A Cliff Notes Guide To The Ridiculous Duck Dynasty Homophobia And Racism Scandal

Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson on the cover of GQ December 2013Alright, I guess I’ve ignored Duck Dynasty for as long as I possibly can, and now it’s time to address the controversy surrounding this show money factory right now and see if I can get you guys up-to-date.

…not about why this show is popular, mind you, because I haven’t the foggiest idea. Byt about the bigotry and hate spewing out of the mouth of Phil Robertson, the star of the show and the patriarch of the family that it features. For a long time, Phil seemed to be a nice enough guy, just as long as you loved Bibles and hated living ducks, but now he’s showing his true colors, and it turns out those colors have a strong tint of homophobia and a distinct hue of racism.

In a recent interview with GQ, Phil dug himself into a really deep hole of stupidity, and It started a little something like this, with a really thoughtful, in-depth argument for why everyone should stop being so gay all the time.

“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.”

But not content with just reminding all those big gay idiots out there that vaginas exist, he elected to also bring religion into it. Just to make sure we’re covering as many offensive bases as possible.

“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 … 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.”

I won’t even address how insane that is, because hopefully I don’t have to, and we can move swiftly along to his next bigoted comment. Otherwise we’ll never make it through in time. This one is about people of color. Again, covering a lot of ground:

“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash. We’re going across the field…. They’re singing and happy. 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.”

Black people love to work! They’re so grateful to white people for letting them work! Just listen to them sing! And just to wrap things up, here’s Phil’s half-assed attempt at an apology (via A&E) for his homophobic comments:

“My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the Bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together. However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other.”

As of now, Phil himself has been placed on indefinite hiatus from Duck Dynasty, but the show itself is unaffected. Here’s A&E’s 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.”

While it’s nice that Phil has been removed, it’s a bummer that it’s only temporary, and that the show itself — not to mention its $400 million empire — probably won’t be affected.

(Photo: GQ)

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    • Olivia Wilson

      How in the world did he make $400 miliion on a show about ducks??

      • elle

        He made 400 million inventing what is apparently the best duck call ever. I’m so sad that I know that and I’ve never even seen the show.

      • Meredith Hirt

        But how did that morph into a reality show? Even Steve Jobs never got a reality show!

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Steve Jobs never talked to ducks.

      • elle

        Now that I really don’t know! Maybe people were intrigued with this idea of a football player who could have gone pro but didn’t then made a ridic amount of money on duck calls? It’s the only thing I can think of. And I really don’t watch this show but I work at a linen supply company so I’m in the southern states a lot to visit factories/outposts and the people are always talking about it. I feel like I’ve watched it even though I haven’t!

      • Sue

        If you have never seen this show, you clearly wouldn’t know that it’s a show of a redneck Christian family who are deep in there faith, and frankly a hilarious group of friendly and kind people. So shame on this well known Christian family show for speaking Christian beliefs. LGTB folks say don’t judge, so how about you stop judging these beliefs. He flat out said that he loves people for who they are despite anything that goes against his belief. THAT is tolerance. You LGTB people? You don’t have tolerance.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        This is so contradictory, I can’t even handle it.

      • Kayla

        What is more contradictory is how people of the LGBT community claim to be open minded. The fact of the matter is, if you are open minded you take everyone’s opinions as warranted in their own way. WAKE UP. This is America. People are entitled to their own opinions, and are allowed to voice those opinions freely. I happen to support gay rights, and I still think everyone is blowing this out of proportion. Especially people like you, who come on here and degrade others for their beliefs. Aren’t you just as bad? Or are you the only one who is allowed to voice your opinion?

      • MEE

        Why does the LGBT community have to be open minded to being told they’re disgusting sinners who will rot in hell for something they have no control over? By “I happen to support gay rights” do you mean you don’t spit on same sex couples holding hands in public or???

    • Nunya

      Alexis, I admire your selective morality.

      • disqus_WjKIYzni5a

        what do you mean?

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Care to explain yourself?

    • Johnny Fergeson

      This is ridiculous, why isn’t he allowed to share his opinions? He is stating what the Bibie says, in no way was he condoning shaming them and not treating them as human beings. I don’t get all of the Anti-Christian bias, if Christians do something to offend someone, it’s all over the news, but if someone does something to offend Christians, we’re just “intolerant hypocrites”. It sounds like those are the people who are the true hypocrites.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        He’s allowed to share his opinions as much as he wants. But as an adult living in the world, he also needs to take responsibility for any backlash they might incur.

      • Johnny Fergeson

        I meant it as in his opinion seems to be met with much more controversy and backlash only because of his Christian views, and how political correctness seems to run rampant in our society these days, this article is a prime example of that

      • ElAssimo

        Really?. If he had been part of any other religion do you honestly believe there would be even 1/10th as much outrage over him being suspended? Almost nobody would be shouting “freedom of speech!” if he wasn’t a white, Christian, male.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        If someone told you that heterosexual relationships were disgusting, and the fact that you loved your wife was an abomination, would you politely accept that as an opinion?

      • Johnny Fergeson

        I wouldn’t agree with them, but I wouldn’t try and get it all over the news like people seem to be doing with Phil. I guarantee if a homosexual person was to do that, it wouldn’t cause nearly as much controversy as this whole dilemma has.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        He said it to a magazine with a national subscription base, and he’s on one of the most widely-watched shows on the air right now. He’s very high profile and what he said was very close-minded, that’s why this is all over the news.

      • Johnny Fergeson

        I’d like to see the full interview, surely that had to have asked him his views on homosexuality, it’s unlikely that he just went off on his little “rant” just to be talking about it. At the end, he even stated that he still loved everyone, regardless of whether they agreed with him or not, that’s very tolerant, people are making him out to be a bigot, I don’t get it.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Let me ask you a question — are you tolerant of bestiality? Does that seem like acceptable behavior to you?

      • Johnny Fergeson

        It does seem a bit weird to me, and I don’t agree with it, but I wouldn’t make a big deal over it.

      • Jessalyn Champignon

        “At the end..” — yea, that’s wasn’t the end of the interview. that’s a statement he released in the last day or so as a response to the controversy.

        You can see the entire piece on GQ. Go read it if you want?? She linked it.

      • Johnny Fergeson

        She didn’t link it? I clicked on the link and it’s just another article quotes from the interview like this one. It honestly doesn’t make a difference whether it was in the interview or not, the Bible still calls us to love everyone, so that would still comply with his religious beliefs, which is all he was trying to do in the first place.

      • Jessalyn Champignon

        You forgot to mention that he’s under contract by A&E, collecting $200k an episode on a semi-scripted reality TV show which boasts more wkly viewers than the Breaking Bad finale; and was paid for the interview given to GQ about/because of the show.

        BREACH OF CONTRACT. End of discussion. I CANNOT BELIEVE THIS IS ALL OVER THE NEWS. He’s been a preacher for years, there are plrnty of sermons dated back to 2009 on youtube, and he continues to do them today; spouting out the same views. That’s fine. THAT is using his freedom of speech and religion rights.

        A&E made them cut a lot of religious faith displays on the show. You can bet they know his views, and it’s in the contract that he is not to display personal beliefs while on or representing his (semi scripted) character/persona or for the show itself.

        They didn’t drop him that fast without having the legal ground to do so.

        THIS IS A NON ISSUE. Freedom of speech is a personal right, not a labor law. Whether anyone agrees with him or not is completely irrelevant. He signed a contract, he accepted his cushy salary, he broke the rules. Period. End off discussion.

        (Although I would love to see people try saying these things at their jobs on Monday and see how that goes; and if it affects their own freedom of speech or not.)

      • disqus_WjKIYzni5a

        um what he said was really offensive. he is allowed to share his opinions and that’s why they’re out there, doesn’t mean he should have said something.
        BTW: Being gay isn’t something to “offend Christians” and nor is being black. you do realize like 90% of the entire population of the US is Christian in the first place. If someone says “I don’t understand Christians when you could be Jewish?! Because Hanukkah is so much fun, who likes Christmas?!” or something like “Back in the Roman days [when Christians were persecuted just in case you're in elementary school], the Christians were never sad.” that would be when people get offended. But you see no one does say that.

      • Johnny Fergeson

        I never said being gay was offending Christians, I was talking about our situation in general. People can openly talk about the Bible being a terrible book full of lies, but when we voice our opinions outrage occurs. By “isn’t allowed to share his opinions”, I didn’t literally mean that, I meant that in the context of his particular opinion causes outrage and controversy, while Anti-Christian views aren’t met with nearly as much. Also, when did I ever say being black was offensive to Christians?

      • disqus_WjKIYzni5a

        If those opinions of the bible are offensive to christians, then yeah, they shouldn’t be said so much, but trust me, there is outrage about it. the reason that anti-christian views aren’t met with nearly as much outrage is because anti-christian views tend to air on pointing out that the bible is somewhat hypocritical and problematic due to its effect on recent social issues and the closemindeness of politicians and the likes. Also, keep in mind that the media is largely based in LA and NYC, liberal places that are sure to take offense at racism or homophobia. Racism and homophobia are caused often, but not exclusively, by religious views, and therefore some people resent the bible. People being homophobic and racist–you can’t change being gay or black. I’m not saying you can or should change being a christian–I’m preparing for Christmas right now!–but mostly when people say bad things about christians, they don’t mean all christians but the ones who only choose to pay attention to certain parts of the bible for homophobic and racist purposes, and not the ones that say only God can judge and everyone should spread love and peace. You said “if someone does something to offend Christians” which I took as being black or gay or something.

      • Johnny Fergeson

        I certainly see where you are coming from, and I don’t get why some Christians seem to follow some parts of the Bible and ignore other parts, but I just don’t understand why this is being met with so much controversy. Surely he didn’t just go off on a homosexual hating rant, they most likely asked his opinion and he gave an honest answer. I don’t know what they expected him to say, he’s an open Christian and even said that he loves everyone, regardless of whether their opinions comply with his or not.

      • disqus_WjKIYzni5a

        hm. you know, he probably did get asked about it, but he did go off on a bit of a rampage. he could have stopped at “i personally disagree with homosexuality” or something like that, and if pressed on it, he could say it went against his religion. instead, he chose to make gay people out to be sinners and pretty much stupid and illogical. If I were gay, I would have taken extreme offense to that comment, just as I take offense to the insinuation that all christians are close-minded bigots. I just think it was a mistake on his part. It always stings to read something bad someone says about a group of people that you belong to (maybe not for you, but definitely for me) and I’m sure it hurt a lot of people’s feelings to read that someone they may have liked looked down on them.

      • Johnny Fergeson

        Oh I agree he didn’t HAVE to take it as far as he did, particularly on the part where he was talking about the man’s anus, but regardless of that fact, people still would have taken offense even if he hadn’t included comments such as those. While he did say they were sinners, he was basically directly quoting the Bible when he said that, and he even went on to show that he loved them anyway if if their views contradicted his. What I personally don’t get is why would they ask him that if they knew that he wasn’t going to agree with it, being the man Phil is, there’s no way he would lie and say that he totally agrees with it, this whole situation wouldn’t have happened if the interview hadn’t been led to the topic of homosexuality.

      • disqus_WjKIYzni5a

        Yep. Well, we’ll agree to disagree. I see your point but he should not have said anything. Refusing to comment on the subject would be much better.

      • Samantha_Escobar

        Totally a-okay to share your opinions, but television programming isn’t dictated by the law–it’s dictated by whether or not people want to watch you. And if he plans on voicing his opinions, he gets to deal with the freedom of speech the rest of us enjoy, too!

      • Fireinthefudgehole

        How is it not shaming to compare homosexuality to terrorism and bestiality? Did the bible tell him to say the racist things also?

      • Johnny Fergeson

        He wasn’t comparing them, simply stating other things the Bible tells us not to do. He wasn’t trying to be racist, it’s only the way you people are perceiving it to be.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        He may not have been trying to be racist, but he was.

      • Johnny Fergeson

        Again, only the way you people perceive it to be. This whole thing is a matter of opinions, some people may not think that remark was racist.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Eeep, if that’s where you want to set your opinions down, then good luck to you.

      • Jessalyn Champignon

        ONCE AGAIN: his right to free speech has not been violated. it’s a personal right, not a labor law. He’s a contracted semi-scripted reality TV star under contract with A&E, and receives $200k an episode. He was paid by GQ for the interview about/because of the show boasting the biggest reality TV audience ever – over 14m a week (for some perspective, that’s more than the Breaking Bad finale); who’s largely conservative views are no secret whatsoever. A&E has made similar choices for him on the show (editing out ‘Jesus’, making their prayer nondenominational. You can bet it’s in his contract not to express his personal beliefs while representing A&E with his “character/persona” (semi-scripted) on the show. This was not a comment made under personal circumstances and leaked by TMZ. This was said directly to the press during a paid interview about the show. A&E wouldn’t have cut him within like 10 mins after learning of it if they didn’t have significant legal ground to stand on.

        This isn’t an argument about free speech, religion, or anything else. This is about a contract breach. He signed it, he accepted the salary (for the last 5 seasons), he broke the rules, A&E enforced them. End of discussion. If you agree or disagree with him is completely irrelevant (although I’d love for people to try & say this at their jobs & see what happens to their “free speech rights”.)

      • Johnny Fergeson

        Read my other comments, I made it clear that I did’t think it was a violation of his “freedom of speech”, my problem is that his views are being met with so much controversy when he was clearly just expressing his personal beliefs. Like you said, he’s clearly a conservative, so I don’t see why the interview would even have to be led to the point of him talking about homosexuality, it should be assumed that a Christian conservative wouldn’t agree with it. I know that A&E had every right to do what they did, but the I think the real issue here is a matter of tolerance. People always scream at us to tolerate the views of people who are different than us, which most of us do (I’m looking at you Westboro Baptist Church), they never seem to tolerate our views. Phil even stated at the end of the interview that he loved and accepted them anyway, even if they didn’t agree with his beliefs. Although the Bible states that homosexuality is a sin, it also calls us to love everyone, sinners and believers alike. I just don’t agree with political correctness in general, it makes people believe that they have a right not to be offended, know what I mean?

      • Jessalyn Champignon

        I agree with you. & I agree with your right to your views & the ability to express them privately.
        Your employer, however, probably would not. That’s what is driving me crazy. It isn’t even about his views, or people’s reactions about his views. It’s about him doing something that he knows he can’t do, and his employer taking action. A&E is a big supporter of the LGBT community. Having the show was their decision, yes; but it was his decision to allow them to edit “Jesus” out of their ending prayer & continue forward; accepting the $200k an episode & all the endorsements that came along with it. I don’t care what he said. I don’t agree with it, personally, but he has the right to his personal beliefs, and as long as he’s not pushing at me, I’m good. He could have stated a cold hard fact like “A&E pays me $200k an episode, dudes!” and I’d be irked by people responding the way they are about his being fired; if was laid out in a legal contract & he violated it… it’s cut and dry. I don’t see anyone jumping to defend that PR head that was just fired for her AIDS joke tweet before flying to Africa… She represented a company, she stepped over a line the company considered to be red; and she was fired. Done.

        That’s my main issue here. People are making an issue out of something that isn’t one; mainly because they are so blinded by the hot button issue appeal of it and which side of the fence they’re on.

        If I have to explain one more time to someone (not you) that the 1st amendment right protects your speech from government prosecution (not employers, or reality shows… such as the girls dropped from Big Brother recently for their racist remarks — although I don’t remember anyone championing for them either), I’m gonna lose it lol. Be annoyed that it was in his contract, I guess? At least that would be something to be annoyed at.

      • Johnny Fergeson

        Sounds like we have really nothing to argue about, good day to you, ma’am.

    • disqus_WjKIYzni5a

      wow.

    • Danielle

      Oh get over it. You can’t get upset because the Christian spoke his opinion. There used to be this thing called freedom of speech. What happened to it?

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Freedom of Speech? …I used it to write this post.

        Why are you okay with what he said, but not with what I said? Probably because you agree with one and not the other, but I’d like to give you an opportunity to explain it for yourself.

      • Danielle

        I know you have freedom of speech. I just don’t get why he had to be suspended for his views.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Because he works for a television show. He signed a contract with them giving them the power to take him off the air if he becomes a liability.

      • Danielle

        The whole show is Christian based. They shouldn’t have signed them if they knew they could have a problem with Christian views.

      • Kate

        Actually, the whole show is duck whistle-based and also just so happens to feature a family that goes to church. Even so, please don’t assume that means that everything this one family believes should be defended as a founding pillar of Christianity.

      • Jennifer

        Why are you okay with other comments and not this one? Probably because you agree with one and not the other. If you like your freedom of speech so damn much, and want to utilize it in this post, fine. But all Phil did was give his honest answers and beliefs when asked in an interview. For how much the LBGT community says “there’s no shame in being who you are” and “we should all tolerate each other” you people are the most intolerable crowd out there. At the end of his interview he said he still will respect and love people, no matter who they are or what choices they make. The LGBT community doesn’t love or respect anyone who doesn’t agree with their opinions. Hence the outbreak for a simple man giving honest answers.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        If someone told you you were an abomination for wanting to be in a heterosexual relationship, would you consider that an opinion or an insult?

      • Samantha_Escobar

        Funny thing about freedom of speech–it means she CAN get upset. And write about it publicly.

      • Just lil ol me

        Freedom of Speech

        The right, guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,
        to express beliefs and ideas without unwarranted government restriction.

        GOVERNMENT
        RESTRICTION. The man works for A&E. Once you sign a contract to
        brand and represent a brand, you are that brand. You are Honda,
        CocaCola, whatever. Anyone’s boss has the right to suspend them for
        making their brand look bad or for threatening their financial bottom
        line. He had the freedom to speak and voice his opinion, now he can deal
        with the consequences. Because there is no freedom of consequences or
        fallout.

      • Jessalyn Champignon

        His right to free speech has not been violated. Freedom of speech is a personal right, not a labor law. He’s a contracted semi-scripted reality TV star under contract with A&E, and receives $200k an episode. He was paid by GQ for the interview about/because of the show boasting the biggest reality TV audience ever – over 14m a week (for some perspective, that’s more than the Breaking Bad finale); who’s largely conservative views are no secret whatsoever. A&E has made similar choices for him on the show (editing out ‘Jesus’, making their prayer nondenominational. You can bet it’s in his contract not to express his personal beliefs while representing A&E with his “character/persona” (semi-scripted) on the show. This was not a comment made under personal circumstances and leaked by TMZ. This was said directly to the press during a paid interview about the show. A&E wouldn’t have cut him within like 10 mins after learning of it if they didn’t have significant legal ground to stand on.

        This isn’t an argument about free speech, religion, or anything else. This is about a contract breach. He signed it, he accepted the salary (for the last 5 seasons), he broke the rules, A&E enforced them. End of discussion. If you agree or disagree with him is completely irrelevant (although I’d love for people to try & say this at their jobs & see what happens to their “free speech rights”.)

      • Danielle

        Why ask something in the interview when you KNOW what his answer will be? This is the whole CEO of Chik Fil A thing, all over again.

      • Jessalyn Champignon

        You have a transcript if the questions?? To me, he just went off on a random rant about his views (similar to the racist ones people seem to have forgotten or missed about feeling safer in Boston) because he appears to love to hear himself talk.

        As for your question: If it was actually specifically sled, it’s because the writer is a member of the media (actually a writer for Deadspin), & the media loves instigating controversy as click bait. The more drama it has, the more people flood to it. Pretty simple, really.

    • CortCab

      I’m deleting a lot of Facebook friends today as I’ve decided to unfriend anyone stupid enough to post about “what happened to freedom of speech?!?!??”

      • Samantha_Escobar

        Every time something pertaining to rape or homophobia comes up in the news, I tend to delete a lot of assholes I didn’t realize were lurking in my Facebook friends.

      • Fireinthefudgehole

        It’s genuinely upsetting me to see just how many people think talking about gay people like they’re subhuman is something to be defended so fiercely.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Agreed.

    • General Eisenhower

      This post is completely ridiculous and biased.

      • Samantha_Escobar

        No shit. It’s a blog where literally everything is biased because it’s all based on the writers’ opinions. It’s not CNN, NBC, Fox–all of which, to be fair, are still somewhat based on opinions and selectivity, but they’re supposed to be unbiased. Bloggers, however, are not.

    • Dina Bo Bina

      I’ve watched an episode of Duck Dynasty and found the cast to be fun and amusing, I’m bummed to hear these views from this man and specifically to see him fulfill a stereotype, I am a Christian and find derogatory comments like these to be very un-Christlike and would not like to be stereotyped based on them. However, I do absolutely defend his right to have said what he did so now we all know him a little better and can react accordingly, whether it be to suspend him from his show, write an opinionated blog about it, or defend him all over the internet, that’s what the first amendment is all about right?

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Absolutely! We may not agree on every detail, but we agree about that!

    • http://www.divine-way.com Marie Kalivas Devine

      It is best to tell homosexuals they lose nothing by having a mate that can create a child by two loving parents; they can still have their great friend, just not the sex. All holy books condemn homosexuality; there can be no honor for children they adopt etc., only shame that they must try to overcome. IF two “gay” men married two “gay” females there would be two complete families with children who know their true identity through parents, grandparents, aunt and uncles etc and there would be no shame to personally overcome and hide. God forbids those things which rob us of true joy, peace and good health.

      It is all a test, to see if we will defend God’s will and His standards.
      Evil has an agenda to deceive; they speak it and act it and if no one
      speaks God’s word over it, we are eaten up by evil. It is all in our hands.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        I’m the product of a gay parent, so I don’t know why you’re even bothering to make sense in my filthy heathen mind.

      • http://www.divine-way.com Marie Kalivas Devine

        Dear Alexis, we all had filthy heathen minds before we knew what the word of God in the Bible really said. Until then, we thought we were good; not perfect but reasonably good. Our mistakes are the love of our lives, but the point is, God decreed destruction on those who reject His wisdom or a glorious eternal kingdom for those who want Him; and time is running out. See Revelation 21 and 22, and Leviticus 26, Deuteronomy 28-30. God did not send His word to condemn us, but to save us.

      • Jessalyn Champignon

        Ask God why Divorce & adultery are ok for me when you get a chance, please? Since apparently you have a direct line to him, could you also ask Him why he’s now ok with interracial marriage as well; when he did not condone it prior to the late 60′s? Thanks. You’d be doing me a huge service, I’d love to hear from Him directly on these issues to clarify & help me understand.

    • James

      This article is so out of context and is a prime example of why you can’t believe a word you read. You have take the words this man spoke and put your own spin on them to make him sound way worse than he is. The paragraph were you turned him into a racist is laughable! The man went on to say he loved all of humanity. You obviously hold more hate in your heart than he does. Keep spreading the hate and intolerance.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        I love all ducks equally.

    • Middy501

      Let’s put things straight here and ignore the obvious rants of both the so called “committed” Christians and the PC brigade.

      Freedom of speech applies to your right to speak your mind without the government or police being able to arrest you. It does not apply to any company being able to suspend or fire someone who brings their brand into disrepute.

      By his comments he has done the second and as such A&E are fully within their rights to suspend him for his hateful tirade against the LGBT community and black community.

      So please instead of trying to make political or religious brownie points why don’t all you bigoted and hateful people just grow up and face the fact that life isn’t what you wabt it to be, but it’s what most of us have to live with every day ;)

      He offended people and shamed A&E in the process so I for one would have dropped the whole show right there and then. Of course A&E are partly to blame too as they are thinking $$$$ instead of morals and are trying to wriggle out from under a lose lose situation.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Very intelligent answer, thanks for sharing!

    • Jeannie

      I just want to say they were multi millionaires before this show. They don’t need A&E’s money. A&E wanted a reality show not a scripted one, and they approached them. They have allowed them to end the show with prayer and also have let them talk about their church. No ones beliefs are going to be the same. He (Phil) has been very open about his mistakes, he’s never said he was perfect. From watching the show I think you all can agree they don’t pretend or try to act perfect. Everyone has different beliefs and I think we all should be able to state those beliefs. If GQ didn’t want a true answer then they shouldn’t have asked the question. God loves everyone and I think he also said that.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Even horrible sinners in disgusting same-sex relationships.

      • Kate

        There’s an enormously significant difference between a television star “not being perfect” and espousing bigoted beliefs in a widely-read magazine. He didn’t fall down drunkenly at a club or accidentally leave his fly open in public. This isn’t about his family showing genuine expressions of Christian beliefs on television. The man openly and unapologetically expressed grossly homophobic beliefs. Do you REALLY not see the big deal?

      • Jessalyn Champignon

        Yea, the show is semi scripted. Go read the GQ article, and then go read about signing a contract, accepting the salary, and then violating said contract.

        He does not flaunt this speech on the show. They end the show with their prayer, and A&E removed ‘Jesus’ from it. He wasn’t happy, but took the money and did it. They leave it in the end every now & then to compromise. It’s mostly non denominational He can’t legally do it directly to the press in an article he’s also being paid for by GQ about/because of the show under said contract,.. BTW, they all get $200k an episode. A&E didn’t do this without sufficient ground to stand on.

        This isn’t a debate about religion or freedom of speech; it isn’t debate at all! It’s a ‘contract breach’. He signed it, he accepted the salary, he broke to rules. End of discussion. Whether you agree with what he said or not is completely irrelevant. What is relevant, however, is that he agreed not to, signed a legal contact, and then did it anyway.

    • Alexandra

      Who is truly surprised by this? I mean seriously, look at this family. They’re bible thumpers from the South and they just happen to be on TV for what reason I cannot possibly fathom. But their show was popular.
      They are uneducated hicks.

      WHO IS SURPRISED BY THIS?????

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        I don’t think bringing judgmental language like that into it is super helpful, though.

      • Sane

        All of your language is judgmental. And apparenly hypocritical, too. How can you tell someone to not be judgmental when we all just read an entire blog about your judgements of people you don’t know.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        I’m trying to leave terms like ‘Bible-thumpers’ out of it, just in terms of clarity. I think name-calling only clouds the issue, no matter what side it’s on.

      • Sane

        That’s one name you didn’t call him. You just called him a bigot, homophobe and stupid. This whole article clouds the issue.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Okie dokie. Sorry you feel that way.

      • Me Again

        Yes, so uneducated that they make millions running a business selling a product that Phil invented and that their family makes. But I agree that no one should be surprised because they make no attempt to hide their faith.

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    • Me Again

      You are such a bitch. He’s not allowed to give his opinion but you can spout yours whenever you feel like it. You bring half assed truths and spin them to be way more horrible than intended. And once again, you’ve pissed off more people than you’ve informed. I sincerely hope you have a real job because people are eventually going to quit reading your stupid opinion pieces. I actually read the whole thing before I went back up to the top to see who wrote it and I wasn’t even a bit surprised to find out that it was you. You are a horrible person. And more than likely, a miserable one at that. I guess when you don’t have friends, you feel kind of important and little bold behind your keyboard. It’s sad, really.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Freedom of speech protects me the same way that it protects him.

      • Me Again

        But he gives his opinion without calling people out. He didn’t single out anybody and go on a rant about it or slander anybody’s name. Which is exactly what you do in just about every piece of yours that I’ve read. I’m surprised that you haven’t been sued yet. I’d much rather hear his opinion because he delivers it without the hatred.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        If you think there was no hatred in his opinion, then I’m sorry, but you and I are never going to agree.

      • Me Again

        Big revelation there. This, by and far, is just one reason we would never agree. You are content to take things out of context and twist them to fit your own hatred of christians. This is not something you hide well. I am a Christian and am happy to say that I have tons of gay friends and I, myself, am bi. I can read his words and take them as they were intended. You cannot.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Sigh. I don’t have a hatred of Christians.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Thanks for the name calling, though!

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    • Taylar

      This is a pretty awful article. How does slamming ones views make you any better than Robertson for his opinions? This is filled with hypocrisy and I’m not sure how you were even permitted to post this garbage.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Oh because I benefit from the First Amendment, the same way that you and Phil Robertson do! He’s allowed to have bigoted views, you’re allowed to insult my writing, and I’m allowed to publish garbage!

        What a world!

      • Taylar

        I wouldn’t define what you created “writing.” Taking quotes and twisting them into your favor is a great form of desperation. Try examining both sides of the spectrum instead of publishing close minded crap.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Same to you, Taylar!