Phil Robertson and A&E are on the receiving end of quite a bit of backlash today after an interview with the "Duck Dynasty" star was published in GQ. Robertson sounded off on his views on homosexuality, saying it was "not logical".
“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...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.”
"Duck Dynasty" network A&E released a statement regarding Robertson's remarks, saying he is now suspended from filming.
“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”, the network group said in a statement. ”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.”
The Human Rights Campaign has asked for an apology from Robertson, saying, “These remarks go beyond being outlandishly inaccurate and offensive. They are dangerous and revisionist, appealing to those in our society who wish to repeat patterns of discrimination. We urge A+E to immediately denounce and repudiate Robertson’s comments. Furthermore, we call on you to see that Phil Robertson apologizes for his vitriolic comments. Surely a brand like A+E does not want to be associated with such racist and homophobic remarks."
Meanwhile, social media outlets are blowing up today with both support and outrage, with some saying Robertson should fight the censorship.
Phil Robertson, the show is based on your family. Steal it back. #FightCensorship
— Jessica Chasmar (@JessicaChasmar) December 19, 2013
As a de facto representative of A&E, Phil Robertson could only be expected to act in a way that doesn't cast a dark cloud over the company.
— Tom Knuckles (@tcrazyknuckles) December 19, 2013
— Michael Bowes (@ahartforGod) December 19, 2013
In another 2,000 years Hillbilly Christians will celebrate December 18th—the day Phil Robertson descended from Heaven and died for gay sins.
— Josh Dorian (@SaltedJosh) December 19, 2013
I have way more respect for Phil Robertson now.
— Luke... (@LukeeeZachary) December 19, 2013
Kicking Phil Robertson off Duck Dynasty for making antigay remarks is like kicking the Pope out for being Catholic. #fb
— Lee Ann Marcel (@Leeannmarcel) December 19, 2013
Constitutional point of order: Phil Robertson's 1st Amendment free speech rights were not infringed. TV networks are not the government.
— Matt Koppitch (@MattKoppitch) December 19, 2013
Just because you have a right to say something,doesn't make it right.There are consequences when you speak as a public figure Phil Robertson
— Mel Massey (@melmmassey) December 19, 2013
I woke to a few of my Facebook friends openly standing behind Phil Robertson. You bigots ought to be ashamed of yourselves, #DuckDynasty
— John Harris (@YahyaJohn) December 19, 2013
Why do so many people who have never listened to a word he's said all of a sudden care about Phil Robertson's opinion of them?
— Blake Tucker (@tuckertime37) December 19, 2013