Thursday, December 19, 2013

"Duck Dynasty" Star removed from show over GQ Interview


Duck Dynasty star and patriarch Phil Robertson blew the internet up Wednesday, December 18, with comments he made in a GQ interview. The comments, which quickly drew accusations of homophobia and racism, earned Robertson a condemnation from GLAAD, and A&E (the channel which airs Duck Dynasty) put Robertson under an indefinite hiatus from filming. Hmmm, but you notice not a thought or response from any black organization? Typical.

It should come as no surprise that Robertson and his family are quite religious (according to the GQ interview, Robertson himself identifies as a bible-thumper), and in his interview Robertson grounds his, well, distasteful comments on homosexuality in the bible’s idea of sin.

On homosexuality, Robertson said: “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.” “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.”

And then there are Robertson’s comments on race. “I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person … Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy,” he said of race relations growing up in pre-Civil Rights era Louisiana.

Duck Dynasty garners 14 million viewers each week, according to the Nielsen ratings. The series has spawned books that dominate the New York Times bestseller list. 

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