Buzzfeed Still Won’t Lay Off Chip and Joanna Gaines

BuzzFeed has not let up on Christian TV stars Chip and Joanna Gaines, with reporter Kate Aurthur implicitly warning the hosts of HGTV’s Fixer Upper that they will receive more bad press unless the show features a same-sex couple.

On Thursday, the site posted a statement from HGTV affirming the network’s policy of LGBT inclusion; the network was responding to a Tuesday article from Aurthur implying that the Christian hosts might discriminate against gay couples.

“We don’t discriminate against members of the LGBT community in any of our shows,” the network said in a statement. “HGTV is proud to have a crystal clear, consistent record of including people from all walks of life in its series.”

That wasn’t enough for Aurthur, who made a point of noting that Fixer Upper has not yet included a gay couple in each of its first three seasons:

“When pressed about same-sex couples being welcome on Fixer Upper in particular, the representative for HGTV highlighted the phrase “in any of our shows.” The series, which just launched its fourth season, has yet to do so.”

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