A&E apparently gave him the axe after his controversial comments made headlines. Do you think his suspension is fair?
The network released a statement on Wednesday that stated, “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.”
The network said that Phil will not be appearing on “Duck Dynasty” until further notice. But his family will remain on the show.
The 67-year-old came under fire from gay rights group GLAAD after making the homophobic comments in the January 2014 issue of GQ magazine.
He told the magazine, “Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong… Sin becomes fine. 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.”
Phil, who has been married to his wife Kay since 1966, got a bit explicit, saying, “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.”
GLAAD responded as soon as the interview was released online, calling him a “stain” on the network A&E which airs the show.
A&E had earlier released a statement from Robertson in which he addressed the controversy.
Phil had stated, “I myself am a product of the Sixties. I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior. My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the Bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together. However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other.”
Do you guys think Phil should be suspended from the show for giving his honest opinion? We’re betting he was set up and asked about his views? What did they expect him to say?
It looks like A&E bowed to their advertisers and GLAAD.
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