Phil Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” fame has been suspended indefinitely from the A&E show that follows he and his family as they go about their lives as owners of a millionaire-dollar duck call business. Why? Well, it seems the man made some comments in an interview with GQ that a lot of people are upset about.
“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.”
In addition to displaying an atrocious level of ignorance, Phil goes on to say that homosexuality will “morph” into bestiality. He also offers his opinion on civil rights and life during the Jim Crow era:
“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash. We’re going across the field…. They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’—not a word!… Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”
Wow. Ok. Thanks, Phil. Black people were happier under the Jim Crow laws. Thanks for that. As a result of his remarks, he will no longer be included during the shooting of future episodes. Not surprisingly, a lot of people are angry about A&E’s decision, shouting “Free speech!” and complaining that political correctness has gone too far. I’m sorry, but it is “too far” to ask that a person does not compare a relationship between two consenting adults with having sex with animals? Well, see, he can make these remarks if he wants, and not be arrested, and that is what free speech is for. However, you can be fired from a job for saying things that your employer does not like. Especially when it’s targeted at a specific group. You go into any office as an employee and start talking about how gay people are going to hell, you will probably get that pink slip. When someone says stuff like this and you keep them on, you are saying that you approve or at least passively fostering an environment that allow this kind of attitude. Not cool.
It’s not “anti-Christian” for A&E to suspend him, because what Phil said was not a Christian message. He should have known that what he was saying would not be widely accepted; if he is surprised that there are consequences for what you say, he is, frankly, an idiot.