Duck Duck, Gone?

Here’s some news that Duck Dynasty fans may not be too excited about. It looks like A&E has suspended Phil Robertson, leader of Duck Dynasty clan, indefinitely due to his anti-gay remarks made during an interview with GQ magazine which was published Wednesday (Dec. 18).

During the GQ interview, Phil referred to homosexuality as illogical and compared it to bestiality, adultery, and prostitution. He says:

“Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong… Sin becomes fine. Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.” Robertson then paraphrased Corinthians from the Bible: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

Even though Phil is suspended for a to-be-determined amount of time, the rest of the Duck Dynasty crew will continue to film the hit show.

The network told Entertainment Weekly:

“We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty. His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”

Phil Robertson’s statement to the Huffington Post following his GQ interview:

“I myself am a product of the 60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior. My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together. However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other.”

What do you think?

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  1. I think that celebrities at this level have a right to voice their opinions, even when we all don't agree with them. Political correctiveness has gone too far and is eroding our right to free speech.

  2. Agreed Doug! Gonna share your post! 🙂

  3. I completely support a celebrity's, or anyone for that matter, right to say whatever they think. Heck, I agree that A&E probably over-reacted. However, I’d also be happy for someone to explain to me how his free speech rights are being impaired here?

    When a media figure gets suspended for making an offensive statement, the tricky thing often is figuring out which part of it he or she got suspended for. He said a lot of things, but which was the actionable part? Was he suspended for believing that being gay is a sin? For saying it out loud? For saying it in those terms?

    In TV, rather than be subtle, or hint at the meaning of a scene or dialogue without saying it in so many words, you need to make it clear so that nobody in your audience misses it. Robertson got in trouble, for once in TV history, for making the subtext text — for being explicit about the conservative Christianity that, when it was subtext, was a selling point for him and for his show.

    As long as the subtext was subtext. But with Phil doing an interview in a national magazine, talking gay people, anuses, damnation — and don’t forget how the Japanese fought us in WWII because they didn’t have Jesus? Or his comments about “pre-entitlement” black people in the pre-civil rights South–"they were happy; no one was singing the blues." That presents a problem. Now, you’ve got an issue with those of us who maybe just want to watch a family comedy about people outside a major city, but please without supporting somebody thumping gay people with their Bible. Or a problem with people with gay friends, or family, or, you know, actual gay A&E viewers.

    The bottom line is, this is not a free speech/rights issue. A&E has the “right” in this situation. They exercised their right to fire Phil Robertson for comments they deemed “inappropriate” and “insensitive” and “vulgar.” A&E is not the government, they’re a company, a business. As a such they can hire and/or fire whom they wish for whatever reason.

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