Phil Robertson sure has a fat yap. I wonder if he’s sorry that he sat down with GQ’s Drew Magary and let rip, but I doubt it. Phil is an unrepentant homophobe and a shockingly overt racist. Either he wanted to create controversy, or he’s so isolated by the success of Duck Dynasty that he thinks he walks on water. Maybe he doesn’t care.
Or maybe he’s just a stupid jerk.
His gay-baiting was one thing; comparing homosexuality with bestiality is pretty rich, coming from a guy who makes duck calls for a living.
“Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong. Sin becomes fine,” he stated. “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. Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”
Yeah, like he would know.
Worse, his racism was about as foul as it gets: “I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once,” said the 67-year-old. “Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash. We’re going across the field. 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! … Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”
Is he for cotton-pickin’ real?
This is what Morris Dees, head of the Southern Poverty Law Center, said in response: “I don’t know anything about Robertson’s experiences. But I grew up on a small cotton farm in Alabama and also worked in the fields alongside African Americans. It shouldn’t even be necessary to say that they were treated as second-class citizens, most of them mired in abject poverty and with very little opportunity for anything more. There was no such thing as equality in any sense of the word.
“And of course black folks didn’t go around saying anything about ‘these doggone white people.’ The threat of racist violence was ever present, and there was virtually no chance any white person who harmed a black person would face anything close to justice. I wonder what Robertson would say about the four little black girls who were killed in the Klan bombing of Birmingham’s Sixteenth Street Baptist Church – or the many, many others who were lynched over the decades? What would he say about Emmett Till, the 14-year-old who was murdered for supposedly flirting with a white woman in Mississippi? Were they happy about their situation, too?”
A + E promptly suspended Phil. They’ve reaped their millions from their surprise hit, but stand to lose many millions more if sponsors pulled out.
Right on cue, foaming airheads like Sarah Palin and Bobby Jindal have gone ballistic, claiming that Phil’s free speech was at risk! His Constitutional rights were being trampled! He was being screwed over by “Intolerants!” (Note the extreme idiocy of an intolerant bigot like the Wasilla Wonder accusing people of shaming an intolerant bigot like Phil!)
Furthermore, Phil hasn’t been permanently canned. He’d already shot nearly the entire next season, so it’s no harm to him to miss an episode.
Was has been harmed is the understanding of what free speech and the First Amendment is truly about. This is what the Constitution states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Um, not a word about a scripted, hammy, brain-cell-chomping television show!
Phil has not lost any rights. The government has not stepped in to squash his duck calls. A + E is a private company and they can do whatever they want to the people they pay to appear on their TV shows. Doubtless Phil has a clause in his contract to this exact effect.
Obviously, he’s too homophobic and racist to care. Anyone capable of saying what he did to a journalist not only believes it wholeheartedly, he has no shame about sharing it.
And get this—he’s not even a real redneck. His boys used to be card-carrying yuppies: Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KW343K1-upo&feature=share
What a lying faker.
Please, do humanity a favor and rid the airwaves of these Bible-thumping hypocrites.
Duck, duck, goose!