‘Duck Dynasty’ Star’s Gay Bashing Isn’t His Worst Crime

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phil robertsOh, 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.

Does this change your feelings about the show?

 

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Erinly Erinly

Nope, I love the show. I love that they are so family oriented and haven't let the fame change their values or morals and they haven't held their tongues about what they believe because it's not politically correct. And i don't believe he "shunned" Barbara Walters, from what I understand he would rather go duck hunting than do an interview (I haven't read every article so I may be missing something). This is America and people have the right to say what how they feel and why, even if not everyone agrees with it.

nhamp... nhampton401

It's amazing how everyone jumps on people for not understanding the who gay thing. I agree with him. I don't get it either. But like he says, it's not our place to judge. It's not your place to say he's wrong to say any of this. We all have opinions. I love this show and love this family. I applaud him for voicing his opinion not caring what anyone will think.

nonmember avatar M

The Inquisition and the Crusades, lots of Jesus. I'm Catholic, by the way. People will do terrible things both because of a lack of religion and in the name of religion, regardless of what that religion may be.

Tyson Fricker

Po' white trailer trash acts like po' white trailer trash and people are surprised. Stop putting people on pedestals and then they won't have so far to fall. 

2boys... 2boysmama311

Last time I checked we have the right to say and believe what we choose. You don't have to agree with his opinion, but you should respect his ability to have one. 

Tyson Fricker

@2boysmama311 - And people have the right to point out the trash that he is. Cheers!

fave82 fave82

Love him! I see nothing wrong with what he said. He's being honest about how he feels and isn't being hateful. Good for him!

Yaz Jaz

He's being very hateful. He's comparing Muslism to Nazis. He's white trash garbage.

adamat34 adamat34

I appreciate.the fact he doesnt apologize.for his beliefs. I said it before. Just because its the.in thing to do to worship the gay lifestyle doesnt make it right with.God. christian people.are entitled to their beliefs as everyone else. I commend him for not bowing down to the public demand.

nonmember avatar april

I never watched the show anyway. Always found it kind of dumb and silly, like all the other reality crap out there. That being said, I don't agree with him, but he's got the right to say what he wants. I just hope he doesn't start crying later if there is a backlash against it.

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