Home improvement network HGTV stepped into uncharted territory with its first show featuring a “throuple” and was met with mixed reactions.
On the air for more than two decades, “House Hunters” has featured gay couples before in its episodes but this week saw a first as viewers were introduced to a polyamorous couple in search of a new home.
Brian and Lori, who have two children, appeared on the program along with Angellica (“Geli”), another woman who met the couple at a bar.
“A ‘throuple’ moving to Colorado is in search of a home with a master bath that can accommodate three sinks. The house hunt becomes difficult with only one week to satisfy three very different personalities,” the description reads for the episode titled, “Three’s Not a Crowd in Colorado Springs.”
“Lori and I got married in 2002, and we have two kids…” Brian said in the episode. “I understood from day one, even when we were dating, that Lori was bisexual… and so we evolved to a point where we were comfortable having another woman in our lives.”
“I didn’t plan on being in a relationship with a married couple, but it just happened very naturally, organically” Geli said.
The trio later exchanged vows in a commitment ceremony attended by Lori and Brian’s children.
The “House Hunters” episode that aired Wednesday showed the three on a search for their must-haves in a new home, including a three-car garage and a master bathroom that would accommodate three people. One choice prompted Lori to comment that it had a “couple’s kitchen, not a throuple’s kitchen.”
Many of the show’s fans were thrilled with the episode, lauding it on social media for being so “progressive” and “educational.”
“Oh my god. A throuple on House Hunters,” Roxane Gay, author of “Bad Feminist” tweeted. “Great episode!!!! Educational.”
Others also sang the praises of the show and the “throuple.”
HGTV really might be the most progressive show on TV. About to watch a polyamory couple fight over a house! #HouseHunters
— Hemal Jhaveri (@hemjhaveri) February 13, 2020
literally perfect television
— Natalie Weiner (@natalieweiner) February 13, 2020
Wow, shocked that this house hunters episode not only showed a poly relationship, but they called them a throuple the whole episode and outright said the women were bisexual. Guess we gotta stan!
— shosple colupis (@MacSprinky) February 13, 2020
this throuple on house hunters… good for them ?
— john (@johnparrino) February 13, 2020
We feature all homebuyers and living choices,” HGTV spokesperson Chelsey Riemann said in a statement to USA Today.
This same network came under fire a few years back for canceling a planned home renovation show after liberal activists threw a tantrum.
David and Jason Benham, the proposed hosts of the planned series, were slammed as “anti-gay, anti-choice” extremists.
“With all of the grotesque things that can be seen and heard on television today you would think there would be room for two twin brothers who are faithful to our families, committed to biblical principles, and dedicated professionals. If our faith costs us a television show then so be it,” the brothers, whose father is an evangelical minister, said in a statement at the time.
The liberal media also targeted the stars of the hugely successful HGTV show, “Fixer Upper” for their Christian beliefs. Chip and Joanna Gaines were smeared in 2016 for going to church and not supporting same-sex marriage.
And the world is a very different place a few short years later.
Some HGTV viewers expressed their shock over the “progressive” episode of “House Hunters.”
Y’ALL THERE’S A THROUPLE ON HOUSE HUNTERS RIGHT NOW pic.twitter.com/8YezIL7X4L
— Melanie Hawkins (@MelHawk92) February 13, 2020
— Allison ?? #2020 (@AllisonMY) February 13, 2020
— Robert Stephens (@RobertS84738280) February 13, 2020
And other Twitter users collectively shook their heads.
The normalization of polyamory rolls down the track, just as I and others predicted it would. It was, as I said, less a “slippery slope” than a simple unfolding of the logic of social liberalism.
https://t.co/xgh5OtM5aB via @people
— Robert P. George (@McCormickProf) February 13, 2020
We turned it off – didn’t watch it.
— Donnie Reynolds (@DonnieReynolds4) February 13, 2020
Ugh. Getting harder & harder to watch @hgtv. The only 2 networks I watch (for “mindless tv programming”) are turning into social activists. Can’t we just watch tv w/o all the signaling???♀️
— T. Zerilli-Edelglass (@TeresaEdelglass) February 14, 2020
The correct way to say this is bigamy.
— NoSpoilersDearie (@dwsherlockfan) February 13, 2020
The Mormon church after watching this : “That’s what we’ve been saying for the past 200 years!”
— Rafi Omar (@RafiOmar83) February 14, 2020
Representation? Give me a break ????????????
— NotA?DogFaced?Bot?PonySoldier????????? (@TC_Ohio) February 13, 2020
— Julie-CTCatholicCorner (@CtCathCorner) February 13, 2020
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