One of the stars of the mega-hit A&E reality show "Duck Dynasty" has come under fire for comments he made that an activist group said "push vile and extreme stereotypes." The Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker reports that GLAAD released a strong statement slamming the comments by Phil Robertson.
"In January’s issue of GQ, Robertson said that ‘homosexual offenders’ will not ‘inherit the Kingdom of God’ and unfavorably compared ‘a man’s anus’ to the vagina," the story reports. "The gay rights group was quick to denounce his comments."
GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz addressed the comments in a statement, saying: "Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil’s lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe. 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. Phil’s decision to push vile and extreme stereotypes is a stain on A&E and his sponsors who now need to reexamine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families."
Robertson appeared to soften his comments in a follow-up statement issued by A&E. Robertson is quoted in the statement saying: “I myself am a product of the 60s; 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."
Robertson adds in the statement: "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.”