Phil Robertson of ‘Duck Dynasty’ shocked fans of his beloved show when he told ‘GQ’ that gays can’t go to heaven, and that black people were ‘happy’ before the Civil Rights Movement. Now the show’s patriarch has been suspended by A&E, though his family is sticking firmly by his side.
Phil Robertson is in some major hot water, and with good reason. The Duck Dynasty patriarch made some shockingly racist and homophobic remarks in an interview with GQ, and now A&E has suspended him from its colossal hit series. Find out how the rest of the Robertson clan has responded below.
‘Duck Dynasty’ Family Responds: ‘Prayer Is The Best Conversation’
Unreal. Phil showed an unbelievable amount of ignorance and stupidity when he claimed that black people were better off before the Civil Rights Movement — and he knows this, of course, because he’s “white trash”:
“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once,” he said. “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.”
So to recap, not only is Phil calling himself and his friends and family “white trash,” he’s also insinuating that black people (who were so happy before integration!) are trash by default. Lovely.
Most of Phil’s famous family has kept quiet both publicly and on social media since the backlash, but Phil’s son Jep Robertson did tell GQ that he tends to agree with what his father says. “We’re not quite as outspoken as my dad, but I’m definitely in line,” he said. “If somebody asks, I tell ’em what the Bible says.”
Phil’s granddaughter Sadie Robertson seems to feel similarly, as she sent out a cryptic tweet on Dec. 19 that also references the power of religion. “Prayer is the best conversation of the day,” she wrote. “It’s better to go to God before taking it to someone else.”
Prayer is the best conversation of the day. It’s better to go to God before taking it to someone else 👌
— Sadie Robertson (@sadierob) December 19, 2013
Jessica Robertson, Phil’s daughter-in-law, responded similarly, retweeting the words of John the Baptist (who, to our knowledge, does not actually have a personal Twitter account):
@JessicaDuckWife If God is with you who can be against you? Stand together as “Many will be persecuted in My name”
— John the Baptist (@theforerunner77) December 19, 2013
To sum it up, they’re standing by him.
Phil Robertson Has Support Of Louisiana’s Governor
Of course, Phil’s remarks went much further. In addition to his preposterous claims about black people, he also insulted gays, who apparently cannot get into heaven.
“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there,” Phil said. “Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men. 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.”
He added that he didn’t quite understand why someone wouldn’t want to sleep with a woman: “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.”
Lovely. As ignorant as Phil’s words are, at least he has the full support of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
“Phil Robertson and his family are great citizens of the State of Louisiana,” Jindal said in a statement. “The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with. I don’t agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV. In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive. But I also acknowledge that this is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views. In fact, I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment. It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended.”
So hate speech is more tolerable than twerking. Got it.
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— Shaunna Murphy