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GLAAD Blasts A&E Decision To Reinstate ‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Phil Robertson

GLAAD responds to Phil Robertson reinstatement

GLAAD has responded to the A&E network’s decision to reinstate Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson.

A&E announced late today it was ending its nine-day suspension of Phil Robertson who was engulfed in a national controversy primarily about anti-gay remarks that he stated in a GQ magazine interview. In the same interview, he also made controversial remarks about the pre-civil-rights era.

GLAAD is an advocacy group that supports gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgenders that had strongly condemned Phil Robertson’s published comments and suggested a possible advertiser boycott of the popular reality show.

In a lengthy statement today, A&E explained (or tried to) its decision to end Robertson’s suspension: “… We at A+E Networks expressed our disappointment with his statements in the article, and reiterate that they are not views we hold. But Duck Dynasty is not a show about one man’s views. It resonates with a large audience because it is a show about family … a family that America has come to love. As you might have seen in many episodes, they come together to reflect and pray for unity, tolerance and forgiveness. These are three values that we at A+E Networks also feel strongly about. So after discussions with the Robertson family, as well as consulting with numerous advocacy groups, A&E has decided to resume filming Duck Dynasty later this spring with the entire Robertson family.”

Many observers believe, however, that the lofty rhetoric is merely camouflage (as it were) for making sure revenue from the top-rated Duck Dynasty reality show continues rolling it.

This evening, GLAAD issued a formal response to the Phil Robertson reinstatement. It reads as follows:

Phil Robertson should look African American and gay people in the eyes and hear about the hurtful impact of praising Jim Crow laws and comparing gay people to terrorists. If dialogue with Phil is not part of next steps then A+E has chosen profits over African American and gay people — especially its employees and viewers.”

While the controversy started to make national headlines, Phil Robertson – who is a devout Christian – released a statement that attempted to clarify his published criticism of the gay lifestyle:

“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.”

Do you think that Duck Dynasty‘s Phil Robertson will be willing to engage in dialogue with GLAAD representatives or others that found his remarks offensive?

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6 Responses to “GLAAD Blasts A&E Decision To Reinstate ‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Phil Robertson”

  1. Brian V. Sitterley

    In their hearts A&E executives support GLAAD, but deeper is the love of money, more of which is to be had from decent people than from perverts and their supporters.

  2. Kerry Bloomer

    perverts?? I agreed with the first part of your post, but then, why do u insult good people and praise misguided uneducated dangerous ones?

  3. Kerry Bloomer

    Brian V. Sitterley Wake up, like it or not, there is a special place in Hell for your kind of Evil. Please discuss with your pastor, and stop spreading your convenient LIES. You are dead wrong, and you are a bigot. Repent today.

  4. Benjamin Clark LaCount I

    Leviticus 18:22 King James Version – Homosexual acts are an abomination to God.

    Leviticus 20:13 King James Version – If a man has sex with another man, kill them both.

    There are more references that state homosexuals are definitely not in God's will. Why this is up for debate boggles the mind. This being said….I also am boggled that people seem to forget that sex before marriage in HETEROSEXUAL relationships is ALSO FORBIDDEN. Sex with KIDS and ANIMALS is. There are quite a few things and I also seem to remember the reason Christ came was because HE had to get nailed to that cross for US because NOT ONE OF US could get in on our own. We have all messed up. The difference is that some of us understand two things.

    1) He had to die for us and so, we accepted HIS direction for our life. This means we STOP DOING THINGS to the best of our ability we are told are bad for us.

    2) We are to love others (not sexually except for our OPPOSITE SEX SPOUSE, sorry, them is the Bible rules) as brothers and sisters REGARDLESS of their behavior and tell all the message that Christ did die for them and they need to accept things as we have. Its up to THEM and GOD to do the rest….we can't save them…Christ did all that was required long ago save THEIR ACCEPTANCE of this fact. That is on THEM, not US.

    A homosexual person is to be hated no more then a fornicator or liar or someone that throws trash on the street or the person you see in the mirror every day. Every one of us is the same sinful person.

    But when people start calling names..ON EITHER SIDE OF THIS…you've lost. You have become the very thing you are griping about. Calling a homosexual a pervert is as bad as saying those that think homosexuality is wrong misguided, uneducated and dangerous.

    I do not believe homosexuality is right. I am not misguided, I am highly educated and intelligent and I am not dangerous as many of my HOMOSEXUAL friends will tell you. I help them, love them as brothers and sisters and would defend them as I would anyone else.

    I just don't think their choice is the right choice. Just as they don't think my choice to have a monogamous marriage is right to a woman with me being a man. That is called being an individual. Do I think they need to be killed…no. I think they need to change their ways but still have every right to live and love as they want so long as it HARMS NOBODY. I am sad that I do think their choice will be one reason (of many quite possibly) that will end up sending them to hell. But there are PLENTY of reasons and only one way to stop it. Most will reject that way. I mean seriously, when Christ walked the earth He was rejected and He was doing miracles including bringing the dead back to life and He still got rejected…what more can you say?

    But that is MY view. Yours may, and probably will, vary. That is why its called a PERSONAL FAITH…its…personal.

    God loves us all. Or else Christ would not have been sent. Where someone ends up, heaven or hell, is ultimately between them and God.

    Nuff said.