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Phil Robertson: Is Duck Dynasty Star Homophobic AND Racist?

Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson

Phil Robertson, one of the stars of the Duck Dynasty show, is in more than a little bit of hot water these days.

In a recent interview with GQ Robertson made some outwardly homophobic comments as he stated his position on gays. Not only did he say that being gay was sinful, as per the Bible, but also that gay people, to his mind, are in the same category as terrorists.

On top of those abhorrent comments Phil Robertson went on an extended rant about his personal view on African-Americans. He said:

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.”

The comments about gays followed by the racially sensitive rant was too much for the NAACP. They sent a letter to A&E who run the Duck Dynasty show requesting that they immediately denounce Phil Robertson’s remarks.

The NAACP wrote in the letter:

“We want to be clear why Phil Robertson’s remarks are not just dangerous but also inaccurate. Mr. Robertson claims that, from what he saw, African Americans were happier under Jim Crow. What he didn’t see were lynching and beatings of black men and women for attempting to vote or simply walking down the street.”

They said that his remarks:

“Go beyond being outlandishly inaccurate and offensive and are dangerous and revisionist, appealing to those in our society who wish to repeat patterns of discrimination.” the letter said Robertson’s “words show an unbridled lack of respect for African Americans and LGBT people, and the ongoing challenges members of our communities continue to experience on a daily basis.”

At the end of the letter they questioned whether the network really wanted to associate itself with Phil Robertson: “Surely a brand like A&E does not want to be associated with such racist and homophobic remarks,” they wrote.

It doesn’t seem likely that Phil Robertson will apologize for his homophobic and racist remarks. Even if he does, is it a case of ‘what’s been said’s been said’? Of course the Duck Dynasty star was suspended by the network and it remains to be seen what other little gems Phil Robertson might come up with over the coming weeks.

We’ll keep you posted.

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6 Responses to “Phil Robertson: Is Duck Dynasty Star Homophobic AND Racist?”

  1. Carlos Fred

    Uh oh. He should have just left it about inventing the duck whistle…

  2. Patrick Frye

    While his personal experiences don't take away from the terrible events that really happened in the past, and I don't see him as a racist or a denier, the tail end of his comment is the real highlight. It's true that things have gotten much worse:

    "In 1910, the government reported that a majority of black women worked outside the home; white women passed that milestone only in the past 20 years, census statistics show."

    "Census figures also reveal that the number of unmarried black women who gave birth fell by 5 percent between 1990 and 1994, while the percentage of out-of-wedlock births to white women increased by 23 percent during the same period. And there are almost twice as many single white mothers as single black mothers, although the proportion of black families headed by women is much larger."

    Phil blames entitlement and the welfare state. While I'm sure that plays a part the experts believe there are other social factors at play, as well.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm/gender/race25.htm

  3. Ben Holsen

    So what you're trying to do is twist what was said which was he worked shoulder to shoulder with black men and found them to be not only his equals but brothers in God while he worked with them to be a racist statement. Every person should be judged as an individual. Not by skin but by actions and words they speak and the way in which they speak it.