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

Kottage Kat

AMEN!!!!!!!!!!

44846GWP

thinkagain: May you meet your maker sooner, than later.

thinkagain

I’ve already met Him.

pntbutterandjelly

If we were to remove the religious aspects from this subject (as well as "Freedom of Speech) and only focus on what we would want for ourselves, that is to be respected (if disliked) and to be allowed to lead our lives as we best know how to attain happiness, fulfillment and wisdom without infringing upon the lives of others...we would all be better off. It really is all quite simple and "yes" Jesus DID try his Almighty best to teach and display the simplicity, beauty and love of one's brother. NOT to be-little, persecute or admonish each other but to truly help one another. THAT, and that alone, was his shinning example to aid us all in getting through our daily and sometimes confusing, if not humbling, frustrating lives. The real question for "real" Christians becomes, "What WOULD Jesus do?" I know... he would err towards love, tolerance and understanding as any REAL Christian would.

Sam

True freedom of speech is when the most objectionable speech is allowed and protected. I don't watch any "realty TV" including this program but this family who raised themselves from poverty and made their money by hard work well before the TV series is what should be admired not one comment that we agree or disagree with. It seems some people and groups just take every opportunity to be offended. Those who accuse others of being a bigot should look into a mirror to see the real bigot.

meowmix

I'm wondering if he said it because he's really a latent homosexual. Considering he's made a fortune by manufacturing round things you stick in your mouth and blow. :} C'mom people ----it's a JOKE!

JMOP

Breasts are round. They are for breast feeding.

red white and blue

Lord help me I never and I mean never thought I would say this but I couldnt agree more or wrote it better myself^^$$mikesee$$^^I worried that we agree but I'm on your side here .What's next peta screaming or maybe the tree huggers

mikesee

Hey you know every now and then we will agree!

LabMan

Hopefully there are no Steeler fans on here hating on Phil. If Phil had not quit football to hunt ducks and make calls, Terry Bradshaw would not have gotten the opportunity to quarterback Louisiana Tech and become a Steeler.

Darwin's choice

Obama: Lies about the healthcare farce, IRS, NSA, Benghazzi, Fast and Furious, etc.

Phil Robertson: Answers a question asked of him.

Wake up America! THE WRONG PERSON IS UNDER FIRE HERE !

mikesee

^^like^^

Dr. Information

Its amazing how many tolerant free speech people get so bent out of shape when they hear something they don't want to. Boo hoo. Get over it, its his beliefs, he isn't hurting anyone and A&E will feel the effects of their intolerant views.

The Bizness

Phil answered something the way he wanted to answer it, and he has to accept the consequences of it.

The twitter handle @s**tmydadsays posted this yesterday, "1st amendment doesn't protect a**holes from criticism. The right to act like an a**hole and be called an a**hole's the same f*****g right."

OH-IO

By today's standard the man is wrong wrong wrong! Where were all his supporters as the gay and lesbian community campaigned for this status and the laws they now have??! When he degraded them he wasn't deprived of freedom of speech; instead he broke the Anti Gay and Lesbian laws that now exist in the US. I'm not Gay or Lesbian but I know how to follow the law. The next generation will grow up and realize without a debate he's wrong and it's a law.

Dr. Information

What anti gay and lesbian laws did he break all knowledgeable one? Having an opinion, citing the bible isn't breaking any laws.

JudgeMeNot

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

Kingsin

OH-IO, you summed up everything which is wrong with your statement (and with our society) within the first three words- "by today's standards". Absolute truth does not evolve, nor is it relative. The "times" in which one lives does not change the fact that what would destroy a society a thousand years ago will still destroy one today. Neither does a majority opinion on a question of morality matter- fire will still burn you no matter how many may say it won't. If you wish to live your life with a fluid morality which is ever morphing and changing to the environs surrounding you- you will only end up hopelessly confused and lost. The "next generation"- if we as a people allow our voices to be muzzled under threat of law- will wake up one day to realize that they are no longer able to express any viewpoint which the powers that be do not endorse- is that what our founders envisioned? Even if you find someone else's word inflammatory- no matter the subject- at least have some common sense to see what stifling their voice will ultimately bring.

The Bizness

Yep, because things were so much better back during Jim Crow, when slavery was acceptable, before woman could vote, and before woman could be seen as a valuable resource in the workplace. These things all were seen as morally acceptable at some point.

None of us know what the correct "absolute truth" is, you don't know the answer, your church doesn't know the answer.

This is the best thing about our new Pope, he simply said "Who am I to judge a gay person?"

Dr. Information

And if you read the entire interview you would know that Phil R said he isn't judging or discriminating against anyone. He's here to spread the word, be happy and bring people to Jesus. Blame GQ for asking such dumb questions. The man was simply stating his belief when asked in the interview, which is mine also. I prefer a woman and only a woman NOT A MAN. If that offends you, sorry, you are not changing my ways. Im not out to harm anyone who is gay, nor inflict violence, I simply believe what the bible says, am only sexually attracted to women and that's that.

Oh the left really shows how intolerant they really are.

The Bizness

I am sure you are a good person, and don't hate any people based on sexuality, race, or gender. Phil, I hope is the same way. As I have said he can say anything he wants to say but he has to accept the consequences of it.

"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."

I accept his view and I politely disagree with it.

He doesn't know who will go to heaven, and you and I don't know. Noone knows, God may or not be real, noone knows. He should not say something isn't right. Gay people did not choose to be gay, they are born that way.

JudgeMeNot

No doubt liberals hate this show with a passion.

Dr. Information

And they act like they actually watch it, which they don't, yet they are front and center blasting this person they know nothing about.

Nemesis

"I accept his view and I politely disagree with it."

The problem is that most who share your views can't accept that approach.

Darwin's choice

"As I have said he can say anything he wants to say but he has to accept the consequences of it."

Does that apply to the liar in the white house?

The Bizness

Yes

Kingsin

Biz, do you not see your own marked myopia? Read your first paragraph again. Now, tell me, what is God's decision concerning who and who will not inherit His Kingdom? Simple as that. See how easy it is to understand God's Word- the hard part is submitting to it, which I feel is most people's problem today.

The Bizness

I have no idea what God's decision is. None of us do, none of us know if God is even real.

Kingsin

Ok. well at least I see where your coming from. It's truly not my intention to argue with you, it's not. Good luck in your life.

The Bizness

Thanks, and same to you!

I am not here to argue, I honestly debated with myself as to if I should even post about this topic because I have no strong opinion in the matter. It just bothers me when people start using God as a way of justifying a form of hate. I don't think Phil hates gay people, (although he may) but I do think some people posting do.

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