“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.” [Hollywood Reporter]
IN AN interview with GQ, writer Drew Magary offering witticisms to match the crazy “Duck Dynasty” clan, you get flourishes like, “he thumps that Bible hard enough to ring the bell at a county-fair test of strength.” The “he” is Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the “Duck Dynasty” bunch who has taken A&E by storm through their reality show. The trouble with taking civilians into the spaces where GQ resides is that the First Amendment slams up against cultural norms quickly, which has now gotten Robertson into trouble, though there is little doubt he couldn’t care less.
At least GQ’s Drew Magary is well-suited for the task ahead.
Out here in these woods, without any cameras around, Phil is free to say what he wants. Maybe a little too free. He’s got lots of thoughts on modern immorality, and there’s no stopping them from rushing out. Like this one:
“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.”
Perhaps we’ll be needing that seat belt after all.
A pith helmet might be a good idea, too.
Phil On Growing Up in Pre-Civil-Rights-Era Louisiana
“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.”
Phil Robertson lives in his own world and would likely say 12 Years A Slave is government propaganda. He is a man that time has passed by. A fundamentalist who never should have been taken out of his comfort zone, but is good to be reminded exists.
In today’s world, however, even relics have their defenders.
Sarah Palin saw the klieg lights shining from miles away and quickly sped towards the light, quickly posting on Facebook. Defending Robertson on First Amendment grounds, she rattled off a quickie, which had over 75,000 “likes” last time I looked.
Free speech is an endangered species. Those “intolerants” hatin’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us. – Sarah Palin on Facebook
The comments underneath what she posted on Facebook an education of a different sort.
“Duck Dynasty’s” daddy really needs none of this and should be left to the A&E programming gods and the fans who suck on the teat of Bible-thumping extremists and remind us how some of the yahoos in the House got there.