In the wake of what's been described as a “faith-based witch hunt” on Buzzfeed's behalf against HGTV's Chip and Joanna Gaines, countless defenders have come to their rescue.
Soon-to-be married Brandon Ambrosino, who identifies as gay, wrote a searing op-ed for the Washington Post Thursday, calling out Buzzfeed for publishing a “non-story”:
"I have heard from a few well-meaning Christian friends that they feel they can’t attend my ceremony. I think that’s silly, I think it’s theologically misguided, and it hurts me deeply because it makes it seem as if they care more about abstract principles than me, their friend and family member.
Still, I do not think these conservatives should be shamed or mocked. I do not think they should be fired. And I certainly do not think they should be the butt of a popular BuzzFeed article."
Now, former HGTV stars David and Jason Benham slammed Buzzfeed for attacking the couple, calling the news outlet part of the “thought mafia."
David and Jason Benham were labeled as “anti-gay” and “anti-choice” after website Right Wing Watch published a post of the pair leading a prayer rally outside the Democratic National Convention in 2012.
David explained to host Megyn Kelly Thursday night just how the fallout affected them:
"Here the 'thought mafia' is targeting another Christian couple. Jason and I knew, I mean this is the same thing that came after us and it's time to stand up for the Gaines Family.
And here's what's really interesting — this agenda to silence men and women of faith, and really to silence anyone that disagrees with this sexual revolution...the ceiling has become the floor.
You look from Obergefell in '15 and now to where we are today, where Jason and I, we were actually fired for simply about voicing our opinions about marriage and sexuality within the context of marriage, the Gaines are being pressured because they simply attend church."
Jason also told The Blaze's Dana Loesch Wednesday that he empathizes with the Gaines Family, because it looks similar to what they went through at HGTV two years ago:
“David and I also know what the phone call that Chip and Joanna probably received from HGTV is the same as what we received. I remember when (HGTV) called us and said 'guys, man we are getting pushed, and we're getting hammered by these groups.' And I know that's exactly what's happening right now.”
The brothers don't think the stars of HGTV will get fired as a result of the “non-story,” but are imploring the Christian community to stand behind them during this trying time.