What to do with Phil Robertson

by Ryan on December 19, 2013

in Anything Else,Culture,Media,Media Bias,Politics,Pop Culture

By now, you’ve probably heard about A&E’s suspension of “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson because of a few remarks he made about gay men.  During an interview with GQ, the hokey backwoods Robertson said the following controversial statement after a long segment on God, religion, and the ’60s:

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.

Understand that this fellow is a straight-talking, old school personality on a cable show set in West Monroe, Louisiana, called “Duck Dynasty.”  Millions of Americans who’ve read Corinthians 6: 9-11 believe exactly the same thing, perhaps articulated in a more refined way.  Let’s be honest, blunt fellows who don’t depend on the media class for their identities are not going to hide their opinions.  A&E should have anticipated this.

However, such controversy should (if anything) start conversations, not demand their silence.

I don’t watch “Duck Dynasty,” so this is the first time I’ve even heard of Phil Robertson, but like the Chick-Fil-A reaction last year a surge of support for Robertson has emerged: calls to boycott A&E have received 750,000 likes; Camille Paglia (of all people) called MSM attacks on Robertson symptoms of an “utterly fascist and utterly Stalinist” PC culture; Glenn Beck has offered to pick up their show for the Blaze TV; plus A&E is getting crushed on social media and flooded with phone calls.

Personally, I agree with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s sentiments:

The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with. I don’t agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV. In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive. But I also acknowledge that this is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views. In fact, I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment. It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended.

Philosophically, the most important speech to protect is the speech we disagree with.  Jindal’s comment on the left’s intolerance (their “totalitarian mindset” to echo Mark Levin), and Paglia’s comment on politically correct fascism really hit the nerve and explain both sides of the reaction to Robertson.

We’ll see where A&E goes from here.

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