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Well this is going to get controversial...
As I usually do, I was rewatching some "old" R&L videos when I was in a mood to watch The Fabulous Bentley Brothers - Genesis video (don't ask). Before watching the video, I decided to read the comments as I knew about what was going on down there but BOY HOWDY I didn't know how much happened since the last time I checked out the comments.
There were two main types of comments and both have been ridiculed for their stance -
My bitcoin/opinion on this (I'm probably going to reiterate some stuff as I go on but oh well. You don't have to read this) -
I'm not too happy with the fact that people are liking R&L more or less just because they are Christian. I was Christian and I was pleased to know that R&L were Christian but it didn't change my perception of them. I'm disgusted that people would stop watching R&L simply because they're religious and I'm (slightly) appalled that someone would like R&L a lot more just because they're Christian. As Rhett states here, he and Link are Christian but they do not want to make their videos political or religious or anything controversial - they just want to entertain. The Fabulous Bentley Brothers are entertaining and just happen to be singing about the Bible. Sure, R&L have done religious content on their own channels, platforms etc. and the whole purpose of the FBB was to teach kids about the Bible before but that was before, if you don't mind me saying, the Kommunity really expanded. Since R&L have a huge fanbase now with varying cultures, backgrounds and beliefs, they can't just talk about their religion in front of other people and really express it (which is a bit sad but they seem to be fine with it). Of course they can talk about religion and their experiences but not to a large extent. Any expression of faith may be construed as them forcing their religion on people or not acknowledging other religions so it's best that they stay wary of this sort of thing because there's bound to be controversy (and this is very annoying because it seems that sometimes they want to talk about important topics but they can't because of what might ensue. It's nice to know R&L care and are sensitive/aware of these things and what certain discussions can spark).
On one side of the spectrum, people are overwhelmed with joy that R&L are Christians. I really don't think that this should affect their overall opinion of them. I know that I can't control people's feelings but I seriously think that one's religion shouldn't affect how you perceive someone and feel about someone in a massive way. If R&L made a song about the awesomeness of Donald Trump, it would be polarising like the Bentley Brothers but there will still be the people that will love R&L more because of their political views (although I will admit that I would like R&L a little less if they loved Turmp so much that they wrote a song and supported all of his opinions and promises but hey - it is Donald Trump (sorry to get political there)). It's nice that R&L did this but being Christian isn't the biggest part of who they are or at least it's not what they want to be known for. And I think that some people are taking this very seriously and close to the heart...
I have a bone to pick with the people that dislike R&L solely because of their religion. No one including Rhett and Link are idiots for being religious. THOSE WHO HATE ON PEOPLE FOR THEIR RELIGION ARE THE TRUE IDIOTS. It's disrespectful, rude and it makes me want to punch a wall. It also furthers the myth that all religious people are stupid and that atheists are superior intellectually which is untrue (and it furthers the stereotype that atheists are hateful people which is also false (in most cases)). People can believe what they want to believe and do what they want to do (well, people shouldn't commit crimes but that's another discussion) and you have no right to tell anyone that they can't believe or do something. Anyone who stops watching R&L (or anyone really) for the most inane reasons need to get a lesson taught to them.
Just one last thing - what's with this "I sensed that they were Christian" thing? How in the wide world of sports can you tell if someone is Christian just by watching a few videos? If anything, it was probably to be expected that R&L were Christian as most of the US population are Christians and people from the South tend to be quite religious (this is not a generalisation - it's just an observation). But still, what the heck?!
Just read the comments to get the gist of the positions/stances people are taking
This is not a crusade against anyone - it's an address (sort of)
I just want to say this - who cares as long as it's entertaining? Can't we just enjoy a catchy tune?
All of the mishegas surrounding this is legitimately giving me a headache. *Sigh*
Now I'll hand over this discussion over to you guys. What do you think?
P.S. I'm sorry if I've offended anyone. I just thought that this should be talked about and I apologise in advance if I've gotten a few facts wrong or a few reasons/opinions invalid
Just to clarify, I don't believe they have "abandoned their beliefs." In their 2012 commencement address for Harnett Central High School, which occurred after they moved to Los Angeles, they very explicitly credited their faith as part of the speech. This video actually also garnered a lot of controversy in the comments at the time it posted, as it was the first time many people heard of Rhett and Link's religious beliefs. The comments were in a vein similar to what Grace noticed in the Fabulous Bentley Brothers video(s).
In addition, Link's wife Christy recently featured in a video made by their current church, Radius, just last year.
I don't expect newer fans to automatically know the entirety of Rhett and Link's backgrounds, but Rhett and Link did mostly start flexing their entertainment muscles by doing work for Campus Crusade for Christ, which is obviously a Christian organization. As Rhett stated in the Kommunity link Grace provided, their tenure as The Fabulous Bentley Brothers is considered separate from their Rhett and Link-branded work; I don't recall them ever advertising or promoting it through their official channels.
If anyone happens to be interested, there is a master post on Tumblr about the times Rhett and Link have referenced their faith: http://mythical-morning.tumblr.com/post/92174713187/rhett-and-link-...
(Personally, I couldn't care less about anyone's religion as long as it's not being forced upon me, and it certainly doesn't affect my enjoyment of Rhett and Link's content or personalities!)
I wouldn't say I like Rhett and Link more *because* they are Christian. It might just be Christian fans find it refreshing that a YouTuber can be Christian and have enjoyable, fun content. I've found that most explicitly Christian channels are just kinda boring (with the exception of Blimey Cow). Christian comedians are also definitely underrepresented in the entertainment industry because there are just so many hurdles and pitfalls to living out Christianity in that way of life. It's so rare for Christians to have someone they're a fan of that shares their beliefs.
That's a very good point
I've noticed these kind of comments too and I agree with what you said. I honestly never gave it a thought of whether they were Christian or not because, as you mentioned, their main purpose when making videos was and has always been to entertain people and not to discuss about their religion.
(Btw I'm MythicalFinn from twitter)
A lot of it is just Youtube comments being Youtube comments. It wouldn't matter what they were - Christian, atheist, Muslim, Buddhist, Scientologist - there'd be people fighting over it in the comments. Even if the video had nothing to do with religion, there'd still be a religious flamewars in the comments.
As far as liking them "more" for being Christians, for me it's kind of like suddenly finding out those fun guys you like to hang out with are actually your brothers. There is joy in that realization!
i actually had no idea that they were Christians lol. i consider myself agnostic but i don't really care that they are, a lot of christians that ive met/know are some of the nicest people, honestly.
The Bentley Brothers oh my gosh! When I first saw the Bentley Brothers, I was young and had never heard of R&L. Later I went back to see the Bentley Brothers because they were like my favorite part of What's in the Bible. I saw them and it dawned on me who they were.
Anyways, I agree with what most people are saying. You shouldn't hate Rhett and Link because they're Christian. But like some pointed out, for Christians its cool knowing that we'll enjoy them in heaven. My opinions on thsm didn't change when I realized they were the FBB, but it's cool knowing that. Plus I laughed when I saw Link with his FBB hair in Tough Decisions.
I think the whole "Sensed they were a Christian thing" is termed in such a way where it can be misinterpreted. I think what those individuals meant is that they demonstrated the "fruits of the Spirit" well in their behavior. I suppose, for example, the two are always kind and patient and seem to both be more morally stable than a lot of other content creators. Tbh, I kind of wondered the same thing at some point after seeing so much of their content. They kind of give off those vibes, but I certainly don't want that to turn into some weird try-hard spiritual "sensed they were a Christian" thing.