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

Nemesis

Why?

Disapproval of people's actions is not hatred of those people.

The Bizness

Sometimes it can be.

Nemesis

No, it can't. They are two different things.
I may not like how you dress, walk, talk, or the way you prepare meatloaf, but is not hatred of you.

The Bizness

Sure you may not hate someone else for disagreeing with them but some people hate gay people simply because they are gay. Does Phil hate guys? I don't know, only he truly knows.

Nemesis

"some people hate gay people simply because they are gay."

That's an assumption on your part. No one can know the state of another person's mind.

Contango

As a long time fan of gay and libertarian Camille Paglia, I TOTALLY respect what she had to say.

The SR spam filter is on, Google the following:

Paglia: Duck Dynasty uproar ‘utterly fascist, utterly Stalinist’

The Bizness

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."

Contango

Did you read it?

She does mention a culture of intolerance for both gays and straights.

The 1st Amend. is never mentioned.

Nemesis

This excerpt sums it up well:

“To express yourself in a magazine in an interview — this is the level of punitive PC, utterly fascist, utterly Stalinist, OK, that my liberal colleagues in the Democratic Party and on college campuses have supported and promoted over the last several decades,” Paglia said. “This is the whole legacy of free speech 1960’s that have been lost by my own party.

“I think that this intolerance by gay activists toward the full spectrum of human beliefs is a sign of immaturity, juvenility,” Paglia said. “This is not the mark of a true intellectual life. This is why there is no cultural life now in the U.S. Why nothing is of interest coming from the major media in terms of cultural criticism. Why the graduates of the Ivy League with their A, A, A+ grades are complete cultural illiterates, etc. is because they are not being educated in any way to give respect to opposing view points.”

JudgeMeNot

A Duck Commander duck call for everyone on the shopping list. I don't care if you hunt or not, your getting a Duck Commander so you can blow it into the face of these liberal socialists.

John Harville

No thanks Judge.... I've had a real man's duck call - and squirrel and turkey - that outdates anything you can get by about a century. You know, when men didn't have to hide behind facial hair.

red white and blue

I think we have enough blowing on here judgemenot

Donegan

Obama watches and thanks his lucky stars he said that, Otherwise people would be reading the new NDAA and seeing how much more of a police state we are. http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/poli...

44846GWP

The show has everything to bring out the right wing nuts, god, guns, and gays.

thinkagain

It was the gays that brought you out. How’s that twink for sale ad on Craigslist workin’ out for ya?

44846GWP

You wish.

John Harville

Whatinhelsdamatter with spending most nights at the bar, appreciatin' some vaginas, maybe takin' one somewhere and enjoying some of those finer points? Long as it's not my daughter or my woman.
What's wrong with decidin' your first woman/wife/mother of your kids was a mistake and gettin' another one... or two... or three? So what if you have several babymamas? What's wrong with hosting a 'key party'?
What's wrong with claimin' to be a Christian?
Guess bein' a female prostitute is okay though... and smokin' and doin' weed and other ways 'defying the temple'?
I can say whatever the fuck I wanna on here - UNLESS the Moderator decides to exercise his/her right as owner of the site and remove me.
What the fuck?
Oh... and those slanderers.

Darwin's choice

Been hitting the pipe today John?

"smokin and doin' weed" gets you elected president....

John Harville

Probably Darwin... Thomas Jefferson wrote in his diary about the joy of a pipeful of hemp and a glass of wine - before he went off to enjoy a slave's vagina...
If it's good enough for the Hero of the Tea Party....

John Harville

"
This is my commandment. I command you to love one another as I have loved you." - Jesus

Darwin's choice

President Obama allows his daughters only a limited amount of television viewing, and Duck Dynasty is one of the shows they are allowed to watch.

pntbutterandjelly

"Freedom Of Speech" What a fickle concept that is. If I say something you dislike... you want revenge. If you say something I dislike...I want war. "Freedom of Speech" Is it kosher, morally correct, intelligent or acceptable to utter words like; _ucK?,Shi_", A$$whole, Nig_er, Wop, Spick, whor_, etc? Are they the words we want our children to hear, learn and use? Of FREAKIN' course there are limitations on freedom of speech! W.T.F.!?! Don't be stupid! Mr. Duck demonstrated his freedom of speech but unfortunately stupid comment. Much as many of you here do. Freedom of Speech my A$$! (LOL) get my drift?

Kingsin

Well we're about to top 250 posts on this article- will we make it to 300? Everybody got everything out of their system yet? You can respond by calling me names if it makes any of you feel better, (and if it helps to get us to 300) then we can get on to the next story.

red white and blue

Well since you asked; Phil Robertson for Pres.lol

mikesee

Hey, two things we agree on!

Sam

Time for everyone on both sides to chill out on this subject. This is not about the First Amendment, which deals with the government and religion or speech, the government is not involved. Its about an employer, A&E exercising a clause in an employment contract with their employee, Phil that they perceive could damage their property, that being the program Duck Dynasty, which they have a right to do. That being said A&E might have made a huge public relations blunder by overreacting to be politically correct. A&E claims it placed Phil on suspension, which will be a PR statement only to cater to special interest groups considering they have already filmed 9 of the 10 new episodes for 2014. This entire incident has people talking about this show, even those who don't watch it with anticipation of record ratings for the program in 2014. Makes one wonder if this was yet another "reality" incident by everyone involved?

John Harville

Yup. Just like Hobby Lobby using its religious freedom to keep its employees from buying abortions in the form of birth control... and refusing to stock craft items for Hanukkah.

The New World Czar

Most if not all those slamming the Robertson family and the show have never watched the show.

It all comes down to this- who would you rather have living in your neighborhood...the Robertsons or the Kardashians?

John Harville

Or a Kingdom Hall? Or Pat Robertson?

Texx Reloader

Hmmm...if I use the same words, and phrases used in the article it triggers the profanity filter. Interesting.

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