TV Show Smears Christian Nonprofit Using 'Hate Group' Label That Inspired a Terror Attack
Earlier this week, the Freeform show "The Bold Type" echoed an infamous smear against a Christian nonprofit — a smear that directly inspired a terror attack against the organization.
In the Season 2 Episode 8 episode "Plan B" (which IMDB says is set to air next Tuesday, but streamed early this past Tuesday), Kat Edison (Aisha Dee) gets a job as a spokeswoman for a the company WholeSpa. Her friend Ryan Decker (Dan Jeannotte) warns her against the organization, smearing the Family Research Council (FRC) while he's at it.
"I have a friend who's doing a deep dive into the company, running an exposé on them for 'Vice,'" Ryan warns. Kat asks what kind of exposé, and he responds, "Well, you know how supposedly they're super progressive?"
"Turns out their CEO is a big donor to the Family Research Council and the Council of Conservative Citizens," Ryan reveals. "Aren't those, like, racist, anti-LGBTQ groups?" Kat responds. "Big time," Ryan says.
Kat learns there is no way out of her contract with the company, but she decides to sabotage the company's Instagram. After praising the company's products, she adds attacks against the CEO, whom she accuses of "donating to hate groups."
"I use WholeSpa clean wipes in the middle of the day because it's a great pick me up. My skin feels soft, hydrated, and most of all, clean. It's as if all the dirt's just been wiped away," Kat says. "Just like how the CEO of WholeSpa, Eric Miller, is hoping that having a queer black woman featured on their Instagram story will just wash away all the bad press he's about to get for donating to hate groups."
Kat goes on to say that when the CEO is "ousted as a racist homophobe, he can point to me and say, 'Oh, look, some of my best spokespeople are black lesbians.'" She declares that she doesn't want to be the "black bi Band-Aid."
According to Newsbusters' Karen Townsend, the left-wing attacks continued. The Whole Spa board member who recruited Kat remarked that one of the male board members even wears a MAGA hat while golfing.
Why does this matter? The "anti-LGBT hate group" charge against FRC traces back to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a left-wing smear organization that admits its "hate group" labels are based on "opinion," and has declared its intention to "completely destroy" these groups.