Duck Dynasty Star Is In Trouble
Our founding editor’s wildly unsuccessful Mr. Mom tour last week included a stopover at a friendly neighborhood Walmart, where he couldn’t help but notice the faces of those Duck Dynasty guys plastered literally everywhere.
Duck Dynasty is huge, people …
With 14 million viewers per episode, it is easily the biggest show cable network A&E has ever produced. It’s also now the focus of a major controversy involving one of its bearded stars, Phil Robertson.
The 67-year-old patriarch of the program gave an interview to GQ in which he offered his personal beliefs on homosexuality, religion and other matters.
“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,” Robertson told GQ. “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.”
Robertson was just getting warmed up …
“It seems like, to me, a vagina – as a man – would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me,” Robertson continued. “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.”
According to Robertson, only one thing can save individuals – and America – from fire and brimstone: Jesus Christ.
“If you simply put your faith in Jesus coming down in flesh, through a human being, God becoming flesh living on the earth, dying on the cross for the sins of the world, being buried, and being raised from the dead—yours and mine and everybody else’s problems will be solved. And the next time we see you, we will say: ‘You are now a brother. Our brother.’ So then we look at you totally different then,” he said.
Wait … has he run that doctrine by Pope Francis?
Not surprisingly, A&E yanked Robertson as a result of his comments.
“We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series ‘Duck Dynasty,’” the network 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 networks has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”
Like him or not, like his show or not (we don’t watch it, personally) … but that strikes us as kind of ridiculous.
Obviously as a private corporation it’s A&E’s prerogative to suspend Robertson, but imagine for a moment one of its personalities had condemned heterosexuality in the same manner?
Would that person have also been suspended?
We doubt it …