Sounds like your typical course of action when someone puts the proverbial foot in their mouth. Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson is in hot water after making controversial comments in the January 2014 issue of GQ magazine.
It all began when Robertson started to talk about the erosion of morality in America. “Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong. Sin becomes fine,” he said. Innocent enough, but then it’s all downhill from there, adding “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.”
As all good reborn Christians do, he tries to quote the Bible, the Book of Corinthians to be exact.
“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.”
Then he generalizes us all, putting us homosexuals in great company.
“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. We let God sort ’em out later, you see what I’m saying?”
He follows that gem up with comparing the attractiveness of male and female body parts.
“It seems to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus,” he 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.”
Naturally, GLAAD wasn’t going to stay silent on this topic. They never do. Spokesperson Wilson Cruz issued the following statement:
“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,” said spokesperson Wilson Cruz. “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.”
With Duck Dynasty being such a gigantic hit for A&E, the powers-that-be issued a statement supposedly from Robertson. Why do I get the feeling this was coerced and crafted by the network’s fixer SLASH publicity person?
“I myself am a product of the 60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior. My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the Bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together. However, 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. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other.”
What do you think of this entire mess? Do you think that apology was penned by Robertson? Do you watch Duck Dynasty? If so, will you boycott the show now? I’ve only watched one episode, so no great loss to me. I can’t wait for the reality show to return for its fifth season in January 2014 to see if the ratings are affected by Phil’s anti-gay comments. Weigh in below.