The fashion director of TLC’s hit show Say Yes to the Dress extended an olive branch to a conservative radio host after she blamed his wedding dress show for painting a biased portrait of homosexuality.
The American Family Association’s Sandy Rios said in a recent radio address that children have “heard nothing but positive things about homosexuality and its effects” because of shows like Say Yes to the Dress, which features gay fashion director Randy Fenoli, and Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta, which stars gay image consultant Monte Durham.
“We see the gay characters on the one in Atlanta and New York,” Rios said. “It has nothing to do with ‘like,’ but it is the face of the homosexual community that is painted with a positive brush, when those of us that have been involved in issues related to this know that there’s a very dark side, that this is not a good thing for people ultimately in their lives. It is a destructive force.”
Fenoli, who’s often depicted as the hero on SYTTD for finding perfect gowns, released this statement to EW: “Hello Beautiful Sandy! Thank you so much for ‘loving; to watch Say Yes to the Dress! I hope you appreciate that Say Yes to the Dress is a fun, positive, feel-good show that truly focuses on celebrating love! It’s about helping brides not only find their perfect wedding dress, but to elevate their self-confidence and empower them to find their inner beauty. I would love the opportunity to personally meet you so you can see how I follow the philosophy that we should all love a little more and judge a little less.”
Durham also released a statement to EW: “I am proud to work with a company like TLC/Discovery that supports equality and diversity among all people. Say Yes to the Dress is not a show about sexuality; this show is about women who are celebrating a magical moment in their lives, and I am honored to be a part of that, with a company that allows me to be who I am.”
Say Yes to the Dress begins its 10th season this fall and continues to perform well for TLC. Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta is currently in its fifth season.