Phil Robertson of A&E's Duck Dynasty is under fire following comments he made regarding homosexuality during an interview with GQ. Among other things, the Robertson family patriarch told GQ that he that he doesn't understand homosexuality at all and that he considers it a sin. The interview will appear in the January 2014 issue of GQ.
Robertson and his family are well known for their Christian beliefs. The Robertson men and their family speak about their faith at events throughout the U.S., and Phil's oldest (and beardless) son Alan is a preacher. That said, it probably comes as no surprise that the duck hunter considers homosexuality a sin when asked about "modern immorality."
“It seems like, to me, a vagina--as a man--would be more desirable than a man’s anus," Robertson said. "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.”
Robertson added to his thoughts on homosexuality by discussing what he thinks it can branch out to. “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. “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," Robertson added, pulling from 1 Corinthians 6:9.
To say that Phil Robertson's beliefs on homosexuality weren't received well by some would be putting it lightly. GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz released a statement on the comments and wants A&E to reconsider their affiliation with Robertson and Duck Dynasty.
"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," Cruz said . "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. Phil's decision to push vile and extreme stereotypes is a stain on A&E and his sponsors who now need to reexamine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families."
A page has been created on Facebook encouraging people to boycott A&E and Duck Dynasty, and the topic is being widely discussed on Twitter. Do you think A&E should cancel Duck Dynasty over Phil Robertson's comments or do you support Robertson's right to state his beliefs? Add your comments below.
— Roswell Encina (@roswellencina) December 18, 2013
I can't wait for the Duck Dynasty boycott! Liberals ensured record sales for Chik-fil-a. Now they'll do the same for this show's ratings
— Ben Walters (@TheBenWalters) December 18, 2013
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