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.




This has absolutely nothing to the 1st Amendment and freedom of speech. Redneck Phil can say anything he wants and disparage any group that he wants to - nobody is trying to take that right away from him. Nowhere in the 1st Amendment does it state that there won't be consequences for your actions and the amendment certainly doesn't state that employment is guaranteed should you exercise your 1st Amendment rights.

I have probably signed half a dozen employment contracts throughout my years in the workforce. Each and every one of them have had a morals clause that states that I need to live up to certain behavioral standards and limits what I can do and say publicly. In other words, if I post something on Facebook that disparages a group of people, I can be let go. Not only did Robertson disparage the homosexual community by comparing homosexuality to bestiality, but he also offended many of the African-American race by saying that pre-welfare, pre-Civil Rights blacks in the South "were happy; no one was singing the blues." Are you kidding me? I'm sure Emmett Till, the four girls killed in the Alabama church bombing and the many victims of the Ku Klux Klan weren't walking around whistling Dixie!

A&E owns the show Duck Dynasty and they own the contracts of the performers. Just like MSNBC had the right to fire Alec Baldwin for his homophobic rant and Martin Bashir for his criticism of wacko-bird Sarah Palin, A&E had the right to suspend Redneck Phil and has the right to fire him outright.

And the hypocrisy isn't lost on me that the party that is against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act protecting employees from being fired for their sexual orientation is now all about protecting Redneck Phil for who and what he is.

dorothy gale


Darwin's choice

A & E hipocrocy: " A little over a month ago, the show's producers, (A&E) wanted them to remove the ending scene of every show of the Robertsons around the dinner table and Phil leading the family in prayer. A&E felt that it might "offend" non-Christians... the Robertsons told them no. Then A&E suggested that they bleep parts of the prayer, like it was some cuss words, again, they told A&E, "No". Then A&E suggested that they use foul language, that they could bleep out, they told A&E that, "We don't talk like that".
Amazing that A&E would try to censor the Robertsons religious beliefs and make them into swearing rednecks and that's OK, but make a comment that offends gays, and you're shut down, immediately"...

And, as far as his comments about blacks, you might want to actually read what he did say!
He said he had not seen any mistreatment of blacks with his own eyes. Everyone got along. Nothing racist there..... but you go ahead and make whatever suits your agenda....


I have read ever line that has been posted from the interview and I know exactly what he said and exactly what he was implying (sorry, but I don't have a subscription to GQ Magazine). No agenda here - just letting you know who he offended and the ramifications. If you're really that upset by A&E, pony up your own money and start your own TV show. A&E are the ones that took the risk with the show, they have the legal right to regulate what goes out on the air. Nothing more, nothing less.

Darwin's choice

“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once,” he said. “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.”

I don't know what your reading, here's the quote.
I'm not upset about anything except knee jerk people who jump at the first chance to spew crap about "who's offended".

You should take your mind reading abilities on tour with the circus....


“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once,” - For Christ's sake, I was only about ten years old at the time and even I saw what was going on through TV news and the newspaper headlines. This guy's about ten years older than I am - if he couldn't see past his nose to what was really going on, then those drugs he was taking must have been pretty good.

"I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’—not a word!" - Did they dare say anything about those "doggone white people"? They were already drinking from separate drinking fountains, not allowed in certain establishments, riding in the back of the bus and denied admission to many schools and colleges. The ones that did speak out were likely to be admonished, beaten or killed (just read about James Earl Chaney, Jimmie Lee Jackson and Medgar Evers to name a few if you're not familiar with what was going on).

"Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.” - First off, he's wrong about the facts. Welfare started in the 1930's as a result of the great depression to help no and low income families. Since the discussion was about Louisiana before Civil Rights, I can only assume that he's saying that African Americans were happier under Jim Crow. I'm pretty sure that most, if not all, African Americans would be offended by the fact that a white redneck is saying that the black population was happier being treated as second class citizens. With this logic, should it be assumed that the Jews were happy to be in concentration camps when they gathered to sing? I think not. More likely, they were making the best of a tragic situation just as the African Americans were before the Civil Rights Movement.

I'm really looking forward to reading your scathing rebuke of MSNBC for their firing Martin Bashir over his comments about Sarah Palin.


Re: "I was only about ten years old at the time and even I saw what was going on through TV news and the newspaper headlines."


It's called editing.

TV and newspapers ain't (bleepin') reality. They're imperfect lenses.

A free press is only as free as the Editorial Board.

Everyone is (bleepin') biased. Objectivity is a fiction believed only by the naive.

Recall what LBJ supposedly said regarding Walter Cronkite and his changed attitude about U.S. involvement in Vietnam:

“If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost America.”

The media is a bought and paid for arm of the American Ruling Class.

And you nabobs are worried about FNC. lol.

The 'picture' and the 'story' are MUCH bigger.

John Harville

Exactly what part of the firehoses, attack dogs, church bombings, lynchngs, marches were EDITED?

Darwin's choice

Wow toredown11, you really missed your calling. You should be a billionaire with all them smarts you got. How do you know they even had a tv, jagoff? You and everyone else thats jumping up and down are making a whole lot of assumptions. I put you and bashir on the same level, right under big dogs tail.....

John Harville

Everybody overlooked the 'white trash' being with the blacks.
White trash is just as foul.
And... 'male prostitutes' will not inherit the kingdom of God but female prostitutes will (well, they do have those glorious things between their legs).
And he only protested a guy's butt... didn't say anything about using a woman's butt.
And he glosses over the part of the scripture where David and Jonathan are in love and enjoy the sheep....


Re: "pre-welfare, pre-Civil Rights blacks in the South 'were happy; no one was singing the blues.'"

And can the same be said regarding the northern ones too?

Ain't never been no discrimination in the North right?

Educated blacks are having difficulty finding jobs in the North and headin' back South.

It's been called the "Reverse Migration."

Come into the 21st Century.

And 'reality TV' is REALLY 'real' right? lol

John Harville

WRONG Contango. Those of us who live it know all about the ongoing discrimination in the north.

Those of us who experienced 'Whites Only' fountains and restaurants and so on in the Pre-Civil Rights South know how few 'coloreds' were happy with their circumstances. Oh, but they just LOVED those lynchings, man.


Please google the word "sarcasm" before responding to any more of Contango's comments.


Thank you. +2


Tore down, I just wanted to comment to say that this is by far the best, most accurate comment I have read on this article!!



John Harville

AMEN almost.... you didn't mention the conscription of Blacks into the military and the death rate among Blacks in the Vietnam War.

The Vietnam War. Did Phil serve? If he was old enough to do drugs and get sick in the 60s...


toredown, you're confusing hypocrisy and irony.


Yup. It IS a tad ironic isn't it? (Hypocrisy is a terrible thing to waste)


Never watched it, don't intend to & don't (bleepin') care.

The man is 'entitled' to his opinion and A&E is 'entitled' to their actions.

This country is goin' down the financial sh*tcan and the discussion 'consuming the nation' is some nabob on TV and what he said?

As the title and subject of a book by the late Neil Postman so eloquently said many yrs. ago, we are:

"Amusing Ourselves to Death. "


Did I wake up in "Bizarro World"? I completely agree with Contango - that's a first! At least the first three lines..I'm not familiar with Neil Postman's book and I don't have time right now to read up on it. Next thing you know, Ted Cruz is going to be seen having breakfast Maxine Waters!


Re: "Neil Postman's book."

Which is why I provided the link as a primer.

An extrapolation of McLuhan's: The medium is the message.

“ All technological change is a Faustian bargain. For every advantage a new technology offers, there is always a corresponding disadvantage.”

- Neil Postman

Rep. Waters: A progressive-socialist nut ball

Sen. Cruz: A 'bit' confused in the societal arena.


But this is just fine? What a world we live in today!


Unassumer/Toredown-- you people are right on the money! I managed to choke down 15 minutes of Duck Dynasty about a month ago to see what all the hoopla was about. That's 15 minutes of my life I'll never get back. Although, with all this press this idiot is getting, now may be a great time to invest in some of those DD Chia pets. :}


Being family valued oriented is what the liberals hate about the show.


Agree. Agree. Agree.


Rock on Phil! This country has become wussified. Boohoo, get over it gays. If you don't like him exercising HIS rights then don't watch his show.


That's a fact..jack


@BadBoys You are correct, divorce has become “acceptable” in today’s society. Abortion also, is considered a “right” and not a sin. Now homosexuality is being fast tracked to normalcy.

Recognizing sin is the first step to overcoming, no matter which sin is being discussed. But today, many say that homosexual sex is good, right and moral, this is the reason I address it. I attack the sin, never the sinner. God HATES sin, but not people.

We are all given to a variety of worldly perversions, that's why Jesus came to earth to take on our sins.

In Matthew 7:13-14 Christ clearly taught that not everyone will go to Heaven, and that some will go to Hell.

In John 3:3-5 Christ explained how a man can enter the kingdom of God.

Catholic – one who is a member of a particular religion.

Christian – one who is born again, a new creature, by personal experience and revelation of the risen Lord.

Having been raised in the Catholic religion, it wasn’t until God reached down in grace and revealed Himself to me, through His free gift of the Holy Spirit, that I became a Christian.

True Christianity is not a religion, it is a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Yes, it is possible to have a personal relationship with God.

Our Maker is not willing that any should spend eternity separated from Him, but that all should be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

God is holy and our free will to sin against Him has separated us from Him. On the other hand God loves us and has shown His love by sending His Son for our reconciliation and forgiveness.

The answer is Jesus Christ. He is the fulfillment of God's justice and love.

That's why Jesus is the key, and life's supreme question becomes, what will you do with Christ?

Put aside emotional bias on this topic for just a moment, and simply seek God and His direct answer on this issue.

As Christians, the only thing that should matter to us, is what God the Father thinks – not what the politicians think, not what the liberal media thinks, and not what the world in general thinks.