Joanna Gaines admitted that she is concerned about the claims of racism and anti-LGBTQ prejudice against her and her husband, Chip. The Gaines family is answering their critics.
In a thorough interview, the Fixer Upper stars recently addressed some of their criticism regarding diversity and inclusion.
They stated that they are attempting to make their show more inclusive because they have heard complaints that it needs to be more diverse.
According to Chip and Joanna Gaines, they are dedicated to making their show more diverse and want it to represent the shifting demographics of America.
Joanna has been itching to talk about it for a while, but this is the first time they’ve addressed some of the feedback they’ve had in public. I sometimes ask, “Can I just say something?” Joanna remembered “tearing up a little.”
However, they want to reassure their followers that they are still the same individuals they have always been. They explain that they understand why people might be critical of them.
“The criticisms that are leveled at you, such as “you’re racist” or “you don’t like individuals in the LGBTQ community,” really go under my skin. I agree with the diversity and inclusion strategy used by the Magnolia business group, which also includes the future Magnolia Network.”
“We embrace diversity in our organization, and one of our objectives is to ensure everyone is represented. An illustration of this is the interior designer and host of our Mind for Design program, Brian Patrick Flynn, who is openly gay. Designer Brian is talented, and audiences enjoy his program.
The couple has drawn criticism for not featuring any same-sex couples on their television program. Their $1,000 contribution to Chip’s sister’s campaign has also drawn criticism. She is against teaching critical race theory in schools, a topic that currently divides conservatives.
Even though Chip and Joanna Gaines have not publicly commented on any matter, they have opposed racism. Following the police killing of George Floyd last summer, the mixed-race Gaines family made an appearance on the YouTube series Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man hosted by former NFL star Emmanuel Acho with their children. Through their Magnolia empire, they have fostered Black-owned businesses as well.
Joanna has also shared her experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic-related surge of anti-AAPI prejudice. She talked about how she saw her mother experience the same kind of hatred as a small child. Joanna said, “She didn’t know how to help me since it was happening to her. I would come home and say, ‘So and so called me this.’” She had to deal with the pandemic’s repercussions, so the wave of anti-AAPI prejudice has been very challenging for her.
“I am familiar with what it’s like to feel unwanted and rejected. I don’t want anyone to feel that way at all.”