My friend had asked me a question about my recent post on Facebook. So this was my response:
What the Duck? The interview that rocked the boat (Magary, 2014)
Please note that Mr. Murray asked the question “What, in your mind, is sinful?” (Murray, 2013). Then Phil Robertson answers with what has been publicized as So we’re clear that a “personal opinion” was asked by a journalist and was answered by the responded.
So the official story is this, “Cable television network A&E suspended Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the backwater Louisiana clan in its hit reality show “Duck Dynasty,” on Thursday for making anti-gay comments.” (Reuters, 2013)
Then GLAAD answers with “GQ Magazine’s profile of Phil Robertson included some of the vilest and most extreme statements uttered against LGBT people in a mainstream publication. His quote was littered with outdated stereotypes and blatant misinformation. “ (Murray, 2013)
So A&E answers with “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 said in a statement Wednesday (12/18/2013). “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.”
With that said, I posted this meme to support his statements and I do not support A&E’s decision to suspend Mr. Robertson. It’s evident that the free speech topic is truly a moot point.
1995, Connie Chung interviewed Mrs. Daugherty (Newt Gingrich’s Mother) and blasted her female-dog description of Hilary Clinton all over the news. Her personal views were in no way a reflection of Eye to Eye in 1995 and yet Mrs. Daugherty was not ostracized for her comment. Connie Chung had coerced her into making her infamous statement. Neither the show, nor the journalist, nor Mrs. Daugherty get suspended or reprimanded in any way.
My point is… why do I pay for entertainment that I don’t get to see because everyone else is offended? So the majority wins, but the rest need to suffer is what I understand. For once in my life, I’d like to be able to watch a show and enjoy it. That’s what I get from Duck Dynasty. If A&E won’t continue, then I think the world has basically told me that I can’t watch what I want to watch. If it’s not offensive to the network executives, NAACP or GLAAD then it is ‘ok’ to watch. There’s something wrong with this thinking.
A public opinion by a publicly known person does not have the same repercussions as other publicly known people.
Let’s one asks Ellen DeGeneres to describe molestation and answers with an opinion such that as long as both parties are mutually consenting regardless of age, then it’s ok. So I have a 13 yr old who wants to sleep with their uncle because he convinced her she was pretty, then it is ‘ok’ for her to define molestation. (Not that she did say any of this. It’s just a correlated scenario)
These are personal moral statements. Where do we draw the line when it comes to having a belief and not having a belief? It’s not a religion for me personally. It’s the fact that I can’t see the logic in ANY type of discrimination against anything. Biblically I stand by the Bible’s promises. It’s not going to get any better for believers like me. It’s only going to get worse. I choose to believe in Jesus Christ because I know that He has been real from the beginning. I choose Christ over the mass opinions because I know in my heart that He is the reason I’m still alive. I try to live my life as best I possibly can, according to His teachings. I’m still a sinner and a broken person. You can only see my faith by how I live my life. Obviously, I’m not perfect but I do try to be kind, truthful, generous and helpful with everyone I come across.
Just to end this all, A&E publicized Mr. Robertson’s response to his suspension today, 12/20/2013 at 12:33pm (Sieczkowski, 2013)
“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.”
Magary, D. (2014, January). What the Duck? Retrieved from GQ Magazine: http://www.gq.com/entertainment/television/201401/duck-dynasty-phil-robertson?currentPage=3
Murray, R. (2013, Dec 18). Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson uses vile stereotypes to tell GQ his thoughts on LGBT people. Retrieved from GLAAD: http://www.glaad.org/blog/duck-dynastys-phil-robertson-uses-vile-stereotypes-tell-gq-his-thoughts-lgbt-people
Reuters. (2013, Dec 19). ‘Duck Dynasty’ patriarch Phil Robertson suspended over anti-gay comments. Chicago, IL, USA.
Sieczkowski, C. (2013, Dec 20). ‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Phil Robertson Makes Anti-Gay Remarks, Says Being Gay Is A Sin [UPDATED]. Retrieved from Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/18/duck-dynasty-phil-robertson-gay_n_4465564.html