves to be "baited" into "using our influence in a way that will further harm an already hurting world."
"A house divided cannot stand," wrote the star.