GLAAD Condemns A&E’s ‘Duck Dynasty’ About-Face

Dec 30, 2013  •  Post A Comment

GLAAD isn’t pleased with the decision by A&E to bring back “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson after he made anti-gay remarks to GQ magazine, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker.

"Phil Robertson should look African American and gay people in the eyes and hear about the hurtful impact of praising Jim Crow laws and comparing gay people to terrorists," GLAAD said in a statement. "If dialogue with Phil is not part of next steps then A+E has chosen profits over African American and gay people — especially its employees and viewers."

GLAAD’s condemnation of Robertson’s comments helped spur his suspension in the first place, the story notes.

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  1. Phil has as much right to share his views and opinion as the gays do about telling everyone they are gay.
    A&E should have never suspended him.
    While I don’t necessarily agree with what Phil said he had every right to voice his opinion.

  2. Hi Scott,
    Sadly we live in a time when the only opinions that are allowed to be expressed are the ones that offend no one. The more interesting and frightening things for me are:
    1. The show Duck Dynasty actually has viewers;
    2. People are actually listening to Phil Robertson because he is the “patriarch” of Duck Dynasty;
    3. GQ (Gentlemen’s Quarterly) actually interviewed him.

  3. I find it interesting that in their statement GLAAD mentions offense to African-Americans before the organization’s own primary constituents (“gay people”), leading me to believe they’re more interested in the emotional impact of their statement than who might actually offended by Robertson. BTW, I don’t watch the show.

  4. That seems to be the problem with GLAAD and other gay organizations that try in every way to connect themselves to African Americans. GLAAD should focus on its own main user and leave the AA consumer out of their response to this idiot Phil Robertson. Most African Americans could give a hoot about what he said about AA’s as we are more focused on getting out the vote rather than responding to hillbillies. That should be the focus. To hell with A&E. The real decisions will be made at the voter’s booth not at Nielsen. Keep an eye on the the real prize GLAAD but more importantly keep your goals and those of African Americans separate. AA’s have other issues than Phil Robertson to focus on at this time and in the future.

  5. Remember the old phrase, “Stick and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me?”
    Why is it that people in the USA have become soooooo sensitive? I grew up with school classmates who taunted me because I’m Italian – “Hey, what’s the sound a helicopter makes?….(answer)…Wop, wop, wop.” Teeee hehehehe, that’s so funny, right? Those taunting words, and others, were just that – WORDS – so much noise. In spite of the experience I’ve grow into a man with a pretty successful career and a great sense of humor. And what’s more, those taunts didn’t make me a hater. SO what happened with everyone else?
    Instead of a population that was known the world over for our strength and resilience we’ve become a country of pu$$ies.

  6. Keep all the Glaad’s and the Al Sharpton’s out of this and it will work it’s self out. Stop the stupid drama what do the gays and African Americans want us to do. I don’t see color or gay until you shove it in my face and make a huge drama out of it.

  7. Don’t anyone worry. This show’s expiration date and fifteen minutes of fame are about up.

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