Joanna and Chip Gaines of HGTV's Fixer Upper fame were in Minnesota this week to launch Hearth & Hand with Magnolia, their new home furnishings/decor line at Target.
While lovers of shiplap and rustic modern rejoiced, a few folks who love policed bathrooms and guns on premises were not amused, and took to Twitter.
Why are u using Target?I thought youll were Christians.My friends & thousands of others r boycotting them because of their bathroom policies— Tom Henderson (@TomHenderson17) September 13, 2017
We don't shop there because of there anti- Christian ways. Also at Target your a target! Don't allow second Amendment rights. Love you guys— Pattrick Yockey (@pattrickyockey) September 12, 2017
Really disappointed you guys would partner with a company that exalts what God specifically condemns.— Shane Camp (@Shane_A_Camp) September 12, 2017
High-five to this dude's response, however:
You don't mean to tell me they're selling blended fabrics, do you! Oh, the humanity! Leviticus 19:19— Ob Askin (@AskinOb) September 15, 2017
In 2014, Target politely asked that people refrain from bringing firearms into its stores. Since 2016, the company has openly given no fucks over which bathroom or dressing room a person uses on its premises (side note: it never did). This led the American Family Association to call for a boycott. It appears that it has been about as successful as its fight against Disney.
This isn't the first time the Waco, Texas, couple has faced controversy. Last year, Buzzfeed published an article questioning whether or not the Gaineses were homophobic; there had been rumors for years that the two preferred not to rehab homes of same-sex couples. The family of six also attend the Antioch Community Church. Its pastor, Jimmy Seibert, has referred to the Gaineses as "dear friends." He's not, however dear friends with homosexuality; Seibert is outspoken about his pro-conversion therapy stance.
The Target deal may just come down to money -- the Gaineses have four mouths to feed, after all. But while they have played coy when asked about their pastor's beliefs, Chip did eventually write a blog post kinda sorta in response to rumors of the family's homophobia.
"Joanna and I have personal convictions," he wrote. "One of them is this: We care about you for the simple fact that you are a person, our neighbor on planet Earth. It’s not about what color your skin is, how much money you have in the bank, your political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender, nationality or faith... We are not about to get in the nasty business of throwing stones at each other, don’t ask us to cause we won’t play that way."
So far, the Gaineses haven't responded to the current tweetstorm.