Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson Suspended in Wake of Anti-Gay Tirade – Was It the Right Call?

Phil Robertson Leaving Duck DynastyDuck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson has been placed on indefinite hiatus by A&E in the wake of anti-gay comments he made to GQ.

“We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty, the network group said in a statement just now. ”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.”

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In the GQ profile, the 67-year-old Duck Commander founder called being gay a “sin” and compared it to bestiality. “It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus,” he told the mag. “That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer… But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical… 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.”

Duck Dynasty stands as the No. 1 reality show in cable history. Its fifth season, much of it shot prior to Robertson’s ouster, is set to debut on Jan. 15.

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434 Comments
  1. looking at life from both sides says:

    I in no way agree with Phil’s beliefs, and it saddens me that anyone can still hold those beliefs in this day and age. That said, i’m also saddened at the huge number of people who condemn his judgmental attitude while showing just how judgmental they are, as well. It really is possible to hate the sin (homophobia, bestiality,take your pick) without hating or judging the sinner (Phil, gays, take your pick.) There have been two sides of this situation for more years than I’VE been alive, and i know people on both sides who have plenty of good qualities. Not agreeing with your (or my) opinion doesn’t automatically disqualify someone from the human race.

    A&E does have the right to distance themselves from someone who is making their network look bad (or to protect their bottom line, since the LGBT community is making the noise right now) but it would be disingenuous to say that Phil’s comments don’t reflect the attitudes and beliefs of the program, now wouldn’t it?

  2. Auntie Ralph says:

    Ah freedom of speech. You can express your opinion no matter how offensive people find it, but that doesn’t mean it’s consequence free. If I badmouthed Nelson Mandela in front of his family I’d expect to get my ass kicked. As long as they punish the man and not the show (and thus the dozens or however many people work on it besides him) seems about right.

    • mrsdp says:

      I take issue with the idea of “punishment” however. There can be consequence, sure. If you’re words create a drop in ratings or lose of business it may lead to your loss of employment. You’re not being punished for sharing an opinion. You’re being let go for failure to perform your job as expected. Being fired BEFORE any impact is understood, however, translates to “we don’t like your 2cts and we’re afraid of the others who won’t like your 2cts and therefore, poof be gone.”

      • Auntie Ralph says:

        Just makes sense though. How many times have we seen backlash for these kinds of statements? Even if the ratings don’t take a blow there definitely is such a thing as bad PR (Ocean Marketing anyone?) and getting in front of it may be the better option. Besides it isn’t like an indefinite suspension can never be undone. It’s the business equivalent of getting kicked into the doghouse by one’s significant other of a spouse: time is needed to figure out how long one stays in there, or if one can ever leave it in their eyes.

        Pity there’s no right way to do this: you look heavy handed acting this fast, but if you don’t you potentially catch even more flack.

  3. Irv Spielberg says:

    Jesus predicted that just before His return as Judge, there will be a strange, dangerous fad – a spontaneous global steamroller notable for its speed, violence, and impudent in-your-face openness. In Luke 17 He called this worldwide craze the repeat of the “days of Lot” (see Genesis 19). By fulfilling this worldwide mania that’s secretly coordinated by unseen spirit beings, gays are really hurrying up Christ’s return and making the Bible even more believable!
    They’ve actually invented strange architecture: closets opening not on to bedrooms but on to Main Streets where kids can see naked men having sex in “Madam” Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco Brothel District. We wonder how soon S.F.’s underground saint – San Andreas – will get a 10-point jolt out of what goes on over his head (see the dire prediction about cities in Revelation 16:19, and Google “Obama Supports Public Depravity”).
    What’s really scary is the “reprobate mind” phrase in Romans 1:28. A person can sear his conscience so much that God finally turns him over to S, the universal evil leader whose unseen agents can give a “possessed” person super-human strength that many cops with tasers have trouble subduing!
    Remember, gays don’t have to stay bound to their slavery. Their emancipation is found in a 5-letter name starting with J – no, not James or Julia. As soon as they can find out the all-powerful J name, gays will really start living! (Also Google “God to Same-Sexers: Hurry Up,” “USA – from Puritans to Impure-itans,” and “The Background Obama Can’t Cover Up.”)

    • Emma says:

      Drugs are bad.

    • MIKAYLA says:

      You speak the truth! Amen to that. We speak the truth even though the mockers keep mocking. They mocked Noah and we know how that ended. A wise man will learn from the past, but those who don’t are doomed to repeat it. There is a light shining and the darkness can never put out that light is what Jesus said. March on righteous men and women and keep speaking his words. We are the light of the world and the salt of the earth and if we do not shine our lights Jesus said we are good for nothing but to be trampled on by the men of this world. Those who are destined to be drawn to the light will come and those who do not deem themselves worthy of eternal life will not be able to stop the ones who are being saved, from being saved. Even if it is just a few. For Jesus said ” Wide is the road to destruction and many go therein, but narrow is the road to life and FEW find it. ” The world is wicked to the core and yes you can see the hatred towards christians rising. “Woe to those who call good evil, and evil good.” (Isaiah) That is what is going on with homosexuality. The people condoning it and therefore leading many to hell to burn for eternity are deeming themselves as good people, while the ones who are warning those to repent out of love, not hate, are being called evil. What a twisted world we live in. If I be hated for trying to save souls from hell, so be it. Jesus said that God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance and we should keep speaking the Words of God so that the ones that will be saved, will be saved. Of course persecution will come, always has. This wicked world is in rebellion to God just like Satan the one who runs it. And yes the bible says that before Christ return things will get more and more wicked When I turn on the tv now a days, feels like I’m living in Sodom and Gomorrah. And the stupid tv stations claim a meteor shower just happened to hit that town. No, God predicted through his prophet that he would destroy that town for its wicked and rampant homosexuality and perversion. And since God created all things, he used his own force of nature to destroy it. God will not be mocked. You reap what you sow. Those who reap to the flesh shall reap corruption. But those who sow to the Spirit will reap EVERLASTING LIFE.. Butt sex? Or Eternal Life? Sounds ridiculous when you actually have the right perspective that everything in this world is temporary while the things of the Spirit are eternal. I think I’ll choose heaven over temporary pleasure. Jesus says blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake and that it is better to suffer for doing right than for doing wrong. Keep up the fight true Christians. Keep shining your light so that men can be saved from eternal separation from God. His words are a sword and they definitely cut through the B.S of this world. ” For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord” “Repent or you shalll perish” (Jesus Christ)

    • LOGICAL person says:

      OMG what is wrong with you. The bible has HUNDREDS of contradictions proving its WRONG. SERIOUSLY. You want to trust a book that says that the stars are just LIGHTS? You want to trust a book that says that heaven is in the SKY?! Look at Andrews post. Look at what your WACKASS BOOK has come to do, it made us hate each other. If it werent for religion we would all be a hell of a lot smarter, kinder, and there would be NO SUCH THING AS WAR.

  4. Jason says:

    Of course it was the right call! … And they should just cancel that piece of crap show while they’re at it. Ignorant homophobic racist morons do not deserve a TV show.

    • Lilly says:

      Have you ever actually WATCHED the show, Jason? Because – no, it isn’t perfect but – it’s about a tight-nit family, love, laughter, giving, learning from mistakes, respect for elders, respect for nature (they eat what they kill), faith, and more laughter. Hate to break it to you, but 80% of the country can relate to that – as millions do on a weekly basis.

  5. Esaul says:

    Clearly I’m late to the conversation, but from where I sit, A&E made the right decision. I figured it was only a matter of time until they did so. The first thought that came to my mind was where’s A&E suspending him? While yes it’s perfectly fine to have an opinion that I disagree strongly with, it’s the way he came about it that reflects poorly on the network. The same thing can happen to any other employer. Even if what I say doesn’t reflect the company’s view point, I still represent the company. Phil Robertson for better or worse reflects A&E. He could’ve simply said he opposes homosexuality and left it at that. Would he have been suspended indefinitely for that? Probably not. I have no sympathy for this. He failed to represent the network he works for and got punished justly. And for those that say they can shop around another network if they decide to leave? That’s not that easy. Who knows the legal jargon that’s behind the show and the family’s contract. And what network would want to pick up Duck Dynasty if Phil’s attached for the way he acted? It wouldn’t be an impossible endeavor, some network might be bold enough for that risk, but there’s no guarantee that Phil won’t come out again and speak abrasively and misrepresent that network as well.

  6. prish says:

    So, maybe A&E will bring back Glades?

    • Amanda says:

      What do mean bring back? It’s a summer show. Did you hear something I didn’t?! It’s not supposed to be on right now. Not another one cancelled! Especially with no wrap up!

    • prish says:

      Some on-line articles said A&E was focusing on its hit Duck Dynasty, and so it cancelled Glades. I hope they give it another year, as a distraction from all of this, if nothing else.

  7. Amanda says:

    GQ wasn’t interviewing A&E. They were interviewing Phil. He was representing himself. He’s not a journalist like Bashir, so he doesn’t always represent the people who put on his reality show. That being said, note what I said. Reality show. When A&E came knocking they were asked if the Bible would be included in the show. The family was told yes because it was a part of their life. Now in Christianity homosexuality,premarital sex and bestiality are all sins. Phil did no railing. He just said what’s in the Bible. Sin is sin. One isn’t any worse than the other. He included heterosexuals in his talk, too, or didn’t you listen. Sleeping around is a sin, too. Yes, that’s what the man said, but you folks decided to tune out and not pay attention because he doesn’t understand homosexuality. Stupid! Listen. He said it’s all bad. And you know what? It’s called the first amendment! If some stupid skin head nazi has the right to go around causing problems and pretty much threatening my friends because they’re Jewish, then Phil can say whatever the heck he wants. If you don’t like it, don’t read it or listen to it.

  8. laura b says:

    Who cares get off the PC rubbish at the end of the day everyone is entitled to their own opinion whether you agree with it or not, if you are that happy in your life then why bother about someone elses opinion, gay, straight, black or white everyone is the equal so please get off your gay superiority complex because its just something to moan about. who cares if people are gay ? and lets face it there are some certain homosexual people who are more bitchy, two faced and more opinionated than phil roberts. Your gay what do you want a medal ? get on with your life, love life and be happy stop bloody moaning !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Craig says:

    if your christian or not, He has a right to his beliefs, and those are direct quotes from the book which his beliefe is based upon. No one likes being told the way they are doing things is wrong. Side note,If you don’t believe in God, thats fine, I personally do, and your disbeliefe has no effect on me, but if I’m right sucks for you. I am not perfect and I am a sinner I, Lie,Lust,Curse,and so on, so in Gods eyes I am as bad as a terrorist or drunk or whatever Sin is Sin no greater no worse, but as christians we believe Jesus died for our sins and even though I am incapable of living a perfect life Jesus sacrifice covers my short comings. I think a lot of this OMG he said Gays are terrorist stuff comes from lack of understanding of his beliefs. He also calls out hetero people going around sleeping with multiple people, thats a sin according to the bible as well.
    PS
    pro gay marriage, could care less doesnt affect me, plenty of friends who are gay. you love ther person hate the sin, no matter what sin that may be.

  10. Ted Unlis says:

    Once again the radical left goes berserk with intolerance and false accusations of hate speech. Phil Robertson has every right to freely express his Christian beliefs without retribution from the pro gay entertainment industry. I personally could care less that a disturbed minority of men choose to engage in a disgusting perversion that requires using an orifice containing fecal matter Whether or not it is a sin is open to 1st Amendment protected religious debate and discussion, but the honest common sense truth is that anal intercourse is a nasty, unnatural, and unhealthy sexual preference.

    • Elyse says:

      Funny that you say you could care less but call it a “disgusting perversion”.

    • Francine says:

      Then I guess you find heterosexual people just as disturbed with a disgusting perversion? Because guess what? Heterosexual people do it too!

    • Betsy says:

      ‘honest common sense truth’ and ‘your bigoted opinion’ are not the same thing, fyi. (oops persecution! oh no!)

    • Spinning Maze says:

      You know there’s tons of gay sex in nature, right? Same sex animal, insect, amphibian and fish humping happens all the time. You really don’t want to bring nature into this.

      Also, any sex is healthy, since it involves orgasms, which help treat restless leg syndrome.

      Nasty? All sex is nasty. Hell the product of sex is even nastier.

      What about the ladies? You know there’s gay women, right?

  11. Elyse says:

    I have never watched Duck Dynasty and now I never will.

  12. Larry says:

    It never ceases to amaze me how much one social group’s freedom of speech out weighs another… Sure Phil’s comments could have been better spoken but from my understanding, the mag asked HIS opinion and now that he gives it, he is being discriminated against due to his beliefs. Ironic if you ask me.

  13. Annie says:

    Did anyone actually read the interview?! He specifically said that in the bible and his religion being gay is a sin, but so is living with someone, sex before marriage, beastiality etc. he was not comparing homosexuality to bestiality he was listing sins as they are taught in Christianity. And then he went on to say that he himself is a sinner, and would never judge anyone on their beliefs or lifestyle and that he treats everyone with kindness and respect no matter who they are. His quote is being twisted. Pope Francis just said the same thing, that in the eyes of the church being gay is considered a sin, but no one has the right to judge them and they are always welcome in the church because God is the only one who can judge because we are all sinners. This was just a few months ago and the world praised him and he received time magazines man of the year. But now when Phil says the same he’s bashing gays? His words are being twisted, and it’s not okay. And before anyone jumps down my throat for defending him I am a huge supporter of gay rights and happen to be a catholic, because it is not my job to judge anyone on what makes them happy. Everyone on hear keeps saying liberals and republicans, but honestly ring split into 2 parties is doing the world more harm than good because no one sees anyone as a human being, but as their political beliefs. Most of the comments calling names and saying that people are bigots are actually doing exactly what they are trying to defend. Be better than the rest of humanity. We are all people, none of us has the answers so just be happy and try to live a good life and don’t let this kind of stuff affect you.

  14. Steve Myers says:

    It looks like Phil has spent his life trying to make himself a better man and now he trying to make make me a better man. Good luck Phil , I’m a mess. God bless you.

    • sd says:

      Funny how when you put down other groups of people and races you call it trying to be the better man. If he was trying to be a better man he’d concentrate on his own sins instead of going on about gay people and black people. In fact with his talk about anus, he sounds a little over obsessed with gay sex for a so called straight man.

  15. David7118 says:

    There are two of Phil Robertson…one is the character on TV because does anyone really believe that everything on the show is off the cuff? The other is the person himself. I don’t agree with what he said just like I don’t agree with Tom Cruise but they have the right to say and believe what they want. Leave it to the public to decide to watch their TV show or movies but don’t punish someone for their right to free speech.

  16. dude says:

    Look, I don’t agree with his comments and as a gay person, I found them very offensive. However, (while ignorant) I don’t think they came from a place of hatred. People are allowed to express their opinions and people are allowed to disagree with them. He should have, had to apologize but being put on hiatus? I think that was a little much. I don’t agree with going after people’s jobs because you don’t agree with their views. That said, he’s worth 80 million dollars so I don’t exactly feel sorry for him either. It’s not like he needs the money.

  17. mrsdp says:

    You know what I take issue with? GQ wasn’t writing a piece about the opinions of reality stars on sexuality. GQ was writing a profile on a reality star. That question wasn’t necessary. It was asked for the sake of creating a hook to the story – some controversy or drama that would bring eye balls to the page. How many more people have read the piece, linked to the piece or just otherwise discussed the piece without even reading it. Yes, this guy said the words and he owns the responsibility of having said them. And yes, without being asked or putting voice to them, he’d still have the mindset. BUT, we’re not actually discussing that component – we’re talking about what was quoted in print…and THAT decision was on the writer, editor and publisher. They created the firestorm the minute they decided this guy with a reality show should be asked his opinion on homosexuality because somehow they thought it was a good way to sell a publication. Sick that we are willing to let such garbage work.

  18. Erin says:

    Phil Robertson has a right to his beliefs. A&E has a right not to employ him if they feel he is not representing the network the way it wants to be represented. Simple as that.

  19. Mike says:

    When did he compared homosexuality to bestiality? His quote was “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.” He is saying that homosexual behavior is the top of a slippery slope that leads to accepting bestiality, promiscuity, etc. He is not making a comparison.

    • Auntie Ralph says:

      Right, he’s not comparing, he’s equating.

      • Lilly says:

        Only in the sense that he believes them all to be examples of sin. (I assume there is no offense taken that he equated homosexuality to sleeping around heterosexually–another sin he named?) Fact: many Christians believe that homosexuality is a sin (though some perhaps need to realize it is not a “bigger” sin in God’s eyes than their proclivity to gossip or lie). The problem stems from the fact that people in this country do not want to be told they are sinning. Heck no, if you do that, you’re speaking “hate”.
        Phil was a bad man years ago – by his own admission. He would probably be dead by now – certainly not married or happy – if not for the saving grace of God. He believes this deeply. He also sees it is a calling of his to tell others about his beliefs. His comments (if you watch the show or listen to him preach) come from a place of caring for this country and its people and the road we’re traveling. I know this is a head-scratcher for people on the other side of the issue, but it is true.

  20. Geo says:

    Racist, homophobic, once beat up a woman?

    Look on the bright side, Phil Robertson fans, now that he’s off Duck Dynasty, he’s exactly the type of person CBS’ producers will want to cast on Big Brother.

  21. Kljohns says:

    I think that one thing no one is really concentrating on is that this was an interview. Phil was ASKED about what his belief was. What in the world would anyone else expect. He never said “well, this is how I and A&E feel”. He simply gave his own belief. All those who are trying to make it about religious beliefs or sexuality are totally missing the point! Our country was founded on freedom. FREEDOM to CHOOSE what you believe…FREEDOM to state your opinion…thanks A&E for taking a dump on the Constitution and the lives lost protecting those freedoms! Tolerance, people!

  22. Jellymoff says:

    I believe they made the right choice-and in this case, the right choice is whatever they feel comfortable with. No one is saying he doesn’t have the right to say what he wants and express his beliefs; A&E is simply saying that they don’t want someone with those beliefs representing their network. They have every right to decide what they want to support.

  23. Kay Murray says:

    Dear Robertson’s If there were more families like yours this world wouldn’t be in the shape it’s in. I think that your family should stick together and give up on a&e. Move your show to a Christian broadcast. You will have followers where ever you go. The LORD is with you. GOD BLESS and MERRY CHRISTMAS. Kay from Mi.

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  25. Emma says:

    Lol, who would have thought so many homophobes were reading and commenting a website founded by a gay man on daily basis? Oh the irony, I love it! :)

    • Stan says:

      People that disagree with homosexuality are not all homophobic. And there is nothing ironic about your statement. Maybe you should invest in a dictionary? I am a gay man myself and I found nothing offensive in his statement at all. What is interesting to me is that we are allowing religious discrimination to be prevalent again in our society, and I suppose that is thanks to people like you. Everyone has the right to their opinion, and in this case he was sharing his opinion according to his religious beliefs. Honestly, I don’t want hateful people like you on the side of my LGBT community. We don’t need to take others’ rights away as we gain ours.

      • mike says:

        ^^^^^^^^^^preach

      • Emma says:

        Maybe you should buy a dictionary yourself, Stan… collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/irony And yes sure, you’re gay and I’m a cat. I’m nowhere near YOUR side of the LGBT community, don’t worry. My side is way more fun and educated anyway, at least we seem to know the definition of words (because if I am ‘hateful’ for being amused by a glaring paradox, without writing a single insulting word, I think your dictionary issues may be bigger than I thought lol).

        By the way, yes, people who belittle gay people are homophobes. Just like people belittling women are misogynists and people who belittle people of color are racists.

        • Stan says:

          Thanks, Emma, for letting me know I am not gay. Guess I went through years of struggling with my identity for nothing to finally find happiness with a man I am now engaged to. He in no way belittled gay people! I just don’t see it, but don’t worry, I am done because you are quite possibly the most hateful and bigoted person I have dealt with on this site. Have a great day!

    • Lilly says:

      Oh my! This website is written by a homosexual?! Say it ain’t so! I’ll have to stop reading now…. (sarcasm–in case that point was missed by anyone).
      Your statement alone epitomizes ignorance. I am a Christian who happens to believe homosexuality is a sin according to the Bible. However, I do not HATE homosexuals any more than I HATE myself for gluttony when eating chocolate (also a sin). I therefore can read a helpful Internet page written by a homosexual without any problem. Because I happen to think God doesn’t approve of this website’s author’s lifestyle does NOT mean I hate the man or cannot recognize his talent in reporting entertainment news.

  26. Mark says:

    I consider myself a progressive and a proud atheist … but the whole hoopla being made about this guy is mostly intellectually dishonest balderdash.

    While I find the usual “the Bible says” this or that pretty laughable given that the Bible is an artifact created centuries after the days of Christ by power mongers who picked and chose which “books” they wanted to use to put forward as the “word” to further their clear political goals … and then edited and changed them over and over again in different translations so as to make one part of even *their* Bible contradict other parts. And this isn’t meant to gloss over how today’s supposedly devout pick and choose which parts of what remains there to put forward as “the word of God” while ignoring any that don’t conform to their bigoted and selfish choices. (Do these tools eat shellfish? Marry their brother’s widow? Etc.)

    But that’s really not the point here. Duck Dynasty is a “reality” show … and just like most of that genre is primarily about laughing at the weaknesses — mentally or morally — of those dim enough to participate. The idea that this guy is being suspended for acting like a moronic, ignorant hillbilly when the whole point of the show, I gather, is that he leads a family of said same, is preposterous. I don’t look to Honey Boo Boo for political or life advice … and if you think this guy is a bigot/idiot/etc., DON’T WATCH THE SHOW. If enough people stop watching, it’ll stop being the #1 show on cable, and it’ll be cancelled.

    But suspending the guy because he encapsulates the very persona being celebrated by the concept is not only stupid, it’s REALLY dangerous. There’s very little intersection between what *I* believe and what the majority of America believes … and I’m not interested in queuing up a tit-for-tat where the Christian Taliban that bubbles right around 49% of this country gets to rise up in outrage, pointing at “librals” doing something like this as an excuse to boot someone off the air for expressing his or her progressive opinions. (Can you say “Martin Bashir”?)

    Personally, I’ve watched about 20 minutes of one episode in my life … and that was plenty to get the point and know how disinterested I was. I’ll never watch any more, and couldn’t care less. I’ve got hundreds of other channels to watch, and more than I can ever plow through queued up on my TiVo, Netflix and Amazon. If there’s a cause worth fighting to keep ignorance and lies off the airwaves, I’d rather take on the places where that kind of idiocy is being passed off as *news* and *fact* … not the off-show rantings of a character well-established as a backwards moron.

  27. Sarah says:

    God burned Sodoma and Gomorrah to the ground mostly bc people were practicing homosexual behaviors, homosexuality is a sin it’s written on the bible. It’s an abomination, Jesus said that we have to love each other like he loves us I love gay people but I do not support homosexuality. Just because the world says it’s okay doesn’t make it right.
    Hell is real, a lot of people are gonna burn eternally bc they wanted to please this world instead of God which is sad

  28. mike says:

    Query: Who here has a problem with Phil’s comments and supports the Pope?

  29. speakourmind says:

    I don’t think Phil Robertson did anything rong he just used one of our rights and spoke his mind its called FREEDOM OF SPEACH we all have that right last time I checked LOL I think the hole Robertson family should walk out on A&E and go to a different network the DUCK GUYS don’t need A&E to stay on top it is the other way around LOL

  30. Jo25 says:

    I think he should be allowed to voice his opinion but because he works in a public arena he needs to think before he says things.
    I definitely didn’t agree when he said that African Americans were happier before the civil rights movement. Why hasn’t that been in the media? That has nothing to do with religion.

    • Lilly says:

      Because what he said was that the black people he worked alongside were happier back then – in context, I infer he meant the black people he knew were happy with their intact families and belief in God. And they did not hate white people. You would have to take a quantum leap to assume he meant that black people should have remained without equality as they were back then.
      Oh, and the other reason it isn’t mentioned in news stories is that they might have to also report that he started the statement with “I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once.” That doesn’t fit the redneck-from-the-evil-South narrative.
      BTW, that was the article quoting from Phil’s autobiography – which is not new.

  31. ray slatton says:

    dont you think the whole family has the same views….since they grew up under his influence. everybody should have the right to express their opinions and not be punished for them……freedom of speech………only if it is appropiate…lol

  32. John 1138 says:

    Wow and here I am having to work this Sunday…..

  33. Joyce says:

    I have never watched a single ep of Duck Dynasty and don’t even know what it’s about so I’m not a fan but I am VERY annoyed that this man was suspended! This is censorship under the guise of political correctness and it is WRONG! Why do you have to like or support certain groups, races, genders etc? Why do you have to like and tolerate everyone? What happened to freedom of choice and independent thinking? This man apparently didn’t call for everyone who is gay to be rounded up and executed – he simply expressed an opinion! Blaming talk for societal issues is like blaming guns for killing people! Our ancestors came to this country and fought so we could express opinions so let us express them!

  34. Judes says:

    I think this is just some weird publicity stunt. Based on what I have read in the past he does not even want to be on the show.

  35. David says:

    “Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with a woman” Well i dont’ lie with women so technically i’m not a sinner. Only the bisexuals are damned. Make up your mind people. lol and FYI – the liberals and LGBT community did not suspend him, only A&E is responsible for this decision.

  36. cherry says:

    Ok.. if you hire someone to work for you and they do or say things that give your company a bad image in your investors/advertisers/consumers eyes and (that could or does) damage your company financially.. do you keep them or do you let them go?

  37. Bill says:

    Who cares, gays suck.

  38. Leggs says:

    LOL!!!! You all are so funny with all your digs for and against homosexuality, all your quotes from the bible, knowing people pick and choose how they want to interpret the bible. Writing this is a waste of my time, but I have to say it……..Try being Black/African American. Now, go for it….

  39. Paul says:

    If your actions cost your employer money, expect to be disciplined, possibly fired. It’s got nothing to do with freedom of speech (which is a restriction on what the government is allowed to do) or whether he’s “allowed” to hold his views.

  40. Corinne Manning says:

    Just a note to say I applaud Phil Robertson for speaking his mind. According to our Constitution, he still has freedom of speech. My family (and I have a large family) and I will not watch A&E until they recant. it seems as though every kind of sex and garbage can be allowed, but not a man’s point of view, who was asked his opinion by GQ magazine. By the way, please don’t judge God by us Christians. We are all sinful and just blessed that Jesus died on the cross for our sins. He loves everyone, no matter what you believe, and gave the greatest Christmas gift- His only Son, Jesus. So please forgive us if we discourage you from investigating the Bible, God’s written Word. Merry Christian and may God bless you all!
    ccm

  41. John 1138 says:

    They don’t film this show on the Sabbath do they? Stoning would probably hurt their ratings…..

    Per the Constitution he DID get to speak.

    • A&E knew beforehand that Duck Dynasty wasn’t pro-gay, yet let them go to the top just to pull the rug out from under them and millions of their fans… never have watched the show I kicked the habit a long time ago when I discovered that the Anti-Christ had taken control of Hollywood…

  42. Tell A&E Disney/ABC to go Duck themselves !!

  43. AARON SENN says:

    i am so glad to see a man stand up for what is right THERE IS A BIG SIN PROBLEM IN OUR NATION TODAY LOOK AT THE WAY WE ARE GOING MAY GOD HAVE MERCY

  44. MrWiggly says:

    what is the problem? the 1st amendment gives him the right to speak his mind and everybody has an opinion, but it sounds like gay people want everybody to have the same opinion, THEIRS. if you don’t like his opinion, then don’t watch his show.

    • John 1138 says:

      Thing is A&E didn’t like his opinion. The interview was published so 1st Amendment concerns were satisfied.

    • MIKAYLA says:

      You are so right. It is sickening how only one point of view is being represented on television. We are supposed to have free speech in America. Hating evil is godly. We don’t hate people, just sin because it leads souls to eternal hell. That is true love. Telling people the truth so that they can be saved. Not kissing their butts so that they can go to hell.

  45. MaggieQuack says:

    While I don’t support WHAT Phil Robertson has to say, I support his RIGHT to say it. If I choose not to watch Duck Dynasty because of those views, that is my decision as well. I think AE would have received flack either way, so they have erred on the side of caution for the sake of their corporation. That is their business decision.

  46. Stan says:

    Shoot, if I were him I would sue for religious discrimination! He was asked his view and he gave an answer based on his religious views, and now he is being suspended? Isn’t religious discrimination illegal? He never said anything that is bigoted–he never said all gays should be shot or even shunned. He even said heterosexual premarital sex is against his morals–where is the outcry from the millions of people that do that? Nope, all anybody cares about nowadays is making sure the LGBT doesn’t get offended in any possible way, no matter the rights of others.

  47. Isabella says:

    Phil has a right to his own opinion. Everybody else can say what they want and they don’t Get Kicked off a show. But Phil can say something and Oh my gosh people Have a holy cow! I think it was Wrong of the A&e to Kick Phil off. I think if you don’t like what they have to say or How they have guns, Preach the word, or just plain having family that cares about them. Then Don’t Watch the show nobody is forcing you to watch it.

    • John 1138 says:

      Just as no one can force A&E to broadcast what they don’t want to broadcast (or employe).

      Freedom is a lovely thing.

  48. Bmass says:

    Part of the man’s job is being in the spotlight. I work at a hotel, and if for some stupid reason I were interviewed for a hospitality magazine and said, “Oh, I’d like my job more if i didn’t deal with (racial epithet/homophobic remark),” I would lose my job. Any of us would- part of working anywhere nowadays is knowing how to conduct yourself with a certain level of decorum. Why should we hold those who happen to be in the spotlight (even if it’s arguably unwarranted) to different standards than anybody else.

  49. blah!! says:

    Phil Robertson is a marketing genius! Free press for Duck Dynasty and don’t think for a minute A&E didn’t have a hand in this.

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