The internet is currently ablaze with comments about Arts & Entertainment Network suspending Duck Dynasty family patriarch Phil Robertson after his comments in an interview with GQ, in which he quoted the Bible and said that homosexuals would not go to Heaven and that it will “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.” In the same interview, he also claimed that he worked in the cotton fields with blacks as a child and they were happier than they are now. "Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues."
I am a fan of the Duck Dynasty TV show. It’s funny, you can let your kids and grandkids watch it and not worry about them seeing sex or people using drugs or being blown to bits, and the family values they exhibit are great.
And while I personally disagree with Phil Robertson’s comments on homosexuals and African Americans and find them very narrow minded, I also support his right to say what he believes and respect him for doing so in the face of public opinion. And I completely disagree with A&E’s decision to suspend Mr. Robertson from the show.
So was Phil wrong to say the things he did? No, I don’t believe so. I believe that the things he said were wrong, but he was right in being faithful to what he believes and taking a stand, even if it is an unpopular stand. He is a man of deep religious beliefs and he doesn’t attempt to hide that. He is proud of his faith and puts it right out there for you to see.
In this politically correct world we live in, Phil Robertson is a dinosaur. That’s okay, I’ve been called a dinosaur myself many times. But I much prefer honest dinosaurs to chameleons that change their color to match the current environment.
And I’ve got a pretty good idea that Phil Robertson doesn’t give a damn what anybody else thinks. And you have to respect him for that, no matter how much you disagree. He’s not a politician who will slap you on the back and call you friend while he’s looking for some way to screw you at the same time. I think Phil Robertson feels that if you don’t like his message, pick up the remote control and change the channel. He wouldn’t be offended.
Was A&E wrong to suspend him? I think so. But again, it’s their network, and if you don’t like the decisions they make, pick up the remote control and change the channel. However, if you think sending e-mails or boycotting A&E will change anything, I’ll remind you of the recent hullabaloo when the Food Network fired Paula Deen. People bitched and complained and it didn’t make any difference to the bean counters at the network. I don’t expect anything different this time around.
And don’t worry about the Robertson family missing any meals. They may be rednecks, but they are not a bunch of uneducated rednecks. Phil and at least a couple of his sons have master’s degrees, and he is a shrewd businessman who made a fortune starting with nothing. Then son Willy built it up even more from there. They are millionaires a few times over and if the show went off the air tonight, they’d still all gather around the dinner table and be thankful for just being together.
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