Pride flag glimpsed on ‘The Chosen’ set prompts call for boycott

by | Jun 1, 2023 | Religion

(RNS) — At the start of Pride month, a small rainbow flag spotted on the set of “The Chosen,” the wildly popular TV series on Jesus’ life, has triggered a dust-up among fans of the show on social media.The hand-size flag, usually symbolizing support for LGBTQ rights, appears in the corner of the screen for approximately four seconds of a 6:49 minute promotional video “The Chosen” producers released Sunday (May 28).
Now, in the same week that Chick-fil-A’s evangelical Christian ownership has been called “woke” for its corporate DEI efforts, the flag has sparked a call for a boycott of the biggest evangelical media property in recent memory.
“We’ve made no secret our cast and crew come from all different beliefs and backgrounds,” said Dallas Jenkins, the show’s creator and director, in a statement to Religion News Service. “I don’t believe personal workspaces on set are relevant to the content of ‘The Chosen’, but if someone wants to stop watching a free show because of it, it’s their right.”
The show, which is funded by its fans via a crowdsourcing site, has racked up more than 500 million episode views and has earned glowing reviews from religious and secular outlets alike.
The flap started Monday when Jon Root, a blogger for the conservative Christian student organization Turning Point USA, tweeted a screenshot with a photo of the flag and tagged the official Twitter account of “The Chosen,” asking, “Can you explain why there’s a …

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