Duck Dynasty Star Suspended Due to Anti-Gay Remarks
Phil Robertson, star of A&E hit reality show “Duck Dynasty,” was suspended indefinitely from filming by the network after making anti-gay comments in a GQ interview.
“Sin becomes fine,” said the Robertson patriarch and outspoken conservative. “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.”
Robertson condemned gays, commenting that just like “the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God.”
The reality star’s rant against gays continued. “It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus,” Robertson said. “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.”
A&E Networks released a statement denouncing Robertson’s comments. “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,'” said the statement. “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 networks has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”
Additionally, GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz spoke against the anti-gay tirade, saying “he clearly knows nothing about gay people or the majority of Louisianans – and Americans – who support legal recognition for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples.” Wilson urged Duck Dynasty’s sponsors, as well as A&E, to “reexamine their ties” with the star.
Robertson issued an apology more vague than his initial comments, saying that he “would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different.”
“I love all of humanity,” he said. “We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other.”