NAACP Slam ‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Phil Robertson For Racist Comments
The NAACP has teamed up with the Human Rights Campaign to publicly slam Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson for his racist and homophobic comments in an interview with GQ. A&E has suspended the reality star indefinitely for declaring that African-Americans were treated well before the civil rights era, in addition to comparing homosexuality to bestiality. The two organizations wrote a letter to the President of A&E and made it clear that they did not approve of his bigoted statements.
In his interview, Robertson spoke about hoeing cotton in Louisiana alongside black people before the civil rights era. “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!” he said. “Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”
He also made numerous anti-gay comments and said he would let God “sort ‘em out” on judgment day. “It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me,” said Phil. “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.”
After the interview went public, the NAACP made it clear that Robertson’s backwards views needed a major makeover. “What he didn’t see were lynching and beatings of black men and women for attempting to vote or simply walking down the street,” read the joint letter. “And his offensive claims about gay people fly in the face of science. In fact, it’s important to note that every single leading medical organization in the country has said that there is absolutely nothing wrong with being LGBT — it’s not a choice, and to suggest otherwise is dangerous.”
Robertson’s family is standing by him in the scandal and said they will leave the show if he is not included in future episodes.