'Duck Dynasty' Star's Homophobic Rant Earns Him Swift Suspension From Show

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Phil Robertson and FamilyJust days after his over-the-top comments started hitting the web, A&E has formally suspended Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson. The Duck Commander had us all cringing and outraged yesterday when he went waaaaay too far with his nuts and bolts frankness. In an interview, Robertson made no bones about his feelings where homosexuality is concerned.

Not content to simply refuse a comment or keep it brief and non-hateful, Robertson was quick to address his incredulity at the idea of a man being attracted to another man -- and in the most graphic of terms. But it wasn't just gay culture that should be offended, Robertson also described any religion that didn't follow Jesus as something akin to the Nazis. Methinks the Jews would disagree. 

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A&E made it clear where they stood on the issue -- and fast. They drafted up and sent out a press release, leaving no doubt that they were peeved at their outrageous star's latest bungle. The statement said the following:

We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson's comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty. His personal views in no way reflect those of A&E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely. 

I think it was smart of the network to move as quickly as they did and show they don't broker in hatred. It's also complex, because the network chose this family knowing that they had an intense (and at times outlandishly stated) system of beliefs. Surely this comes with the territory, no?

The gay community is outraged by Robertson's remarks -- and fair enough. GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz made this cut and dried statement regarding the scandal:

Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil's lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe.

This is an important point. There are countless gay Christians who doubtlessly were TWICE as offended by Phil's comments. Chad Griffin, the president of the Human Rights Campaign, issued the following statement:

Phil Robertson's remarks are not consistent with the values of our faith communities or the scientific findings of leading medical organizations. We know that being gay is not a choice someone makes, and that to suggest otherwise can be incredibly harmful. We also know that Americans of faith follow the Golden Rule -- treating others with the respect and dignity you'd wish to be treated with. As a role model on a show that attracts millions of viewers, Phil Robertson has a responsibility to set a positive example for young Americans -- not shame and ridicule them because of who they are.

Both Chad and Wilson are right. Gay fans of the show are likely to turn away from it permanently, regardless of A&E's quickness to act. I know I'll be giving it a wider berth in solidarity.

Do you think A&E's decision was the right one to make?

 

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adamat34 adamat34

The LGBT community.needs.to.re.read their tolerance definition....goes both ways.

Its sickening how we are only OK to express one viewpoint and that HAS to be pro gay if not we are intolerant idiot rednecks....Ill never support the homosexual lifestyle, let the gays come get me!!!

EmilyH87 EmilyH87

I was so disappointed when I heard this (work in the same town as the Robertsons and live across the river). I do agree with A&E's decision and I'm glad that the channel stuck to its guns and reacted to Phil's statements quickly. I'm just sad that he felt like he had to make the comments.

chigi... chigirl1228

A&E has to do what they believe is good for their company. Every action has a reaction. Robertson has a right to state his beliefs and A&E has a right to react, whether positive or negative. I don't understand what people do not get. You are free to say what you please but you are not free from the consequences. I have the right to call my boss a smelly dickhead all I want to his face and he reserves the right to fire me. This has nothing to do with his freedoms being taken away and everything to do with him speaking out of turn and facing the backlash.

Rebecca Ackiss Schrock

I don't understand how it's not OK for him to have his opinion about this. Is he any different from Kanye West comparing himself to soldiers and police officers? Why did no one get outraged and take a record deal from him when what he said was absurd?

A&E knew what it was getting into when they signed the Robertson family. They knew that they had morals and that they were a religious family. I have gay people in my family, and I do love them. But I agree with Phil, and I stand with the Robertson family. 

nonmember avatar Shawn

The free speech argument here is absurd. No one is interfering with his right of free speech. He is not going to prison for what he said. The first amendment does not, however, guarantee that there will be no other repercussions for exercising your right to free speech. The network is using their right of free speech in their response. And they did so in a much more decent and tactful manner than this actor managed.

aajm-... aajm-momma

Taking his age the way he was raised and the fact hes in the bible belt and the fact he said HE IS NOT TO JUDGE THAT IS UP TO GOD and that he as a christian man is to show them what god says and where to go to church got him suspended oh and that the african american peope he worked with WHILE DIRT POOR seem in his eyes HAPPY. It sickens me that he's been suspended for his beliefs but if he was to spout off politically correct whit then a&e would be glorifying him and his comments but because he stood his ground with his beliefs he's punished hypocritical much? And for the record I am all for gay equality and feel love doesn't not know genitalia but I know for a FACT I wouldn't get suspended from my job for feeling that way

Tyson Fricker

People watch way too much TV. But, he'll be back on the show. Just like Dog the Bounty Hunter was brought back. A&E is just trying to drive ratings. This is the same stunt they pulled with Dog simply because he said the n-word.

chigi... chigirl1228

Nobody can take opinions away from you and nobody can stop you from saying them. But their will always be a consequence. Whether good or bad. That's the point. A&E, whether they understood his "morals" or not, had to do what they feel is best for their company.

EmilyH87 EmilyH87

I agree with chigirl. Phil was within his right to say what he wanted, but A&E was within their right to disagree with him and suspend him. The rest of the Robertsons aren't bad people, and I don't think Phil is a bad person, just backwards in some of his thinking. To him, there was nothing wrong with what he said, but free speech doesn't mean people have to agree with what you say. There are people that will agree with Phil's sentiments and those that won't, and, being in public eye, he has to face both sides of that coin.

keelh... keelhaulrose

LGBT groups have the right to express an opinion to A&E, and A&E has the right to act as they see fit. A&E has the right to tell the group's to take a joke, that Duck Dynasty is their top show and they want to cater to its stars, they decided to suspend him. It's a business decision I'm sure they made because they saw more money in suspending him than they did keeping him on the show. If they lose money he'll be back. It's all business.


Freedom of speech does not mean from from consequences.

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