December 16, 2016
Jessa Duggar Seewald Promotes 'Fixer Upper' In Wake Of Chip And Joanna Gaines' Anti-Gay Controversy

Jessa Duggar Seewald just outed herself and her son, Spurgeon, as Fixer Upper fans. Jessa and her family members have come under fire for their anti-LGBT views many times in the past, so the Counting On star knows exactly how Fixer Upper stars Chip and Joanna Gaines felt when they were called out for having a pastor who has preached against same-sex marriage. Perhaps this is why Jessa decided to show her support for the HGTV stars by using her Instagram page and her adorable son Spurgeon to promote Fixer Upper.

As People reports, Jessa Duggar recently shared a video of clip of an absolutely transfixed Spurgeon watching Chip and Joanna Gaines' home improvement show on a laptop.

"Spurgie and I may just be addicted... #fixerupper," Jessa captioned the video.

Jessa's Fixer Upper promo comes two weeks after BuzzFeed reported that Chip and Joanna Gaines attend an evangelical megachurch headed by Jimmy Seibert, a pastor who has preached against same-sex marriage. Seibert has said that he believes sexual orientation is a choice and that people can "change their direction of same-sex attraction from a homosexual lifestyle to a heterosexual lifestyle." The preacher describes Chip and Joanna Gaines as "dear friends," but the Fixer Upper stars have not revealed whether they agree or disagree with Seibert's comments about homosexuality. However, Chip Gaines did tweet a possible response to the controversy caused by his choice of church.

"Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. DO EVERYTHING IN LOVE," he wrote.

HGTV responded to the controversy by releasing a statement saying that it doesn't discriminate against the LGBT community in any of its shows.

Same-sex couples have appeared on other HGTV home improvement series, but so far Chip and Joanna Gaines have not worked with any LGBT clients. If they ever do, Jessa Duggar might not let her son watch that episode — her family has not shied away from sharing their anti-gay views with their fans. According to Radar Online, Jessa's oldest brother, Josh Duggar, actually led anti-gay rallies when he worked for the Family Research Council (FRC). As People reports, Josh resigned from the conservative Christian lobbying organization after he admitted to sexually molesting Jessa and three other sisters.

Jessa Duggar hasn't been as outspoken about her anti-gay views as her older brother was, but she did cause controversy back in June when she quoted an anti-gay pastor in response to the June 12 mass shooting at Orlando's Pulse nightclub, a tragedy that took the lives of many LGBT men and women. As the Inquisitr previously reported, Jessa was slammed for sharing the words of Albert Mohler, an evangelical leader who has called for Christians to boycott the weddings of their LGBT family members.

The Duggars' anti-LGBT views have never put them in jeopardy of losing their reality TV careers, and TLC has even made an effort to hide their beliefs from viewers. As Entertainment Tonight reports, the network never revealed the nature of Josh Duggar's work with the FRC on 19 Kids and Counting.

However, two potential HGTV reality show stars did lose their TV series because they publicly shared their views about the fight for LGBT rights. As the Advocate reports, HGTV decided not to air David and Jason Benham's Flip It Forward series after the twin brothers' anti-gay activism caused controversy. While speaking out against marriage equality, David Benham reportedly cited "the biblical death penalty for homosexuality, and compared fighting against marriage rights for same-sex couples with the fight against Nazi Germany."

Last April, Jessa showed her support for the Benham brothers on Instagram. She shared a picture of herself and her husband, Ben Seewald, posing with the Benhams at an event, and she described the brothers as "awesome."

Do you think Jessa Duggar's recent Instagram post about Fixer Upper was her way of letting Chip and Joanna Gaines know that she supports their possible anti-gay views? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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