Christian group Faith Driven Consumer has surpassed their target of 250,000 signatures in an effort to reinstate patriarch Phil Robertson to his former position at A&E’s ‘Duck Dynasty’, according to ‘MailOnline’.
When GQ magazine released an interview with Phil Robertson in December 2013 where he called homosexuality a sin and that it led to bestiality and infidelity, there was public outcry. It grew louder when A&E suspended Phil from Duck Dynasty as Christian groups like Faith Driven Consumer blasted the network for infringing on his First Amendment right to freedom of speech.
‘Duck Dynasty’ Petition: ‘I Stand With Phil’ Reaches 250K Signatures
According to IStandWithPhil.com, their goal is to pressure A&E to reinstate Phil as his views “are simply reflective of a Biblical view of sexuality, marriage, and family.” The petition goes on to break it down to dollars and cents:
There are 46 million Faith Driven Consumers in America today who spend 1.75 trillion dollars annually. Should you refuse to equally respect and welcome our legitimately held views, we will gladly stop watching this and all other A&E programming and turn to any reformulation of Duck Dynasty on another network – while simultaneously supporting brands that stand with the show and the Robertson family.
It’s fairly clear, though, that A&E faces an incredibly difficult decision. When A&E announced Phil’s suspension, it was revealed that CEO Nancy Debuc was facing pressure from within the network. It was reported that there were gay employees at A&E that worked solely on Duck Dynasty, according to TMZ.com, and that Debuc had to suspend Robertson in order to prove respect for her employees.
‘Duck Dynasty’ Season 5 — Will Viewership Decline?
While The Daily Mail reported that IStandWithPhil.com had reached their target of 250,000 signatures, it’s unclear as to what the next step will be for Faith Driven Consumer.
However, the show’s fifth season will debut on January 15 and if Phil is not reinstated by that point, the answer may be in the ratings.
Currently, Duck Dynasty has a viewership of approximately eight million per episode; therefore, if Faith Driven Consumer and other right-wing organizations stick to their promise, a sharp decline in viewership may be forthcoming, which may force A&E’s hand.
So, what do you think, HollywoodLifers? Does this petition really mean anything for Duck Dynasty? Will you be watching the new season? Let us know!
— Amanda Michelle