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Duck Dynasty Patriarch Phil Robertson said some shocking things during an interview with GQ:
Out here in these woods, without any cameras around, Phil is free to say what he wants. Maybe a little too free. He’s got lots of thoughts on modern immorality, and there’s no stopping them from rushing out. Like this one:
“It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”
Phil On Growing Up in Pre-Civil-Rights-Era Louisiana
“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once.
Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash. We’re going across the field.... They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’—not a word!... Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”
. . . “Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong,” he says. “Sin becomes fine.”
What, in your mind, is sinful?
“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,” he says.
Then he paraphrases Corinthians: “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.”
Statement from Phil via A&E released to Huffington Post:
“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.”
Later the A&E Network responded with "You're Fired."
Via Hollywood Reporter:
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," A&E said in a statement. "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."
But . . . wait a minute --
Family Statement on the Duck Commander Website:
We want to thank all of you for your prayers and support. The family has spent much time in prayer since learning of A&E's decision. We want you to know that first and foremost we are a family rooted in our faith in God and our belief that the Bible is His word. While some of Phil’s unfiltered comments to the reporter were coarse, his beliefs are grounded in the teachings of the Bible. Phil is a Godly man who follows what the Bible says are the greatest commandments: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Phil would never incite or encourage hate. We are disappointed that Phil has been placed on hiatus for expressing his faith, which is his constitutionally protected right. We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm. We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of Duck Dynasty. Again, thank you for your continued support of our family.
I notice they didn't bother to address Jim Crow statements. // The Robertson Family Offical Statement http://t.co/nrIEfdzZGs— Humbug Virginia (@tootwistedtv) December 20, 2013
The suggestion that black folks were happier under Jim Crow and not " singing the Blues" may be the most offensive of all. #duckdynasty— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) December 20, 2013
Free speech is an endangered species. Those “intolerants” hatin’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us.
~ Failed Alaska Governor Sarah Palin on Facebook
"Phil Robertson has 1st amend rights & can say whatever he wants!" - Sarah Palin, waving the scalp of Martin Bashir. #p2— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) December 19, 2013
This is a terrible day for Americans. But admittedly, a pretty good day for ducks.
Why did A&E A-and-axe him? Because this good Christian man spoke his mind to GQ about 'the Gays.'
Now I'll admit it's not the eloquent speech you'd expect from a backwoods Louisiana bird-murderer.
. . . Tonight we are ALL Phil Robertson. (dons beard)
And yes, black people had no reason to sing the blues! For pete's sake - they got their own water fountains!
~ Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central
The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with. I don’t agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV. In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive.
I also acknowledge that this is a free country, and everyone is entitled to express their views. In fact, I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment. It is a messed-up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended.
~ Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal
The First Amendment, like the constitution generally, only applies to the government, so if the government stops someone from talking or punishes them, that’s a First Amendment issue. If a private person says I won’t hire you or let you be on TV anymore, that’s not.
The idea is we don’t let the government decide what’s a good opinion, but we do let individuals decide what they think is offensive and what should be rewarded and what should be discouraged. That’s the way the marketplace of ideas is supposed to work.
~ Law Professor Kermit Roosevelt, Univ. of PA, on ABC News
Just think how much #DuckDynasty merchandise will move now that people will be "supporting" Phil Robertson. What a tragedy for A&E!— Steve Dowdy (@Steverocks35) December 20, 2013
A word of caution about Free Speech: it applies only to Teabaggers.— Paolo Polledri (@paolo_sf) December 20, 2013
This Phil Robertson story is the only thing about #DuckDynasty that wasn't staged by the producers.— Sly Dude (@SlyDude3677) December 20, 2013
Yep. Liberals are never going to let rightwing assholes get away with bigotry ever again. Sorry, @SarahPalinUSA. You aren't a true Christian— Hesiod Theogeny (@Hesiod2k11) December 20, 2013
Phil Robertson BA in phys ed &Masters in Ed/taught school,son Willie has Biz degree. These phonies play ignorant for $ #DuckDynasty frauds— Jody (@FishHawkRdJody) December 20, 2013