Phil Robertson, the often-controversial reality star and businessman who caused an uproar last year with his views on homosexuality, has offered up explanations for some of those comments and is expanding on what they meant to him.
In advance of the release of his new book, unPHILtered: The Way I See It, the 68-year old gave an interview to Us Weekly and touched on some things he said in another interview regarding homosexuality, saying he doesn’t think he’s the one the public has the problem with.
“All I did was quote a passage of scripture from antiquity. They’re mad at me, but I’m really just quoting what God said, so He’s the one they have a problem with,” he said.
The quote was given to GQ last December and caused an immediate uproar online when the issue was published, leading A&E to release a statement about Robertson’s suspension from the family’s reality show, Duck Dynasty.
“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,” Robertson told GQ.
Touching upon another quote from the GQ article regarding black people being happy in the pre-civil rights era South, Robertson said his words may have been misunderstood.
“The point I was making was that even when our black brothers didn’t have their civil rights, those people had that one thing the government couldn’t take from them: their faith. They would sing spiritual songs as they were going across those cotton fields,” he said.
Robertson recently sat down with Sean Hannity to talk about ISIS and the best way to respond to the group, leading to a different sort of controversy when he mentioned that the best way to deal with them is to “convert them or kill them”.