I in no means condone what Phil Robertson said but I defend his right to say it. What he said may sound ignorant and ridiculous to many but he had the right to say it, especially since it was quoted from a “Gentleman’s Quarterly” interview, not on his highly watched reality show itself and he was answering a question about his religious beliefs.
I don’t believe most people have actually read the article, only heard the cherry picked out-takes that have incensed the LGBT community. What I find amusing, if people who don’t believe in Phil’s “religious” beliefs, why do they care what he has to say? If they don’t believe in his God his outrageous comments should have no effect on them, they should take them from where they come, the backwoods “Born-Again” Christian that he is and dismiss them as biased folderol, ignore or discuss and move on.
For A&E to put him on “extended leave” for his comments because of a minority group complaining is not fiscally sound and seems to be answering to the clamoring of the minority…the squeaky wheel getting the grease. A&E network knew what they were getting when they hired them, the Robertson Family. The family makes no secret about their beliefs, why didn’t A&E either control the situation at Phil’s interview with “Gentleman’s Quarterly” or stand behind their investment, claiming they in no way agreed with his beliefs and what he said, but believed he had the right to say it and had Phil apologize.
Tolerance doesn’t seem to be a two way street. If your personal beliefs do not tow the PC lines presently you will be silenced, and or eviscerated in the court of public opinion.
I’m wondering if “Duck Dynasty” will indeed remain a dynasty and the number one watched show on cable, maybe picked up by a competing network or will the family keep spreading their religious beliefs across America through proselytizing. We shall see how it plays out in the media!
© Evelyn Garone 12.22.13