Duck Dynasty Clan: There's No Show Without Phil -- Patriarch Suspended for Anti-Gay Remarks

Duck Dynasty Family Threatens to QuitDuck Dynastys Robertson family is “disappointed” to see A&E suspend patriarch Phil Robertson for making anti-gay comments that were, they acknowledged, “unfiltered” and “coarse” yet “grounded in the teachings of the Bible.”

As such, pending Phil’s return to the hit reality series, the family says, “We cannot imagine the show going forward without [him] at the helm. We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of Duck Dynasty.” (Their complete statement appears below.)

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In a new GQ profile, the 67-year-old Duck Commander founder (photo, far right) 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. “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.”

As Robertson came under fire for such remarks, his cable employer responded by saying in a statement: “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.”

In a TVLine reader poll, 67 percent of respondents said A&E was wrong to suspend Robertson.

Duck Dynasty Season 4 this past August premiered to 11.8 million total viewers — a record for a cable reality series — and went on to have its highest rated cycle to date.

The Robertson family’s complete statement, posted to their website on Thursday night, follows:

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.

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353 Comments
  1. Joshua says:

    Still boggles my mind people enjoy this crap

    • colig says:

      i’m right there with you.it’s a show about rednecks making duck calls.what’s next.whiddling empire.all these damn “reality” shows are scripted anyway.if you think otherwise i got a bridge for sale

      • Meredith says:

        But come on, how funny is it that a guy whose profession is making tools for the purpose of tricking ducks to come to him, is now making comments that propose there’s a correlation between homosexuality and bestiality? I’d say there’s a stronger relationship between this guy and bestiality, but that would be crazy and it wouldn’t be loving (one) another as He has loved me.

        • Skip says:

          He was not suggesting a correlation – unless you think he was also suggesting a correlation between promiscuity and bestiality. Don’t fall for the propaganda. He was just listing a number of sexual sins.

          • Meredith says:

            “Correlation: a mutual relationship or connection between two or more things.” He was making the very definition of a correlation between homosexuality, promiscuity, and bestiality. I have a very clear understanding of what the article consisted of. He was also listing sins, but He’s strangely silent about the many times the Bible mentions the sin of unkempt hair on men. Funny thing, that.

    • Whatevah says:

      Thank you! Why do people watch these fake reality shows and make stars out of these no talent people? It amazes me!

      • Jason says:

        You may want to do some research before you spout off. These guys were millionaires before the show from their own doing. So to compare them to the Kardashians is quite idiotic.

        • Whatevah says:

          Before this “reality” show did anyone know who they were? Ummm NO..and before you call me “idiotic” Please tell me where in the above post I mentioned the Kartrashians? But since you brought it up….They do have a similar group of “fans”.

          • JB Smooove says:

            “”Please tell me where in the above post I mentioned the Kartrashians?””

            when you said “fake reality shows” and “no talent people”

        • tarc says:

          The Kardashians are also rich … or did you mean they have talent? Nah – there is no argument there either.

        • What does being a millionaire have to do with being worthy of having a TV show? Bernie Madoff was rich; he stole everyone’s money. I don’t want to watch a show about him.

          These people do, in fact, appear to be largely talentless and generally unintelligent. Whatevah is quite correct in being mindboggled that someone would make a TV show about them. A&E created this problem by even airing the show in the first place, and should have shown far more common sense.

        • josh says:

          it is fake… they have writers… all these guys are doing is poor excuses for acting… A&E could not afford to just put these dimwits in front of the camera without an outline for a story and a couple lines… because guess what… most people are BORING… these guys too… the stories in each episode are scripted… thus it is a fake “reality”

    • Ewa says:

      I had one binge session with this show, watched about 1,5 season. I liked how they were kinda traditional and led a simple redneck life without all those negative things we assosiate with that, i.e. spreading the message of backwardness and bigotry. I thought it was kind of a pleasant change. Obviously, now I know better.

      • ajintexas says:

        You seem like a bigot labeling people as “rednecks”

        • Amanda says:

          They call themselves rednecks and like the label of it.

          • ajintexas says:

            Well, black people refer to each other as n**ga, does that make calling white people rednecks ok with you? Ignorant logic.

          • brycealexander says:

            It’s not ignorant logic. The n-word is in a completely different league. The fact that you can’t tell that means you’re not as verse on race in this country as you could be. It’s like the Fox News “N-Word vs. Cracker: Which is worse?” debate. Hint: The one you have to censor is the one that’s worse.

          • ajintexas says:

            I’m not versed? Reneck means white trash as much as nigga means black trash.

          • Dennis says:

            some gay people call themselves and other gay people, f@gs, queers etc… does that mean it’s ok for everyone to call them that or to drop the N word since black people use it, No it’s only ok to be bigots to white people or straight people (breeders) right? sorry but being a bigot is being a bigot no matter who you are. it is completely ignorant and wrong to assume that certain bigoted comments are ok.

          • ajintexas says:

            That DOES make it ok. That fact that you don’t understand why is the problem with society as a whole these days.

          • ajintexas says:

            DOESN’T*

          • Ajintexas — n****r is not a term for “black trash,” it is a derogatory term for any African American. And it was used as such. Redneck does not have such a negative cultural connotation, it is used and owned as a cultural descriptor in a very friendly and often comedic way. You are blowing it completely out of proportion.

        • Ewa says:

          I actually didn’t mean it in an offensive way, this is what they refer to themselves as and don’t seem ashamed about it. Also, I don’t know another word for this subculture, they’re not simply “country people”, but a typically American phenomenon, only known to me as “redenecks”. I’d really be grateful if you could provide me with another way of referring to them (I mean it, for educational purposes if nothing else)

          • ajintexas says:

            Like I said above, you would never call a black person “ni**er” even though they use it among themselves so why are you using an racial epither to describe white poor people? #doublestandard

          • ajintexas says:

            epithet*

          • Blackfel says:

            You’ve got to remember that these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land. The common clay of the new West. You know… morons.

          • ajintexas says:

            Otherwise known as “the people that feed your ignorant ass”??

          • Blackfel says:

            It’s a quote from “Blazing Saddles”.

          • ajintexas says:

            Oh, well that makes it all ok right???

          • Ewa says:

            ajintexas – you still didn’t give me another word for them. Robertsons aren’t “farmers”, they don’t have any fields or farm animals. “Country people” is too broad, country people in the rest of the world are not generally associated with guns and monster trucks. So how do I refer to them?

          • ajintexas says:

            They are “multi-millionaires” and 4 or 5 of them have Master’s degrees. I am sure you can come up with a better label if you put your mind to it…

          • ajintexas says:

            And they practice many forms of land conservation and animal conservation on their 20,000 acres so I think concervationists fits well too, or do you want to pave over their pristine land and buil a 7-11????

          • ajintexas says:

            Ooops, conservationist

          • Ewa says:

            yeah, but in the context of my first comment, the one you had a problem with, it’s not milionaires or conservationists that are a subculture that is usually associated with all those negative things and it was refreshing to see in a more positive context… I’m looking for a neutral word for this whole subgroup of country people, pejoratively called “rednecks”, which is not equivalent to either farmers/conservationists or country people or milionaires, for the reasons listed above.

          • Ewa says:

            Unless you prefer “Poor Whites of the South”, aka the neutral name for this sociocultural group proposed by the wikipedia… if taht’s really less pejorative (I’m gonna go with the opinion of a native user of English, here), then I can use it to replace “redneck” in my vocabulary…

          • Ewa says:

            except, obviously, Robertsons aren’t poor, but are definitely what you would (pejoratively) call “rednecks”

          • Dennis says:

            @Blackfel I feel the same about black inner city people, oh wait does that make me racist? but not you? no that makes you a racist (btw I don’t, just said that for impact)

          • Dennis says:

            @Ewa how about referring to them as people, you are as bad as people using the N word. most people in the south like to use the term Southerners, which is a term meaning people of the south, manners and respect. unless you are from the south all you know is ignorant stereotypes

          • ajintexas says:

            I call them “Patriots” and “Proud Americans”. Si fought in Vietnam, I will never disrespect people like him, poor or not. The fact that we have words to identify cvertain groups of “poor people” is a sad reflection of America in my opinion.

          • Ewa says:

            Have you guys even read my first comment? Cuz your answers have nothing to do with it… I guess that’s what I get for trying to reason with rednecks.

          • ajintexas says:

            You negate any value your comment has using a racial eptithet such as “redneck”.

          • sigh says:

            try this word: people.

            i don’t agree with Phil’s opinions, and i DO agree with the statement of his family that they were expressed coarsely. i also don’t agree with the idea that he was spreading hate. he was expressing his opinion, which he is entitled to have. A&E is entitled to want to distance themselves from that opinion, in the interest of appeasing folks who choose to be offended and express it rather than simply not watching, and i am entitled to not agree with their attempts to silence anybody who doesn’t agree with their views. i don’t intend to DO anything about my disagreement, because that’s taking it too far. but i get to disagree, just as Phil gets to believe that homosexuality is a sin, bestiality is a sin (not the same sin – that isn’t what he said, i read the article) promiscuity is a sin, greed, sloth, envy, anger and judging others is a sin. He emphasized that he can hate the sin but love the sinner, and he gets to do that, too. i’ll watch Duck Dynasty if it continues with Phil, and miss it if it doesn’t. i don’t espouse his religious views, but i miss the simpler times of family, faith and home that they embrace.

          • Ewa says:

            Wait, are they suddenly a separate race now? Wow, that escalated quickly.

          • Ewa says:

            @sigh – ffs, try reading my first comment. I used the word “redneck” without any bad faith, just to use SOME word for this subculture and to note that there are many negative associations people have with it and the Duck Dynasty was refreshing by also showing good things. Will you now negate the existence of subcultures within the society? I asked for a word to replace the word “redneck” with in a very particular context, and people here give me “conservationist” and “Proud Americans”! Learn to read the whole discussion before you join with your self-righteous b-crap!
            You Americans are unbelievable!

          • ajintexas says:

            Sorry to burst your little bubble of calling everyone in the South a “redneck”. I live in the South, and I am as highly educated an paid as it gets. Don’t make offensive statemenst that group all Southerners in the group of “Redneck” and we won’t tell you what a moron you are. Hell. I have another “Southerner” “Redneck” friend that is one of the most highly respected head and neck surgeons in this couinty. Stop with your disparaging labels and we won’t tell you what an idiot you are.

          • ajintexas says:

            *country, this lame ass site is the only one I have encountered that doesn’t have a proper edit function.

          • Ewa says:

            See, this is why I didn’t use the word Southerners, because I have (well, used to have, if you’re the best they have to offer) quite a high opinion on Southerners in general, I used redneck for a PARTICULAR GROUP FOR WHICH THERE IS NO OTHER NAME (unless you count wikipedia’s one, which, to me, is even more offensive). If you expect me to keep repeating myself over and over while you’re deliberately twisting my words so that you can keep at your silly straw argument, I’m done with this discussion. Peace.

        • Lisa says:

          Personally, I equate redneck with nerds, steampunk, etc. Redneck in a sense is a type of genre, not a racist type of word. Rednecks are not a race, they are a genre.

      • Drew says:

        Technically, the people who suspended him for his beliefs are the bigots. Bigotry is intolerance. He never said that he wouldn’t tolerate anyone, they did.

        People seem to be confusing tolerance with agreement these days. There is nothing wrong with having different beliefs. And to go even further, he wasn’t commenting just on homosexuality. He commented on hetero activities too. So it wasn’t just “anti-gay”… that is simply the label that the media smacked on him so that people would hop on the “bigot” bandwagon.

        • ajintexas says:

          Exactly.

          • WTactualF says:

            He’s a racist and a homophobe. There’s an accurate label for you.

          • Drew says:

            Actually his comments weren’t homophobic any more than they were heterophobic. He simply has different beliefs than some people and they are demonizing him for it. Funnily enough they would probably have no problem with him if ye said that meat is murder.

            And racist? Is he supposedly racist now? I have to catch up on my reading apparently. Should be fun.

        • Ewa says:

          They’re businessmen. Being a backwards hick is not good for business anymore. His “different beliefs” or rather a scandalous way in which he expressed them is bad for ratings. Companies aren’t people, they’re not “intolerant” or “bigoted” – they’re only profit oriented.

          • Drew says:

            Judging from the amount of support they’re getting I’m thinking that it would have been better for business if they just shut up and let the whole stupid thing pass. But they chose to take action against him based on his beliefs. That is no different than if he said that he would not work with or sell his products to gay people.

            THAT would be bigotry. Simply having different beliefs is not bigotry.

          • Ewa says:

            Right, so what if he said black people were super happy on the plantations and civil right movement screw it all up for them… They should’ve ignored that not to be called bigots by people!

          • Drew says:

            And this is where you prove yourself to be uninformed. He never mentioned the civil rights movement. He said that he was working in the fields with black people way back when and he didn’t see any mistreatment of them, nor did he see any of them express anger toward the white people.

            What he said that this was pre-welfare and pre-entitlements, which are NOT the civil rights movement. If you think that welfare and entitlement programs are part of the civil rights movement, you need to check your history books again.

            You are blaming him for commentary made by article writers. Why do you so easily accept those comments? Because you’ve decided that he’s the bad guy. He’s the homophobe. He’s the racist. It doesn’t matter what he says or doesn’t say at this point because you don’t need him to be involved anymore. You only need the image of him that you have in your head.

            I hate to break this to you, but you are worse than anything you’re calling him. You are intolerant of other peoples’ beliefs. You are hateful toward anyone who doesn’t think exactly the way you think. You are willing to accept lies if it suits your needs. Sorry, but on top of being just plain wrong, it’s delusional.

        • DoctorWhoFanatic! says:

          Technically, the people who suspended him for his COMMENTS are well within their rights as his employers. His constitutionally protected rights are intact — he was free to say whatever he wanted to. Unfortunately for him, the constitution only guarantees the freedom of speech, not the freedom from consequences. And the freedom of speech part of the constitution is freedom from the government’s actions (except in certain cases), not freedom to say whatever the heck you want with NO ONE allowed to act.

          He made anti-gay comments that I will agree, are his Christian beliefs and he is welcome to those, but the anti-black comments had nothing to do with his religious beliefs… those were just him being a bigoted, racist jerk.

          • Drew says:

            I agree that A&E was within their rights to suspend him, just as his family is within their rights to walk away from the show and take their act somewhere else. But that doesn’t mean that they were being intolerant of his beliefs and acting against him because of their intolerance. That is bigotry. Whereas he never refused to do business with anyone who was gay or whatever… so he is actually not a bigot. He might disagree with people about things (gay and straight alike, based on his comments) but he never refused to do business with them or anything like that. Tolerance is the willingness to work with those that you don’t agree with. Bigotry is intolerance. Hence A&E are the bigots in this scenario.

            And seriously, quote me the racist comments. I’ve read the article and I didn’t see any racist comments. I’ve seen article writers giving their opinion on what he said and throwing around comments about how he thought they were better off without the civil rights movement, but those aren’t quotes of his. That’s their editorializing. So quote me the racist part… was it where he was working in the fields with them? Was it the part where they were singing and happy? The part where he didn’t witness any mistreatment of them, nor anger from them? Which part was racist? I just read the entire quote and he doesn’t even mention the civil rights movement. Have you even read the article that you’re up in arms over?

          • Skip says:

            Sorry, he did not make any “anti-black” comments. He spoke of what his experience was with the black people he knew growing up. Unless you grew up with him, you can’t say he is wrong – you could probably fairly state that his experience was not typical of black people of the era, but that is all.

          • William says:

            Ummm…I read the article and Phil never made racist comments…you’re twisting facts to support your unnecessary disdain for a rich famous man you don’t even know.

        • Amie says:

          You’re conveniently ignoring the racist remarks. And putting homosexuality on a continuum with bestiality IS homophobia. He has a perfect right to say whatever backward, narrow-minded things he wants to, and, because he is a “famous” person on a TV show, anybody else in the world who hears his backward, narrow-minded opinions has every right to react. Those reactions may include, “I am a card-carrying member of the Klan and I agree with ever word he said” to “Hey, that’s ugly and I don’t want him on my television spouting that ugly.” And in reaction to those expressed opinions, A&E has a perfect right to decide if they want to keep putting him and the opinions he represents on their show or if they think the people with the objections have a point. That’s the free market, right there.

          • Skip says:

            There were no racist remarks. He spoke of his own experiences working with the black people he knew. Since none of were there, we can’t say how the black people he knew acted or felt, but that is a far cry from being a racist comment.

          • Drew says:

            He also put heterosexual activities right up there in his list as well. He was talking about sexual sins in general. He wasn’t comparing homosexuality to bestiality any more than he was comparing a dude sleeping around with a bunch of women to bestiality. How come you didn’t mention that part? I’ll tell you why. You either didn’t read the comments at all, or you ignored everything that didn’t fit in with the reaction that you were planning to have. Either way, it’s more your fault that you’re offended by this than it is his.

        • tarc says:

          Um, no. He violated his contract. No one is telling him he needs to change his opinion (which would be bigotry). They are enforcing his contract, as conservatives have done to everybody else for centuries. The Duckdummies havn’t got a leg to stand on, and needs to rent a truck to carry around all their hypocrisy. With any luck, they’ll be permanently out of the public eye momentarily.

          • Lisa says:

            How would you like to lose your job for the comment you just made? Because you referred to them as Duckdummies. Just saying. Thankfully, your job isn’t on the line, but that sounds like more of a “hate” statement than the ones he made. Your statement has malice…he made a direct quote from the Bible, and it was not malicious, it was simply stating a belief with no malice behind it.

        • tarc says:

          You mean other than the FACT that the precise opposite is true. No one has asked him to believe anything else – despite a nearly never-ending scientific, legal, and logical case that he’s perfectly incorrect. He violated his contract, and he’s being held responsible, just like the gay principle at that Catholic school was fired for getting married. Despite the cons and their flip-flopping nonsense arguments (in fact, they very successfully make the precise case that A&E is making now, and have for centuries), neither decision will be reversed in the end.

          • Drew says:

            Have you actually read their contracts? Because every other time they have had issues with A&E over their religious beliefs, A&E has backed down like a scared little puppy. This leads me to believe that they had their expensive lawyers making sure that this deal was worth their while before they signed those contracts. Keep in mind that they didn’t make their fortune off of the TV show, they got the TV show because of their successful business.

            If there was an understanding of who these people are and what their roles would be when hired (which obviously includes their religious beliefs since that is a large part of who they are) then A&E had no reason to expect them to act differently. That could very well put A&E in violation of the agreement that they had (depending on the wording of their contracts).

            There is video from years ago of the same guy saying pretty much the same things. So this was nothing new or shocking. This was who they signed a deal with.

            You can go on about how wrong you think he is and that is your right. But your opinion does not a legal case make.

        • Lisa says:

          Well said Drew. Not everyone is going to agree with people’s beliefs but that doesn’t mean they are intolerant of people because they have a different belief.

        • will says:

          That’s not what bigotry means. However, even if they are guilty of intolerance for giving him the boot, he deserves it. He has the public right to tolerance of his beliefs, but on a network show, people who don’t deserve to be tolerated shouldn’t be.

          • Drew says:

            Was that a Hitler quote?

          • Drew says:

            That was a joke by the way.

            Still are you the one who gets to decide who should and should not be tolerated? Because his comments line up with a rather significant portion of the population. Would you be cool with those people deciding that gay people shouldn’t be tolerated? (Which is not remotely the opinion that he stated or those people have. Just an example that I am using)

    • g says:

      It boggles the mind why people watch crap like NCIS and Two and A Half Men, yet they do. If you can make money off of crap why not do it? Good on them I say.

    • Annie Sisk says:

      Personally I can’t believe those results on the TVline poll – what, did the bigots send out a call to arms? Sheesh.

      • ajintexas says:

        Freedom of religion, a basic founding principle of this country and you can’t believe it? Move out of your Mom’s basement and get a wothwhile education…

        • Mary says:

          Those freedoms protect you from the government. Not your employer. He is not being arrested. His employer decided they didn’t like what he said while representing them. Freedom of religion has absolutely nothing to do with this. He is not being told he cannot practice his religion.

          • ajintexas says:

            Actually, employers are Federally prohibited from hiring or firing an employee based on religious affiliation or beliefs associated with said religion. People are just morons that do not know their rights in this country but go around thinking they are constitutional lawyers on the internet.

          • Yes – employers frequently have clauses in contracts allowing them to fire employees that said employee makes public inflammatory statements that will damage the employer’s public image. Phil’s statements were not in accordance with the bible or Christianity. Now where does the bible compare a vagina to an anus, nor does the bible say that Japan attacked Pearl Harbor because Shinto has “no Jesus”. Phil said that in the GQ interview also. from the interview, it sounds like Phil says these thing on set all the time A&E just, edits them out. So they do tolerate his “religious” beliefs – now it was a matter of public un-true statements in the press that will damage the A&E brand.

          • Drew says:

            So I’m confused… What happens when someone is fired because they’re gay? That’s still wrong, right? Can you post me a list of the people that it’s okay to discriminate against? I’m losing track.

          • Skip says:

            Sorry, Skippy, but Phil’s comments on sin were exactly in line with the Bible and Christianity. And you are misrepresenting what he said about Japan. What he did say was that of the 4 of the political systems that perpetrated some of the worst atrocities in the 20th Century, none were founded on Christian values: Communism, Nazism, Islamism and Japan prior to WW2. Apparently he believes that if thise movements had Christian teachings as their foundations, over 100 million people never would have died. I can’t say I disagree, though it is impossible to prove. As far as the last comment, he was very bluntly expressing his bewilderment on how a man could prefer another man for sex over a woman.

        • tarc says:

          Since this has zippo to do with ‘freedom of religion’ I’d suggest a few dozen clues and a vastly superior education.

          • Meredith says:

            Heh. I love that ajintexas has repeatedly asserted that he or she is highly educated and so very much smater than everyone else, and yet, he or she has a really hard time throwing a correct sentence together. The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

    • John 1138 says:

      Some people enjoy bingo or watching a show about people guessing the price of old stuff… big viewing audience with lots of niches….

  2. Troy says:

    Yes, Phil Robertson does have the right to express his opinion as guaranteed by the 1st amendment. However, A&E also has the right to disagree with that opinion and distance themselves from it. He represents a brand and a nationally broadcast television network. If the executives of said network found his statements to be inflammatory and/or believed that his statements could be detrimental to their brand from a business perspective, then it is well within their rights to remove him. No one is arguing that he doesn’t have a right to his opinion (disgusting though it may be). Only that A&E also has a right to not be associated with that opinion.

    • Jo says:

      Thank you! How are people not getting this? Freedom of speech only protects him from government-related consequences, like being arrested for saying these things. It in no way protects him from social consequences like being fired. It hurts my heart that people think A&E were wrong for suspending him. He deserves it.

    • Ewa says:

      This exactly. He put them in a very stinky situation, no wonder there are consequences.

    • Chuck Finley says:

      Only a camplete moron would cancel the highest rated cable tv show in history, regardless of what the “star” of thje show said. Personally, I Iike money and this show is basically a branch of the US Mint. Go ahead and cancel it on A&E and another channel will bank hundreds of millions off it. All you bleeding hearts need to learn economics.

      • KSM says:

        To be honest, I actually applaud the network for choosing morals over money for once. One shouldn’t be rewarded for being a bigot, no matter how high their ratings are today.

        • ajintexas says:

          Why not? MSNBC tried to bank off tha bigot Alec Baldwin, the most Homophobic liberal ever to draw a breath.

          • david says:

            And what happened to Alex Baldwin’s show? Yeah it’s not there anymore.

          • ajintexas says:

            But it should be, he has a right to say what he wants. In reality they were just looking for an excuse to cancel his low rated show. If he had a DD audience he would have apologized and still been on the air…

          • Andrea says:

            He does have the right to say what he wants. He isn’t being arrested or jailed for having his opinion. He is free to have it, but simultaneously A&E is also free to disagree with the opinion and choose to not work with him…and also simultaneously his family can choose to stop doing the show. The freedom is the freedom to allow all three things to exist at once in the United States, which they do. It does not prohibit A&E from disagreeing with the view and acting because of that disagreement, nor does it prevent the Robertson family from disagreeing or acting against A&E.

          • tarc says:

            Since I’m sure that you don’t know Alec Baldwin, that’s another sill comment. I’ll also point out that Baldwin’s program was immediately CANCELLED by MSNBC.

        • Double standard says:

          Morals over money? A&E puts out shows about drug dealing and murder…that’s morality? DID you read the ARTICLE? Or are you just basing your comments from the mass media? The question asked was…What, in your mind, is sin? The answer was a bunch of things…and he backed it up with his choice of religion and religious freedom is guaranteed by the US Constitution. A bigot has a biracial grandson? A bigot says he doesn’t understand the logic behind same sex sex? But yet a homosexual can’t understand hetrosexual sex. DOUBLE standard. All for tolerance and differences but only one sided.

          • will says:

            Having a show about something morally wrong is different than a real-life person from the show going out in public and promoting something morally wrong.

        • cindy says:

          not agreeing with someones lifestyle does not make you a bigot. He has a right to believe as he wants and to say what he wants. Heaven knows the other side says anything they want. Leave the man alone. You don’t like what he says don’t watch him or read interviews with him. This doesn’t have to be a war everyone needs to chill out.

      • JLK says:

        It’s funny you say that because I can’t imagine any situation in which they make this decision without financial pressure to do so. Maybe I’m just cynical, but I don’t see a corporation…any corporation…doing something for moral reasons.

      • tarc says:

        How’s that? There are plenty of people out there that understand that holding morality, upholding contractual agreements, and being great human beings supersedes a bottomless pit of greed.

    • TV Gord says:

      I think the channel (not network) is kind of hypocritical, because they’re keeping the show on, even though they know the whole family holds the same views as Phil. They’re penalizing him for saying it, but the rest of the family agrees. If their decision had any integrity, they’d take the show off altogether.

      • JLK says:

        All the more reason, I don’t think they took a moral stand on this one. I think they’re just trying to take some action to appease the advertisers who were concerned about backlash from the statements.

        • ajintexas says:

          Not one advertiser has publically said thaey are oppoesed to what Phil said in the privacy of his own home. In fact, Uner Armor backed him 100%.

          • david says:

            Well first whatever airing now is in repeats. We’ll see what happens when they have first run shows again in January. Second of all is it really surprising that a company like Uner Armor is showing support? They aren’t the advertisers to use to measure how many will pull ads. When you have major companies like Nabisco, Coke, etc. start to pull out then you’ll have a better idea of how this will affect the advertisers.

          • ajintexas says:

            As I said, please name one advertiser that publicly threatened to pull their ads. No one you named even supports this show as far as I am aware. Did you leanr nothing from the Chik Fil A fiasco? this show has millions of unwavering fans with money to spend. A&E can opt out on moral grounds as is thier right and another net will make a mint. But we all know A&E is praying for this to blow over.

          • John 1138 says:

            “privacy of his own home”

            Please review what a published interview means.

      • tarc says:

        That would be because the issue isn’t about personal opinions and never was. It’s about violating a work contract.

    • John 1138 says:

      Plus the terms of their relationship are no doubt quite clearly spelled out in their contract.

      • ajintexas says:

        You should educate yourself on the three non-negotiable clauses of their contract before you try to tell me I am wrong then.

    • RUCookie says:

      EXACTLY – A&E is well within their rights to suspend he. He is on a TV show, and being a TV star is not a protected class here. He has no rights to enforce them to keep him on a show for “entertainment” purposes. People are hired and fired all the time from TV, movies, commercials… he can say whatever he wants, and he did. A&E can act as they deem appropriate in response.

    • Lisa says:

      They have disclaimers at the beginning of infomercials, stating that the opinions expressed are not necessarily the opinions of the network. Shouldn’t this be viewed similarly?

  3. Elyse says:

    “People tend to forget that Freedom of Speech does not equate to Freedom from Consequences.”

    I support A&E 100%.

    • ajintexas says:

      BS, freedom of speech should NEVER have a consequnce. If it does, you are not a free man.

      • KSM says:

        Freedom of speech ALWAYS has consequences. You are free to say what you want, but the rest of the world is free to change their opinions of you, or cancel your show, or not watch your show if it stays on TV. To say that freedom of speech doesn’t have consequences is naive. Freedom of speech is an amazing privilege in this country, however, from day one, there have been consequences.

        • ajintexas says:

          Seriously, this comment PISSES me the F off. Free speech DOES NOT have “consequences” outside the narrow parameters of yelling “fire” in a crowded place. Moreover, you are attempting to limit freedom of expression and freedom of religion which are guarateed by the Constititution. You are a DISGRACE to every single idea this country was founded upon to suggest we do not have these rights.

          • Annie Sisk says:

            Well, you’re just wrong. I’m sorry, but you are. The Supreme Court has LONG held that the First Amendment applies SOLELY to government action against an individual for what he/she says. Has not one single whiff of anything to do with what people or companies do as a reaction to that speech. We ALWAYS bear the consequence of our speech, period. Those consequences just cannot involve government action. That’s completely irrelevant to what happened here.

          • ajintexas says:

            I’m not wrong. I have a Constitutiuonal lawyer as a direct next of kin. Outside of creating public mayhem such as shouting fire in a crowded theater, speech is protected. Do you morons not understand that is why the filth at the Westboro Baptist Chirch can do what they do? I hate it, but if I allw their speech to have limits then I allow my speech to have limits and I WILL NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES stand ofr that. HAte me all you want, but I am a dying breed that will defend your right to say I am insane.

          • ajintexas says:

            *church

          • david says:

            To say that free speech doesn’t have consequences is pretty ignorant. Free speech has ALWAYS had consequences. The network has the right to protect their brand and network and when someone who represents one of their shows makes an ignorant, homophobic, and racist statement like he did then they have the right (and responsibility) to take action. This may all blow over eventually such as what happened with Dog a few years ago however it will only blow over when he apologizes and admits that the comments he made were ignorant and unfounded. That probably won’t happen so we’ll see what ends up happening. This goes way beyond free speech which is what all of the conservatives who support him aren’t understanding. To compare being gay to bestiality is completely unacceptable.

          • websnap says:

            “Do you morons not understand that is why the filth at the Westboro Baptist Chirch can do what they do? I hate it, but if I alls their speech to have limits then I allow my speech to have limits and I WILL NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES stand ofr that.”

            Those are the consequences they are referring to. You thinking they are “filth” is a consequence of their speech. It doesn’t mean the government steps in and people go to jail, but that there are consequences to what you say through public perception. The people who pay his cheques didn’t like what he said and doesn’t jive with their own views. Most Actors have clauses in their contracts that prevents them from doing/saying things that will be seen as “questionable” (drunk tirades, caught with a hooker, openly advertising “unseemly” products/groups) to their audiences or advertisers. Look at what happened With Gilbert Godfrey – he told a joke and got fired from the AFLAK duck gig. You sign the contract, you take the good with the bad.

            Seems both ran “a-fowl”… (badum-dish)

          • TL says:

            WOW. You are not bright.

          • Anne says:

            ajintexas – You are just stupid. Can’t you understand? The GOVERNMENT can’t arrest you for what you say – that is free speech. But you face consequences from employers, friends, family, anyone else.

          • ajintexas says:

            Oh wow, someone with an IQ south of 80 said I was stupid without posting an opinion based on any minimal levle of critical thinking. Surely I have been put in my place by this imbecile!

          • Justice Holmes says:

            FALSELY shouting fire in a crowded theater. You can shout “Fire!” when there’s actually a fire.

          • DoctorWhoFanatic! says:

            AJ in Texas,

            Ever heard of slander? Libel? etc.?

            There are multiple types of speech that aren’t protected under the Free Speech clause.

            You also have the freedom to be educated, and yet you aren’t choosing to use it. Perhaps YOU are the disgrace to “every single idea this country was founded on” by spouting your mouth without learning the facts.

            You can say whatever the heck you want. You are NOT guaranteed your job, your friends, your family, your fanbase, etc by Freedom of Speech. The ONLY thing you are guaranteed is not to be acted by against the government (federal, state, or local) UNLESS you fit certain criteria (such as slander, libel, inciting riots, etc).

            Get a clue, man, before you spout off on others. Especially when these comments get so “Pissed the F off”

      • WTactualF says:

        That’s a very ignorant thing to say. Freedom of speech has limits, like when they are slanderous or place people in danger. Also, this whole thing has ZERO to do with freedom of speech. That is just some idiotic Sarah Palin argument to make. Could you walk into your boss’ office and call him an ahole and not expect to be fired? I can’t stand these morons walking around saying dumb things like “I got rights.”

        • ajintexas says:

          You go right ahead and allow people to limit your free speech. The rest of us will continue to demand our constitutionally guaranteed rights.

          • Gusar says:

            You’re a naive bigoted idiot. If anyone has a problem with me calling you that, hey, I’m just “exercising my constitutional rights”.

            But the real world doesn’t works that way. If it did, everyone could be calling anyone the most vile things imaginable. Your child is being bullied at school (verbal bullying, which can be just as hurtful as physical bullying)? Tough luck, the other students are just “exercising their constitutional rights”. And there’s plenty more similar examples.

            Freedom of speech is *not* freedom to say anything you want anywhere you want to whomever you want. If your really believe that, you truly *are* naive.

          • ajintexas says:

            You have every right to call me that, enjoy your freedom, I fought hard for it and I will never forget a lot of things I have seen.

          • John 1138 says:

            Don’t ever sign an entertainment services contract.

          • will says:

            Libel and Slander: Two examples of speech which are not protected by the First Constitutional Amendment. Not all speech is necessarily free, and it’s that way for a reason.

        • GoGiants says:

          I invite the person claiming freedom of speech, outside of yelling fire etc. should have no consequences to call his/her boss an idiot and see what happens, then try to claim wrongful termination.

          • ajintexas says:

            He didn’t, he gave an interview in his own home in hos own free time. It is a SAD state of affairs in the couintry when people allow their corporate masters to dicate what they can say in the privacy of ther own home. Don’t blame me when you have to constantly monitor every last thing you say in hopes of keeping some meaningless job to pay the bills, I tried to tell you.

          • GoGiants says:

            And he is bound by his contract and the employer can fire him for any reason, really.

      • dcl30 says:

        EVERYTHING you say has consequences, be that positive or negative. If you think that your freedom of speech gives you the right to spread hate, well damn, I wonder what is wrong with you? He is free to be bigoted homophobic racist, and he can say what he wants.. like you said freedom of speech, but you live in a lalaland if you think that there wont be consequences to voice them, especially when you work for someone who signs your checks and disagrees with you. A&E has all the rights to fire him. Just like your employer has the right to fire you if you go against their policies. This whole thing has nothing to do with freedom of speech. Its about him being an asshole and he is getting fired for it ( yup I called him an asshole, theres freedom of speech for you ). Karma is a b***h isnt it?

        • ajintexas says:

          No it doesn’t. You are not a free pesron if what you sayu has consequences. You are part of the problem this country has if you think it does. You need to sit down and think long and hard about exaclty when you sold yourslef out to the elitists if you think speech has consequences beyond social discourse and debate.

          • Annie Sisk says:

            Don’t be ridiculous. Of COURSE there are consequences. Conservatives think people should be held responsible for their actions—until one of their own has to pay a price for their bigoted views. So you were ALL up in arms when the Dixie Chicks got marginalized and blacklisted because they spoke out against Bush, right? Right, I’ll just bet.

          • ajintexas says:

            No, there are not consequences outside of creating a public disturbance under false pretenses (fire in a theater) and slander, neither of which Phil Robertson engaged in. How hard it is for you people to understand what freedom of speech entails? You are all willing to censor those that express any ideas in direct oppostion to your view. It’s going to suck for you when the tables get turned and your ideas land you in hot water and people like me won’t defend your right to have those ideas

          • david says:

            And how is comparing being gay to bestiality NOT slander? This isn’t about free speech. People have the right to their opinion but that works both ways and that means the network has the right to their free speech and not be associated with an ignorant, racist, and homophobic individual that should honestly learn when to keep his mouth shut.

          • dcl30 says:

            I have come to a conclusion that you are a moron. I read many of your replies and the fact is that, you are a moron 1st class. You say I am a problem, but the fact is that you are what is the problem why USA became what it had become. Open up your mind a little bit, get some fresh air, read a book that will actually expand your, so it seems, limited intellect and maybe you wont be trolling internet and cry injustice where there is none. He effed up, and so he got effed off. See how simple some things can be?

          • ajintexas says:

            It’s not slander because he did not label any single person and tarnish their reputation. Endof story in a court of law, or court of non-imbeciles. I have a Ph.D. and a 146 IQ, call me a moron all you want. I spend more time engaging in critical thinking on the toilet in the morning than you do all day long..

          • dcl30 says:

            you have phd? IQ 146? My dear, I do call you a moron if you think that I believe in any of that. Not that I care what you think I think of you. And I am sure you think same as me. Well I sure hope so, you know, cause you have IQ of 146 ;). And whatever you do on the toilet, well thats your business and your choice to share that with us, but please dont. But yup, I do think you are a moron. And a troll. Your posts shows that clearly.

          • ajintexas says:

            Absolutely I do. Technically it’s a Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Anesthesiology but I don’t want to get over the typical commenters ability to understand here. Go ahead and challenge me, I am sincerely up for the debate. After all, I am running for Congress in my district in 2014.

          • dcl30 says:

            Well congress is full of trolls, you will fit right into it

          • ajintexas says:

            I’d rather be labelled a “troll” for standing up for my rights than a sheep like you for willingly giving them up to people that don’t care if you live or die.

          • GotSomethingToSay says:

            Lets put this simply. As a child if you told your parents to take their rules and shove them where the sun doesn’t shine, I bet you would have been punished. See…you had a RIGHT to say what you said (aka – they couldn’t arrest you for it) but there was still a CONSEQUENCE (timeout, spanking, restriction, whatever). The world is NOT black or white. We live in a country that does allow us to have this wonderful freedom, but that in no way means that there is never a consequence. There are ALWAYS consequences to our actions.

            Personally, I disagree with what he said…but at the same time, I’m not sure he should have been fired for it. Also, I’m REALLY curious to see whether or not the same people (aka people like you) who are ALL about his freedom of speech being violated would have been so up in arms if he would have said the opposite? Just ask the Dixie Chicks where Freedom of Speech got them :).

            And, this is coming from someone who DOES fight for this country and its rights!

          • John says:

            God help up in Texas in this troll AJ really is running and really wins. He/she is really too dense to understand anything.

          • tarc says:

            That’s a rather astounding bit of nonsense, and it’s a horrific problem that someone that (incorrectly) referenced the Founding Fathers would say such disingenuousness. Americans are guaranteed the right to express their views freely in many circumstances; it’s always been very, very clear that this also means that individuals can and will often be held responsible for those comments, be they at a Constitutional Convention, or whether you are shouting ‘Fire!” in a theater. You comment is nonsense, and there is extensive case law delineating precisely how incorrect that you are here.

      • Sandi says:

        Well said!

        • Sandi says:

          I was referring to ajintexas comment about voicing your opinion. I don’t agree with what Phil said but I do think he has every right to say it. It was given in an interview with GQ and unless his contract forbids this type of conduct then he has every right to say what he believes. Freedom of speech and freedom from religious persecution.

  4. Just Sayin' says:

    Nothing makes me cringe more than when I hear an opinion supported by the phrase ‘because the Bible says so’, or words to that effect. Robertsons, if you want to live your lives based around the supposed teachings of a religion, go right ahead, but let those of us living in the real world get on with things without having to listen to your backward belief systems. Thanks.

    • ajintexas says:

      You are engaging in religious discrimination.

      • WTactualF says:

        Not really. When people justify their actions based on a book that has been revised and edited thousands of times for political reasons, then you seriously need to reevaluate your life.

        • ajintexas says:

          When you deny Christ you seriously need to re-evaluate your miserable life.

          • Just Sayin' says:

            Or perhaps when you feel the need to depend on anything other than yourself, and also feel the need to condemn others for not doing the same, it might also be time for a little re-evaluation, no?

          • ajintexas says:

            I do not reject that point at all. We are all self reliant in many situations. That is why God endowed us with the ability to reason and use critical thinking after all..

          • Just Sayin' says:

            I respect your right to believe that, even if the very idea of a god having anything to do with who or what I am is abhorrent to me. My religion is me. Always has been, always will.

          • Ray says:

            I deny Christ and the very notion of his so called miracles! They are just made up stories in a book like any other fairy tale.

          • ajintexas says:

            If you chooose to believe that you are an accident of the Universe, so be it. I won’t argue with you. But you have no right to codemn or otherwise mock Christians for exercising the same freedom. That makes you a hypocrite of EPIC proportions to do so.

          • Just Sayin' says:

            @ajintexas

            To be clear, my initial comment above was directed solely at the Robertson family (as I stated at the time) and the ‘backward’ part was in response to his bigoted opinions and beliefs, rather than his religious ones. The fact he uses his religion to excuse the bigotry is a problem in itself, but regardless of my own beliefs, I’m not mocking Christians in general, as that would indeed make me extremely hypocritical, I agree.

          • ajintexas says:

            I get that, but he is not using the Bible to excuse his beliefs. It actually say homosexualtiy is wrong. Like I said I am not in agreement, but I have read the Bible cover to cover and he is not wrong in what he says. It says that it is a sin very clearly.

          • Just Sayin' says:

            And that is where I start having a problem with religions and the idea that they somehow allow acceptable intolerance for other people’s life choices, so we’ve come full circle. I’m aware of what the Bible says but that doesn’t mean that everything written inside it is correct and in this day and age you can’t expect to use religion to promote intolerance without expecting an uproar. Robertson is entitled to his own beliefs, he’s even entitled to state them to the world, but just because his personal religious text backs him up, that doesn’t mean he should expect people not to react. Everything, most especially freedom, has consequences. To ignore that fact is simply naive.

          • WTactualF says:

            Ok

          • “But you have no right to codemn or otherwise mock Christians for exercising the same freedom.”

            Oh my, it almost sounds like you think there’s some sort of… consequence associated with that speech. SURELY I AM MISTAKEN!

        • Sandi says:

          You may disagree with what he said but not his right to say it or to practice his religion. He is clearly protected under his 1st amendment rights in both regards. Unless he is in violation of his contract with A&E they have no right to suspend him.

      • Gusar says:

        And you are engaging in social marginalization, despite the constitution claiming “equality for all”.

        You seem to think you can say anything and hide it behind “religion” or “tolerance of differing”opinions”, and therefore everyone else must accept it. Sorry, but no, if you’re engaging in social marginalization, I will call you out on it. I will tell you it is wrong, I don’t care what your religion says, people have the constitutional right to be treated equally, to not be marginalized because of their skin color, because of their sexual orientation or other innate traits. No matter what your religious book says.

        • ajintexas says:

          I’m not overly religous, but I do lean a little towards Jesus and the bible in all fairness. I think Jesus Christ walked the Earth and was the Son of God who died for our sins. I base it on 25 years of working a a paramedic and a nurse. I don’t expect anyone else to understand as they have not dealt with what I have on a daily basis for decades.

        • Double standard says:

          Then you cannot marginalize people for belief in their religion or freedom of speech and those things are guaranteed by the same Constitution. Double standard and you can’t pick and choose what to like or obey or disregard.

      • GoGiants says:

        Nope. Just Sayin’ is not preventing others from living by their religion, just not wanting others to be forced to live by it.

        • Just Sayin' says:

          In a nutshell! ;)

        • ajintexas says:

          But you are attempting to force people like Phil to live by YOuR standards or lose a job, which is in fact a blatant double standard and violates his constitutional right to freedom of religion. You cannot deny a person a Constitutionally guaranteed right simply because you disagree. As much as you can’t refuse to hire a Muslim based upon religion, you can’t fire a Christian for their beliefs either.

          • Just Sayin' says:

            But again, he’s not being fired for his religious beliefs. He’s not even been fired as of yet. He’s in trouble for his opinions about gay and coloured people and regardless of whether or not the Bible might justify them to him, they are still his own beliefs. You yourself have admitted to being both a Christian and accepting of gay people. Therefore your religion did not make you intolerant to homosexuals. The two things do not have to go hand in hand. As such you have to assume that his bigoted opinions are his own, and they are what he is being condemned for.

          • ajintexas says:

            He didn’t say anthing racist, in fact he said his family was poor white trash that was in sthe same boat as the African Americans of the time. You trying to make a racial issue out of that is insane.

          • Just Sayin' says:

            I’m not trying to make an issue out of anything at all. I’m simply pointing out what is going on right now. Not my doing. Just the reality of the current situation.

          • The Beach says:

            Jeez…I don’t get why so many people are screaming Freedom of Speech. This is not a Freedom of Speech issue, it is a Breach of Contract issue.

    • ajintexas says:

      PS, your remote changes the channel and 14 million Americans weekly tell you to shove your opinion where the sun doesn’t shine

      • Just Sayin' says:

        Oh, my comment has absolutely nothing to do with this television show. I wouldn’t waste my time watching ‘reality’ television no matter what it was about. I read the article because I like to keep myself informed and saw that the guy was basing his bigoted views on a supposed religious belief. Hence my disapproval.

        To be clear, I personally cannot abide religion and see no need for it in the modern world but I’m of the opinion that everyone should be free to believe and do whatever they want to. It’s a shame this guy’s beliefs don’t allow others to live however they want to, don’t you think?

        • ajintexas says:

          Actually, I supprot gay rights 100%. Believe it or not. I also support the Constitution and freedom of speech. As much as I disagree with someone, I will defend their right to say it to the death. That’s just me. I love freedom above and beyond what I personally believe.

          • Just Sayin' says:

            Then we are almost in agreement. But this isn’t about you supporting gay rights (which I applaud), it’s about Robertson not doing so. And this isn’t a freedom of speech issue. He was absolutely free to say what he said. But A&E were equally free to act however they saw fit based on what he said. It works both ways.

          • ajintexas says:

            I agree, but my point is that this is the highest rated cable tv show of all time so obviously people share his beliefs. Don’t watch if it offends you, but the absolute worst decision that could possbily be made is to tell him and his 14 million viewers that they have no right to their beliefs. I feel that it is not my right to try to shut him down and limit his speech because I disagree and 14 million a week agree with him. I choose to let God decide if he is right or wrong.

          • Just Sayin' says:

            Thing is though, do all those viewers truly agree with him or do they watch despite his beliefs? It’s all well and good saying how many people watch the show but surely that’s not the same as saying that they all agree with his viewpoints? I mean, I watch Homeland every week and I was consistently fascinated by the character of Nick Brody, but I rarely agreed with his beliefs or actions.

          • ajintexas says:

            I would imagine a LARGE % agree with him.

          • Just Sayin' says:

            That’s an assumption at best, I’m afraid. I’m certain that many do agree with him, but just as many of them may only watch the show for entertainment value, rather than out of a sense of solidarity. Short of asking them all, we’ll never know.

          • ajintexas says:

            The TVLine poll says about 70% agree with him which is an OVERWHELMING majority in this country.

          • Just Sayin' says:

            I’m sorry but that is really grasping at straws. All that proves is that 70% of the people who saw the poll happened to agree with him. And anonymous internet polls are notoriously hard to take seriously as they can be easily manipulated. Not exactly a fair method of judging public opinion. If it was the other way around I can promise you that I wouldn’t be using the poll to prove my point.

      • david says:

        Yes 14 million until he made these ignorant, racist, and homophobic comments. We’ll see how many of us that watched before don’t after this.

        • ajintexas says:

          I would say 16 million to 18 million tune in ow because what he said ias not “homophobic” and people like you that suggest at much deserve what you get for trying to create division among people.

    • If you know anything about religion and the Christian faith, you know the point is to live by it. I’m pretty offended by what you said above and I don’t consider myself a bible thumper.

      • Just Sayin' says:

        I have nothing ‘against’ Christianity or the practice of following that faith, anymore than I do any other faith. They’re all the same to me. You should be free to believe whatever you like. Personally I think there’s no need anymore and all you need is belief in yourself if you want to live a good life, but that’s just me.

        When people use religious views to even suggest that other people should not be free to live however they want to though? THAT I do have a problem with.

    • Skip says:

      Sorry, you don’t have to agree with my beliefs, but you can’t tell me to just shut up about them so you don’t have to listen – unless I can also tel you to shut up about gay rights, same-sex marriage, drug legalization or any number of other topics on which I am sure we disagree.

      Part of freedom of speech is that you can’t just silence people who have a different opinion. Of course, that is the part of free speech that most liberals try to ignore.

      • Just Sayin' says:

        Again, my comment was directed towards Robertson and his family, and so as such I wasn’t telling you or anyone else to shut up. They are the ones who have been given a televised soapbox upon which to spew their bigotry. I’m sure if you and I were to discuss the topics you mentioned we’d likely disagree on a great deal. In that situation however, it’s two equals privately debating a given topic. Neither one of us would be abusing a public position we had been given to spout backward nonsense.
        As has been said countless times though, this is not a freedom of speech issue. That is a guarantee given to you by your Government, applying only to them. You have no such right with me, nor do I with you. Whatever right we give the other to speak is entirely up to us. If the owner of TVLine (Ausiello, I imagine) decided that anyone here that supported Robertson was a bigoted racist then he could quite legally ban them from this site. It’s privately owned so the only freedom of speech we have here is what the owner grants us. Nothing more.
        And surely you see the irony in telling me that ‘I can’t tell you’ to do something when debating freedom of speech in the first place. Of course I can. If freedom of speech existed in the manner you suggest then I can ‘tell’ you anything I like, surely? My point being that bringing freedom of speech into any conversation such as this is ultimately self defeating. It’s a pity that more people don’t attempt to mix their so called freedom of speech with a little basic common sense and use it in ways that don’t ultimately offend people and their life choices.

        • Skip says:

          Well, let me modify my statement to say that you can’t tell me to be quiet and actually expect me to be quiet – you have no way to enforce it. If you could force me to do so, then I could force you to be quiet as well, and then where would we be?
          And I agree this is not about the 1st Amendment… the owner of a private site can certainly ban those of opposing views, just as the owner of a network can fire an employee whose public statements they don’t like. I just find it funny that the left is always talking about the “intolerant” right, and yet the left is usually the side that wants to stop opposing viewpoints from even being heard.

          • Just Sayin' says:

            And again let me clarify that I never intended to tell you to be quiet, given that my original comment was directly pointed towards the viewpoints of Robertson, a person who made a statement that I strongly disagree with and I therefore responded. He said something I found offensive. I replied with a viewpoint of my own about how he lives his life.

            As for the nature of ‘left’ versus ‘right’ and neither side liking to hear the opposing views being aired, surely that’s the nature of the beast. I consider myself to be neither one or the other, to any real extreme, but from a neutral perspective I’d say that being intolerant of a person’s lifestyle is much worse than being intolerant of hearing someone telling you that your lifestyle is wrong. Just my opinion.

  5. WTactualF says:

    This isn’t a Freedom of speech issue. That chick from big brother spewed racist crap all season long and guess what? She was fired from her job. I didn’t hear anyone crying that her 1st amendment rights were infringed upon?

    I’d be fired too if I spouted off racist and homophobic nonsense on Facebook or Twitter or wherever.

    People need to get over it. He’s a racist and a homophobe and I hope that stupid show gets cancelled.

    • Elyse says:

      I think it’s weird how none of the trolls are commenting on this… I guess they all agree with your comment! I know I do :)

    • Skip says:

      I agree that this is not a 1st Amendment issue, as the government is not restricting his speech. A&E can fire him, though I think they are killing the goose – nothing else on A&E (or anywhere else on cable TV) has the kind of ratings that this show has, and ratings mean dollars. And that doesn’t even get into the amount of money they will lose on merchandising. A&E has seen a 50% increase in their revenue in the past year, and that is almost exclusively due to this show, and they are about to lose all of that. But if they do, they will have to answer to their boards and to their shareholders. The Robertson’s will still have their businesses and probably a new show on whatever cable network wins the bidding war that is sure to erupt when they leave A&E.

      But I disagree that he is a homophobe and racist. I know the left loves to scream those words at anyone with the temerity to disagree with them, but there is absolutely no hate or fear involved. Robertson believes what the Bible says about sin – not just homosexuality, but adultery, promiscuity, theft, murder, slander, gossip, etc. So unless he is also heterophobic and a whole lot of other -phobics, then that is silly label to pin on him. And since he has a biracial grandchild that he obviously loves very much, to consider him racist is idiotic and nothing more than leftist propaganda.

  6. Amanda says:

    When I was hired by my employeer I was told that if things I said outside of the workplace were considered detrimental to the company, I could be let go. This is the same thing. His employeer (a&e) is making a business decision to protect THEIR brand. Phil is fully allowed to say whatever he wants, but this is not a first ammendment violation which Sarah Palin and Bobby Jindal would let you believe. (Also, Bobby Jindal is an embarrassment to the state of Louisiana but that’s another story…) Freedom of Speech is not Freedom of Consequences.

    • ajintexas says:

      This is no where in the realm of the “same thing”. They knew who he was from the start. They knew his beliefs. They censored “in Jesus name” from his prayers on the show. You aren’t Phil Robertson and your meaningless job is not the same as his. This argument is nonsense.

      • WTactualF says:

        That’s a nice assumption, ajintexas, but you have no proof of that. There was a clause in his contract that allowed the network to terminate his contract if he violated a morality clause, which he did by spewing his vitriol.

        The network had every right to terminate his contract because the law sys so, not the Bible.

      • Katherine215 says:

        It doesn’t matter if this was something out of left field or something his employers knew he believed. They can suspend or fire him for making comments detrimental to their business. ANYONE can do that in business. If you’re going to (incorrectly) use the excuse of free speech, the employer has the same right.

        • ajintexas says:

          But why should they suspend him? Because of some politcally correct nonsense that says he either denies his belief in God and the teachings he follows in the bible or lose his job? Would you dare tell a Muslim the same thing??? The answer to that is not a chance in hell, you are too afraid. I don’t hink you even remotely comprehend what you are doing when you try to FORCE people to violate thier constitutiuonally guaranteed religous beliefs or the can of worms you are opening when you suggest as much.

          • david says:

            The right wing don’t understand this has NOTHING to do with free speech. The only issue should be that he made these ignorant and unfounded comments. The right wing choose to look only at the free speech issue because they are wrong on the actual issue (his ignorant comments) .

          • ajintexas says:

            You say the bible is ignorant, he says you are going to hell. Take your chances I guess. Since you seem to believe there is no life after death there is not risk for you right?

          • Katherine215 says:

            What part of “They can suspend or fire him for making comments detrimental to their business” wasn’t clear? Of course I would tell a Muslim spouting rhetoric his network deemed bad for business the same thing. This “fear” you right wingers have of Muslim people is ridiculous. And no one is forcing the duck guy to do anything, which you obviously cannot grasp because you have never actually read the 1st amendment. Tip: there are free apps with the entire Constitution available; download one and educate yourself.

          • tarc says:

            I think you need to think long and hard as to why A&E would suspend him. The cons use this tactic ALL the time to suit their needs. A gay principle was booted from his job at an American Catholic school for getting married this week, and the reasoning is the same (but in this case, the cons take their usual, non-hypocritical role).

  7. Boiler says:

    Agree with everyone here. You may have the right to say what you want but employers have the right to fire you. Maybe this can be the start of the end of these shows

  8. ES says:

    No one is guaranteed a tv show. Walk away now if you can’t take the limits put on you. Or realize the country doesn’t think like you – I mean to be 40 years behind on Civil Righs is pathetic. I have no hope on Gay Rights then.

    • ajintexas says:

      About 60-70% of this country identifies as Christian. You are mistaken if you think these guys will accept any “limits” to their speech.

      • Russ says:

        Yes but that doesn’t mean 60-70% of Christians agree with his thinking.

        • ajintexas says:

          Correct. I do not agree with what he said, but I defend the fact he has the right to his opinion. His beliefs were known to A&E before the show started and the entire family made this clear in their deal. They will not backstab family. This interview took p[lace in his home and the reporter was way out of line taking advantage of that.

      • WTactualF says:

        That’s not even the point. A GREAT majority of Christians don’t agree with Robertson’s extreme viewpoints. Hell, even the Catholics have progressed in their views.

        His views are actually closer to the Islamists in ideology.

      • Elyse says:

        60-70% identify as Christian? Can you please supply a link to support those numbers? I have a hard time believing that’s true.

      • A&E not paying him for his speech isn’t infringing on his rights. It called the free market. They don’t to associate with it. He can keep on saying whatever he chooses.

    • Allison says:

      I suspect more of the country does think like him than doesn’t.

  9. Kyle C. says:

    Because the shows doing well, he thinks he’s free from all consequence. The GQ interview was essentially for promoting the show. He represented A&E in that interview and he represented them in a bad light, so yes, the action taken was very necessary. Like the consensus here, we’d all be fired or suspended if we represented our company like that.

    • ajintexas says:

      I am so tired of hearing about “consequences” to speaking freely. Adolph Hotler woould probably jerk you off for your sentiments and Abraham Lincoln would punch you in the damn face for being a traitor to liberty.

      • ajintexas says:

        *Hitler, and I am sincerely depressed about your iade of “consensus” considering you are depending on the comments of people that are 95% liberal and 5% conservative at best

      • DoctorWhoFanatic! says:

        I am so tired of you being a jackarse.

        Why are you infringing on his freedom of speech to talk about consequences by complaining about it?! FREEDOM OF SPEECH! FREEDOM OF SPEECH!

      • tarc says:

        Yes, I’m sure that you are tired of being held responsible for your views 9because all of a sudden, you don’t have full reign to be the only voice speaking). Happily for the rest of humanity, we’re not.

  10. Susie says:

    I think that he violated his contract with A & E and that’s why he was suspended. That makes sense to me. FYI – He also made some interesting comments about Blacks in that interview, that are questionable, and no one seems to be upset about that. Why?

    • ajintexas says:

      They hired him knowing he was a Christian minister opposed to gay right. But this “makes sense” to you” You are ignorant and have a low IQ if you seriously believe that.

    • TV Gord says:

      I agree. The racial things he said are just horrible, not to mention wrong!

  11. Butters says:

    I have read the comment section for this article and my faith in humanity has been restored. All very logical a smart points! It is a Christmas Miracle!

  12. Kate says:

    Good. Don’t know why this is a show anyway. I watched about 10 minutes of one episode and felt my IQ dropping. Dumbest thing I’ve ever seen.

  13. Cheerio! says:

    This show exudes stupidity – and it’s centered on a family of Bible thumpers mired in their beliefs. Good riddance!

    I am only delighted that these fools are being scrutinized and punished for their ignorant beliefs.

    • ajintexas says:

      The Nazis felt the same way about hte Jews……

      • Stormy says:

        Many southern fundamentalists also denigrate the Jewish people. It’s sad that this kind of ignorance exists in the 21st. century.

        • Skip says:

          You are a bit behind the times. It used to be that a lot of people in the South were prejudiced against Jews (you remember, back when the Democrats ran the South as well as the Ku Klux Klan ?) But these days, the most ardent supporters of Israel and the Jews are the evangelical Christians – those “fundamentalists” you are trying to denigrate. It is the “mainline” Christian denominations and the liberal left that are doing everything they can to see Israel destroyed these days.

      • GoGiants says:

        Yes. Losing his TV show is JUST like concentration camps.

        Not very bright, are you?

  14. Richie says:

    I myself have adapted with time but I will be damned if I ever crucify a Man or Woman that believes in the Bible from cover to cover. In the end, he will have to answer to God and if that means being suspended from a TV show then so be it.

    • WTactualF says:

      Um ok. This dude thinks “blacks” were better off under Jim Crow and it’s okay by you so long as he professes belief in the Bible? Maybe some of these Christians need to listen to the Pope and heed his views on homosexuality.

      • ajintexas says:

        He in no way said that and you are a liar if you try to say he did. He said he was poor white trash and equated himeslf to the african american population of the South because he worked the fields with them. He simply said they found a way to be happy with the hand they were delt in life, much like him, and that God will be the judge in the end.

        • WTactualF says:

          Nope. You are wrong. Quit trying to make this racist, homophobe a victim. He said “blacks” not African Americans. “Blacks”. As if to strip away their humanity and label them solely based on the color of their skin.

          He also said they were better off in that era… Which was under Jim Crow. He’s ignorant and so are you.

      • Stormy says:

        That’s hilarious. Most of the protestant sects despise the Roman Catholic church and the Pope. They’ve each thrown out the parts they didn’t like and added their own rules. it’s like the Marx Brothers revising a contract and tearing off the parts that interfere with their agenda. And Christians did the same thing by writing their own “New Testament” to amend the Old testament. Revisionists all. JMO

    • GoGiants says:

      If he believes in it from cover to cover, does he not wear mixed fabrics? Not eat shellfish? Stone adulterous women? Have multiple wives? Or does he cherry pick his “religious” views to fit his poltiical views and hatred?

      Seems like the latter to me.

  15. Tyler says:

    I don’t really watch television, but I live in a part of the country where these people are idolized (this disturbs me), and people are even starting to mimic their disgusting facial hair! People are so impressionable, and I just don’t understand why they choose people like this to identify themselves with.

  16. Kim says:

    Im sure the Robertsons priority is not the show. He believes in God and the word of God. They will make duck calls with or without a show and they will be happy, happy, happy!!! He was asked what he thought about something, in an interview not on the “Show”. He has the right to answer it as he believes, not as what he thinks people want to hear. Just like we have the right to express what we think about this topic that is being discussed. Read up on Phil Robertson and see what kind of man he is and what his family represents. They are not perfect, but no man or woman is. But he and his family believe in God and the Bible and what it says. That is their choice.

    • GoGiants says:

      They believe in an interpretation of the Bible that allows them to hate and oddly fits with their politics. They don’t seem Christlike in the least.

      • ajintexas says:

        There is not an “interpretation of the bible” out there that makes any onf the sins he named “ok”. You are a flawed Christian if you think otherwise. If Jesus came back today he would surely associate wit the gays, to forgive them of their sin and help them reach salvation, not to legitimize it. THAT “interpretation” is absolutely incorrect.

      • Kim says:

        Well if you get the whole story, he also stated in his interview that he loves all humanity and he does not hate anyone. He was only expressing his beliefs from what he has gained from the Bible. That is what he believes in. Like I said read up on him and his family.There is way more to all of the stories that come through media. The whole story is never published. And if everyone was educated on the Robertsons and you are a Christian and have ever read the Bible then you would see that he is a Christian and his whole family supports him because they are too.

  17. Kim says:

    And the show knew what they were getting themselves into when they offerred to do it. The Robertsons don’t pick and choose beliefs to cater to people and this earthly world. It’s in the Bible and that’s what he beleives. SO really A&E how much sense does that make on your part???

    • GoGiants says:

      Except that Christians do pick and choose from the Bible and make things up to fit into their political views.

    • John 1138 says:

      “The Robertsons don’t pick and choose beliefs” “It’s in the Bible ”

      So they run around murdering people that catch working on Sundays? Stoning people to death they find wearing clothes made out of belted fabric?

      Yowza.

      Shintoism is in the Bible? Now getting a good price when you sell your daughter into slavery, THAT’S in the Bible.

      • Kim says:

        Jesus died to save us from sin. Just because its written in the Bible doesnt mean that the things they did were ok, you are taking it out of context and what it meant. That is why God sent his son to die for us. SO we could have eternal life!!!!

        • Anon says:

          So why are you choosing to pick out the views expressed in Leviticus in the Bible that homosexuality is a “sin”.

          Jesus’ teachings does not include one word of that kind of nonsense.

          If you are going to hold out that EVERYTHING in the Bible is represents your God’s views…then how about a death sentence for growing two different crops side by side? How about Christian husbands abandoning wives and children to rape and starvation for being born of foreign peoples?

          Christians who declare homosexuality are either cherrypicking from the bible or they are simply just repeating what they have heard from others and not bothering to educate themselves on their own religion. Moreover, the Pope, YOUR religious leader on earth per the BIBLE (what, have your own beliefs that does not include following the Catholic pope? Sorry it’s in the Bible), says this is an issue in which Christians should not presume to judge.

          Educate yourself on the words of the Bible and the teachings of Jesus before you cry “out of context” because that is exactly what is happening when anyone declares homosexuality a “sin”.

        • John 1138 says:

          Oh the context is correct it’s just the subject is a little awkward. Everyone realizing they’re one polyester blend shirt away from being fair game for mandatory Biblical killing.

  18. Pill queen says:

    Is there a reason why we actually care about what a DUCK CALLER says? This guy is a nobody. I wish the media would stop going after reality stars as if they are doing stuff for the world. They aren’t. Oh he thinks homosexuality is a sin, big whoop, that’s the CHRISTIAN way. We need to stop polluting the media with homophobic stuff from bigoted religious people. They are stupid anyways.

    • ajintexas says:

      14 million people a week and the highest rated cable series in history disagree with you.

      • Pill queen says:

        Well those 14 million are morons. Real actors are losing jobs while stupid duck callers still have a job?

      • Jillian says:

        Pretty sure The Walking Dead gets more viewers than that. To correct your statement, it’s the highest rated cable REALITY show, which doesn’t really say much considering reality TV is a dying breed.

  19. ajintexas says:

    I’m going to go ahead and disagree with all of you brown nosers here. Free speech is free speech. Same goes for Alec Baldwin and Martin Bashir. I say that you are entitled to air your beliefs uncensored as guaranteed by the Constitution and let the market decide whether or not you stay employed. So far, a majority of Amerciancs say keep Phil and dump Martin and Alec. SO BE IT!

    • Katherine215 says:

      Newsflash: the Constitution does not guarantee you can air your beliefs uncensored by everyone in the world. Just uncensored by the government, which I’m certain wants nothing to do with some loser quacking at ducks, or whatever he does. Also, a majority of your friends =/= a majority of Americans.

      • ajintexas says:

        That loser is worth 100 mill more than you crazy cat lady!

        • Katherine215 says:

          Well, by all means, prove your point by trying to insult me. And rest assured, I will ABSOLUTELY take being me with my < $100 million bank account every day of the week over being the bigoted duck guy.

        • GoGiants says:

          So you think a bank account balance is how to best judge a person? Those with more money are better people?

  20. T says:

    Well at the end of the day….he has the right to feel and say what he wants… With or without consequences! And besides….it’s not like they are hard up for the money! Who cares if A&E suspends him or if the whole family walks away…..they are still filthy rich!! They were rich before and will be after!

  21. A ton of people watch this show and it is red-hot for A&E, I’m sure they won’t cancel it. Phil has a right to his opinion even if it isn’t what the main stream/many people want to hear. It is also the right of AE to suspend him. But hasn’t this been blown way out of proportion by the media? The media has gone crazy carrying news like this all year. Sigh.

  22. Esaul says:

    While I appreciate people are aware of their rights, they don’t fully understand them. A&E isn’t the government. Phil can say as he pleases but he represents A&E. There is a thing called contracts that everyone in the TV industry signs. We won’t know what it entails but I’m sure there are clauses about behavior and whatnot. He failed to represent A&E in a positive light and so he is punished for it justly. So be it. This has nothing to do with his freedom of speech or religion. This is about the network’s image which they have every right to protect. A&E probably won’t cancel the show on their own. If the family doesn’t want to continue that’s another thing. They still own syndication and distribution rights of the show.

    • ajintexas says:

      A&E can cael him, and another net will pick him and his 14 MILLION viewers a week up in a heartbeat. Guess A&E prefers minority nonsense over money. That’s their call…..

      • ajintexas says:

        cancel, sorry

      • Esaul says:

        A&E can cancel, sure that doesn’t mean the network loses the rights to the show. It all depends on what’s in the contracts. And then there’s the established premise of damaged goods. Networks constantly worry about image. And there’s the price of buying the rights to the show and the price of continuing production, etc. It’s not as easy as it seems.

      • John 1138 says:

        Not unless the signed contracts allow such a thing.

  23. Et al says:

    Why is the media ignoring the racist comments he made as well?

    • Greg says:

      Agreed, I wish that would get more attention so people could stop excusing his comments because of religion etc.

    • ajintexas says:

      What was racist???? He called himself white trash lol. You are a moron playing the race card/.

      • WTactualF says:

        You are a moron and clearly didn’t read the article or the comments he made in reference to Jim Crow era “blacks” and the insinuation that they are all on welfare.

        Please crawl back into the hole you came out of. Are you sure you’re not RickPerryinTexas?

  24. CapMorgan says:

    Cancel it…Move on. Next “reality” show please.

  25. anonymous says:

    Im sorry, If you support him you are RIDICULOUS!!
    Show me in the bible where it says this:
    “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? 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.”

    He is entitled to his opinion but he didn’t have to say his opinion in that way, please people. I’m sure the lord would not be happy that this is the way people are interpreting his word.

    • ETex Redneck says:

      I am not a Duck Dynasty fan, but I have read the article and I have not seen Phil call anyone out for being gay or black. I see him saying repeatedly, “That’s just me”, and “I never saw”. This is his opinion about his life and his beliefs. If it offends you then don’t read it or change the channel. The only thing that will cancel this reality tv shows is if the viewers stop viewing. To me, this is all free publicity, when season 4 starts in January, I anticipate the viewers will double. I still will not be one of them.

  26. Andrea says:

    I don’t agree with his comments but he has the right to his own opinion. And his opinion in no way changes mine. If A+E cancels Duck Dynasty they are stupid, it’s making them a huge profit; stores are covered in DD merchandise, etc. Some people may think it’s a stupid show, but obvioulsy 14+ million others do not.

  27. Et al says:

    His family have a point. My favorite part of the Bible is when Jesus is comparing anuses and vaginas.

    If anything good comes of this show, I hope people realize a couple of important life lessons. Money isn’t everything. You can have money and still be garbage. Also, these subhumans remind all of us of the importance of education.

  28. Bella says:

    Firing or suspending somebody over what they say has a “chilling” effect on free speech. If you don’t like what someone says, then don’t watch their show or buy their merchandise or whatever else you want to do. I don’t agree with suspending Phil Robertson, Martin Brashir, Alec Baldwin, Keith Olbermann, etc., for what they say, offensive as any or all of it can be to someone. And that’s kind of the point – while some people laugh at what is said or cringe at what is said, others just shrug their shoulders and move on. This is a free country and we should have the right to say what we think. Otherwise, we might as well live in a totalitarian country.

  29. Whatevah says:

    Please Please A&E cancel this show and then everyone can quit talking about it.

  30. Jo says:

    Isn’t it crazy how one stupid book of fables can cause so much horror in the world?

    • More good has been done in the name of Jesus Christ than any other entity in all of human history.

    • Anon says:

      Let’s not blame the religion for people’s idiocy. Religion inspires the very best of people and the very worst. It’s up to the individual which they choose.

      Also, in the Bible, Jesus nor any of the Apostles say not one darned thing against homosexuality. Christians who claim homosexuality is a “sin” need to ACTUALLY read the Bible.

      Anyhow, truely sad how much this discussion itself shows just how much prejudice and ignorance there is in the world. With all the information a single search engine away, how can people willfully choose to stay stupid?

  31. This has to be the ninth comment section I’ve felt compelled to post this in: the article also has Phil saying some hilariously ignorant remarks of the race variety (racist is pretty accurate though I always worry when I say that people will think he dropped the N-word or something), specifically on the subject of slavery. The NAACP also naturally reacted harshly to the interview, not just GLAAD.

    Whether you think Phil should have been suspended or not, if the NAACP and GLAAD were BOTH crying foul and you’re trying to run a network wouldn’t you go into reckless damage control mode?

  32. Russ says:

    Cancel It!!!!

  33. Zorkel says:

    I hope people realize there are 7 Billion people in the world. 14 million is nothing compared to that.

  34. Diz says:

    Ive never even seen 1 minute of this show, but I’m tired of seeing the merchandise in stores.

  35. Chelsea says:

    I can’t believe 67% of tvline readers said A&E was wrong to suspend him. I thought we were smarter than that here….

  36. Liz says:

    Look A&E has every right to suspend him. I do think they shouldn’t be that surprised by it. And I’m kinda curious as to how it came out in an interview.

    I also don’t find his comments that homophobic. He, like many people, find homosexuality to be a sin. Well, so is gambling, or sex out of wedlock, or adultery. I know people who have succumbed to all of those. It doesn’t mean I have an irrational hatred or fear of them. Phil Robertson himself would tell you himself he was a fallen man who struggled. He found his way through Jesus. Often people who walk that path want others to have the same opportunity. It does not mean he hates gay people or considers them “less than.” True, that could be what is in his heart, but I haven’t seen much to suggest that.

    As for the anus vs vagina remarks, let’s reverse that and say a gay person could not understand why a vaginal is sexually arousing. Would that really be all that hateful or offensive? No, at best it’s crude, and I’ve heard a lot cruder in this day and age.

    I think across the board people are too quick to label and judge across all political spectrums and beliefs. We also try to make simplistic what is often more complicated. And nobody really listens to each other anymore

  37. I ONLY HAVE ONE COMMENT HOW DO I GET MY FAMILY REALATY SHOW MY (3) BROTHERS ALL HAVE BEARDS MY UNCLE DRINKS SO CALLED ” ice tea in a cup 24 7″ and make wooden walking sticks I to want to get out of a trailor park and make millions,millions and millions. PEOPLE PLEASE RELIZE WE ARE THE COUNTRY THAT ALLOW HILLBILLYS TO MAKE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS> PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT THE ROBERTSONS USED US TO MAKE THIER MILLIONS> THEY DONT GIVE A HOOT>THEY ARE LAUGHING AT US BECAUSE THEY MADE THIERS MILLIONS FROM US . AND KNOW THIER GOING TO MAKE EVEN MORE MILLIONS Whose LAUGHING KNOW NOT US> CANCEL THIS STUPIED SHOW AND LET THEM WORK LIKE WE DO>
    LAST BUT NOT AGAIN HOW CAN MY FAMILY GET OUR OWN SHOW

  38. Geo says:

    He didn’t just make homophobic remarks. He also made racist remarks.

    Ignoring that part of the story allows the anti-gay people to run and hide behind the bible and pretend this is all about religion.

    But Phil Robertson’s comments about black people being happier before the Civil Rights movement aren’t something they can similarly try to justify by screaming “bible, bible, bible.”

    Notice his biggest defenders don’t bring up that part of the story.

    A&E made the right decision. It’s basically the same decision that was made by the Food Network about Paula Deen.

    • Liz says:

      I’d repeat again that being against gay marriage, or thinking homosexuality is a sin isn’t always the same as being homophobic. And pretending that only your so called “bible thumpers” hold those types of beliefs is extremely narrow minded.

      As for the “racist” part of the interview I haven’t found that to be getting as much attention. I’m also not entirely sure he was saying black people were happier. He was giving you the viewpoint of a very poor white farmer from that time period, who apparently didn’t feel much racial hatred toward his fellow workers.

      Look I haven’t read the interview, and I’m not going to. I have watched and enjoyed the show, but have been feeling some DD fatigue lately anyway. People are right that AE had a right to make the decision it did. My annoyance comes when people jump to terms like racist or homophobic with out respecting that just because people have a different POV or belief doesn’t make them hate filled monsters or scum.

    • Kim says:

      I don’t know enough about that to comment but if you know anything about him and his family, they took in many people, helped them over and over. Offered them food, and a place to stay, all kinds of races. Look up all the Robertson children and see what you find. You might be surprised. They love all of humanity and will help anyone regardless of race to know the Lord and have eternal salvation through Jesus Christ!!

    • Ann says:

      Paula Deen is different. She admitted to using a racial slur many times in her deposition. This did not match her tv personality. Same w/Alec Baldwin. Both used slurs. With Robertson, A&E knew his beliefs before signing the family to a show. Southern Christian beliefs are different compared to other parts of th US. Robertson did not call anyone a racial or homophobic slur; he told a reporter his beliefs and experiences. My dad worked cotton fields as well (yes, he’s white) and his family worked in a cotton mill. He would probably say the same thing about not seeing blacks harmed back in his youth. I take this to mean he didn’t associate with the klan or hate groups and he himself never treated someone differently because of the color of their skin. His family was poor, but they were never taught hate. If you’re not taught to hate people who are different from you, then you avoid people who have hate in their lives.

      I’m Southern and a Christian, and while I don’t agree with Robertson’s comments, I do believe he has the right to express his beliefs.

  39. John 1138 says:

    They were selling maybe 15k calls per year before the shows, 300k afterward, without the shows back down they go?

    • Kim says:

      God will provide for them just like he did when they had absolutely nothing. Phil and the whole family had to hunt and fish to make a living They lived off the land that God provided for all of us. He made his way by honoring God, and it took a while but it paid off because God is good and he will provide.

  40. ajintexas says:

    250 posts later, roughly, and no one can name a single advertiser that backed out on the show, even though I name Under Armor as backing Phil 100%. My work is done here. America backs Phil and free speech, consider it a constitutional win for those of you that feel free to spew hatred. Off to work to support millions of illegals and lazy people.

  41. Billy Norris says:

    Even though I don’t watch Duck Dynasty, I feel for Mr. Robertson in that he isn’t allowed to exercise his First Amendment rights, just as Larry Flynt was allowed to use his in the latter part of the 20th century. My opinion is that A&E made a horrible business decision in that an average of 12 million viewers watched Duck Dynasty on a regular basis. Can they find that many viewers to watch an episode of the LGBT Chronicles on any given night?

    • DoctorWhoFanatic! says:

      He very much was able to exercise his First Amendment right. He said exactly what he wanted to say.

      Under the law, A&E also has the legal right to fire him for reflecting poorly on their network. That’s their legal protected right as an employer.

      Just because he has freedom of speech doesn’t mean he doesn’t have to pay for making ignorant comments. It just prevents the GOVERNMENT (not his employer) from arresting him for making them, and even then there are certain categories that are not protected (like libel, slander, etc).

      Seriously. People should really learn to understand our Constitution before they act like it’s an excuse to behave any which way they want.

    • DN says:

      Robertson was suspended, Flynt was arrested. Do you recognize the difference?

      You have the Constitutional right to flip off your boss (you won’t be arrested), but your boss can fire you for doing that.

  42. Allison says:

    People are over-reacting, it’s not like he said all homosexuals should be rounded up and burned at the stake.

    • DoctorWhoFanatic! says:

      No, he just said a consenting adult human loving a consenting adult human is the same thing as humping a goat. How would you feel if he was comparing YOU to an animal screwer?

      He also made a bunch of comments regarding black people in the pre-civil rights era being better off and not being mistreated, etc. How would you feel if he was saying you hadn’t suffered at the hands of others, that it wasn’t mistreatment, that you were happier and better off before you were given non-second class citizen status?

      If you’re not upset at the way he’s talked, then maybe you’ve got some empathy left to learn.

  43. mainecane says:

    have u watched the show? look i hate most reality shows and i have only watched a few episodes of this show. That said my gf loves it what she has seen of it and they are funny. They just are. Anyone including a and e knows of the robertson’s religious beliefs they end the show with a prayer. And he wasn’t comparing homosexuality to beastiality , he was just stating that homosexuality beastiality, sleeping around with many woman are all sins according to bible. Which is true. He also said he treated everyone with respect and it wasn’t his job to judge anyone. But of course that got left out of everythign he said.

  44. WTactualF says:

    Ajintexas, you are a sheep. Blindly following the words in a fictional book. As pretty much everyone else on here has already said, you are a moron.

  45. WTactualF says:

    “Where we lives was all farmers. The blacks worked for te farmers… I never heard one of them, one black person say, ‘i tell you what: These doggone white people’ not a word!” “Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: were they happy? They were godly; they were happy. No one was singing the blues.”
    These are HIS WORDS. Yes, because black people who are on welfare today are ungodly. Right? That’s what he’s saying. And also? “They were happy.” Yes because everyone wants to be treated like a second class citizen. They were treated like animals, but good ole’ Phil thinks they were happy. He’s a moron!

  46. GotSomethingToSay says:

    I already posted my thoughts on this subject in another response here. BUT, I’ve been wanting to ask about this. If the Duck Dynasty clan is standing by their homosexuality is a sin thing…how are they okay with their images being used to sell lotto tickets (see Missouri scratch off tickets). Isn’t gambling a sin too…how are they okay with that??? Seems hypocritical to me.

  47. TL says:

    Where were ALL you defenders of “freedom of speech” when Natalie Maines and the Dixie Chicks need you???? LOSERS!!!!!

    • WTactualF says:

      They only stand on that soap box when it’s their self righteous beliefs being questioned. That’s why they’re a bunch of hypocrites.

  48. Skip says:

    Matt, I am quite disappointed to see that you are just regurgitating the left-wing talking points on this topic. First off, Robertson’s remarks were not “anti-gay”; they were “anti-sin”. He was asked what he considered to be sin; homosexuality was just one item in the list. And you conveniently edit out what else is in that list: adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers… By the way, the list comes right out Scripture. So if this is “anti-gay”, then the Bible is anti-gay by definition?

    Also, he did not compare bestiality to homosexuality, except in the sense that they are both sexual sins. He put promiscuity in the same list – was he comparing homosexuality to promiscuity, or comparing promiscuity to bestiality?

    Sadly, we live in a culture that has come to believe that unless you applaud and support someone’s behavior, you are bigoted and hate them. But you can love someone and hate or at least disapprove of what they do. Ask any parent who has a child in prison if they love their child, and then ask if they love whatever behavior landed them in prison.

    Another quote from the story that might shed a different light on the matter: “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. We let God sort ’em out later, you see what I’m saying?”

    And before the professional victims get bent all out of shape and cry that he is comparing homosexuals to terrorists, note that he also includes drunkards in that list – and he is a recovering alcoholic himself. So if he is comparing homosexuals to terrorists, he is doing the same to himself – at least his life before Christ.

    With regard to the show – The Robertson’s were millionaires before the show, and their business will continue to prosper long after the show is over. On the other hand, A&E is about to lost the most reality popular show in cable TV history. And I would not be surprised to see the Robertson’s show up with another show on CMT or the Sportsmans channel or something similar.

    • WTActualF says:

      You sound like a lunatic. Robertson is anti gay, he’s a homophobe and a racist. Sorry that your religion preaches ignorance. Sounds like you need to educate yourself.

      • Skip says:

        I am quite well educated. In fact I actually know how to read and comprehend and reason – skills you apparently lack. Either that or you have no idea what the terms you like to throw around actually mean.

        Go back and play with your toys, little one – the adults are talking…

        • WTActualF says:

          I don’t believe you have any of the skills you listed. Bigoted people like yourself rarely hold the reasoning skills necessary to objectively read and comprehend your scriptures. Get a clue, it’s not meant to be taken literally. You are allowed to use your own brain.

        • tarc says:

          All evidence to the contrary. You didn’t say anything that anyone with an actual education would repeat.

    • tarc says:

      LOL! That’s the funnies post I’ve seen in ages. It’s all the usual extremist right propaganda and the fundamentalist religious nonsense rolled in to one pulsating mass of ill-logic sitting in a fact-free zone! It’d be rather impressive if it wasn’t the height of things no one should be proud of.

  49. cjeffery7 says:

    A&E: complicity at its finest. what a lame move of A&E to not take a stance against such bigotry that they probably already knew existed (they’ve got hour and hours of cut footage), until it became “public knowledge.” proof that money is sometimes more important than standing up for what is right, or making an effort in the first place to put people on the air who exemplify the moral compass you wish to represent your company.

  50. tarc says:

    One can only hope that these bizarre people stick together and it rapidly removes them from their TV income stream and the public eye forever. It’s bizarre that these folks don’t understand what their job and contract entails, and who they work for, It’s even more bizarre that the flip-flopping cons that are defending them don’t get the hypocrisy, but they sure can’t handle anyone pointing out all the dozens of times when they argued (successfully) the opposite side of the argument. Bah, they never make any sense anyway.

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