Phil Robertson, one of the bearded characters from the A&E reality show Duck Dynasty, did an interview with Drew Magary of GQ magazine and in the interview, shared some views and opinions that some people have perceived to be ignorant and intolerant. Imagine that. Someone from Duck Dynasty voicing opinions that sound ignorant and intolerant.
This is what Phil Robertson had to say about gay sex:
“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.”
This is what Phil Robertson had to say about civil rights:
“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash. We’re going across the field…. They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’—not a word!… Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”
This is what Phil Robertson had to say about voting for Mitt Romney instead of Barack Obama:
“If I’m lost at three o’clock in a major metropolitan area…I ask myself: Where would I rather be trying to walk with my wife and children? One of the guys who’s running for president is out of Chicago, Illinois, and the other one is from Salt Lake City, Utah. [Editor’s note: Romney is from Boston, not Salt Lake City.] Where would I rather be turned around at three o’clock in the morning? I opted for Salt Lake City. I think it would be safer.”
All in all, some fairly ignorant views to share with a writer from GQ magazine. With that said, I don’t think anything said by Phil Robertson was earth shattering. I also don’t think anything he said contaminated the Duck Dynasty brand. I think it’s important to remember just who Phil Robertson is. He’s a 67-year-old man from rural Louisiana. He wears camouflage and enjoys killing ducks.
When news of the article came out, A&E took swift action and announced that they were suspending Phil Robertson indefinitely. Evidently A&E had no idea he held such intolerant and uneducated opinions before they appeared in the pages of GQ magazine.
A&E makes a lot of money off of Duck Dynasty. Not only is it the most watched reality show on TV, it has a massive amount of tie-in merchandise. Seriously, try walking twenty feet in a Walmart without seeing something, anything, related to Duck Dynasty. Fans of the show have taken to Facebook to voice their anger over Phil Robertson’s suspension, creating a special page in support of him. The page currently has over 1.5 million likes.
Show me someone who was troubled with what Phil Robertson had to say and I’ll show you someone who’d probably never watch Duck Dynasty or buy a Duck Dynasty Chia Pet in the first place.