Politician Offensively Compares ‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Phil Robertson To Rosa Parks
A Republican candidate for Illinois’ 11th Congressional district made a shockingly offensive statement over the weekend in comparing Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson to civil rights icon Rosa Parks. Robertson, who was suspended last week from his reality show by A&E for racist and homophobic comments, was given the outrageous comparison by politician Ian Bayne in a fundraising e-mail to supporters.
“In December 1955, Rosa Parks took a stand against an unjust societal persecution of black people, and in December 2013, Robertson took a stand against persecution of Christians,” read the e-mail. What Parks did was courageous. What Mr. Robertson did was courageous too.”
In his interview with GQ magazine, Robertson said African-Americans were treated well in Louisiana during the pre-civil rights era and seemed happy living in the old Jim Crow South. He told the magazine that “I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person.” His comments were universally panned, with a writer at The Atlantic stating that African-Americans were “warred upon” during this time and that the last thing they would have done was voiced a complaint about ‘white people’ to a man like Robertson.
Robertson also made several homophobic comments during the interview, including comparison homosexuality to bestiality. “It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me,” he said “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 NAACP and the Human Rights Campaign wrote a joint letter to the President of A&E before Robertson’s suspension, expressing concern and outrage over the racist and homophobic comments. “What he didn’t see were lynchings and beatings of black men and women for attempting to vote or simply walking down the street,” read the 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.”