The cast of Duck Dynasty has been in the news a lot lately after Phil Robertson made a couple scandalous statements about gays and blacks.
In the January issue of GQ Magazine, Phil was quoted as saying, “It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus.” He also called the idea of a gay relationship “not logical.” Then, in regards to blacks, Phil told the mag that “pre-entitlement” and “pre-welfare,” they were “godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”
After the interview hit the web, GLAAD was in an uproar over the statements made by Phil and released a statement, claiming Phil “clearly knows nothing about gay people or the majority of Louisianans — and Americans — who support legal recognition for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples.” The group even referred to his comments as “some of the vilest and most extreme statements uttered against LGBT people in a mainstream publication.”
After seeing the backlash online, A&E, the network behind the series, opted to suspend Phil for his actions, which caused an even bigger media circus. In their statement to press, the network said they were “extremely disappointed” in Phil’s comments, and that “his personal views in no way reflect those of A&E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community.”
Although the network’s statement made it seem as though they were not aware of Phil’s views on certain issues, mainly the idea of a homosexual relationship, Phil has never been secretive of his Christianity. In fact, there are tons of videos online of Phil’s preaching’s, which surfaced quite quickly once the scandal broke.
Either way, A&E didn’t want to be tied to Phil once his beliefs were exposed, but unfortunately, their damage control backfired when the family opted to stick by Phil and began to get serious about leaving the show. While A&E may not have wanted to be tied to Phil’s “extremist beliefs,” as they are being called, but losing the entire show was certainly not in their plan.
Amid the controversy, Phil released a statement of his own, which read, “I myself am a product of the 60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior. 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.”
While this is the first big controversy for the family, they were also in the news back in October when Phil revealed that the editors of his show were actually bleeping out Jesus’ name when he and the family said it in the show during prayer and other commentary.
New episodes of Duck Dynasty will air beginning on January 15.
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