‘Duck Dynasty’ family stands by suspended patriarch

(Image Credit: A&E via CNN.com)

(Image Credit: A&E via CNN.com)

(CNN) – The family behind A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” rallied around its patriarch Thursday, one day after the network suspended Phil Robertson over controversial remarks he made about gays and blacks in a magazine interview.

“While some of Phil’s unfiltered comments to the reporter were coarse, his beliefs are grounded in the teachings of the Bible. Phil is a Godly man who follows what the Bible says are the greatest commandments: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart’ and ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Phil would never incite or encourage hate,” the Robertsons said in a statement.

The family called into question the future of the show.

“We are disappointed that Phil has been placed on hiatus for expressing his faith, which is his constitutionally protected right. We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm. We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of Duck Dynasty,” it said.

In the January issue of GQ, Robertson said homosexuality is a sin and puts it in the same category as bestiality and promiscuity.

“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,” he’s quoted as saying.

When asked what he thought was sinful, Robertson replied: “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.”

But homosexuals aren’t alone, Robertson said. “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.”

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A&E said it was troubled by Robertson’s statements.

“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,” the network said in a statement Wednesday. “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.”

In addition to his comments about homosexuality, Robertson also spoke about race and growing up in Louisiana before the civil rights era.

“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once,” he told GQ. “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,” GQ quoted Robertson as saying.

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14 comments

  • Karin

    I don’t agree with his sentiment. But do we have to literally beat everyone to a bloody pulp who disagrees with us? It’s not like he’s a politician we could vote out of office (and should if he was). He’s not in charge of diddly squat. He’s an entertainment much in the same way Archie Bunker was an entertainment… I think he has a right to his beliefs. I am strong enough in my beliefs that I’m not affected by what he says. This is a “groan” moment, not a stomp this guy from the face of the earth kind of moment. Does everyone have to believe the exact same things or be beaten into submission? Free speech means we are going to hear things we don’t like. It should be “you believe what you want and I’ll believe what I want.” If you don’t like the show, then don’t watch… You do have a tv “remote,” don’t you?

  • Adam

    Phil has freedom of speech to say whatever he wants. A and E has the right to fire anyone they want. Its all a big PR stunt to bring in more money once Phil returns. Im tired of hearing about this crap and reading posts about it on facebook. I enjoy the show and it would be different without Phil but lets get over it.

  • jamison-jones

    Do they have any other choice? Phil should be held accountable for his right to free speech by his employers, A&E!. Look, if he feels so strongly about that subject, hell let him become an activist. what?…he doesn’t get enough popularity on the show already? WE ARE TIRED OF THIS CRAP. They’ve been people who’ve spoken about this subject before him and someone will sure say the same thing after him and guess what, it’ll all be the same. IT’S A NEW WORLD OUT HERE..and phil needs to realize that and keep his bank account growing…enough said.

  • jamison-jones

    PHIL NEES TO SHUT U. ITS A NEW WORLD OUT HERE. i don’t like alot of it but hey, its here. deal with it.

  • jamison-jones

    of course thats all he gat, his God and his family. What can be better than that? I feel the same way but he needs to find another platform that consolidates his views with like minds. But to be fair to A&E, they are a business just like WHNT IS. You wouldn’t like Johnson going off on gays and lesbians, would you, whnt? he would be gone the next day. Its a business and we need every $$ we can squeeze from anynody out there…

  • Tina

    I have read many post and excerpts on this subject. Phil speaks what he feels and always has, in my opinion that is what made him so popular. He was asked a question and answered it the way Phil would answer any question. He didn’t say he hated anyone, and he doesn’t have employees hurt by what he said. This is a TV reality show people! Grow up! If you don’t like him or the show don’t watch it and it shouldn’t matter what he said. Besides it was an interview about Phil not Duck Dynasty! Just sayin, we all have our opinions, some people agree and some don’t!

  • Carolle Wright Bump

    EVERY ONE is entitled to a opinion!This is a free country. I love the show. When I m down and out I look at DD. THIS country was built on the Bible teaching.But for some reason this new generation is afraid their toes will be stepped on. I believe God loves all his children. WE as his children are given “freedom of choice “and sometimes we all make bad choices.God is our father and we should follow him. This my opioion and like Phil are entitled to it! !,I m sure there as Christian networks. outthere who would love to have the Robertson s on their show. JUST SAYING! !!

  • Branko Pezdi

    In the meantime the atheist punk rock band Bad Religion receives an 8-minute promotion on tax-payer funded, liberal National Public Radio for its Christian-bashing songs. This entire Duck Dynasty kerfuffle isn’t even about free speech so much as proof and illustration of the hypocrisy, depravity, intolerance, and absolute evil of the ideology known as liberalism. Every American who is not performing his Constitutional duty to battle this enervating, nation-destroying, ideological aberration is part of the problem.

  • Deborah

    Americans used to have Freedom of Speech, but ever since this political correctness came on the scene that freedom seems to have been thrown out the window!

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