Liberal Police State: Brothers lose HGTV show over anti gay remarks.

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  1. G51989, May 9, 2014
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    http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/08/showbiz/tv/benham-brothers-hgtv/?sr=fb050914hgtv930aVODtopLink

    Now clearly, we can see the liberal police state ruining peoples careers for their own views. How dare HGTV give into public pressure?

    /sarcasm

    /thread title is sarcasm to

    But, what I just said seems to be what some of my friends on my Facebook seem to think. A couple of people that work for me have been making similar statements, that there is a " liberal police state destroying family values " or something, though I don't state my political views at work. This kind of talk is on some forums I go to as well from the right, I would link it but we aren't allowed to link ot other fourms.

    Now the way I see it, if you are a network like HGTV, a good portion of your viewers probably are pro gay rights, or LGBT themselves. So having anti gay hosts on your network sounds like a great way to lose money.

    So, were the brothers denied their new series because of the liberal police state? As some people are claiming.

    OR

    Is this just a privately owned company making a solid business decision?

    If owned HGTV, I would have probably done the same thing.

    Not that I own a TV network, but if one of my managers said anything like that in a meeting with a client, they would be fired pretty much instantly.
     
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    Next thing you know the Logo channel will refuse to air the 700 club...

    I do love that "martyr" response of their's though. No, your faith didn't cost you anything, your fundamentalist bigotry did. Our society no longer tolerates it, keep it in the closet.
     
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    I thought it was the GayStopO. :D


    Those poor, poor Christians. They loved life in America when they had a firm grip on social mores but can't seem to play nice when others joined the sandbox and started exercising their rights.
     
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    You know what really grinds my gears though? These guys claim to be "faithful to their families" and blah blah fu**ing blah, but actively campaigned to keep people who love each other from marrying and putting their children at risk of legal limbo if anything happens to the one parent on their birth certificate. How very Christian and pro-family of them. We should have the right to have a happy family, but no else should, only straight people and preferably ones that are matching colors....
     
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    For a moment I thought maybe these were The Property Brothers, Jon and Drew Scott (looked it up), but fortunately not. :) I'm sure there are marketing decisions, and one thing you don't want is to inflame a substantial part of your audience due to insensitivity and prejudice. Moving forward means slapping down intolerance when you can, does it not? I'm sure this line of reasoning is little comfort to the poor picked on bigots out there. ;)
     
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    Sorry, HGTV is making a business decision, much like A&E did with Robertson. You have a right to your views, you don't have a right to a platform to air them.
     
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    What exactly is the "liberal police state" anyways? Sounds like an oxymoron to me. ;)


    Sounds like free market capitalism at work here. Republicans should be thrilled it's still at work. :D
     
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    I guess we could say the same about nintendo, but they were a dying breed long before this controversy anyway...
     
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    So it would be ok to cancel someone for being pro-gay? Somehow I think you would be all up in arms about it.
     
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    They could do it if they wanted, and then people could react to their ideas.
     
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    Good. It's about time that the "my grand wizard 'god' tells me that you're all 'evil' and that you're planning to destroy our nice little cozy society with your 'demonic' behaviour"- BS which is used to deny equal rights is being responded to accordingly. Keep your 'religion' there where it belongs - at home. Especially if it's one of the kind that cripples your social abilities to the degree that make you appear like some crazy paranoid SOB.
     
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    "OK" by what standards?

    Legally, it would be okay as it's in their rights as a company to broadcast what they want on their network.

    Would the public be okay with it? Highly doubtful. The backlash would be huge and it would hurt the company big time.

    Free market at work.
     
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    I wouldn't mistake this one as an issue of moral judgement. If HGTV thought this would make money, they would air it. These companies dislike things that result in PR backlashes, as those have the tendency to impact sales.
     
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    I see no reason not to believe them. :rolleyes:

    Several other examples at link.

    http://www.rightwingwatch.org/conte...ys-destructive-vile-controlled-demonic-forces
     
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    Nothing unChristian or unAmerican about that. Freedom of speech and civil rights but for straight christians only. Disgusting. These people shouldn't be given the light of day. "Anti-faith" agenda is just code for right wing sense of entitlement.
     
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    Then you have not been around many of the DRWIs ("drooling ... idiots"). According to that camp, "liberals" are for big government (anti-liberty, opposed to small-time ranchers), so "liberalism" is a heartbeat away from a tyrannical police state. Thus, we (the good people) need to stockpile arms and ammo in preparation for the great battle against the forces pushing us toward a socialist dictatorship ("liberals", and the most villainous "progressives").
     
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    A " liberal police state " has been all over another forum I go on, and my FB feed ;)

    No its not the free market if a private company disagrees with the right wing. Its only free if it agrees with White English ( English in its current form didn't even ****ing EXIST back then ) speaking Gun Toting 6 Pack Jesus says.

    If a private company makes any other choices, its communism really
     

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