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

Unassumer

First of all, the show is overrated and probably best liked by past viewers of Jerry Springer. Who cares? Ohio is full of these christian bigots, just take a look at some of the comments! Everyone goes along with the majority and I have already seen so many post on FB putting down A&E and defending this old hippie turned Jesus freak that I am about to go insane! We all have our opinions, which you know are like a**holes-everybody has one but this is one show and one guy we can live without.

beepx22

Careful all of your tolerance is leaking...

bondgirlM

lol excellent beep :)

areyt55

upto I looked at the bank draft four $9231, I didnt believe that...my... mother in law could trully bringing home money in their spare time from there computar.. there mums best friend has done this for only 13 months and just now cleared the debts on their apartment and got a top of the range BMW M3. read more http://goo.gl/f6e95V

fenderstrat52

Unassumer, I would like to know what your personal thoughts are on the Kardashian's and Honey Boo Boo. Just wondering.

Unassumer

pretty much the same. aggregious waste of tv air time. people that should not be emulated, much less aggrandized through the media. if this is your reality, I'm sorry.

Dr. Information

The show is not overrated. Its one of the most watched TV shows on right now. So there goes that theory out the window. Derp!

pntbutterandjelly

D I T T O that

Think9

Unassumer sez:
"We all have our opinions, which you know are like a**holes-everybody has one".

Yea, but I don't want a wiener in it. If I happen to have a germ in there mixed with my poop, it may give him hepatitis and then I'd loose my lover. Nope, my butt's for poopin and poopin only, as God made it used for. But, to each his and hers own.
Personally, I don't like the show.

John Harville

And what about all the germs in Phil's vaunted vaginas? They've been spreading disease since legs first began spreading...

Minuteman

No, this is business. They'll put him back in if it pays. That depends on the political correctness of the viewers.

pntbutterandjelly

I agree with "Unassumer" and would like to add, "I hate "ducks" and ignorant/stupid people. This would most definitely include (ahh, err..) mr. Robertson." (The lower case "m" in Mr. was intentional. Now...can we all move past this bigoted Hillbilly. (c how easy it is to throw out slanderous and biased B.S.?)

Note: A millionaire duck is still nothing more than a duck with a lot of money but possesses little class or common decency let alone real intelligence and...quacks incessantly for no reason.

pntbutterandjelly

Unassumer>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>u r correct.

Mr Bean

Unass---whatever: Have read all your comments---not one possitive statement. What are your likes and dislikes, what do you watch? Are you a "Pitbull? Do you just attack, do you have a suggestion? What is a Christion Bigot? The two terms are not synonamous! What is an "Old Hippie" , what is a "Jesus Freak"?

deertracker

Freedom of speech is not so free!!!!!!

margaritaville88

So TRUE....After this b.s., A&E will start losing money and be UNHAPPY, UNHAPPY, UNHAPPY !!!

fenderstrat52

Deertracker, yeah, but you gotta remember, that of all the things the government has taken away and screwed us out of, freedom of speech is (checked on today) still a right. Naysayers or not, lump it or leave it people.

Unassumer

freedom of speech appears to only be okay if what was said or who said it is popular. if I went around making comments about gays and blacks then I'm sure I'd be ostracized or called a bigot. Mel Gibson made remarks about gays and that didn't go over too well; why are people defending this guy? because he praises the Lord? give me a break. he's a hypocrite and so is everyone standing up for him.

John Harville

-Jim Jones praised the Lord, too, as he led 900 souls to suicide.
-Ted Haggard - homosexual-hating preacher of a mega=church praised the Lord while getting a treatment from his male masseuse.
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pntbutterandjelly

Valid points John but we can add, "God is watching us all." He and He alone holds the scorecard to Heaven's Gates. Until His judgment day arrives for us each...we should try to help each other and not try to demean, belittle or alienate ourselves from each other because of preconceived or misguided concepts that break down or distract from our personal responsibilities and to the possibilities to and for each and every man, woman and child. Mr. Duck has a purpose in life that may yet turn out to be constructive, somehow, someway, someday for some people just...not for me. That is unless...I can personally talk to him and show him the error of his reasoning.

pntbutterandjelly

Ah but ignorance, bigotry, indecency and lack of good judgment is on sale!

John Harville

Deertracker Please elucidate for us how Congress abridged his Freedom of Speech.

Raoul Duke

How can we preach tolerance if we can't even tolerate the intolerant?

Capt. Ford

Nailed that one Duke.

Licorice Schtick

Should we also tolerate intolerance of intolerance? Wait. What?

pntbutterandjelly

I guess we should all just hang out with those who most despise us. (works for me!)

Unassumer

if we tolerate the intolerant it will become acceptable and apparently already has.

Raoul Duke

Apparently NOT.

pntbutterandjelly

Unassumer>>>>>>u may be onto something! Just think, "If we all tolerated the intolerant and they in turn didn't tolerate us we would we live in an intolerant tolerant world and everyone would be happy or...not."
Kahlil Gibrahn once said, "So much is lost and so much is gained in these words, Nice a$$."

pntbutterandjelly

There is a wide chasm between "tolerance" for those who have decency and intolerance for those who pose a threat to society and themselves. Mr. Duck is the later rather than the former and therefore is NOT worthy of "tolerance". (Can you quote one example where a gay individual EVER bespoke of a rancid and ignorant Hillbilly?) "TOLERANCE"

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