Phil Robertson, A&E, & Duck Dynasty

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I have been trying to wrap my head around the unfolding events regarding Phil Robertson’s interview with GQ and A&E’s response to it.

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The statement that caused all of the controversy is this:

“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.”

The gay community was not amused.

A&E, a joint cable network venture of Walt Disney Co and privately held Hearst Corp, suspended Robertson for comments made in that interview. They released this statement on December 18, 2013:

“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. 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.”

This one will be fascinating to watch. Duck Dynasty brings in about $400 million dollars in merchandise sales every year!

Money, homosexuality and Christianity all rolled into a gigantic ****-storm.

December 20, 2013: Cracker Barrel has jumped into the debate, posting this statement on their facebook page:

“Cracker Barrel’s mission is Pleasing People. We operate within the ideals of fairness, mutual respect and equal treatment of all people. These ideals are the core of our corporate culture.
We continue to offer Duck Commander products in our stores.
We removed selected products which we were concerned might offend some of our guests while we evaluate the situation.
We continually evaluate the products we offer and will continue to do so.”

Comedian Jon Stewart weighed in on Thursday night.

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