Oh, Duck Commander. What have you done? Phil Robertson, star, patriarch, and self-appointed "commander" on A&E's reality hit Duck Dynasty, opened up a kettle of muck in a recent interview. As a fan of the show, I'm no stranger to Phil's more outrageous behavior (i.e.: shunning Barbara Walters and outing his own show as fake). The bearded weirdo, for all his faults, always comes across as really family-oriented and lovable.
But his recent totally-too-candid comments on gay rights had me slapping my forehead. The Robertson clan has made no secret about their beliefs. They are "out and proud" Christians who credit their success to their sense of family and the religious path they have chosen. That's all well and good -- until you start frankly addressing buttholes on T.V. and expecting folks to go along with it.
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Phil -- totally unabashed, a fact that will surprise no one who watches the show -- proceeded to explain why he doesn't believe in homosexuality. That's right -- like, as a rule. It's not that he's AGAINST it, he just doesn't get it. Physically. Okay enough beating around the bush (if you'll pardon the pun), here's what Phil said:
It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man's anus. That's just me. I'm just thinking: There's more there! She's got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I'm saying?
Anyone who's surprised by Phil or talking about boycotting the show clearly hasn't actually been watching. This is nothing new. Phil loves talking "sin," and he lumps homosexuality right on up there with some of the big ones.
I in no way want to make it sound here like I support this statement. I don't. I think human love and sexuality is far more complex than evangelical Christianity makes it out to be. I think everyone deserves to love who they love free of judgment. To that end, beneath all his bluster, Phil does too:
We never, ever judge someone on who's going to heaven, hell. That's the Almighty's job. We just love 'em, give 'em the good news about Jesus—whether they're homosexuals, drunks, terrorists.
Okay, so it's not exactly a beaming message of acceptance, but it's better than a lot of other comments I've heard people make. I'll give the 67-year-old a break. I'm actually more worried about Phil comparing anyone who doesn't believe in Jesus to ... Nazis:
Look at any society where there is no Jesus. I'll give you four: Nazis, no Jesus. Look at their record. Uh, Shintos? They started this thing in Pearl Harbor. Any Jesus among them? None. Communists? None. Islamists? Zero [...] Just look at the records as far as murder goes among those four groups.
Not to blaspheme -- but Jesus Christ, Phil. Did you just compare all Shintos to Nazis? And propagate an erroneous stereotype that says that all Muslims are terrorists? Forget his off the cuff gay bashing -- this sort of talk is what we should really be worried about.
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