Thursday, December 19, 2013

Petitions, sponsors back 'Duck Dynasty' patriarch's return

"Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson was suspended indefinitely from the reality TV show a series of homophobic comments he made in a recent GQ interview. A&E announced the suspension (via Time) on Wednesday.

For those unaware, Robertson told GQ that a) a vagina should be more desirable to a man than an anus, and b) bestiality and homosexuality are on the same level:
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.

Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong. Sin becomes fine. 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.
A&E's reaction was swift. A network representative released a statement that included the following:
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.
Was A&E's swift suspension because they feared fan reprisal? If so, they should know the show's fans better. A Change.org petition was begun by Don Hall, and has over 57,000 signatures at the time of this writing. That is the most popular petition, mind you, as searching will find others.

Meanwhile, it appears the network needn't fear reprisal from at least one sponsor, either. A company called Skyjacker, which builds truck suspensions, told TMZ was solidly behind both the show and its currently ousted leader.

It remains to be seen if the suspension will stand.

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