December 19, 2013 06:38 AM by Lisa Princ
Phil Robertson is known for his tell it like it is personality (and his awesome beard, of course) on Duck Dynasty, but did the family patriarch take that too far recently? A&E thinks so, as Robertson made some anti-gay remarks in GQ recently, and he has now been suspended from the hit show indefinitely, leaving fans not so happy, happy, happy!
We can’t say that we did not see this coming. While the Robertson family is known for their Christian beliefs, Phil and Kay also seem to be very “old school” as well, so we knew that sooner or later, Phil was bound to offend someone with his opinions. And he did just that in an interview with GQ Magazine recently, when he said: “It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus, that’s just me.” When asked for his opinion of what he felt was sinful, Phil replied: “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.” But Robertson also made it clear that it’s not his job to judge anyone: “We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell. That’s the Almighty’s job. We just love ‘em, give ‘em the good news about Jesus – whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists,” he went on to add.
Needless to say, the gay and lesbian community as well as many other folks were offended by Robertson’s remarks, and it wasn’t long after the interview hit the web, that GLAAD responded to the comments. “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,” GLAAD rep Wilson Cruz said in a statement. However, after hearing the backlash over his interview, Phil Robertson explained to People Magazine that despite his personal beliefs: “I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity.”
But by this point, it was too little too late for Phil Robertson. A&E revealed in a statement that Phil has been suspended from further taping of Duck Dynasty. “We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty. 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 statement read.
While we can definitely see why Phil’s comments could be considered offensive, what happened to freedom of speech? It’s his opinion, is he not entitled to an opinion like the rest of us? And if Robertson can be suspended for these remarks, why on earth are the Kardashians still on the air? After all, Scott Disick and Kanye West run their mouths with offensive remarks all the time!
I don’t know about you, but I certainly can’t wait to see how Willie, Jase, Si, and the rest of the gang respond to this.
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