As I am in the middle of re-doing and re-organizing parts of my house, I have been watching a lot of HGTV lately. HGTV has always been one of my favorite channels, and I watch it regularly. However, over the last week I have seen several of the offensive and misleading commercials in support of Prop 8. In response, I wrote them the following letter:
To Whom it May Concern:
Over the course of the last week (October 20-25) I have seen several "Yes on Prop 8" commercials on HGTV. I am extremely disappointed and offended by this. Prop 8 itself is an attempt to take away the right of same-sex couples to marry–it is a vile attempt by ignorant and intolerant groups to strip people of their rights.
I have always been struck by the seemingly "gay-friendly" attitude of HGTV as many of its shows feature gay couples, and at least one show features an openly gay host. It is surprising to me that HGTV would accept advertising dollars from the yes on Prop 8 campaign as is completely at odds with the pledge of inclusion and diversity on the Scripps Network website.
I understand that HGTV and its affiliates derive income from advertisers, but surely there must be some choice of which advertising dollars to take. I am a very big fan of HGTV but cannot abide by your showing the misleading and offensive commercials that support Prop 8. Please take these commericals out of your advertising schedule.
It really bothers me that a TV network that boasts of its diversity on its website would accept advertising dollars from the Yes on Prop 8 campaign.
If you see adverts for the Yes on Prop 8 campaign on other TV stations, take a moment to contact them and voice your opinion.