Joanna Gaines can’t sleep at night because liberals have accused her and her husband Chip of being racists.
“Sometimes I’m like, ‘Can I just make a statement?’ The accusations that get thrown at you, like you’re a racist or you don’t like people in the LGBTQ community, that’s the stuff that really eats my lunch—because it’s so far from who we really are,” she remarked. “That’s the stuff that keeps me up.”
The “Fixer Upper” stars walked away from their smash hit HGTV show at the height of its popularity in 2017, to launch the Magnolia Network on Discovery+. Despite their Americana charm, the couple has been embroiled in controversy on their meteoric rise to fame.
They were accused of bigotry when they interviewed a local pastor who denounced LGBTQ rights in 2016, and critics pointed out that no same-sex couples had appeared on the show.
More recently, they drew liberal scorn for supporting Chip’s sister’s campaign for the Fort Worth school board with a $1,000 donation, prior to when she announced her anti-critical race theory running platform.
When their network launches, they plan to feature people of color and gay talent on their roster of shows. “As an American white male, it’s hard to be perfectly diverse,” Chip said. “In our own company, we’ve got nearly 700 employees, and one of our biggest passions is making this group represent all people.”
Joanna herself is half-Asian, which liberal haters seem to forget. “Growing up as half-Asian, half-Caucasian, I get what that feels like to not be accepted and to not be loved. That’s the last thing I want anyone to ever feel,” she remarked.
“It’s like you’re always going to make a lot of people mad, and you’re always going to make a lot of people happy,” she continued. “I don’t think as humans we’re meant to carry that kind of weight.”