Controversy of the Week: A&E vs Duck Dynasty (Reader Discretion is Advised)

Haven’t heard the news?
Phil Robertson has been “placed… under hiatus from filming indefinitely” from the show based around his family and their business.

Why?

In an interview for GQ’s January 2014 issue , he made these comments

“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 says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

If you know Hollywood/Mainstream Media Politics, criticizing homosexuals is the big NO NO!

We’ve seen feuds between companies such as Chick-Fil-A and Starbucks over the issue; even singer-song writers have tackled the issue as well.

So who is Phil Robertson?

He was a poor farming boy born and raised in Louisiana, the Robertsons lived in a restored log cabin and he was an up and coming football player at Louisiana Tech and ahead of Terry Bradshaw in the 1970 NFL Draft. But he chose his true love over sports…

Hunting.

“The quarterback playing ahead of me, Phil Robertson, loved hunting more than he loved football. He’d come to practice directly from the woods, squirrel tails hanging out of his pockets, duck feathers on his clothes. Clearly he was a fine shot, so no one complained too much.”
Terry Bradshaw

More from the GQ article:
“According to Phil’s autobiography—a ghostwritten book he says he has never read—he spent his days after Tech doing odd jobs and his evenings getting drunk, chasing tail, and swallowing diet pills and black mollies, a form of medicinal speed. In his midtwenties, already married with three sons, a piss-drunk Robertson kicked his family out of the house. “I’m sick of you,” he told his wife, Kay. But Robertson soon realized the error of his ways, begged Kay to come back, and turned over his life to Jesus Christ.”

He starts Duck Commanders and the rest is tv history.

A+E issued the following statement: “We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty. 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.”

Reactions

From The Washington Examiner:

The church that the Robertsons attend and where Phil Robertson is an elder, White’s Ferry Road Church of Christ in West Monroe, La., has received hundreds of phone calls from fans across the country, said Mike Kellett, the senior pastor.

“It seems to me people are tolerant of views except Christianity,” Kellett said. “I don’t have anything to say about the wording in it. I would express things differently, but that’s Phil.”

The Robertsons are part of Churches of Christ, a conservative denomination of 13,000 U.S. congregations that says that “God remains consistent in His condemnation of homosexuality as He does for all other sins.”

GLAAD (formally known as the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) representative Wilson Cruz responded to Robertson’s remarks with a statement:

“Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil’s lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe. He clearly knows nothing about gay people or the majority of Louisianans — and Americans — who support legal recognition for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples.

“Phil’s decision to push vile and extreme stereotypes is a stain on A&E and his sponsors who now need to reexamine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families.”

Even Sarah Palin even took to twitter

“Free speech is endangered species; those “intolerants” hatin’ & taking on Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing personal opinion take on us all”

— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) December 19, 2013

What’s Bique Got To Say About All Of This?

In my humble opinion,
A&E was stupid to air a show about a Family with strong biblical values if they are “Champions of the LGBT community”. It would be like if the Robertsons were a Jewish or Musilm family and made the same comments for the magazine (GQ). There also seems to be a certain ignorance on the issue of Marriage, Government, and Religion. My point being that A&E agreed to air the show knowing well that the Robertson’s are deeply rooted in their faith. And they should know that most religious doctrine frown upon homosexuality.

Now I will venture to say that this is not a real first amendment issue. As an employee of A&E, his comments and actions reflect on the company. A&E is not a Government institution. They have the right to take that course of action.

Now as his comment has consequences, so does the actions of A&E.

Let’s take this into consideration.

“Walmart announced at their annual shareholders meeting that the best-selling item of apparel for both men and women this year was the reality show’s T-shirt, according to Forbes.
Forbes writer Claire O’Connor said: ‘When I was down in Arkansas for this Walmart meeting, you really do marvel at the amount of people who are wearing these Duck Dynasty T-shirts and hats.
‘There are kids pajamas, there is camo bedding and you probably won’t be surprised to hear that they sell Duck Dynasty prayer devotionals.’
This also includes the No. 1 country album on Billboard for the month of November, Duck the Halls.”
~ Sara Nathan and Will Payne from the Daily Mail: Online Edition

Duck Dynasty has become one of the most popular, profitable, and beloved shows on TV. It’s the family friendly alternative to other reality TV shows surrounding promiscuity. Hence why this will hurt A&E more than justify the LGBT community.

And that’s not all..

Glenn Beck offered these words to the Robertsons’

“You will either be out, or you will be the most powerful people the country has ever seen on television,” Beck said. “You already have all of the juice you’re ever gonna get … And if you take a stand and they fire you … we’ll be on the phone.”

“We would be proud to have you,” he added.

This is a very exciting invitation that took twitter like storm, resulting in the hashtag: #DuckDynastyOnTheBlaze

So
In Conclusion

The Robertsons’ are here to stay with or without Phil and on or off of A&E.

This controversy has only made them more popular and A&E less tolerant of Christians.

So let’s get this straight… (No pun intended)
A&E wants others to be tolerant of the LGBT Community but they can not be tolerant of the views and beliefs of practically every religious doctrine. It is only in the Middle East where homosexuals are being persecuted. You can ask any well read Christian and they’ll tell you that Homosexuality is no more worthy of damnation in hell than lying, stealing, lust, adultery, and yes just like Phil said bestiality. So, speaking as member of the Church of Christ, Phil is not comparing the two acts of Homosexuality and Bestiality, but rather than placing it in the big picture of man’s imperfections compared to God. I think the problem is that many non-Christians don’t understand it because they don’t wear the same glasses, we don’t have the same perspective. That’s the real issue. Respecting the perspective of others. For Phil, this is about saving souls so that they may rejoice at the return of his Christ. In no way is he demonizing the LGBT community. Even in these comments:

“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.”

It’s, perhaps, a lack of understanding or perspective of homosexuals. Obviously there’s more than just sex but he’s trying convey his own perspective and opinion. I couldn’t find any mallace or hate in his comments. Now were they unkempt or ill-mannered? Indeed. But once again, perspective. Growing up in the Deep South can not compare to the culture of Massachusetts or Califiornia. So, I think we can all find the tolerance in ourselves to respect the perspective of one another.

We’ll see how this unravels into the New Year. Until my next article, just be. “Happy, Happy, Happy!”

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