Joanna Gaines addresses allegations of racism and homophobia: “So far from who we really are”

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Joanna Gaines is responding to allegations of racism and homophobia that have been leveled against her and her husband, reality TV star Chip Gaines.

The two rose to fame thanks to HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” show, which saw them renovating couples’ homes.

Soon after, fans noticed that there was a dearth of same-sex couples featured on the show and rumors of homophobia began to circulate.

Such rumors escalated when Joanna, now 43, filmed a conversation with a local pastor in 2016 who openly spoke out against the rights of the LGBTQ + community.

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Further, both were swept aside by allegations of racism when Chip’s sister, who for the Fort Worth suburban school board openly opposed the teaching of critical race theory in the schools – just months after Chip and Joanna donated $ 1,000 to his campaign.

Chip and Joanna Gaines have dismissed the allegations of racism and homophobia.  (Photo by: Nathan Congleton / NBCU Photo Bank / NBCUniversal via Getty Images)
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Chip and Joanna Gaines have dismissed the allegations of racism and homophobia. (Photo by: Nathan Congleton / NBCU Photo Bank / NBCUniversal via Getty Images)

The duo, who are generally able to avoid controversy, have not made any public comment on either of these issues.

Now, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Joanna has purged the air.

“Sometimes I’m like ‘Can I just make a statement?’ ” she said. “The accusations thrown at you like you’re racist or don’t like people in the LGBTQ community are the stuff that really eats my lunch – because that’s so far from who we really are . “

She added: “This is what keeps me awake.”

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Chip, 46, who was also present for the interview, said they were proud to make their group of “nearly 700” employees “represent everyone”.

While their largest viewership, white women, will be reflected in the onscreen talent of their Magnolia network, there are a handful of series featuring people of color and at least one program on launch day will feature featuring overtly gay talent.

Chip and Joanna Gaines' Magnolia Network will feature talent of color, as well as talent from the LGBTQ + community.  (Photo by Mireya Acierto / FilmMagic)

Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Network will feature talent of color, as well as talent from the LGBTQ + community. (Photo by Mireya Acierto / FilmMagic)

In recent times, the two have been more open about their experience as a Métis family, in part by joining Emmanuel Acho’s digital series “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man” to discuss the rain of a Métis family.

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Additionally, Joanna Gaines spoke out against hate crimes against Asians in America and spoke about her own Korean lineage, with her mother Nan emigrating from Seoul in 1972.

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“My mom is so tough, but with a look or a comment I would just see her close,” Joanna said of racism in America. “That’s why she didn’t know how to help me when I came home and said, ‘So-and-so called me like that.’ It was happening to him too. Growing up half Asian, half Caucasian, I felt like I wasn’t accepted and loved. It’s the last thing I want someone to feel. “

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