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Duck Dynasty: Is A&E Being Hypocritical?

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Today marks the one-week mark since Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty was placed on an indefinite suspension by A&E for some comments he made regarding homosexuality. When A&E announced Phil’s suspension, the network said the reason was because Robertson’s “personal views in no way reflect those of A&E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community.” That said, guess which show A&E is holding a marathon for today? Duck Dynasty.

In case you’re a week behind on your news, Robertson came under fire last Wednesday after offering up his view on modern sin during an interview with GQ. “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,” Robertson said. Within hours, GLAAD asked A&E to reconsider their ties with Robertson and many people began threatening to boycott the network.

With A&E being so quick to cut Robertson, quite a few folks are now wondering what’s up with the network. After all, if the folks at the network feel so strongly about his remarks, why are they airing a Duck Dynasty marathon on Christmas Day? Even though the rest of the cast isn’t in hot water (despite issuing a statement saying they support the elder Robertson completely), some people are bothered by A&E continuing to make money off episodes featuring Phil Robertson.

This move has many people accusing the network of being hypocritical, as you can see from some Twitter posts below. Do you agree that A&E is being hypocritical by showing the marathon? Add your comments below.

Perhaps A&E’s decision to go forth with a Duck Dynasty marathon is an indicator that all will be well in duck land soon. According to some reports, A&E is considering backing off their decision to suspend Robertson from future filming.

“There’s no negotiation to have; we’re doing the show,” an anonymous source close to the situation said. “We’ll figure out a solution. It’s just not going to happen overnight. Everybody will take a break for the holidays and regroup afterward. That’s probably the smartest thing for everyone to do. Time heals a lot of wounds.”

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Duck Dynasty: Is A&E Being Hypocritical?


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  • http://yahoo rebeccajones

    yes they r hypocrital when did we lose our right to believe in a man and a woman i dont care whos gay but im pretty sick of hearing about them phil is right your not geting to heaven that way.i wont even watch a,e until they apolige to phil for being a christian and living the way we were taught in church.what A SAD WORLD WE R LIVING IN WHEN YOUR CANT EVEN BE A CHRISTIAN’IM PROUD HE DIDNT BACK DOWN OR HIS FAMILY HE DID NOTHING WRONG. THANK YOU

    • @rebecca

      How do you know who is going to heaven? I assure you that there are many many Christians who are not going because what they say they do and what they actually do is two totally different things.

      Also, don’t you realize that most of the world IS NOT Christian? Most of the world is not Christian.

      • @ @Rebecca

        Yeah, most Christians don’t even realize that basically 5.5 billion people in this world aren’t Christian. Apparently, all those people are going to suffer the fires of hell. That just doesn’t make sense and I hardly believe the Christ, who died for all people, is going to condemn all those people to suffering. I am Christian too, but it amazes me the lack of knowledge most Christians have in the United States. No idea how the rest of the world lives. I like what the person above me said about prisons. The bible belt in the US is the worst for prisons. It is nothing but slavery. I live outside of one and every day there is truck after truck pulling out of the prison. The trucks have products the prisoners make in them. It is pure profit made by slave labor. That is all. Come sit with me sometime and watch the trucks if you want to understand. Yep, profiting off of suffering surely sounds Christian to me. Ironic, how it is smack dab in the middle of the bible belt.

        • Ernest Ramirez, Jr.

          The good Lord says that ALL who believe in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.

    • @rebecca

      I worked in a prison. I saw a supposedly dangerous criminal save a person’s life and a supposedly Christian officer take a person’s life. The Christian officer’s family even does a Christian radio program but I assure you that behind closed doors he is doing nothing that Christ asked of him. He is definitely standing with the devil. That is how the devil works —- with deception.

      Much of this world is an illusion. To say who is going to heaven and who is not is a fool’s quest. There is only one person who knows and that is Christ. Christ most certainly does not think like man. Do you remember the woman who was going to be stoned? Christ did not condemn her. However, in this nation, we condemn so many and we throw so many stones.

      • Darlene C

        Yes I is true that Jesus did not stone the woman who was caught in adultery but He did tell her to go and sin no more! It seems the majority wants to pick and choose what they believe in the Bible but I’ve learned we have to take it all. Either we are to be hot or cold…Christian or sinner because if we are lukewarm(hypocrites)there is no place for us in the body of Christ! At least the sinner can repent but a hypocrite will likely never repent!

        • Tracy

          AMEN

      • Ernest Ramirez, Jr.

        As Christ said let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

      • Ernest Ramirez, Jr.

        As Christ said let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

  • sue

    I THINK EVERYONE HAS THE RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH. HOPE THE ROBERTSONS MOVE THEIR SHOW TO A DIFFERENT NETWORK AND THEN LETS SEE WHAT HAPPENS TO A&E.

    • http://yahoo Sherri Brown

      I believe that Phil has the right to speak freely, without repercussions from A&E or the public in general. He is speaking in a biblical manner about certain issues and if an individual chooses to live an alternative lifestyle he or she has to face criticism just like everyone else. Stop crying about it already and live and let live.

      • Symptomy

        It’s foolish to think Phil should suffer no repercussions for his statements, look what happened to Paula Deen. The very freedom of speech Phil is afforded is also the same freedom A&E has to fire him if they think his point of view will damage their business. Remember that A&E is a business with rights all of their own.

  • http://yahoo rebeccajones

    IM ON PHILS SIDE IM A CHRISTIAN ALSO I WAS RAISED BELIEVING IN A MAN AND A WOMAN HOW ELSE WOULD I OF BEEN BORN A.E OWES PHIL AN APOLIGY THANK U

  • Who are we kidding?

    Who are we kidding? The United States is nothing but hypocrisy and we do nothing that Christ asks of us. Our prisons are full, we profit off those prisons greatly, we constantly fight wars,we don’t fight for people — we fight for profit and resources, we abort babies, and we do not take care of the poor. We do not value other cultures and we constantly cause strife throughout the world. We only look at the world through our own eyes and not through the eyes of others. Believe me, the world does not look upon the United States like we look upon ourselves. In a very real way, we are delusional.

    But we must always remember to separate governments from people. There are good people in this country —- but those people learned long ago that they must follow Christ and not man or the government. You can not serve two masters. You must also go beyond memorizing bible verses and just preaching. You must put your words into action.

    We have people serving time in prisons for victimless crimes and they are suffering ….. we need to release them.
    We must stop the massive amount of arresting we do …. we are the worst in the world … we create suffering.
    We have the hungry …. we need to feed them.
    We have the homeless …. we need to give them shelter.
    We need to value the unborn … all life has value.
    We have the sick …. we need to cure them.
    We see the corruption within our government …. this must end.

    Forgive. Love. Give compassion. Do not judge. Seek peace. Show mercy. All of our decisions and actions should be guided by the things Christ spoke of. God gave us free will …… all the solutions to our problems are so very close at hand …. we just have to choose to do the right thing. If you follow Christ and understand his life, this is easy to do and so very clear.

    Don’t tell me we can’t because we can. It is simply a matter of choosing.

    • @Who

      The really sad part is that we have all we need to make this world a better place. God gave us all we need. We just chose not to do it.

  • billbo

    Yes , I think they are hypocritical. I also think Duck Dynasty should quit them and move to another network. I am miffed at A&E for saying not only were they offended by Phil’s statements but they support GLBT and GLAAD. How sick. No wonder Phil Robertson quoted the bible on this issue, he’s having to work for these Sodomites/abominations. I say go all the way Phil and stand completely for God by refusing to work for a network that supports the deviant lifestyles of self admitted and unrepented sodomites who are so bold as to spit in the face of all Christians and their God with their pathetic display of arrogance toward their Creator. Let God handle them.

    • crea

      What is amazing is that it is Christmas and hate mongers like you can’t give it a rest for even this day! What sad hateful miserable people there are on the internet. If you say your a Christian then act like a real one, find compassion and kindness for others not hate!

  • http://www.faithdrivenconsumer.com/istandwithphil?recruiter_id=298891 Bonnie & Clyde

    Hey Peps ! This ones for Phil Robertson
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  • http://aol Larry

    A&E network is being TOTALLY hypocritical regarding Phil Robertson’s
    remarks. I thought they were about being sensitive to ALL points of view. It’s funny that they see his remarks as “offensive” when other
    issues are aired as being open-minded. Everybody should be entitled to
    voice an opinion. A&E has hit a nerve with millions of “Silent Americans”.
    I didn’t know what channel number A&E was until this show came on…

  • Roger Schumacher

    TV schedules are done weeks in advance. The decision to run a marathon of “Duck Dynasty” probably predated the remarks by Phil Robertson and the media storm that followed. By the time the comments were made and the big debate started A&E’s schedule was probably locked in to the point that the alternative to showing the marathon was airing nothing during that period. A&E did what they had to do, stay the course and run the programming they originally scheduled.

    • Layne

      They were wrong for dismissing him and now they e being hypocritical. Its all about $$$, not about who is right and who is wrong. Pick a side of the fence and stay there.

  • http://yahoo.com steve

    I believe in Phil Robertson and his family. To hell with the gay and lesbians. Let them go back in the closet then lock the door tightly behind them.

  • dave king

    A&E are hypocrites in many ways. Duck Dynasty is supposed to depict reality. The idea that an older, white, small businessman in Louisiana is anti-gay and thinks blacks were treated okay in the old days sounds pretty realistic to me! What’s Phil supposed to be, the only liberal in the swamp? I also don’t think reality TV people should be held to the same standard of restraint in public statements as professional actors. When Duck Dynasty is done filming for the day, I don’t get the sense that the guys pull those beards off and go tee it up at the country club. If you want to make money showing what life is like for some colorful folks with a hunting-related business in the deep south, and you’re part of a big media company based in California, just say that Phil’s views are his own, not the views of the Walt Disney Company, but he’s entitled to them.

  • denise fox

    FIRST OF ALL, I DO NOT CALL MYSELF A CHRISTIAN. IT WOULD BE HYPOCRITICAL IN THE EXTREME, I’M AN UNAPOLOGETIC AGNOSTIC AS REGARDS ALL HUMAN EXPLANATIONS OF THE DIVINE, GENESIS, OR WHAT IF ANYTHING “GOD” WANT FROM US. AS FOR THE SO CALLED PROPHETS, AVATARS, MESSIAHS….AS FAR AS I’M CONCERNED THEY MAY HAVE BEEN THE REAL DEAL, OR COMPLETE FAKES. I JUST CAN’T TELL FROM THE PRESS PACKET….I DON’T BELIEVE IN 90% OF WHAT’S IN THE BOOKS OF THE HEBREW, CHRISTIAN OR ISLAMIC RELIGIONS (YES I HAVE READ THEM, STUDIED THEM…STILL NOT BUYING ANY OF THAT AS THE TRUE WORD OF “GOD”, PART AND PARCEL.) FURTHERMORE, MY BEST FRIEND AND THE KINDEST, MOST STALWART FRIEND I’VE EVER HAD…. IS A LESBIAN. AND NO, I AM NOT. I AM BOTH A CALIFORNIAN (yikes!) AND HAVE LIVED UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF SEGREGATION IN GEORGIA IN THE 1960′S AND IN THE OZARKS IN 1990′S INTO 2009. SO I’M PROBABLY NOT LOOKING LIKE MR. ROBERTSON’S BEST DEFENSE….BUT I AM DEFENDING HIM, HIS CIVIL AND CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, AND HIS RIGHT NOT TO BE FORCED TO APOLOGIZE FOR WHAT HE BELIEVES. I’M A LIBERTARIAN, I BELIEVE IN THE CONSTITUTION OF THESE UNITED STATES! I BELIVE IN FREE WILL AND RESPONSIBILITY…. I DON’T FRANKLY CARE IF “A&E” ARE HYPOCRITES…I TAKE IT AS READ THEY MOST LIKELY ARE, LIKE ALL THE MEDIA PIMPS. AS THEIR BREAD AND BUTTER CENTERS ON A TIGHTROPE BETWEEN SELLING THE PUBLIC WHAT THEY WANT US TO BUY AND WORRYING THAT WE’RE GOING TO WAKE UP AND CATCH ON, WHY WOULD ANYONE THINK OTHERWISE? AS FAR AS I CONCERNED, AS LONG AS MR. ROBERTSON DOESN’T HARM ANYONE..AND HE HASN’T..AND HE DOESN’T RECANT AND I HOPE HE WON’T, HE AND HIS FAMILY WILL HAVE TO SUPPORT OF MYSELF AND THOSE LIKE ME….AND WE’RE OUT THERE, MORE THAN YOU MIGHT THINK.

  • Symp

    It’s foolish to think Phil should suffer no repercussions for his statements, look what happened to Paula Deen. The very freedom of speech Phil is afforded is also the same freedom A&E has to fire him if they think his point of view will damage their business. Remember that A&E is a business with rights all of their own.

  • Karen

    He is correct about Homosexual’s Read your Bible. God gave them up for disapproved mental state.Romans 1: 26-29 male’s who left the natural use of the females, and females left the natural use of men and they came violently inflamed in their lust for one another. God preserved his written word for everyone to follow down to our day.

  • Karen

    Phil is being honest and A&E needs to respect God’s Word The Bible!!! That is what is so wrong the world. They serve God the way they want to and think it is OK. However, God set many laws and Bible principals that everyone need to follow.

  • http://yahoo cricket

    my entire family watched duck dynasty .we no longer watch it .we did not watch it on christmas day.if they didnt want the answer then maybe they shouldnt of ask the question.you let people off for killing /raping/and whole lot worse but you got the nerve to suspend phil for speaking wat he feels in his heart is rite.OOOOOOOps thats rite you all never make remarks that are out of line .get a crip everybody does at one time or another.Hope they take their show to another channel cuz we will be there .You Go PHIL

  • Matt

    I won’t commnt on Phil’s words or beliefs, nor on which party is right or wrong. However, those comments above regarding ‘prison labor’ need to be addressed. One post said that we are profiting off of the prisoners’ labor. WOW! Actually, we are trying to recoup some of the BILLIONS of dollars spent housing these convicts! In addition, these work programs also serves as a rehabilitation, of sorts, so that perhaps these convicts have a better chance at being a productive member of society upon release. Just wanted to clear that up.

  • william

    Who is “A&E” everyone knows the “DUCKS” the have made a name for them selves.With out the “DUCKS” “A&E” will loose 95% to 98% of what they have now.Last week they “A&E” went “DUCK HUNTING WITH A BULLWHIP” and the people let them know what they did.”DUCKS” please leave them find you some place else to shine this is your chance “A&E” will never back you that is a fact.Phil you know from “NAM” what it is when someone has not covered your back you loose all trust in them.

  • travis

    Can not beleive that you have let him back on. I have not only canceled A&E but I canceled cable. I will not have my children be a part of this type of talk about anyone. Charlie Sheen had it right with his bible verse. Shame on A&E.

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