Chip And Joanna Gaines Deny Racism, Anti-LGBTQ Allegations

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Thursday July 1, 2021

Getting accused of racism and homophobia "really eats my lunch" said Joanna Gaines in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Such might explain the former HGTV star's slender build because she and her husband Chip have been consistently accused of both while headlining their hit show, "Fixer Upper."

Now the home improvement stars are tooling up to launch a new TV channel called the Magnolia Network, but not before they clear up a few things about their brand, business and cloudy beliefs.

Joanna told THR many of their criticisms are "so far from who we really are." Among those criticisms include a failure to have LGBTQ couples on their show, ties to an anti-gay church whose pastor denounced marriage equality, defended conversion therapy, and ties to a campaign that opposed teaching critical race theory in classrooms.

"As an American white male, it's hard to be perfectly diverse," Chip said, about the couple's hiring practices. "In our own company, we've got nearly 700 employees, and one of our biggest passions is making this group represent all people."

The Magnolia Network launches this month. Will you be watching their new network?