Duck Dynasty to Die from insensitive Gay Comment based on Bible teachings?
In the wake of an interview in GQ in which “Duck Dynasty‘s” Phil Robertson made anti-gay remarks and was subsequently suspended indefinitely by A&E, the Robertson family has issued a statement in support of the ousted star that throws the future of the franchise into doubt.
A fan writes: "They condemn Phil Robertson's Christian beliefs, but they aren't above running a marathon of Duck Dynasty shows to try to reap some profits while they can. What total dirtbag hypocrites these network liberals are!!"
The Robertson Family Offical Statement posted on the clan’s website, reads:
“We want to thank all of you for your prayers and support. The family has spent much time in prayer since learning of A&E’s decision. We want you to know that first and foremost we are a family rooted in our faith in God and our belief that the Bible is His word. While some of Phil’s unfiltered comments to the reporter were coarse, his beliefs are grounded in the teachings of the Bible. Phil is a Godly man who follows what the Bible says are the greatest commandments: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart’ and ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Phil would never incite or encourage hate.We are disappointed that Phil has been placed on hiatus for expressing his faith, which is his constitutionally protected right.We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm. We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of Duck Dynasty. Again, thank you for your continued support of our family.”
A&E said it had no comment on the family’s statement.
Everyone knows that reality TV is generally about as “real” as the dazzling smile a Miss America contestant flashes when an opponent’s name is called. Still, we call shows like Duck Dynasty “unscripted,” as opposed to a scripted satire like All In the Family. We turn on A&E, sit back, and watch a bunch of bearded Louisiana billionaires who made a mint off their duck call business bicker, bond, and act like a good old American family we can all relate to. No harm, no foul. Until one of them goes off script.
GQ’s profile of Robertson is probably a reality television producer’s nightmare. The Duck Dynasty star spouts homophobic remarks, quotes the Bible, and calls homosexuality a sin, and suddenly no one is laughing.
A&E took a stand and suspended Robertson and issued a statement saying,
“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.”
LGBT groups have praised the network’s decision and spoken out against Robertson’s remarks.
On the other side of the fence you have people like Sarah Palin defending Robertson and his remarks by Tweeting: “Free speech is endangered species; those ‘intolerants’ hatin’ & taking on Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing personal opinion take on us all.”
Adding fuel to Palin’s fire, an http://istandwithphil.com/ petition has been created, demanding that the network apologize to Robertson and bring him back. Will the network cave, or stick to their guns? The show is a monster hit, bringing in 11.8 million viewers with its season four debut. Time will tell if financial pressure will force A&E to give in and bring one of their stars back.
As of Thursday night 5:44 PM, Nearly 82,000 people, in about nine hours, have signed the IStandWithPhil petition, calling for A+E network to immediately reinstate Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson. The 77K “are making a clear statement to A&E that its actions are censoring Faith Driven Consumers and eliminating them from an entertainment choice that people of faith overwhelmingly support,” said Chris Stone, petition creator and founder of the the organization that says it connects “Christian consumers” with “faith-compatible companies.”
Meanwhile, those who don’t want to put their signatures on a petition were given phone numbers for A+E Networks execs by Sean Hannity, so they could vent on the phone. “A+E knows how he feels about this,” Hannity said on his radio show, of Robertson’s religious beliefs. “Why did they put him with a GQ guy in the first place? How stupid are they?” Then he gave them the phone numbers A+E Network CEO Abbe Raven and president Nancy Dubuc. “I’m not telling people what to say. Be polite. I always urge that. But call them and tell them what you think.”
Under Armour, the biggest sponsor of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty,” has issued a statement to TMZ pledging support for the television show. “We have no plans to change our current relationship,” the statement reads. “We are obviously aware of the situation. And his comments are not indicative of Under Armour’s views.” So, Under Armour doesn’t share the views of “Duck Dynasty’s” Phil Robertson, but they’ll continue to sponsor the show nonetheless.