UPDATE: Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson Suspended Indefinitely after Anti-Gay Remarks

Phil Robertson. Photo by Karolina Wojtasik/A&E.

Phil Robertson. Photo by Karolina Wojtasik/A&E.

A&E has indefinitely suspended Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson after his anti-gay remarks.

Good for A&E. Bigoted Christian fundamentalism does not belong in the public realm.

“A&E has placed Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson on indefinite hiatus following anti-gay remarks he made in a recent profile in GQ.”

A&E issued the following 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,” 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.”

Good. Bigotry has no place on TV, or in Christianity for that matter.

As I said earlier, they know the show is on the decline, and they have enough speaking engagements lined up in the conservative Christian community to make plenty of money and sustain their business for years to come.

“It seems that the Duck Dynasty folks have finally reached that point that Tim Tebow reached when he realized that he was approaching the final days of his “day job”, and he decided to leverage what was left of his popularity into one final evangelistic appeal before his time on the public stage was done. I believe that’s exactly what Robertson meant when he said: “Let’s face it. Three, four, five years, we’re out of here,” Robertson told GQ. “You know what I’m saying? It’s a TV show. This thing ain’t gonna last forever. No way.”

The sooner, the better.

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19 Responses

  1. I believe that suspending Phil is ignorant at the least, people are ridiculous and over react to things they don’t like to hear. The same people who are offended by his comments because of their beliefs are setting a double standard. Why is it ok for them to have beliefs who go against other peoples morals but its not ok for him to express his. Pretty soon you won’t be able to express your opinion or beliefs without offending someone.

  2. So…is this the kind of “tolerance” on which the Left prides itself? “We tolerate statement, as long as we agree with it”?

  3. Come now. Comparing gays to terrorists? This is bigotry, and they are right to say that this is nonsense.

  4. I think that bigoted and ignorant statements absolutely do belong in the public realm! It allows everyone to know where an individual stands – for better or worse.

  5. A company has the right to say, “Yeah, what he said isn’t OK. We don’t believe that We don’t condone and will not support anyone who does.” Companies can have policies, correct?

  6. Phil’s an idiot, that’s obvious. My point is that, if being an idiot should be cause for this kind of censure, there should be a lot of people – on BOTH ends of the political spectrum – who need to be run out of their jobs.

  7. What happened to the good old days, when the company would just issue a disclaimer saying that his opinions don’t reflect theirs? Instead, he is publicly punished.

  8. I see, so there are places where God just does not belong right? Phil was true and correct The company may have condoned phil’s remarks but suspended him under the pressure. Bob, it seems to me that you are not a God fearing man (although you may be, I just do not see it) based on the fact you condone gayness. Are you affraid to speak out against Gayness? Would you tell the truth if someone asked you your opinion? You seem to also feel that Christians should be seen and not heard in certain situations. God’s word should be spread far and wide, anywhere and anytime.

  9. “Bigoted Christian fundamentalism does not belong in the public realm.”
    That’s awful bigoted of you.

  10. “Gayness”??

    Where to start…

    Mark Jay, why do you condemn homosexuals? Tell me why.

  11. lol. of course. intolerance of intolerance is intolerance. and following that logic… ;-)

  12. This is A&E. Core demo might have something to do with it.
    Then again, he’s a public figure. If you’re a public figure talking explicitly about ‘vaginas’ and ‘anuses’, you’re already treading somewhere near some line that shouldn’t be crossed. Comparing gays to terrorists is a huge step over.
    Again, why is he saying this? Who cares if people are gay? Christian and Islamic fundamentalists who want to condemn them, that’s who. And since when in a free country to we let fundys condemn people?
    Of course he has a right to say it. He won’t be arrested or imprisoned. But the public and his employer also have the right to protest and distance themselves and say, no.

  13. I censure idiots all the time. I don’t waste my time with bigots and fools. And I’m a teacher, who is a little more patient with them than most. I simply like to point out the flaws in the logic used to support bigotry.

  14. And his statement IS in the public realm. AND, we get to see the public’s and his employer’s reaction. Publicly. :)

  15. Thank you Bob for you intelligent insight to things like this & there should be more people in the PUBLIC forum like you.

  16. I’ve been reading several of Elaine Pagel’s books about the first three centuries of the Christian religion. Fascinating, especially where she talks about the issues that came up as Christianity moved from a small Jewish sect to a major Roman religion, and even more fascinating the contrast between dissident writers and thinkers and the mainstream “Fathers of the Church” like Iraneus and Tertullian. The point here is that one of the really big things that the Fathers of the Church were adamantly opposed to included homosexuality, women taking part in running the church or in sacerdotal or leadership functions, and even worse, disagreeing with what the priests appointed by the bishops told their flocks.

    So, it’s not like these things are new, only that the status of such things as women and homosexuals has changed radically. I definitely recommend the study of the early Church, and Pagels is a good place to begin.

  17. I wonder if Phil has seen Leviticus 10:6, “Do not let your hair become unkempt.”

  18. Ty,
    I can assure you that Phil is not mourning Nadab and Abihu. Which is to say, try to learn what “context” means before you start throwing around small fractions of individual verses.

  19. the thing is he is profiting from his statements. people should just not watch the show or by products which advertise and ultimately pay him. than again, i have never watched so no big deal. i will just hang out with my PBR drinking homosexual/ terrorist friends!

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