So, Phil Robertson, patriarch of the family featured in the wildly successful reality TV show Duck Dynasty, during an interview with GQ Magazine, said something anyone who has watched even one episode of Duck Dynasty could have seen coming from a mile off:
“We’re Bible-thumpers who just happened to end up on television,” he tells me. “You put in your article that the Robertson family really believes strongly that if the human race loved each other and they loved God, we would just be better off. We ought to just be repentant, turn to God, and let’s get on with it, and everything will turn around.”
Of course, that wasn’t what sent the usual suspects first to their fainting couches, and then quickly into a PC-fueled rage. That was completely ignored. That wasn’t the quote GQ found so note-worthy that they featured it in the profile’s opening stanza:
“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.”
That was the quote that sent the usual suspects to their fainting couches, and signaled where GQ intended to have this profile go. As a member of the Heteronormative Patriarchy, I see no problem with that opinion. It’s never occurred to me to stick my penis in another man’s pooter, but hey!–to each his own. But then, I’ve never attended a “Gender Studies” seminar, either….
I did, however, attend a gay wedding back in the 80s, before gay weddings were cool. The “bride” was dressed as the Statue of Liberty, and the groom was decked out as Hercules. The “reverend” was from that church that advertised in the Rolling Stone classifieds. It was the second weirdest wedding I’ve ever attended.
Tolerance is a one way street
Here’s the part–in its entirety–where Phil Robertson, responding to a question about his Christian beliefs following that first quote I pulled, spoke the words that generated the PC-fueled rage:
“Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong,” he says. “Sin becomes fine.”
What, in your mind, is sinful?
“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.”
The response to that by The Tolerance Squads was sharp, swift, and complete bullshit. Exhibit A:
GLAAD on Wednesday condemned his remarks as “some of the vilest and most extreme statements uttered against LGBT people in a mainstream publication” and said “his quote was littered with outdated stereotypes and blatant misinformation.”
“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,” GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz said. “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 re-examine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families.”
In a recent interview with GQ magazine, the star of A&E’s hit ‘Duck Dynasty’ called homosexuality a sin, and equated it with promiscuity and bestiality. In the remarks, for the magazine’s January 2014 issue, ‘Duck Dynasty’s’ Phil Robertson says sin “Start[s] with homosexual behavior and just morph[s] out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.” Robertson goes on to say that “the homosexual offenders” will not inherit the kingdom of God. Robertson also offers, in crude and explicit language, why he finds women more appealing than men.
Exhibit B, from the Human Rights Campaign, is an egregious example of editorial malfeasance with their decision to add those two ”[s]” inserts to Robertson’s statement, because there was no “it” present in Robertson’s sentence that would make either of those edits legit. They were done so HRC could present the sentence with HRC’s interpretation of what Robertson was really saying.
As per Exhibit A: how the hell does GLAAD spokes-homo Wilson Cruz get to decide what “true Christians believe,” and what did Robertson say that Cruz considered “some of the vilest and most extreme statements uttered against LGBT people in a mainstream publication”? I’d really like someone to point out those “vile” and “extreme” statements for me, because I ain’t seeing them there, nor anywhere else in the profile. I will note that Phil also said this:
“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?”
GLAAD’s reaction was intolerant, anti-Christian hysterics masquerading as critique. It shows that, for them, tolerance is a one way street. Phil Robertson did nothing more than state his opinion, based on his religious convictions, and the LGBT “community,” like so many on the Left, can’t tolerate anyone who does not agree with the PC Police.
The stompy-footed responses from the Tolerance Squads caught A&E’s attention, and they reacted accordingly:
A&E has placed Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson on indefinite hiatus following anti-gay remarks he made in a recent profile in GQ.
“We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty,” A&E said 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.”
Translation: “We will throw this cash-cow Christian directly under the bus if it appeases teh Left’s bloodlust.”
Of course, this “indefinite hiatus” is complete nonsense; the next season of Duck Dynasty has already been filmed, and it’s set to premiere on January 15.
There is no way the suits at A&E can try editing Phil out of those episodes without drawing the wrath of the rest of the Robertson clan. A&E needs them, and the advertising revenue they generate for the network. The Robertsons, however, don’t need A&E; Duck Commander was already a money machine before they ever hooked up with A&E.
The blowback from A&E’s decision to acquiese to the constantly offended Tolerance Squads’ permanent umbrage over anyone stating his (or her) religious beliefs in the public square is already underway (see here; here; here; here, and here).
- Jindal Lashes Out at A&E for Suspension of Duck Dynasty Constituent (pjmedia.com)
- ‘Duck Dynasty’ Star: “They Told Us To Stop Praying To Jesus So It Wouldn’t Offend Muslims” (tammybruce.com)
- A&E declares war on ‘Duck Dynasty’s’ Christian values (vineoflifenews.com)
- Future Of ‘Duck Dynasty’ Show In The Air (houston.cbslocal.com)