Duck Dynasty Star’s Anti-Gay Bigotry Gets Him Suspended

Megyn Kelly Phil Robertson

None were surprised, I am certain…oh wait…

Well okay…anyway, as I was saying, none of us were surprised that Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson hates gays and that his anti-gay bigotry has gotten him suspended from his reality series.

Rather our suspicions were confirmed. After all, it was only in October that his brother Si Robertson told Men’s Journal that, “It ain’t gun control we need, it’s sin control,” and if you have seen the show at all you get treated to a regular dose of Bible-thumping, for which the Robertson family is being paid a bucketful of cash by the way, just as Jesus intended.

So no, Todd Starnes aside, we were hardly what you call “stunned. ” As I was saying, our suspicions were confirmed when Phil, who in October correct Si’s comment to “Self-control” lost track of his own self-control and made some comments about the “sin” of gay sex in the January issue of GQ, comments for which he has suspended Wednesday night by A&E:

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.

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.

GQ said in suspending Robertson,

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.

Fox News’ homophobic Todd Starnes tweeted in response,

But GLAAD had something to say to E! News about Robertson:

Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil’s lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe,” GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz tells E! News in a statement. “He 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.

Robertson himself issued a statement to E! News on December 18:

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,” he says. “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.

Robertson said of his family that they are “Bible-thumpers who just happened to end up on television.”

Of course, Fox News’ Todd Starnes, an anti-gay bigot himself, jumped to Robertson’s defense on Twitter:

And because histrionic is always better:

Another Bible thumper on television is former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw. On an episode of Fox NFL Sunday earlier this season, Terry Bradshaw revealed how he and Phil Robertson were old college teammates at Louisiana Tech and that, in fact, Robertson had been a quarterback and kept him on the bench:

Bradshaw said that Phil Robertson was a “man of faith.”

That was on September 15th.

But it turned out that on September 14th during filing of Fox Sports 1’s “Fox Football Daily,” Terry Bradshaw told a giggling Jimmy Johnson (one of his co-hosts from Fox NFL Sunday) that, “Besides, I wouldn’t have f***** his old ugly-ass mother anyway. God dang. I’ve got more pride than that.”

Is this how a “man of faith” talks? About f***** somebody’s mother? Or perhaps it was the tail-end of a joke we heard and men of faith like to tell dirty jokes about f***** somebody’s mother.

What the public man of faith Terry Bradshaw did not realize was that the cameras were rolling. But we are allowed to question whether Bradshaw’s endorsement of Robertson has any value at all and what, exactly, being a “man of faith” entails. After all, Bradshaw stated no religious objections to f***** somebody’s mother. It was purely a matter of aesthetics.

I suppose it’s okay though: at least the mother, whoever she was, has a vagina, and Bradshaw wasn’t contemplating penetrating an anus.

It hardly comes as a surprise that, as New York Daily News reports,

Either way, the brothers and Phil’s sons, Willie, Jase and Jep, are hoping to use their new found fame to spread the gospel of religion and political conservatism — subjects that get played down on “Duck Dynasty.”

Already, back in August, William Robertson, was receiving encouragement from some Republicans to run for Congress to replace Rep. Rodney Alexander.

None of this controversy should come a a surprise. We’ve had years to become accustomed to culture war bigotry, and you have to wonder just how surprised A&E actually was, or if they were just disappointed that their efforts to walk the thin line came a cropper. It is almost as if A&E was titillated by the idea of having a show about a bunch of what are essentially old-time mountain men and then was shocked to discover that what they had was a show about some old-time mountain men.

In the end I can only say that if ever there was a show created by God for Fox News, it was Duck Dynasty. Ah well, at least Fox News will be there to run with the ever-popular war on Christian meme.

Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen's Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.

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