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Entertainment journalist Kate Aurthur posted a story earlier this week wondering if “Fixer Upper” hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines might be anti-gay. Her through-line centered on the HGTV couple’s Christian pastor, who preaches homosexuality as a sin and allegedly believes in conversion toward a heterosexual lifestyle.
Since then, the Buzzfeed reporter has been getting lambasted on Twitter, where she’s being called everything from “vapid and vengeful” to “bigoted” and “intolerant.” Though the money quote may be “.@KateAurthur is a McCarthyite witch-hunter,” which comes courtesy of user Justin Raimondo.
In an op-ed, The Washington Post even referred to Aurthur’s “hit piece” as “dangerous” — so it’s not just angry social media scribes turning on the popular clickbait website’s choice to publish. Of course, there are plenty of those, and they’re simple to share.
Here’s a handful of the Twitter blowback:
To be fair to Aurthur, her initial post on “Fixer Upper” has been seemingly endorsed by other websites like Jezebel. And, as in any Twitter bout, the response has not been totally one-sided.
As for the reporter herself, Aurthur seemed to take the negative responses in stride. She tweeted out the following:
She also retweeted this post:
Poor Kate A-r-t-h-u-r. Spelling matters, kids.
When reached by TheWrap for comment, Aurthur told us that she’s just happy HGTV responded to her piece with the following statement: “We don’t discriminate against members of the LGBT community in any of our shows. HGTV is proud to have a crystal clear, consistent record of including people from all walks of life in its series.”
She also pointed us back to her Twitter feed, where she more-recently posted these: