Patriarch off 'Duck Dynasty' after gay comments

Phil Robertson suspended indefinitely.
Associated Press
Dec 19, 2013

"Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson — suspended from the series indefinitely after making disparaging remarks about gays — is getting some support from key followers.

Sarah Palin posted a picture on her Facebook page of her with the reality show clan with the message, "Free Speech is an endangered species." And Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal also lamented the suspension on free speech terms.

"It's a messed-up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended," said the governor in a statement Thursday (the show is filmed in his state.

A&E announced Wednesday what it called a "hiatus" for Robertson, 67, after he disparaged gays in the January edition of GQ magazine. He also said that, growing up in Louisiana before the Civil Rights movement, he never saw mistreatment of blacks.

In a statement, A&E said it was extremely disappointed to see Robertson's anti-gay remarks, which it said were based on his personal beliefs and do not reflect those of A&E Networks or the show. A&E Networks, a joint venture of The Walt Disney Co. and Hearst Corp., called itself a supporter of the lesbian and gay community.

The channel's move was lauded by the gay and lesbian media advocacy group GLAAD, which had quickly condemned Robertson's comments.

"What's clear is that such hateful anti-gay comments are unacceptable to fans, viewers, and networks alike," said GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz. Robertson's removal "has sent a strong message that discrimination is neither a Christian nor an American value."

Robertson and his extended family became wealthy manufacturing duck calls and were turned into TV and pop culture stars by "Duck Dynasty," which has set cable ratings records for a non-fiction series. Several family members appeared in this year's Macy's Thanksgiving parade.

In his GQ interview, Robertson was asked his definition of sinful behavior.

"Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there," such as bestiality, he said.

GQ said he then paraphrases a biblical reference: "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."

Robertson and his family had no comment on his hiatus, A&E said on their behalf. He may be in some previously taped scenes when the show returns Jan. 15 for its fifth season, a network spokesman said.

Robertson did respond to initial criticism of his GQ remarks.

"I myself am a product of the '60s" who indulged in sex and drugs until hitting bottom and accepting Jesus as his savior, he said in a statement. Although his mission is to teach people that men and women are meant to be together, Robertson said he "would never treat anyone with disrespect" because they are different.

In the interview, he also said that in his Louisiana youth he picked cotton with African-Americans and never saw "the mistreatment of any black person. Not once."

"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!" Robertson told the magazine.

A&E said it had received no complaints about those remarks.

 

Comments

John Harville

Good question for Martin Bashir....

The Big Dog's back

sarah palin is all for freedom of speech except when it comes to her and her family. Ask Bashir.

Stop It

I watched that show once. It's frippin' stupid! We must have a whole crapload of people that have an IQ of a pineapple if this is the highest rating show on TV.

And as an aside, 'reality shows' are anything but.

Unassumer

That's exactly what I'm saying.

Licorice Schtick

Oh, I don't know, I think it's healthy to give your brain a rest and watch mindless garbage once in awhile. When you need something smarter, you can switch to "Spongebob Squarepants."

Pete

SpongeBob or MSNBC. They are of the same intellect.

santown419

Yes Sarah playem is a rocket scientist. That means false news is spongebob friend Patrick they just make things up as they go.

Raoul Duke

I've completely stopped watching TV aside from some sports, and that's next. I cannot stand the commercials anymore, and the shows are worse. Instead, I have been reading actual paper books, and listening to actual vinyl records.

Kottage Kat

Raoul Duke,
In addition to your comment, I have no computer.
If one is asked a question and answers honestly should not be punished for that.
Just because he is not Lady GaGa and keeps his clothes on, really????

mikesee

That IQ of a pineapple has made them $$millions$$!!! How much has your brain made you???

pntbutterandjelly

Are you a Bernie Madoff backer too? (give it a break as your comment has been summarily trumped)

mikesee

Not a Madoff supporter. People are on here saying how stupid he is. I am just merely pointing out that sometimes they are actually smarter than the typical normal person. I am sorry that I offended you and s sorry that a dumb hillbilly is actually smarter than you when it comes to making money.

Minuteman

The show has high ratings because people have been restricted by political correctness and this show gives them an outlet for what they know is right and are afraid to say aloud. Just the opposite of Jerry Springer which glorifies what is wrong.

pntbutterandjelly

The sound of thunderous applause is heard throughout northern Ohio. Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

pntbutterandjelly

"Tabloid" reality is main stream media now. Just look at Faux News.
Speaking of that....is there any truth that Fox is offering Mr. Duck Master a broadcasting position? Just curious.

pntbutterandjelly

Question to "Stop It", What would the total IQ of a crapload of Pineapples be? (just curious cauz I would like to possibly raise some sweet and intelligent Pineapples)(thanks for your help)
PB&J
Ps. Do you know where I can get some Pineapple seeds???

8ballinthesidepocket

I may not agree with what the dunce said, but he has every right to say whatever he wants and A&E has every right to suspend him IF he violated his contract. Hope he sues the crap out them for violating his right to free speech! If they fire him they ought to get rid of Rachel Maddow and the rest of the libs on TV for all the dumb outlandish lies they spew. And what about our great leader, is lying worse than making ignorant comments? If so, get rid of him or have we sunk to a new low?

Nemesis

He has a right to free speech, but not to be free of social ostracism for his speech. A&E is not a state actor, and they have a right to freedom of association - not to associate, commercially or otherwise, with someone whose message is not the one they wish to send.

That said, those who preach tolerance are some of the most intolerant.

pntbutterandjelly

Nemesis (great name by the way!)>>>Your comment was short, t the point and....dead on! Thanks, PB&J

Nemesis

People seldom grasp the difference between the free speech as a legal concept versus as an ethical one. While private parties are not legally bound by the First Amendment, they are morally and ethically bound by their own proclamations of support for free speech, tolerance, and diversity to treat holders of opinions they share equally with holders of opinions they don't.

pntbutterandjelly

tsk. tsk. tsk. It appears your panties are too snug around your brain and has completely cut off the oxygen supply to your one good typing finger.

samiam

He has the right to his opinion. If you don't like it or agree with him, turn the channel. Period. A&E needs him and his family more than they need A&E.

Unassumer

We all have the right to our opinions. Unfortunately if you don't agree with the popular one, it appears you become the bad guy.

Dr. Information

Wait. Who are the people throwing a fit because of what he said? Intolerant people like you.

John Harville

Can turn the channel on the TV.
CANNOT 'turn the channel' on a magazine that will be on stands/in archives/in libraries for decades.
The Arts and Entertainment Channel - of which Dick Dynasty is neither - does not need this.a But... now they have it for another full season unless they dump the entire show.

queenjhb

these are his Christian beliefs , he says he would never show anyone disrespect. He hates [ the sin] and not the person. Many Christians believe this. I think he is being honest about his feelings.

Lil DAB

pntbutterandjelly

Hmm. Who did Jesus hang out with? Just the Righteous? (guess again) "Yes" I am afraid he IS being genuine with his thoughts and feelings. That IS the problem and a scary one at that. It's more example of a wealthy individual who has the spotlight spotlighting their own ignorance, arrogance, stupidity, bias and bigotry who reputes to be a Christian. People like him give religions a really bad name. "Preach the religion and then crap all over with your own self-wrought brand of intolerance." what a joke

John Harville

queerjhb... no Christian hates ANYTHING.

"I command you to love one another as I have loved you." -Jesus

thinkagain

Another day, another lesson in liberal hypocrisy.

They are fond of preaching "diversity" and "tolerance". But hateful hypocrites that they are, it doesn’t apply when it comes to bashing Christians or discriminating against them.

Their never-ending pressuring of society to give up religious faith, merely exposes them as bigoted, intolerant, christophobes.

Keep removing God out of our society, but stop wondering why crime increases and our children are killing each other.

Christians who proclaim the truth that homosexuality is a sin have homosexuals' best interests at heart, whether those in the homosexual community feel that way or not.

One thing that is absolutely true is that people that are activists for the homosexual lifestyle hate God.

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