Internet Strikes Back Against BuzzFeed Bullying: Leave Chip and Joanna Gaines Alone!

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By Emily Zanotti | 6:23 pm, November 30, 2016

The Internet may be ground zero for bullying and trolling, but even its angry denizens have standards—and they, apparently, revolve around the stars of HGTV’s hit series Fixer Upper.

On Tuesday morning, Buzzfeed published a piece about the show’s stars, married couple Chip and Joanna Gaines, whose Waco, Texas, home renovation business has inspired a nation of DIYers to embrace “demo day,” to stock up on shiplap wall decor, and to believe that doing remodeling work with your spouse will be a fun and enriching experience.

The “expose” claimed that Chip and JoJo’s church, Antioch Community Church in Waco, preaches against same-sex marriage, and that the show’s stars, described as “dear friends” of Antioch’s pastor, might share his conservative beliefs.

The article’s purpose wasn’t clear, but the Internet assumed Buzzfeed was looking to shame the show’s stars, and social media users—from both sides of the political aisle—responded with full (and sarcastic) force.

Because no one bullies Fixer Upper.

Chip and Joanna’s show is now on its fourth season on HGTV, and if the Internet masses are any indication, probably won’t be canceled anytime soon, no matter what Buzzfeed says.