Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson gave one of the most offensive interviews ever to GQ

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GQ sends us emails as soon as they release their biggest stories online, and when CB and I received this GQ email this morning, both of us read the article outtakes with our mouths hanging open. To be fair, neither CB or I watch Duck Dynasty. I know people who love the show and think it’s the best reality show ever, and their ratings are through the roof and now all of the Duck Dynasty people are getting widespread coverage, like Us Weekly covers and network interviews. And before today, I never realized just how… conservative they are. So, kudos to GQ for getting Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson on the record about all of his beliefs, because seriously, OMG OMG OMG OMG. You can read the full GQ piece here. I’m just going to let Phil speak for himself (which seems to be what GQ did too):

Phil Robertson on his family and their faith:
“We’re Bible-thumpers who just happened to end up on television… You put in your article that the Robertson family really believes strongly that if the human race loved each other and they loved God, we would just be better off. We ought to just be repentant, turn to God, and let’s get on with it, and everything will turn around.”

Phil on sin:
“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,” he says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: “Don’t be deceived. 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.. 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.”

On his violent past:
During Phil’s darkest days, in the early 1970s, he had to flee the state of Arkansas after he badly beat up a bar owner and the guy’s wife. Kay Robertson persuaded the bar owner not to press charges in exchange for most of the Robertsons’ life savings. (“A hefty price,” he notes in his memoir.) I ask Phil if he ever repented for that, as he wants America to repent—if he ever tracked down the bar owner and his wife to apologize for the assault. He shakes his head. “I didn’t dredge anything back up. I just put it behind me.” As far as Phil is concerned, he was literally born again. Old Phil—the guy with the booze and the pills—died a long time ago, and New Phil sees no need to apologize for him: “We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell. That’s the Almighty’s job. We just love ’em, give ’em the good news about Jesus—whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ’em out later, you see what I’m saying?”

On the future of the show:
“Let’s face it,” he says. “Three, four, five years, we’re out of here. You know what I’m saying? It’s a TV show. This thing ain’t gonna last forever. No way.”

On sacrificing their privacy in order to spread the good word:
“For the sake of the Gospel, it was worth it… All you have to do is look at any society where there is no Jesus. I’ll give you four: Nazis, no Jesus. Look at their record. Uh, Shintos? They started this thing in Pearl Harbor. Any Jesus among them? None. Communists? None. Islamists? Zero. That’s eighty years of ideologies that have popped up where no Jesus was allowed among those four groups. Just look at the records as far as murder goes among those four groups.”

On why he voted Romney in 2012:
“If I’m lost at three o’clock in a major metropolitan area…I ask myself: Where would I rather be trying to walk with my wife and children? One of the guys who’s running for president is out of Chicago, Illinois, and the other one is from Salt Lake City, Utah. [Editor's note: Romney is from Boston, not Salt Lake City.] Where would I rather be turned around at three o’clock in the morning? I opted for Salt Lake City. I think it would be safer.”

On growing up in pre-civil-rights-era Louisiana:
“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once. 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.”

[From GQ]

OOOOOOOOOOO.

So… that just happened. You know what? I live in the South, and I do think I have a higher tolerance for these kinds of statements and belief systems. All I can really say in defense of Duck Dynasty Phil is that he doesn’t seem to be saying that all of the adulterers and homosexuals and drunks need to be “dealt with” in real time. Now… that being said, JESUS CHRIST THIS IS OFFENSIVE. The further South you go, the more often you’ll encounter preachers and fundamentalists who really get into the nitty-gritty of why they think homosexuality is wrong, and they have a giant list of all the people who are going to hell in a handbasket, and this just seems to be Phil reiterating what he likely hears in church.

I don’t even have the energy to yell about the other crap. I’m genuinely offended by the “societies without Jesus” rant and his “civil rights hurt black people” thesis. For the love of… ducks.

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  1. Backwards says:

    I don’t even know what to say.

    Yikes.

    • whatthehell456 says:

      I know, right?!

      I’ve always thought that if Jesus was so against gays, you’d've figured that he would have addressed it more…it’s not like he didn’t have the platform for it. As for the rest of it…speechless on that.

    • An says:

      Yeah, yikes.

      Living in one of the most “unfaithful” countries in the world I’ve never even met a person talking like this. Thankful for that.

    • T.C. says:

      Have no idea who this man is but man is a bag of homophobia, racists and ignorance. Not surprised the three go together. Good job to GQ for letting us hear the truth.

      • deehunny says:

        I really enjoyed the part where he tried to be slick with the Romney thing. He turned a political question into a racist comment.

        He looks and sounds like what he is. At least he’s honest.

      • potatoheaded bobby says:

        Truth hurts doesn’t it? He’s not a redneck. He’s not a bigot. He’s not a rascist. He’s a person that has beliefs different than yours. Are you the sole arbiter of right and wrong?

      • EVERYMAN says:

        WHY IS IT THAT THE SO CALLED LGBT FACTION NEVER SAYS ONE WORD ABOUT ISLAM THAT SAYS THEY ARE TO BE BEHEADED FOR THEIR BELIEFS I WOULD SAY TO ALL OF THEM THEY ARE COWARDS WHEN THEY DO NOT SPEAK OUT ABOUT A RELIGION AND ITS FOLLOWERS NOT ONLY WILL NOT TOLERATE THEM THEY WILL KILL THEM.LETS SEE ANY OF THEM GO TO ANY MUSLIM COUNTRY AND MARCH FOR THEIR VIEWPOINT.THEY WILL BE KILLED IN SHORT ORDER.INSTEAD THEY ATTACK A GOOD MAN LIKE PHIL ROBERTSON FOR HIS AND THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS BELIEF IN THE BIBLE.

    • Delorb says:

      He’s just typical of a lot of born agains. Such hypocrites. They down play their old sins (he beat up a WOMAN!) and magnify the supposed sins of others (homosexuals!).

      He’s also ignorant. He is basing his vote for president, not on the MERITS of each man, but rather on the whiteness of their so called hometowns. And his picking cotton story, is beyond dumb. Why would a black person in the pre-civil rights south, tell a white man how they REALLY feel? Wouldn’t that get them killed?

      BTW, I didn’t really need the GQ article to tell me how they felt about ‘inferiors’.

    • mommak918 says:

      I was waiting for this to happen…

      As a girl, raised in the deep South…I’m very, very familiar with racisim. I do watch and enjoy Duck Dynasty but I knew Phil would one day shoot himself in the foot.

      He says cringe-worthy stuff a lot on the show. Not so much about racism but about women. I guess I dont like hearing about sex from an old man.

      All that to say is this, the family as a whole is loving and kind. Phil is definitely different from the rest of the family. Also, as a Christian- and a follower of Jesus Christ….Chrisitianity gets a bad rep because the PEOPLE who try to follow it. We are humans. We fail, we sin. However, Christ is perfect.. He is loving. He was ALL about loving the sinner. So, please dont base Christ, Christianity or that all of us ‘Southerners’ as bigots.

      We all have to practice love and not judging others. I’m not perfect but I do strive to be more like Jesus. I do not listen to any others and base my beliefs on their versions of the Bible.

      Steps off soap box.

      • mabooski says:

        @mommak918
        YOU JUST READ WHAT HE SAID ABOUT GAY PEOPLE AND BLACK PEOPLE AND YOUR RESPONSE WAS :’The family is loving and kind’

        THE F-CK?!

        I swear on EVERYTHING, the ability of people to partake in such mental gymnastics to defend racists is STAGGERING . I can’t with you. I HAVE LOST THE ABILITY TO CAN.

        HE JUST SAID HOMOSEXUALITY LEADS TO BEASTIALITY AND THAT BLACK PEOPLE WERE BETTER OFF “Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”

        People like you sicken me and are even MORE dangerous than the crazies on this show, at least WITH THEM, THEY ARE OPEN ABOUT THEIR IGNORANCE AND HATRED. You on the other hand, you and your ilk are dangerous because you manage to rationalise and explain away such behaviour instead of calling it what it IS: RACIST AND HOMOPHOBIC.

        I couldn’t give any less of frick how this comes across because i am a MILLION percent sure some wally is comment on my tone, but i really don’t care, in the great words of Foz Meadows;

        “I am tired of -holes who think that…being dispassionate is the same as being right (because if they can stay calm while savagely kicking your open wound, then clearly, you have no excuse for screaming).”

      • Mommak918 says:

        @Mabooski- if you read what I wrote, I was saying Phil was not at all like the rest of the family. To quote,

        “All that to say is this, the family as a whole is loving and kind. Phil is definitely different from the rest of the family.”

        And, if you read all I wrote I predicted he would say something awful and offensive because he does so on the show. His sons and gradnchildren are nothing like him.

        I’m sorry you’re so angry and I agree that what he said is awful. It is awful. I don’t excuse his words.

      • Mommak918 says:

        Also, maybe you took my words on Christ as me defending him because of his faith. I definitely was not. I was saying, Phil gives Christians a bad rep…..because we aren’t all that way. He says things and must interpret the Bible differently. My point was not at ALL to defend him or what he believes…my point was that we aren’t like that. And that Christ was not like that. I was pointing out that Christ did not care so mucha bout what our lifestyles but for the person. Christ loves. And that’s what I aim to do. I love regardless of race/gender/sexuality choice because CHrist called us to. I do not base my faith on Phil Robertson.

        So, I don’t understand where you get that I am defending him. Merely, that his family–his sons and his brother in which the show centers around is not at all like that. They are loving and kind.

      • Steph says:

        Sorry but I also took what you said as a defense of the guy. Maybe choose your words more carefully?

      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        My father is 71 and he remembers the south very differently from this disgusting man. He was stationed at an Alabama military base and the local eateries were still separated according to race. He walked into a “colored” restaurant when he first got there and they told him he had to go next door to eat because they weren’t allowed to serve him. As an east coaster, he had no idea that segregation still existed. He also said that some of his fellow marines belonged to the KKK and he was invited to weekend lynchings. Segregation and racism were very much alive in the south during Phil’s lifetime. He’s just in denial because its so deeply ingrained in him that the injustices struck him as normal.

      • deehunny says:

        I thought you were pretty articulate @mommak and I don’t share your beliefs in Christ. I thought she chose her words very carefully @Steph

      • girlnbayou says:

        I read it as I believe you intended it. I don’t think you need to reword anything. Your point came across as you stated in more than one way that he was not am example to be followed

      • jaye says:

        @mommak918

        I got the point of your comment. I didn’t think you were defending him at all. I don’t think you needed to re-word what you wrote. That’s why they teach reading comprehension in school.

      • MariA says:

        @mommak918
        You wrote with knowledge and understanding (the opposite of ignorance, by the way), never agreeing with him. Kudos

      • Kudzuqueen says:

        I understood exactly what you said the first time I read it. Sorry everyone is jumping on you. The lashing out is why I stopped going to Jezebel. This site is getting pretty close.

      • Cindy says:

        @Mabooski…..angry much? People take this stuff way too seriously. Funny how people have no problem critisizing Christians for their beliefs but don’t you dare comment on anything else. Again…way to serious. We should be able to ignore or even laugh at some ‘racist’ comments or jokes. I am a white woman, and I think it is freakin hilarious when my friends or family who are black make jokes about white people. Calm down!

      • @alandls says:

        @mommak918

        I understand the point you were trying to make.

        As for Phil’s comments, yes they are extremely rude should we really be surprised? He is human and all humans are flawed., just because he is on TV does not excuse him of this. I’m also a Christian and go to church, just like any other, and here this regularly, read the bible and INTERPRET it any way others do, we share the same beliefs but how we present them should be more importantly. My brother ( A homosexual) goes to church with me and often gets ridiculed but at the end of the day he still loves his religion and god, and I him. Phil’s comments were rude and out of line, but its his views and nothing more.

        Moral of my rant, criticizing others for their views and comments aren’t going to change them or any outcome. Religion is like a rock; you can worship it, love it, share it, but don’t throw it in my face. Phil threw the rock hard but its what the people wanted, if it wasn’t they wouldn’t have ran the article.

    • Andrew1 says:

      I’m sure everything under the sun has been said with all the comments, so I’ll TRY to keep mine short :)

      I think what he said is indeed offensive, and dumb, but what did you expect? He’s someone who is from the south (nothing against the south) Bible Belt, baptist beliefs, etc…these aren’t new things. You can’t expect him to say something different than what he was raised on. Again, I don’t like what he said, but THIS is not surprising at all. So, I just avoid it and I don’t get all angry at him…I’m angry about what he said, but I’m not going to waste energy hating him. I know and work with people who have these same views, and, believe it or not, I’m actually friends with them…I have to be with them ALL day EVERY day so I’ve learned to avoid their beliefs, but still have relationships with them that are on good terms…I’m not like all ‘best friends’ and crap, but they are great people who I (gasp) actually trust. I can’t say the same for Phil being as I don’t personally know him, but I just don’t have enough energy to constantly hate and rant about people. Did that a few years back all the time, and I just ended up being moody, grim, and not like able. Everyone has their own views and reactions to everything so I’m not telling people how to respond, I’m just suggesting to not get in a completely ‘I’m going to kill you’ mode :)

      • Andrew1 says:

        Oh and as a side note: the people I speak of above are people who are actually sane…they’re not chasing me down with signs telling about how I’m going to hell for liking guys. They never mention it and they like me. Now if I had people chasing me down, then I’d be typing a different story :)

      • Ange says:

        I get what you’re saying but really, acceptance of bigotry under the banner of ‘well what can you expect, it’s all they know!’ is still acceptance of bigotry. A person isn’t a racist or homophobe yet still a ‘nice person,’ they’re just not. They are someone who is nice to YOU because they are being faced with their fear head on and you’re a nice guy but that doesn’t change their overall view. I’m glad your experience is positive because it could be awful and you don’t deserve that but resting your laurels on them just being nice to you is complacency.

        Not to mention the guy himself; I grew up in a town like his and managed to look beyond what was around me to form views that were more accepting of others. People don’t change if they don’t want to, simple as that.

      • lunchcoma says:

        Ange: I agree that “well, what can you expect” is a bad reason to dismiss these conversations. There are both Southerners and Baptists who do not share these beliefs, and others whose beliefs I disagree with but who can talk about them with more compassion for others. I’m from a small town as well, though one in a different area of the country, and I wouldn’t want people simply assuming I believe horrible things.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Thank you, Andrew1. As a Southerner, it’s so nice to know that no one expects me to be intelligent, articulate, tolerant, enlightened or educated, but that offensive and dumb are the norm for people like me, at least in your mind. And I’m glad you have so many “like able,” trustworthy bigots in your little circle. Are they from the South, too? Or are there also non-southern stupid bigots in your life? I think I’ll take your advice, and not waste any time hating you for your extremely offensive remarks. I’m sure you’re a nice person. I mean, we probably won’t be best friends, and I think what you said it thoughtless and hateful and mean, but hey, what did I expect?

      • We Are All Made of Stars says:

        All he said, GoodNames, was that it was ultimately unsurprising that somebody with his regional and religious background said all this crazy. Face it: There is a correlation between fundamentalist religion and the history of the South and racism and prejudice against different groups. It’s not true of everyone, of course, but there is a correlation.

        I personally am from NYC and live in Florida, so I ‘ve seen both sides of the coin to some extent. I think you never really, truly and deeply understand how different life is and people’s viewpoints are in different environments until you experience it firsthand. Only then does one meaningfully see how one’s upbringing shapes a person’s entire world view. Firsthand experience is an incredible teacher.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        WAAMOS, I read what he said. I don’t need you to explain it to me. I am from the south, but have lived in the northeast , in Philadelphia and New York and the west, in San Francisco. There are stupid, ignorant, bigoted people everywhere. Including, even especially, in New York. If you don’t know that, and if you can’t see why his remarks were hurtful, I don’t care enough to explain it to you. I am so sick of people who are not from the south overlooking the racism that surrounds them in their region and making themselves feel superior by pointing at the south. We live in a country that is permeated by racism. All over. Open your eyes and close your mouth.
        I’m done with this topic. It’s too exhausting and upsetting to fight this ignorant, smug blindness anymore.

      • Andrew1 says:

        @goodnames: I didn’t mean to generalize all people from the south like that, so I apologize for not making that clear. I’m just saying that we KNEW that Phil bases his beliefs on baptist tradition and I’m not going get riled up over things he said. And yes, I agree the stupidness is everywhere…but again, didn’t mean to seem like ALL people from the south are like this…I know they’re not, ilive in MS and have tons of connections in AL and FL.

        For Everyone Else: if you read the end of my post, I said that I’m not telling you how to respond , I’m just personally not going to get all tightwad about him. I also said that what he said DOES make me quite angry, but I’m totally not going to be wanting to kill the guy mainly because I don’t know him personally…oh and BTW (this is going to sound rude) BACK off on the comments about my friends who you DONT even personally know. I don’t give a shit if they believe homosexuality is wrong, I’ve tried to convince them otherwise but they are set in their ways, it’s how they’ve been living and raised. BUT they haven’t said anything about it for YEARS…maybe they’re changing? I don’t know, but I have to be around some of them all day and every day, so I’ve chosen to not get all killingmode about it.

    • Kimble says:

      Why I’ve never watched their show or bought their crap from Walmart … Not sure why this surprises anyone?

  2. neelyo says:

    Wow. I am so glad I have never watched this show and supported these awful people.

    • doofus says:

      nor have I. and now I never will.

      bunch of bigoted, homophobic TRASH.

    • johnnybadboytapia says:

      Me ( sometime last week):I need to watch that duck show to see what all the hoopla is all about.
      Me ( Today): Never F—ing Mind!!!

    • anon says:

      I love the show, but can’t stand Phil. A big part of the show is loving your family no matter how batsh-t crazy they are. The boys, Phil’s sons, are cool. And if you read the family history, you see that they were mainly raised by their mom, not Phil. Just saying, we all have a relative we wish would shut the eff up.

    • Bridgett says:

      So for those of you that are unfamiliar: Phil Robertson is on the show and considered the head of the family, but doesn’t run the business and is clearly not as close to his children as the mother, Kay, and the uncle, Si. The troubles he mention is an extremely long battle with drugs and alcohol, and he actually walked out on his family for a very long time. He may be sober but he’s clearly still not the nicest man in the world.

      On the other hand, the rest of the Robertson clan has come across as nothing short as kind, good people. To address the question posed below of why we don’t see Willie and Korie’a young son Will (who is black) he’s in their press pictures, and they certainly never hide him. By all accounts, the family may be a bunch of camo-clad rednecks (which they’ll happIly tell you) but they’re kind, generous people. Don’t condemn the whole family because Phil is a jerk.

      • We Are All Made of Stars says:

        I watched like two or three episodes of the show with my (ironically black) uncle who is a fan, and they seemed like nice decent people. I actually assumed they were somewhat liberal due to the fact that they were in Louisiana, which I thought was more liberal than the rest of the South. This guy seems like a dry drunk, and I would not want to judge an entire group of people against one man’s comments in a magazine. Just think of the relative you hate the most being seen as the judging stick for you and your entire family. Yeah.

    • jc126 says:

      Me too. It looks moronic just from the ads and the media coverage. No thanks.

  3. The Original G says:

    “This thing ain’t gonna last forever. No way.”

    It couldn’t end soon enough.

    BTW, there’s not a single thing about these guys that’s believable.

  4. blue marie says:

    I have never seen one episode of this show but I was going to buy my brother a talking bobble head of this guy as a joke, glad I didn’t waste my money.

  5. Erinn says:

    Ugh… I do feel like this is a case of ignorance over trying to be a jackass. I’m pretty sure his son adopted an African American child who he named Will. I highly doubt he’s out there TRYING to offend him.

    I don’t know. I like these people for the most part, but I certainly don’t agree with everything they say. A lot of it is offensive, and I don’t stand by it. That being said, I’d rather see them making money than the housewives franchise.

    EDITED: Before I get jumped on, when I say I kind of like them, it’s really more that I like certain aspects of them. I like how close knit their family is. I like that they DO admit their lives were not perfect, and I like to see people that worked hard to get a business going doing well. They really need to be woken up on their views. It’s nice that they’ve embraced religion and that they’ve found something important to them, but they need to take a look at the things they’re saying, and the people they’re offending. I went on a rant the other night over one of the fiance’s fb friends writing Merry CHRISTmas, and about someone’s Christmas lights reflecting the same message. There needs to be a lot more reflection on the actions that people take in the name of religion and the people they’re offending.

    • QQ says:

      Christ!! These yokels adopted a POC?!?i shudder to imagine the sense of self and the world they are putting on thay young life

      • Erinn says:

        I just have to say, I love the word yokel, and am disappointed it’s not used more :)

      • JuJuJen says:

        QQ – sorry, girl, but you aren’t there to watch how their “POC” son is raised. You aren’t there to see them interact with that sweet boy and he with them. They all seem to truly love him and accept him – why can’t YOU accept that? You can’t just judge an entire family based on one guy’s belief system or what comes out of one person’s mouth. I’m sure that CHILD they adopted is pretty effing happy he even HAS a family! A family that obviously didn’t think about his skin color when they adopted him. How do you sit there and “imagine” that he’s being raised to not believe in himself or love himself? One member of the family does not make up the rest of the family’s beliefs or opinions. I’m sure YOU have someone in your family that isn’t as tolerant of certain things as you or other family members may be but does that mean you are guilty by association? Personally, I think not.

    • Jen says:

      It doesn’t matter if his son adopted a black kid. That doesn’t mean he’s not a racist, ignorant idiot. How many times do racist people use the “My best friend is black!” excuse?

    • Bodhi says:

      Yes, Willie’s eldest son is an an adopted African-American child. He & his wife adopted him as an infant

    • Lucinda says:

      It is easy to take this guy’s comments (which are ignorant and vile) and decide he is 100% a-hole. But I know lots of people who say things like this yet would give the shirt off their own back to anyone in a heartbeat. Some of this is coming out because he was asked, not because he necessarily volunteered it. I don’t watch the show so I don’t know what it’s like on the show. Maybe he spouts this garbage all the time. But I am also reading a guy who may not understand or agree with your lifestyle but will still cut your grass while you are in the hospital. And maybe he’s just a jerk. But he clearly had another life at one time that was out of control and he is clinging to Christ to help him find the straight and narrow. It works for a lot of people. Keeps them out of trouble. Gives them a path because they couldn’t find their own.

      • Erinn says:

        I think that’s more the kind of person they are. I mean, hell, I don’t know them. I think they can be incredibly offensive. I’ve watched a few episodes of the show, but the ones I’ve seen weren’t really all that offensive? Honestly, I don’t recall. It’s been a while since I’ve seen any, and all I really remember was Si sewing aprons, and one where the brothers were trying to prove which one of them was toughest or something.

        I think it’s a shame that they hold some of the views that they hold, but I think it’s like you said; their lives were a mess and they clung to religion to try to keep them on what they believed to be the straight and narrow. If that means they’re not abusing substances, and things like that, it did what they were hoping.

    • Penny says:

      There’s actually quite a trend of extremely racist, fundamental Christians adopting non-white children right now. The way they see it, the darker the child’s skin, the bigger the sacrifice they’re making, and the bigger the sacrifice they make the closer they get to God. Lunatics.

      • littlestar says:

        Well that is just terrible. How could any kid not be F’ed up by living in a situation like that?

      • A.P. says:

        My parent’s neighbor, who I’ve always thought of as this sweet middle aged lady, just adopted a baby girl from China. My parents went over with some presents to meet her and she told them to their face that she was doing God’s work by saving the baby girl from heathens. My parents wanted to grab the girl and run out of there. (Obviously they didn’t but they will be sure to keep an eye out for any signs of emotional abuse down the years.)

      • QQ says:

        Oh my Sweet sexy Succulent minty Jesus In Jammies are you fucking kidding me? is this for seriously? People do this?? -*I need The Biggest mental break right now*

      • Hootysgram says:

        What the hell are you basing THAT tid bit from? Jepperssssss! You people are going off half cocked. Phil is not the brightest bulb…but he’s old school…he believes in the Bible’s teachings…and they seem to have good family values on the show. It’s reality TV, people! If you don’t like it…don’t watch it. Don’t read the GQ magazine. It’s THAT simple. I lived not far from where the Robertsons live…and I’m a Yankee…trust me…racism is alive and well in the south. It’s never going to change either…of that I am certain. I got the heck out of Louisiana…and will never go back. The southerner’s have NEVER really accepted losing the war! My first day on the job down there…they labeled me a Yankee…and it was downhill from there folks! I NEVER fit in nor was I really accepted. All because I was from the NORTH! The black and white issue is alive and well…as is the civil war defeat. I felt it was best to head back home…and never look back!

      • dagdag says:

        I had a friend who was adopted by a very strict religious white family. She is really messed up, in fact, I thought at first that she may be somewhat mentally slow.
        She is a very beautiful woman, Naomi C. reminds me of her, very dark skinned and has not an inch of love for herself.

      • kibbles says:

        A.P. – I know plenty of those people and they often work as missionaries in Asia and Africa to convert the “savages” who don’t believe in Christianity. It’s disgusting what they are doing in these countries. It is not about helping people rise up from poverty, but about “saving” what they perceive to be ignorant savages who don’t believe in Christ. They are also to blame for promoting homophobia and abstinence only sex education in countries that need to be teaching about safe sex and controlling the spread of STDs. These people are a piece of work.

    • dagdag says:

      Heartbreaking, yes. Her beauty made her stick out and there was nothing but cleaning, reading the bible and making self-rightheous statements.

  6. TheOriginalKitten says:

    Who are these assholes and why am I being subjected to their backwards beliefs? Are they the redneck ZZ Top or something?

    ” One of the guys who’s running for president is out of Chicago, Illinois, and the other one is from Salt Lake City, Utah. [Editor's note: Romney is from Boston, not Salt Lake City.] ”

    Romney grew up in Michigan, not Boston.

    There is so much that outrages me in this interview that it’s hard for me to know where to start. I take comfort in the fact that I’ve never heard of these irrelevant buffoons.

    • momosays says:

      Politically he comes from Boston, he was our governor of Massachusetts several years ago where he instituted the first public healthcare reform in the US. And as a 27 year old college graduate who struggled with loans and was working many low paying jobs for years to get by, I say thanks Romney with not one hint of sarcasm. It was such a shame to me when he reversed his position on healthcare for the general elections.
      Anyway, yeah I think that comment was the most offensive- Just say you’d rather be in Salt Lake because Chicago is full of scary black people, we know that’s what you mean…
      I’ve been seeing a ton of Duck Dynasty Christmas related junk in the big box stores lately and was wondering what the show was about- very glad I’ve never tuned in.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        I’m a Bostonian, I’m well aware of Romney’s influence in my state :)
        I would never say that I was from, say London, if I only went to school there and started off my professional career there. I think people self-identify as coming from where they grew up. Not to make a big deal out of it, but just for the sake of accuracy, Romney is indeed from the Midwest, NOT the Northeast.

        “Just say you’d rather be in Salt Lake because Chicago is full of scary black people, we know that’s what you mean…”
        This precisely. If they so fervently believe in this then why don’t they just own their racism? Why tip-toe around it?

      • Marigold says:

        Let’s keep it real. He worked in Boston but lived in Belmont. Belmont is not Boston.

        Meanwhile, this Duck guy is a dingbat for deciding to vote for someone based on geography he doesn’t understand. I’d like to drop him off on Blue Hill Ave for a little while and see how he likes the Boston that GQ thinks Romney is from.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        LOL!
        Dude wouldn’t last a minute on Blue Hill Ave ;)

      • pf says:

        As someone who’s walked around Chicago in the wee hours of the morning (and I’m a single white female too) I find the statements about the city’s violence really offensive. Especially when you know a tourist like this Duck dude, would never step into the “black” areas of Chicago. He will be safe on Michigan Ave. where there are three police officers standing on every corner protecting horrible people like him.

      • Jess says:

        Well then with Obama being “from” Hawaii…he should’ve voted for him. Hawaii > Salt Lake City. I know because I’ve lived in both places.

    • Kiddo says:

      I’ve heard of them, never watched them, never will.

  7. Nev says:

    Homophobes. Racists.

    And getting richer and more famous by the minute. Sad.

    And people complain about the Kardashians…… Yeah ok.

  8. Luca26 says:

    At least they are honest about who they are. Shame on the people who line these big it’s pockets by watching this crap.

  9. bns says:

    Absolute redneck trailer trash. Pricks like him give religion a bad name.

  10. teatimescoming says:

    It seems that the ones who have behaved the worst always seem to “find religion” after the fact, and through that religion manage to cast aside the bad stuff they’ve done to other people without apologizing to them. This dude? He should probably not be on TV.

  11. Looloo says:

    How about looking at societies where there has been Jesus…and all the killing, rape, murder, genocide that’s been done in his name. Yeah, mister, your logic sucks.

    And while I’m venting, can the Taliban/Radical Wahhabists and the radical christianists just merge already? It’s scary how they’re really all about the same thing. Freakshows.

  12. Beth says:

    I’m not that surprised about this, but it’s still incredibly ignorant and offensive. And the stuff he said about so-called “Islamists” isn’t even accurate. Jesus has prophet status in the Qur’an, he’s just not the last prophet. But having Jesus in your life isn’t about worshipping Jesus, it’s about living a message of love and tolerance, a message promoted by prophets and activists in many different cultures. Which is a concept I doubt Phil Richardson would understand.

    That being said, I do enjoy this show.

  13. QQ says:

    Hollleyy Shiiittt!! I dont know anyone who watches this shit and for that i’m glad…but maybe chicks blacks foreigners lgbt and progressive folk just know a dog whistle when they see it cause that’s all i can gather when I see these people and the show promos etc : I wouldnt wanna bump into these men after dark or in the daylight

  14. juliebear75 says:

    Old news. All of it.
    like seriously. What did you expect from someone from the backwoods of Louisiana?

    And its too bad people feel the need to be offended by his opinions. They are just his uneducated opinions, and he’s not forcing them on anyone.

    live and let live.

  15. Aims says:

    My husband and I watch the show. We laugh and roll our eyes at these people. That said, I’m not surprised in the least on his views. They’re offensive flat out. No excuse.

  16. flutters says:

    Wow.

    This comes from the old dude, right? Be interesting to know whether the next generation of Robertsons shares his views.

    It’s one thing to believe in sharing God’s love, and I know plenty of religious people who walk that walk. It’s another to act like your set of beliefs is superior because everybody who subscribes is magically non-violent. History just doesn’t support that, and it’d be nice if like some of his fellow Christians he acknowledged that some of his fellow believers have crossed some of those very same lines he says others have.

    • PrettyTarheelFan says:

      They do-hyper conservatives, raising hyper-conservatives.

      I grew up in the Bible Belt, and let me tell you, Phil has been given a platform, and his opinions seem shocking but this is just. so. common. These beliefs-all of them, including the homophobic, racist shit-are spouted a hundred times a day in my hometown. It’s white men, confirming that they are right and that their privilege is God given, and that the libruls and the femi-nazis just want to take away their God-given rights.

      I am a liberal Christian inclusionist, and I struggle to find common ground with this type of Christian. However, when I go to FB in the next few days, I will see people who have never HEARD of GQ, suddenly quoting it, and praising Phil for telling it like it is.

  17. sooz says:

    my grandad grew up in a different time than we grew up and i can absolutely hear all of these words come out of his mouth. lucky for us, the world is changing and we don’t see everything as “black and white” as it used to be.
    i can accept this from an old person, but i would be horrified to hear it out of one of his children’s mouths.

    • Happy21 says:

      Thank you. My grandmother is about as bigoted as they come but I can tell you that all of our family just roll our eyes when she starts. We disagree, she argues, it becomes a circle. She is of a different time and she has her beliefs. Is she a prick or an a-hole? No, she is extremely uneducated and what I would consider, not very bright. BUT, it was the way she grew up. No one in our family believe what she believes and when she dies, her beliefs will die with her.

      I think Phil Robertson is exactly the same. I’m pretty sure his whole family is probably reading him the riot act but what he believes, he believes and he’s not going to change. In my opinion, from what I’ve seen on the show Phil Robertson does appear to be totally uneducated and definitely not the brightest bulb.

  18. Mimi says:

    As a southern Louisiana girl, I have to say that I am proud of these dudes standing up for their faith. My momma raised a BELIEVER. However, I am really disappointed in the way this interview went down. Mr. Robertson takes it upon himself to pass judgement on others in one breath and then (hypocritically) says that only God has that right in the next breath. Everyone has a right to their own beliefs and religion. It’s people like this who make us “bible thumpers” look so judgy and backwoods. Again, I was raised in the bible belt and I am a firm believer in Jesus Christ. I was also raised to respect other’s beliefs.

    • Aims says:

      I too was raised a believer and have family in Louisana. I agree we have the right to our belief system. When it crosses over to bigotry and becomes hurtful to others, that’s when I have issues. In past history great harm has been inflicted on others due to people’s beliefs. People go hiding behind religon for their ignorance. It is unacceptable for hate speach of any kind. You can disagree on anything but you cannot be hateful.

    • Christin says:

      Being Southern as well, I suspect he may be influenced by a very fundamental church. Then again, some people are quite intolerant and judgmental regardless.

      One part of the interview that bothers me is not apologizing to the people he harmed years ago. He may not want to dredge that up, but what about the man and woman he hurt? I would also like to know how much true charity these guys do. The guys do church events on occasion, but allegedly there may be appearance fees involved. They also apparently try to appear in areas where they have the strongest market, which are mostly Southern.

      • Aims says:

        Yeah that got me also. Phil’s lack of remorse for the beatdown. And he involved a women? !

      • Seapharris7 says:

        Christin, that part stuck out to me bc I’m an alcoholic & instances like that are supposed to be addressed during the “making amends” process of the 12 stepson sobriety. Now, I can see maybe not seeing them in person (there maybe legal issues), but he could have written a letter. Just acknowledging what he did wrong & an apology – whether or not he actually sent it. But the way he said it, it’s almost like, “God forgave me, you should too – don’t judge me”.

    • dromedary says:

      I was also raised in south Louisiana. Left a few months after graduating from college, and I miss the food, my friends and the ‘laissez les bon temps roulez’ attitude, but could never live there again because of the overwhelming intolerance, closed-mindedness and racism that still exists.

  19. Jen says:

    I’ve never seen Duck Dynasty in my life, I have no idea what it’s even about. But just looking at them I can tell they’re all racist, homophobic, idiot bible thumpers.

    “All you have to do is look at any society where there is no Jesus.”

    Yeah, I remember those guys during the Crusades, they definitely didn’t believe in Jesus. Nope! The Spanish Inquisition? Yep, definitely no Jesus there either!

    Who knew the Honey Boo Boo family would be the most loving?

  20. bowers says:

    Actually people like this are all over the country. It is why there is a Tea Party. I think it stems from so many with so little education.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      I honestly don’t think it’s solely dependent on education. I used to think that, but the older I get, I think it’s simply a fundamentally different way of looking at life that’s dictated by many factors (education *could* be one of them, but not the sole factor)–I think geography, income, socio-economic climate, background/how one was raised, and genetics are all elements that dictate a person’s political/social beliefs.

      By genetics, I mean that I truly think some people show a natural, inherent proclivity to this way of thinking. They’re just wired differently than someone like myself.

    • NorthernGirl_20 says:

      Umm.. Phil used to be a teacher.

    • annaloo. says:

      Firstly, I do not support the Tea Party, but I must interject that I know many college educated soccer moms are Tea Party/As a Mom types. How do we think we can point at others for judging when we do it just as much ourselves?

    • Isabelle says:

      Except the Robinson’s have masters degrees, they’re highly educated. The Tea Party is basically a party that wants theocratic rule, it’s a political party completely infused with very conservative religion. Our own version of radical “Islam” except its radical Christianity.

      • SamiHami says:

        Theocratic rule? Where did you come up with that one? What does that make me, then, since I am NOT a christian at all? That theocratic rule nonsense sounds like something manufactured by the liberal left to try to trash those of us on the right.

        Just to make it clear so you’ll understand the truth, those of us on the right, including tea partiers do not care even a little bit about your religion. You can be christian, jewish, muslim, buddhist, or anything else. We don’t care because it is none of our business. What we are after is fairness in government. We want our politicians to be public SERVANTS, not RULERS. So, please don’ t spread this nonsense anymore about us wanting “theocratic rule.” It is patently false.

  21. IceQueen says:

    LOL, Don’t be offended by the ignorant. Just ignore them.

    I understand he has his own beliefs but I have to say-I actually laughed at this interview. It’s filled with contradictory statements. When it comes to his life and attitude, he has nothing to apologize for. Everyone else should go to hell or apologize that they’re living their own way and have their own beliefs…

    Let’s answer: hahahahahahahahaha!

    Now ignoring them and moving on with our lives :)

  22. Ellie66 says:

    I was wondering when the crap would start coming out with this family I’m guessing it’s now! I’m glad, the show gets on my nerves and really they have Chia heads now. Geez Louise it’s time to quietly go away .

  23. BeckyR says:

    Watched a coupe of episodes when the show was just out, but the hokey factor starts to wear thin. Looks like they are on track to do what all these reality people do: ANYTHING FOR THE MONEY.

  24. Penny says:

    The vast majority of Nazi Party members were church-going Christians and Jesus is a part of Islamic faith, he’s acknowledged as a prophet but not as the son of God/Allah.

    I don’t even know where to begin with that last excerpt. The guy’s 67 years old, that’s not nearly old enough to excuse this type of sentiment because he’s from a ‘different time’. He was a teenager during the civil rights movement for god sake.

    • Lizzie says:

      Actually, Hitler and the top nazis hated christianity with a passion, but they didn’t have the nerve to make the church their enemy. It’s well documented (Goebbels’ diaries for example) that the nazi line of thinking was that religion and nazism couldn’t mix. Hitler was the one true leader. Goebbels himself was an extremely devoted catholic before he met Hitler, afterwards he couldn’t stand the catholic church.

    • Aggie says:

      Where in the world did you learn that the Nazi’s were church goers? That’s so wrong its not even funny.

      • charlie (former Cecilia says:

        Hitler was raised Catholic — this is where he acquired some of his views on Jewish people. One of his many mistakes was mixing religion with politics & well, you know the rest.

      • Maria says:

        He was raised vaguely Catholic by his mother but his father was anticlerical.
        I’ve never encountered information about Catholism being the root to his views
        (I actually work at an archive in Germany where I get to read original documents of that era including some that aren’t allowed to be published in Germany, such as his book, etc.).
        It is believed that his antisemitic views first showed when he went to school in Linz where he was influenced by his school mates. He aquired more through time (he said that “It all began” when he saw Richard Wagners operas) as we know but claiming Catholism is the place where he got some ideas is wrong. He even lived as a struggling artist (more like art forger) with Jewish roommates who sold his art for him.
        Also he didn’t mix religion with politics, ever. He appealed from time to time to Christians by propaganda, just the same as he did by doing photo-ops with children.
        That being said, I think his “Catholic upbringing” was the smallest, if one at all, attribute to his monstrous persona and sick mind.
        As for the church’s involvedment in WW2? You’d be correct if you’d replace Hitler with facist Dictators.

    • Penny says:

      You’ll notice I didn’t say Hitler was a Christian (though he did draw on Christianity it when it suited). The Nazi Party wasn’t just Hitler and Goebbels and Hess and co., there were over 3 million signed up Nazi Party members. The vast majority remained Christians and continued to be active in their church. Hitler never came close to stamping out religion in the way the Bolsheviks did. Had he won the war, things would have been different, but in his time Germany was still very much a nation of Christians, despite his best efforts to replace God with himself.

    • Bruce says:

      Nazis were church-going Christians? You really need to read more about history, because the Nazis considered Christianity to be a weakness on their society. It would be better to describe them as pseudo-mystical neo-pagans.

      The best you can say about all of the mass murderers in the 20th Century is that they were atheists or had seriously fallen away from whatever religious upbringing they had received. Mao, Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot and the followers of all these people…were not “church going Christians.”

  25. Christin says:

    The most interesting thing about this guy is that Terry Bradshaw was a backup QB to him once upon a time.

    I really don’t know how his wife has put up with him. He says things on the show that I find demeaning to women. Somehow the show gained the highest ratings ever this season. The men act like they are 15 and the wives look like they should be on a HW show.

  26. Kcaia says:

    Don’t watch the show either, but I don’t find his opinions all that offensive, because he dispensed them in a loving and accepting way. I don’t agree with them….call me pro-God but anti-religion. Why should someone elses beliefs be offensive unless they’re distributed with hate? This man is not a higher power. He is a human being. We’re all flawed.

    • Leila says:

      There’s nothing loving about homophobia and racism.

      • Kiddo says:

        Well, maybe they love the hatin’?

      • Kcaia says:

        I agree Leila. As soon as I posted that I considered deleting the word “loving”, but I decided to stick with my original thought. But I am of the beliefs that our differences should not be ignored and shunned. They should be recognized yet appreciated, up until the point they begin to hurt others, but I guess that line may be blurred here. Who wants to live in a world where we all think and feel the same? Not I. I want to live in a world where the differences between us are accepted. That’s all.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        @Kiddo-lol!

        @Kcaia-I don’t have a problem with people believing in anything they want to believe in, but the issue for me is that so often people who subscribe to this way of thinking USE their religion to deny others their inherent rights. Personal religion should remain personal, it’s when it crosses into politics and lawmaking that I start to get angry. Separation of Church and state-other countries have mastered this but the US has such an incredibly long way to go.

      • Kiddo says:

        O’Kitten, ITA. Freedom of/from religion is beautiful thing, it works both ways.

      • Kcaia says:

        TOK, I agree. Like usual, humanity took what could have been a beautiful lesson in understanding and acceptance, like the life of Jesus, and turned it into a message of hate and intolerance to serve it’s own ulterior motives. The hypocrisy that exists in most religious teachings just completely blows me away; how can we be so evolutionarily intelligent and still allow things to go on this way? We have the truth written right in front of our eyes yet we choose to ignore it…that is why I am so (obnoxiously, I know) relentless when it comes to the way we treat each other. How can we ever accept each other for who we are when we villafy ourselves and others for every fault we have and mistake we make or made? There IS the possibility of good in every person, at the very least the possibility only, and opinions are sometimes the easiest things we can change about ourselves AND others. Ignorance does not have to be indefinite. Acceptance does. I strongly feel and believe these terrible choices will be catching up to us soon, even to those that seem so untouchable, if we continue to immerse ourselves in hate for each other. I feel it much stronger than I can explain, I’m sorry to say.

    • t says:

      I bet the Shintoists would find it offensive

  27. Lucinda says:

    I only want to comment on one thing. Robertson didn’t say civil liberties made black people unhappy. He said pre-welfare. My dad worked as a police officer for 30 years and he watched the welfare system systematically destroy poor families, mostly black, by giving financial incentive for the father to leave the family. He absolutely blames the Johnson administration for that. So while it isn’t a complete thought there, Robertson is not completely off-base.

    • Jen says:

      The vast majority of welfare recipients are white.

      • Lucinda says:

        The vast majority of the population is white so no surprise there. Also, I’m not really referring to who is on welfare now as welfare has greatly expanded over the past 50 years. I’m talking about how it started. How (according to my dad because he witnessed this while working as a police officer) it lead to women having multiple children because each baby brought benefits as long as dad wasn’t around. My dad talked about boys being left to fend for their own once they weren’t really babies anymore. Boys who found each other on the streets and formed gangs. I’m talking about two generations ago and the legacy it left on the black family which was wrong and something they are still fighting to overcome. Now I don’t know if Robertson is thinking that too, but my dad has consistently railed against the damage public assistance did to families back then and the legacy it has left behind.

      • Joy says:

        Clearly as there are more white people. However a quick percentage check will show you that there is a disproportionate number of black people on it. This isn’t news. If you deal with social services in any way it’s called a day at the office.

    • WTF says:

      I’m not going to go in on you because I don’t think you have any idea how incredibly offensive what you are saying is. The idea that poor black women have children in order to get benefits is more offensive than the Duck Dynasty idiot. Poverty and all of the ails that come with it is a complicated social failure that has nothing to do with having babies to get public assistance. With all due respect to your father, please pick up a book before you castigate an entire segment of the population.

      Here is a good place to start
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/linda-tirado/why-poor-peoples-bad-decisions-make-perfect-sense_b_4326233.html
      and btw, this woman is white.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Great comment and link.

      • Maggs says:

        that poverty essay was a big lie. The lady who wrote is backtracking fast now. She is not poor and was not raised poor. She also collected 64k in donations and a lot of people are pissed about being lied to and want their money back.
        http://www.mommyish.com/2013/11/30/poverty-essay-scam/
        http://blogs.houstonpress.com/artattack/2013/11/that_viral_poverty_thoughts_es.php

        As far as any poor women (black or otherwise) having kids to get public assistance where I live (Central Coast California) it is completely true. I’m a Hispanic 46 yr single mom of 2 boys. I’ve been working since I was 15 1/2 and had my first son after I was married and 26 yrs old. I remember many girls my age telling me I did it wrong and I shouldn’t have married to worked. All I had to do was have kids and the government paid for everything. They also joked that me working was paying for their free shit through my taxes. I also personally know several women with 4+ kids who have never worked a day in their life and are the same age as me. They get section 8 (almost free housing), food stamps, free medical for all their kids and themselves and will never marry the baby daddies because they don’t want to lose their benefits. Some of their kids are now in there early 20′s and the cylce is repeating itself all over again. Their kids now have babies, aren’t married and are on the system and have quit the jobs they did have. They live with the baby daddies but have no plans to marry. Where I live (about an hour from Santa Barbara, California) most people on welfare are Hispanic.

    • queenfreddiemercury says:

      I disagree. Most people on Welfare are white. Most people on Welfare are Vets, Disabled and Elderly. A lot of people on Welfare have jobs. Jobs that don’t pay a lot but still.

    • Nclark6 says:

      @Lucinda the problem with his comment is that it’s way off in the assumption that pre-Civil Rights black people were all happy. Um I was born and raised in Louisiana. He’s making assumptions about Black people that just aren’t true. Maybe he should come here some of the stories my parents tell about growing up back then. Black people may have appeared happy to an outsider “white” person because they were afraid of any type of retribution but that certainly wasn’t the case. Black people could be/were lynched for not knowing their place….I hardly call this a utopia for Black people knowing you could innocently be murdered for any little thing whether guilty or innocent. In addition to the limitations on advancement. For example, As a boy my dad was sent to boarding school because whites weren’t happy his grandfather wanted to integrate the schools and the Klan went after his family. I have other examples too. BTW slaves sang songs, that doesn’t mean they were happy. They had little choice in the matter. You want to talk about what has ruined the Black family, go back to slavery. Starting at the Civil Rights Movement misses the complete de-valuation of the Black family when entire families could be sold off is what started. This is just an ignorant racist man pretending he knows something about Black culture when he proves he knows nothing. He shouldn’t presume to know the attitudes of blacks people(even as “white trash” he was afforded a more privileged status than the Blacks he was working with) so he better talk to some Blacks who were there and could tell him how it really was because this Strom Thurmond/Gone WithThe Wind/it wasn’t so bad for them crap will not cut it. The destruction of the black family started a lot earlier than you think…

  28. DreamyK says:

    Phil needs to crack that Bible back open and see what it has to say about sin, judging, humility and love.

  29. Joy says:

    Do I agree with his statements? Hell no. But I’m so over everybody getting offended over everything anybody says. I believe in gay marriage. Oh no that might offend somebody!!!! I’m just sick of everything being deemed offensive. He belongs to the Church of Christ. Every one of their members believes this stuff and they yell it from the pulpit every Sunday. I have visited their churches and seen it. We will not change this man. All we can do is untwist our panties and let people believe whatever ignorant nonsense they want to.

    • Jen says:

      I know right? I’m sure glad that everyone who has fought for women’s rights and minorities rights and gay rights just untwisted their panties and let people believe whatever they wanted to believe because nothing can ever change.

      • Joy says:

        I am not saying nothing will change and that somehow civil rights leaders should have sat on their ass and done nothing. I’m saying this man isn’t going to change. Let’s let him think what he wants, and let’s be free to express our opinions and hope that the younger generation listens to all sides and chooses better. Phil Robertson sounds pretty much like my dad. Can I change my dad? No. Have I tried? At length. In the end I’m only responsible for my own opinions. But if you don’t like Phil’s homophobia, don’t listen. I don’t think droves of people will suddenly turn into gay hating monsters because of this interview. And we can’t all have the same thoughts and opinions. I don’t like his statements but at the end of the day he’s 67 and nobody is changing his mind. What shocks me is that NOBODY seems to want to discuss Phil’s run ins with federal game wardens and his blatant disrespect for duck and goose hunting limits. There’s videos of him standing next to piles of dead ducks in Mexico bragging about their lack of limits. How he has avoided time in the federal pen for it is beyond me. Hell maybe his hellfire brimstone nonsense will be the thing that brings that out.

    • Psychospaz says:

      Oh joy. I was raised in the church of Christ. I don’t believe these things. Very liberal. My pastor didn’t spout these kind of beliefs. Of course, since my pastor left, the new pastor is very hard right. I grew up where politics wasn’t discussed meaning it didn’t matter who was in charge. They were just people. It didn’t matter about republican or democrat. I like that better. I believe that Jesus and god transcend politics. Politics are man made constructs led by men. It’s arrogant to think there is a “right” political affiliation.

    • MourningTheDeathOfMusic says:

      One of my favorite quotes concerning being offended:
      “It’s now very common to hear people say “I’m rather offended by that”, as if that gives them certain rights. It’s actually no more than a whine. “I find that offensive”. It has no meaning, it has no purpose, it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. “I’m offended by that”, well so f–ing what.” – Stephen Fry

  30. Shannon1972 says:

    Plain old ignorant. I’m not offended as much as I’m sad that these beliefs still exist and are taught today. It’s hard for me to muster up true offense for a person’s personal belief system (within the law). He may think that Christian society is the only peaceful society, but history doesn’t remotely support that. Just off the tip of my head, the Inquisition and Crusades come to mind, but this man is likely not educated in such things. Maybe I have reverse prejudice? Something to mull over.

    Very glad I don’t watch this show. Between R. Kelly and this guy, it has been a pretty appalling morning, and this is only the second article I’ve read.

  31. Kaboom says:

    Plenty of Jesus to be had when they slaughtered the indians.

  32. I know I’m in the minority here. But isn’t everyone here being a tad hypocritical? Its his opinion. He is allowed to have beliefs. Everyone is so enraged at his ‘intolerance’, but where is yours? How can you chastize this man for not thinking exactly the way you do? How tolerant is that? I personally applaud this man for actually saying what he feels instead of cowering behind hollywood’s ideals…regardless of if I agree or not.

    • Shannon1972 says:

      I have mulling this very thing over. I’m not offended by him, as I believe he is entitled to his opinion. His beliefs are likely a product of his environment. As I said upthread, it’s sad that people still think this way. But am I showing a bit of prejudice myself for assuming he is not educated on historical events? His statements would make it seem this is the case. However, he could have learned about the Crusades, Inquisition etc and rejected their validity.

      I’m projecting my thoughts and values on to him. Does that make me just as offensive to him? He’s surely free to speak his mind, and in this age of media coaching and canned statements, it’s weird to hear someone tell their truth. He is surely going to get a lot of attention for it…cynically, perhaps that’s an angle as well?

      • Jen says:

        “However, he could have learned about the Crusades, Inquisition etc and rejected their validity.”

        Yes, just like people who deny that the Holocaust ever happened. We should just tiptoe around them and not be prejudiced against their “belief” that millions of Jews and undesirables were slaughtered. Because after all, I don’t want to judge them and be intolerant!

      • Shannon1972 says:

        That’s unfair. I don’t know how we jumped from Duck Dynasty to denying the Holocaust. I wasn’t agreeing with him at all – I was simply wondering if I was projecting some sort of north east snobbery by assuming he’s uneducated because of where he is from. I wasn’t saying that he didn’t believe the Crusades or the Inquisition took place, but more that they were not a product of Christian beliefs. History can be massaged, as you sharply pointed out. Or perhaps he didn’t learn about these atrocities at all. Who knows?

        For the record, I am Jewish and lost an entire (Romanian) branch of my family during the holocaust. There are people who deny the holocaust happened (and I think they are ignorant), but I believe that the vast majority of people have accepted it as fact. However, since you bring it up, there was much more that caused the Holocaust than religious belief. And for the record, others went to the chambers as well as Jews. Catholics? Homosexuals? Poles? Russians? Any group that was considered ethnically or politically inferior died along with the Jews. I honor my family, but don’t forget the others who perished with them.

        This just got way too heavy. I thought I made it clear that I was just thinking about the *topic* of prejudice and how it works, but I guess not. I surely wasn’t agreeing with his belief system or defending him in any way. If it seems like I was, then I expressed myself in the wrong way. I just think his brand of stupidity is jarring in this day and age, and cynically, he is getting the attention he clearly wants.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        Just from the bit about the Crusades, Inquisition, etc–I used to go to a VERY fundamental church, the kind of people that if you aren’t doing Christianity THEIR way, then they don’t consider you to be Christian at all. And I’m in Michigan, I can only imagine how bad it is in the south. So when he said that, he probably didn’t see Jesus in it (which I don’t either–they used the name of Jesus, etc), so there were no ‘true’ Christians involved. Because they were Catholic, and didn’t believe in the same things i.e. Eucharist vs. Lord’s Supper, et al.

      • Shannon1972 says:

        Virgilia, that was what I was trying to say. Not that they didn’t happen, but that he didn’t believe that Jesus or his personal beliefs had anything to do with it.
        Perhaps she missed where I said *their* truth – not *the* truth. That was deliberate.

        I’m intellectualizing this too much. I should have just said that I don’t agree with his beliefs at all.

      • Jen says:

        I mis-read you then. I thought you meant that he may have learned about the Crusades (highly doubtful considering his staggering ignorance – it’s not snobbish of you to assume that an old dude who grew up in backwoods Louisiana is stupid), but flat out may have rejected them as fact. Which is why I brought up Holocaust deniers.

      • Shannon1972 says:

        Fair enough. Thanks for that. I’ve been reading your comments all along this thread, and you and I are on the same side of this. I just came at it from a different (and perhaps more convoluted) angle.

        I like what Penny says below. It sums it up better than I ever could.

    • Penny says:

      He’s allowed to have his views, and we’re allowed to think his views are despicable.

    • Kiddo says:

      You can have an opinion, but it doesn’t mean people won’t call you out on the stupid, if it is there.

    • Leila says:

      Yes Leslie. Applaud bigotry. So noble of you.

    • doofus says:

      there’s a difference in being intolerant of a person’s very being, of something that that person is born with (like a sexual orientation/identity or skin color) and being intolerant of a person’s viewpoint on those people.

  33. tifzlan says:

    His reasoning for voting Romney in 2012 is one of the most f*cked up ish i’ve ever heard in my life. Let’s not even talk about the other things he says in this interview.

    EDIT: Just noticed what he said about “Islamists” and just WOW. How ignorant and stupid can one person get? I don’t even have the words to describe how dumbfounded i am.

    SECOND EDIT: Seriously though. His “societies without Jesus” comment was really offensive to Muslims and Shintos. Like, i know people have commented on this stuff being HIS personal beliefs but that answer right there is equivalent to bashing other faiths, so no. I’m not being hypocritical when i say how ignorant and bigoted his views are. Muslims believe in Jesus too, ya uneducated hick. And you gotta love how this guy brutally beats up another person and doesn’t even track his victim down to apologize yet considers himself new or forgiven or repented or whatever. UNBELIEVABLE!

    THIRD EDIT: Sorry guys, but this interview just makes me want to rage. This guy isn’t even old enough to feign ignorance. He is rich enough to be able to travel and buy books and take proactive steps to educate himself on the state of the world and the different cultures, beliefs, traditions that exist in it. The fact is, he CHOOSES to stay racist and bigoted. I cannot accept that.

  34. Jen says:

    I am honestly just in complete shock and awe at how many people are defending these comments. It makes me so sad. I guess that’s why we’re still so far behind other advanced nations when so many people believe we should just be accepting of this man’s staggering ignorance.

    • Leila says:

      It’s because some people care more about free speech than they do about human rights and equality.

    • Aggie says:

      You can defend a person’s right to their beliefs without agreeing with them. I think that’s what people are trying to do. He has his rights, we have ours. Muting anyone for any belief on the basis that it is “offensive” is wrong, and dangerous.

      • tifzlan says:

        Eventhough he’s clearly bashing other people’s beliefs?

      • Kiddo says:

        How is it muted? He gave his opinions in an interview for a major publication?

      • Jen says:

        uh who is trying to mute anyone? Where did that come from? he expressed his opinion in a magazine. I didn’t say he should shut up. It’s GOOD that he’s saying this, so other people can see how ignorant. In fact I wish more racist and homophobic people would be honest about their beliefs so I could identify them and avoid them.

      • Leila says:

        Yes, it’s quite dangerous to want to end racism and homophobia. After all, we all know that those things aren’t dangerous, and have been so good for the human race. Right, Aggie?

      • Nerd Alert says:

        I don’t see it like that; I think his comments are ignorant, but I don’t want him muted. In fact, I think it’s important that someone with his beliefs crops up every now and again just so that people know it is out there and can yell about it.

        I think people like him hold dangerous beliefs and are detrimental to society. I don’t believe in respecting others’ beliefs. Some beliefs are vile, repugnant, and idiotic. I’m not going to respect this man or his beliefs. People don’t just deserve respect for existing.

        That’s my opinion, and it is also my opinion that when they start to die off and become less in number, this will be a better world. So yes, I want him to have a platform and I want people to be offended. He’s not going to change, is he? So the best thing he can do is serve as a reminder that there’s a long way to go yet.

    • queenfreddiemercury says:

      People on this site seem to defend racism and support sexism so its not really a surprise. I won’t say everyone on this site but almost anytime some celebrity says something about terrible about Race there are tons of comments that support them. I support free speech but I don’t think most understand how it works. Free speech goes both ways. You can say what you want and I can respond to it.

    • KatherynDB says:

      It’s sad but I do agree with your comment that he’s probably regurgitating stuff he’s heard in church I believe, at least Phill and Kaye, have been leading a sheltered life, going about their own business unencumbered by the reality of others for a long time. Now they’re having the truths of lots of things hit them smack in the face. Learning the realities of life around the rest of America all at once would be confusing for anyone who’d lived in the dark this long. I think he just needs to be educated and deeply so.

      I honestly would like to hear an interview from all of his family members and see where they sit. I somehow don’t believe that their really the beard wearing, back woods folks that the show depicts. Because reality TV is never much to do with reality!!

  35. But Why says:

    After only reading the first 10 sentences, i come to the conclusion that Phil Robertson never hit it FROM THE BACK??
    I think thats the moral of the story :)

  36. B says:

    There is no: “In Phils defense…”. Nothing anyone says can defend what he said here. I am sick and tired of having to listen to passive-aggressive racism EVERYWHERE I go!

  37. Dani says:

    My dad watches the show religiously. He LOVES them, but what they show on TV isn’t what he says in his interviews. They don’t get into all that on the show. It’s all about the business and family time, raising the kids right etc. That said, it doesn’t surprise me that he’s this way. I do believe that Will and his wife aren’t like Phil. They seem more open minded and welcoming, but then again I could be wrong. However, I’M NOT DEFENDING HIM, but his statements don’t offend me that much because almost everyone has that one older person in their family that spews this kind of garbage. I pity him more than I feel anger towards him because he’s so misinformed.

  38. pnichols says:

    Why ya gotta hate on ZZ Top. ;) )

  39. Leila says:

    And this, ladies and gentlemen, is one example of why I will never vote for a conservative.:) :) :)

  40. Sara says:

    He stated his opinions, I see nothing wrong with it. Hard-core Christians are gonna preach the Bible, why are we surprised by this? He never said anyone group was horrible and going to hell, he just said they were sinners, fair enough if you believe in what the Bible says. Do I agree with what he says? no, but I respect the right to have an opinion as long as it’s not demeaning and verbally abusive which he is was not.

    • doofus says:

      “as long as it’s not demeaning and verbally abusive”

      but it IS. he is saying that a gay person is a sinner BECAUSE THEY’RE GAY. which is NOT a choice. it is biological/genetic/something you’re “born with”.

      it’s like saying a left-handed person is a tool of the devil. or that satan resides in a brown-eyed man. he is condemning an entire group of people for something that they didn’t choose.

      and he’s equating homosexuality with bestiality. that’s pretty demeaning, IMO.

    • lunchcoma says:

      You can respect someone’s right to an opinion while still finding the opinion to be vile and hateful.

  41. queenfreddiemercury says:

    I like how he talks about he never “saw” a black person being mistreated. Just because you didn’t see it doesn’t mean it didn’t happen or doesn’t still happen in 2013. As for stating his opinions he allowed to and I’m allowed to call him on it.

  42. Guest says:

    Just observing that some people here are commenting on a guy spewing hatred by calling him (trailer) trash and other names – ironic and against commenting guidelines, no? You don’t have to agree with what he says, but I don’t see the difference between what he’s doing and what some of you are doing.

  43. Miss so and so says:

    I know I will be a the one that draws the fire there… that’s ok. See First off you using JESUS CHRIST this is offensive…. is OFFENSIVE to me.

    Secondly he is right, every Godless society has failed… and we are going down as we speak.

    Phil may not have put things in a nice pretty wrapped package but he is right, spot on.

    Tell people that what they are doing is again God’s law is never good… no one wants to give up the sinful thing that they do… Christians included!

    He knows that he will never be accepted. he will always be ridiculed and attacked… you know WHY he knows this…. If is was good enough for God’s son… Jesus then I am thinking it is good enough for the rest of us.

    • Jen says:

      “Secondly he is right, every Godless society has failed…”

      jesus christ tapdancing on a cracker. You know where the longest lasting civilizations in the world are? China and India. You know what they have in common? Little to no Jesus!

      I’m not sure what they taught you in Bible school, but they were wrong.

    • Leila says:

      Oh my EFFIN G!
      Exactly. We all know that many violent acts have been committed against people in the name of ‘religion’, and been promoted because of religion. Why don’t you share Deuteronomy chapter 22 with us to prove my point, Oh great and pious one? By the way, how old is this planet?

    • Mich says:

      “Secondly he is right, every Godless society has failed…”

      Really? Can you give me some examples of this?

    • tifzlan says:

      I’m gonna need some examples of these “godless societies” you speak of for me to even consider taking this comment seriously. No, really. What “godless societies” do you speak of?

      • pf says:

        Actually “godless societies” like secular Norway and Sweden are doing quite well from what I’ve heard. 27% of Germans and 40% of France do not believe in God. Also, interesting to note that half of Israeli-born Jews consider themselves non-religious, yet still participate in traditions for cultural reasons.

      • tifzlan says:

        @pf: Yes, i’m not saying that there are no godless societies in this world. But OP is saying that EVERY SINGLE ONE of these godless societies has failed and that’s what i meant by my comment: Produce at least five examples of failed “godless societies” and then i can consider maybe taking her comment seriously.

    • Nerd Alert says:

      Is there another Jesus I’m not aware of that condones bigotry and hatred? I mean, I have my doubts about the first one, but if there’s a second Jesus who hates people I’d like to become educated.

      Also, please name these godless societies. All the current godless societies are doing quite well, did you know that?

  44. carol says:

    and they seem like such nice people on the show! :(

  45. Grant says:

    I wonder what this buffoon of a man would think if he knew that there were plenty of gay men who don’t practice anal sex.

    • But Why says:

      What??How, im so not educated….Good God, HOW??This Question is gonna haunt me all day…

    • I Choose Me says:

      This is true. People think gay sex is all about anal intercourse and that the act in and of itself makes you gay. We’re all hung up on labels and definitions in order to categorize the ‘other’ among us. Shoot, wasn’t so long ago most people believed that gay men were all effeminate queens or that lesbians were all ‘butch.’

      But I’m getting off topic. This Phil person don’t bother me so much as all of the comments defending this yahoo or talking about his right to ‘free speech.’ Clearly, he has the right to free speech as nobody is preventing him from spewing his bigoted, racist and homophobic views. And since he’s spouting those views in a public forum those of us who disagree are gonna call him out as the colossal, ignorant asshat he is.

    • Nerd Alert says:

      I sort of wish he would consider how many straight men PREFER anal sex…

  46. matia says:

    He reminds me of my husbands step grandfather who went on a similar rant on thanksgiving about how “the gays” were tools of the terrorists to weaken the military with aids. Hes 86 and since he has alzheimers everyone just lets him rant bc soon enough he quiets down and forgets what he was talking about.

  47. MG says:

    I consider myself very liberal. I support same sex marriage, I married outside my race, I pretty much have the belief that people should live their life they want to. So, although I totally disagree with 99% of what he said, I’m not shocked by it or offended really. It’s depressing that people have these views but LOTS of people have this mentality. I lived in Arkansas for 6 years, I would see the confederate flag daily…and I saw the huge line of traffic waiting to go to chick-fil-a because they were supporting their traditional views on marriage…so I boycotted them. A good friend of mine who grew up in Arkansas didn’t realize you shouldn’t say “colored” any more until I told him. It’s all about ignorance more than hate. At least he tells it like he sees it. He’s not trying to say something to please the majority while secretly being someone else. My husband says those are the really dangerous people, the ones who would shake his hand then call him the N word behind his back. With this Duck guy, you know exactly who he is.

  48. Sayrah says:

    Sheesh I’m from the south too and I’ve heard similar things said before but not all at once! It was like an explosion of ignorance and bigotry.

  49. Claire says:

    I’m so confused by the comment section…when have we lost the idea that you can “believe/think” something is morally wrong/sin, but doesn’t mean you “hate” a person…example, when I was having sex with my boyfriend in high school, my mom deemed it “morally wrong” and hated it…did she hate me, did that make her a bigot? NO. I think it’s “morally wrong” that people drink but I still love my coworkers. Does that make me a bigot to my coworkers? Am I judging them? NO NO
    He said “we never judge someone, that’s the almightys job…” But yes, betweens the lines that means”hateful, bible believing bigot” smh.

    • Kiddo says:

      So did your mother express that if you had premarital sex it would then lead to an onslaught of bestiality? Because he’s making that connection with homosexuality.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Please stop, just STOP.

      “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,”

      THE MAN IS COMPARING HOMOSEXUALITY (AND promiscuity) TO BEASTIALITY. How is that NOT hateful? Also, as an atheist, he’s basically saying that I’m entirely without a moral compass, simply because I don’t believe in what he believes in. The man is alienating and judging people based on their sexuality or belief system, but we’re not supposed to judge him? Give me a f*cking break.

      EDIT: Kiddo you beat me to it! Dammnit ;)

      • Claire says:

        So you get to judge some who is “beastiality” and say they are wrong, but i bet they would say they didn’t choose it, and it’s what they desire…so why do you get to judge them and be a bigot towards them? So you get to draw moral lines and decide who YOU get to judge, and lambast someone who speaks of his own biblical moral compass, sounds a little hypocritical to me

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Uhhh…excuse me? Are you serious with this comment?
        You must be trolling. You have to be.

        Bestiality is no different than pedophilia.
        Number one, it’s against the law (and why exactly do you think that is?).
        Number two, IT’S RAPE.

        …and yes, I DO judge rapists, very harshly in fact.

        Animals and children do not have the ability to consent to sex with a human adult.

      • Mich says:

        @ Claire

        LOL! I’m laughing…but not ‘with’ you…

    • Nerd Alert says:

      Yes, you are judging your coworkers, and your mother was judging you. Do you really not know the meaning of that word? I’ll give you a clue, and I’ll even emphasize the key words.

      You cannot have OPINIONS without first exercising JUDGMENT. If you have opinions about someone’s behavior, you have judged them. The end.

  50. Dawn says:

    Well I am not at all shocked by this and I find it funny that he picked a verse from the bible that said something about male prostitution but nothing bad about female prostitution. Hmmm. This is what happens when we take people and put them on television and act as if they are some kind of hero or star when they are NOT. I don’t watch this type of so-called reality shows because ALL of them are scripted first and foremost and are not at all like the characters they play in real life. I doubt this backwards bible thumping family does much for those who have less than they do as well. They are of the “let them eat cake” brand of Christianity or at least it seems to me. Not at all impressed.

  51. Virgilia Coriolanus says:

    You know what? I don’t really understand why people (Christians or otherwise) get their panties in a wad over gay marriage, etc. I don’t really understand it. And then actively try and shut it down, while also making it known that all the gays are going to go to hell. (Just in case any of you didn’t know, according to the Bible you only go to hell if you haven’t accepted Jesus as your savior–so the idea of going to hell for being gay is false, even according to Christianity).

    I mean, I consider myself to be a Christian–not a very good one, but that’s beside the point. My way of thinking is that even IF I agreed with all of this–that premarital sex is wrong, that you only get divorced if you are abused or cheated on, that being gay is wrong, etc–even if I believed all of that (which I don’t), I still would not vote to shut any of that down. When it comes to issues like that, I think that we should just let people be, even if we think it’s wrong. Because we aren’t here (no one is) here to dictate other people’s lives. As long as there is no abuse or coercion going on, I don’t think it should be anyone’s business.

    Same with abortion. I hate the idea of abortion–I wish that all birth control was 100% effective, that all people who didn’t want kids used condoms/birth control, that there was deadly birth defects, etc–I basically wish that all people who wanted kids would get pregnant, and those who didn’t–wouldn’t. But the world doesn’t work that way. And in the end, it’s the kids who suffer–EVERY TIME. While I personally don’t think I could ever get an abortion, I would rather have people go get an abortion (in a nice clean hospital room, with a doctor who knows what he’s doing), than to go to quacks who have no clue what they’re doing, or using other methods i.e. wire hanger.

    I just don’t understand why it bothers people that much. My family left our old church (that we’d been going to for eight years) because the pastor was getting too homophobic. Like my dad believes that being gay is a sin, and HE was getting uncomfortable with what the pastor was saying (especially since he was outright condemning them, saying they were going to hell, and had no compassion AT ALL–and he’s like that with EVERYONE. If you don’t believe the exact same way as he does, he has no use, love, or compassion for you. And I am dead serious.)–which is pretty bad.

    • Malificent says:

      Come to my church, Virgilia. Our current pastor is a woman, and our previous pastor was an openly gay man, as are a number of our members. We’re not a perfect community — but our welcome doesn’t require anyone to change or hide their lives. I’ve been accused by others of being a cafeteria Christian, a “liberal” Christian, and no Christian at all. If being a cafeteria Christian means that I only choose Love and Acceptance from the buffet table — then I’ll gladly take the insult.

    • blue marie says:

      Thank you for stating this better than I could VC, I pretty much feel the same as you.

  52. TheOriginalKitten says:

    Why does this discussion always come up? Of course he’s allowed to say what he wants, and we have a right to respond to his very public comments.

    • Leila in wunderland says:

      People love to derail conversations about homophobia, racism, misogyny, and body-shaming by screaming ”BUT FREE SPEECH!” (Ignoring the fact that free speech isn’t one-sided. The bigot can talk, and we can talk about the bigot).

      To people like this, ‘free speech’ is > actual people.

    • Kiddo says:

      Some people think “free speech” means without any penalty, a retort or a figurative price to be paid, and that is simply not the case. Free speech allows you to express your beliefs and opinions, but it doesn’t cancel out the free speech of opposing views. The government can’t punish you for saying what you want, with exceptions, but that doesn’t mean that you will be embraced by the public and/or private entities.

  53. Anorexicsupermodel says:

    What the hell is a duck dynasty?

  54. Lisa says:

    I really wish I didn’t share a last name with them.

  55. annaloo. says:

    I’ve heard more offensive things working in a NYC ad agency about black, jewish, obese, Asian and, of course the favorite to slam in NYC, southerners. There is no lock on bigotry for any part of the country and I’ve come to this: We can and should do the best to our abilities as an individual to live by morals and values that impart fairness and equality, but sometimes you have to take people for what they are. Getting offended won’t change them, and you can put your energy into better things.

    GQ’s put this guy for a feature interview, and a magazine like Garden & Gun hasn’t given him any space. Maybe it says more about the magazine.

    • Kiddo says:

      I don’t think anyone sincerely believes that writing an opposing opinion on CB is going to change the heart and mind of this man. But at the same time, this man has a very public format on which to express his views. Left unopposed, it stands as if everyone is in agreement, and that’s not the case. Further, these reality cartoons, all of them, have fans and some of those people may be influenced by opinions of people they admire. It’s not terrible for people to voice that they are not cosigning this mindset.

      • lunchcoma says:

        I agree with this. I don’t believe that publicizing this will change Robertson’s mind, but I think it’s worth pointing out that many people don’t agree with these views. I think it’s also worth airing them so that people who might otherwise consider this family to be charming have a fuller picture and can make their decisions about how much they support their entertainment careers with both the good and the bad in mind.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Exactly, Kiddo. The only acceptable response (for me personally) is outrage and opposition, silence on the matter is really just condoning this man’s intolerance. I have no desire to change the way he thinks, but you better believe I’m going to exercise my First Amendment right just like he did.

      • Mich says:

        This is not a First Amendment issue. The First keeps us safe from government censorship. Nothing more, nothing less. The notion that it somehow ‘regulates’ societal discourse is just wrong.

        And I LOVE how it is always those who espouse hate and bigotry who jump on the ‘free speech!’ bandwagon. And the fact that they do so to try to deprive others (opposition voices) an equal right to express an opinion is pathetically ironic.

        (Like always, I’m in full agreement with you TOKitten!)

      • annaloo. says:

        Kiddo, fundamentally, I agree with you, but my point is about being effective. I mean, the irony is found by just scrawling through some of the comments here. There’s a lot of back handed bigotry being projected on this man’s ENTIRE family bc of what he has singularly said, where they are from, that he’s a Christian, what their motivation was for adopting a black son, etc

        I don’t think that when people are silent, it’s bc they agree. I think that’s too broad a stroke to paint. My point was that you can only practice your own morals and values for equality. My point was about being effective, and I don’t think expressing opinions against this guy on a site like Celebitchy -as wonderful as it is- is particularly effective or any act of making him change his position. I think we agree on that. However, if you truly think being silent equals agreement, then speak up against some of the posters slamming Christians & Southerners here. Skimming over the comments, I’ve seen “bunch of bigoted, homophobic trash”, “awful people”, and presumptions on why they adopted a black child when I;m sure people here don’t know any of these people personally, much less watch the show. I’m not white, I’m not Southern, and I’m not Christian, but I know prejudice when I see it, and it’s happening right on this thread. So if you’re against being silent against bigotry, well, look at this thread — some of the comments are your chance to effect your morals and values.

        And yes, I think it’s very telling that GQ printed his interview, and G&G doesn’t feature them. And I absolutely agree that Reality TV spawns a lot of bad influences, but no more so than the influences you can of find of free will on the internet, tv, your local bar, the subway, etc — or even on your favorite gossip site’s message thread.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        @Annaloo-I think we all agree that we’re not going to change this man’s mind (was anyone here really trying to do that?) but you seem to imply that because we can’t change his mind, then we should all be silent and not express our opinions. I don’t understand that way of thinking. At all.

        If Americans never expressed disagreement or opposing views then not only would change never happen, but it wouldn’t be much of a democracy or even a fun place to live.

        The difference between religious people and religious fanatics is one thing: intolerance. Holding fervently religious views is not dangerous in and of itself; but using those views to justify the demonization of homosexuals, women, black people or any race/gender/group/ethnicity, without any regard for their inherent HUMAN rights is what most of us take issue with.

        Myself and others aren’t going to be quiet about something that outrages us simply because we can’t change the minds of those who hold the opposing viewpoint. I mean…why would we?

        I do however agree that name-calling isn’t effective in making one’s point. Quite the opposite actually and I think it’s an important point for myself and others to remember. On that note, I’d like to humbly retract my comment about him being a “redneck” ;)

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        “So if you’re against being silent against bigotry, well, look at this thread — some of the comments are your chance to effect your morals and values.”

        …and just to add:
        why should it fall on any of our shoulders to publicly defend a man who holds a viewpoint that many of us disagree with?

        This is pretty much the standard in the world of celeb gossip-if you don’t like a celebrity, you’re not going to waste time on others who DO like that celebrity, lecturing them about name-calling. The C/B forum is more polite than most, but people have a right to have a strong opinion about a celeb-in fact, that’s why most of us are here.

        Robertson was given a very public platform to spew his opinion, so why shouldn’t we have the chance to respond to it? This is OUR platform, as none of us are giving magazine interviews or starring in our own reality TV show. People aren’t obligated to be nice and sweet towards this man, although basic civility is certainly expected.

        I have a feeling that if this thread was about Adam Lambert and there were the usual homophobic comments (not here but on other sites), that Phil Robertson wouldn’t be wasting his time chastising others for using homophobic slurs. I might be wrong, but I doubt it….

        EDIT: sorry for the back-to-back long comments and any redundancies. Sometimes I wish we could have real conversations around here, and avoid all the typing!

      • annaloo. says:

        No, I think I’m not making myself clear, for which I apologize. I’m definitely not saying you should be silent. I’m concerned with what is EFFECTIVE. This forum is not effective to change this guy (which we agree on). THat was my “what the hell is the point posting here going to do” moment. But it was telling that so many prejudiced remarks went unchecked on this thread alone, and also going after the entire family/Southern culture/Christianity with prejudiced generalizations. To me, I think that was lost on folks. I also think it was lost on folks that GQ gave this guy print space, but a Southern magazine like Garden & Gun doesn’t. Our actions make us.

        For the record, no, I don’t agree with him, and yes, I believe everyone has a right to his or her own opinion. I just want Efforts to be reward with Effect.

        I thought calling out this guy HERE isn’t effective. (we agree)

        I think folks need to look at their own actions of where they may set examples of the equality and fair treatment they want to see others practice as well.

        I think that the South isn’t the only place we’ll hear prejudiced comments about others, a lot of the time it’s surprisingly much closer – esp amongst the people we agree with.

        Sorry about the word salad, I hope I was clearer this time.

      • Mich says:

        @ annaloo.

        Oh please. A lot of us calling this guy out for his ignorant crap are Southern Christians. We know exactly what he represents and you have no idea what many of us do to fight this type of thinking. And you are ignoring the fact that real people are being real hurt on a daily basis by men like him who back their bigoted thinking with votes to deny others the civil rights that he enjoys.

        And what does it matter if we call him out here? It is a gossip blog/community and is as good a place as any.

    • TheyPromisedMeBeer says:

      “GQ’s put this guy for a feature interview, and a magazine like Garden & Gun hasn’t given him any space. Maybe it says more about the magazine. ”

      +10000000

  56. G says:

    Preview of what’s to come during Christmas with my in laws!! Might make it into a drinking game this year… Cheers!!

  57. RememberThe'80s says:

    I always ZZ Top were nice guys! Huh.

  58. GeeMoney says:

    I love it how all of the men look like mountain people and their wives all look normal. Yeesh.

  59. Lady Satan says:

    Well, he nailed it. He’s just an old bible-thumping, uneducated, homophobic piece of white trash.

    I have watched the show in the past, and while I know it’s all fake (show me a “real” reality show), I thought it was fun, fluff entertainment. After reading his ignorant remarks however, I won’t be watching it again.

    By the way Phil, you homophobic moron – Hitler was a Christian same as you.

  60. Ginger says:

    I grew up in Northern California In a culturally diverse community. But I visit family in the Midwest often (Indiana and Nebraska respectively) it’s amazing how different sections of the country have radically opposite belief systems. I’ve learned to respect those differences. I just agree to disagree most of the time. Now I noticed he never mentions Buddhism which is also without Jesus but they are peaceful. He might benefit from learning about these cultures himself rather than taking someone else’s word for it.

  61. original kay says:

    The whole interview is offensive.

    What I always find even more of an offense is people who say they follow the teachings of the bible, and quote from it, but only select things. Either follow the bible, or don’t, but don’t pick and choose the parts you want to follow and call yourself a believer.

  62. Barb the Evil Genius says:

    Christians do believe that homosexuality is a sin. That doesn’t make us afraid of homosexual people any more than it makes us afraid of ourselves. St. Paul called himself the chief of sinners; Christians know that we sin a lot, every day. I don’t agree with everything Phil said; actually, I don’t understand where a lot of what he said came from. But unless you eradicate all Christians off the face of the earth, you will always have people believing that homosexuality is wrong. Plus, you’ll have to get rid of all the Orthodox Jews and the Muslims. This isn’t about hate with me; it’s about two thousand years of religious belief. I hope people can accept that, but it won’t change anything if you don’t.

    • lunchcoma says:

      No one’s threatening to eradicate you. I thoroughly respect your right to think that homosexuality is morally wrong. I also value my right to think that your religious beliefs are morally wrong.

    • Sam says:

      Um, No. Barb, you clearly don’t know much about Christianity. You know about your particular flavor. I’m a Christian (Scientist, but we still count). I went to Divinity School too, so I know of what I speak. There is nothing in the word of Jesus that says being gay isn’t okay. Homosexuality is mentioned a grand total of 5 times in the whole Bible – 2 in Leviticus and 3 times in the Pauline Epistiles. All of them have been grossly mistranslated and twisted by people with an agenda. So please, you need to get off your high horse and accept that even Christians are divided on this. Don’t use religion as a cover to justify anything.

      • David Morris says:

        UM Sam, I know Christian Scientists, I grew up in a reading room because My grandmother never took a drug or went to a dentist. That is why, when she had a stroke, she lived as a mute in a bed for 7 years. It was the worst thing I had and have ever seen. BUT, that is not the issue here. The issue is that everyone seems to have their own interpretation of Homosexuality as being a sin in the Bible, here is the wikipedia version, they are far from conservative “Right wingers”
        Chapters 18 and 20 of Leviticus, which form part of the Holiness code, contain the following verses:
        18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. (Leviticus 18:22 KJV)[1]
        20:13 “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” (Leviticus 20:13 KJV)[2]
        The two verses have historically been interpreted by Jews and Christians as clear blanket prohibitions against homosexual acts. More recent interpretations focus on its context as part of the Holiness Code, a code of purity meant to distinguish the behavior of Israelites from the Canaanites.[3][4]
        Abomination in the old Hebrew, in which the old testament was written has 4 meanings in our current english, just like the word “Love” has 7 in Greek, SOOOO, anyone can try to lable the words anything they want but it does say in the old testament that it is an “abomination” I believe any way you slice it, that means a sin.
        NOW, what these hating bigoted Christianophobes are trying to do is to make everything a question of “grey” and to a Christian, ALL LAW COMES FROM GOD. Here is another part of Mathew 7: 1-2 Do not judge others, then you will not be judged. 2 The way you judge others, that is the way you will be judged. How much you give to others is how much will be given to you.
        Has anyone noticed that Phil Robertson SAID THIS TOO? That he knows he cannot, as a human and a sinner, throw stones in his own glass house?

        YOU are a bunch of hypocrites

      • Sam says:

        Okay, David – if you want to quote Letiticus 18, let’s do that. You believe that Leviticus commands us to believe that homosexuality is a sin. Okay, let’s run with that. Leviticus also commands us to:

        When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. 10 Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the foreigner. I am the Lord your God.

        “‘Do not plant your field with two kinds of seed.
        “‘Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material.

        “‘Do not eat any meat with the blood still in it.

        27 “‘Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard.
        28 “‘Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the Lord.

        Well, David, it seems you’re in a bit of a bind here. Ever eaten a medium rare steak? Ever worn cotton poly-blend? Ever had a garden with more than one thing in it? You wicked, evil sinner. God will smite you down.

        Oh, I do have to add: The Robertsons might want to take that command about beard-clipping a lot more seriously. It seems as though they are displeasing God.

        Hypocrite.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        David-I’m a “believer” too, as in: I BELIEVE you just had your ass handed to you.

      • Nerd Alert says:

        I also believe this to be true, this ass-handing.

    • Kiddo says:

      It has to do with the individual interpretations of a source in a belief system. There are Christian groups who do not believe homosexuality is a sin. Further, from the source document, there are many teachings which have been abandoned, as they have been deemed outdated. So, there is some picking and choosing as to which ideals remain beyond antiquity, and the only people who can change that are those within the religions. Why some adherence is so steadfast while others are not, is a question that believers might ask themselves. Examples: Exodus 21:7: it’s okay selling daughters into slavery, Lev.25:44, buying slaves from neighboring nations is a-ok, Lev. 19:27, haircuts around the temples are a no-no Exodus 35:2, if working on the day of the sabbath, you should be stoned to death.

    • Nerd Alert says:

      I disagree that as long as there will be Christains there will also be people against homosexuality. I think you would be shocked to learn what Christians used to believe that they no longer do. It’s clear you have no idea that women were forced to stay away from men during their periods, that slavery was condoned, daughters were sold to men like cattle, and there’s something about burning bulls in there, too. All of these things changed. Why would the hatred of homosexuality not change? Christianity will outlive many notions of bigotry to come.

      • Barb the Evil Genius says:

        That wasn’t Christianity, that was Judaism. Which means the Jews were idiots too, right? Those stupid Jews and their Sky God. And again, not hatred, not bigotry. Unless you also think I hate everyone who: gossips, lies, cheats, murders, steals, is lazy, is divorced, swears, has sex out of wedlock, gets drunk, loses his temper, on and on. In other words, anyone who sins. Which, get this, includes me and everyone in the entire world, ever.

        The Church is growing in places like Siberia, where the Soviet Communists spent decades trying to wipe out Christianity altogether. Christianity has existed for over 2000 years. If the Church changes her beliefs, she is not the Church anymore.

      • Sam says:

        Barb:

        I’m sorry, that’s BS. Do you know how many times the Catholic Church has changed its beliefs? Plenty! Read the Epistles of Paul – he addresses several of them to female bishops. But the Church changed that and started believing that only men could be priests. The Church initially declined to become involved in marriages, believing that it was a matter for the state. Religious marriage only came about the Middle Ages as a way to protect the Church’s land holdings.

        Many forms of Protestantism have evolved over the years. My own Church changed it’s views on doctors – so yes, it totally happens! Religion is just like anything else – it changes, it evolves.

      • Nerd Alert says:

        The bible was written for two reasons: control and explanation. It’s an ancient text that attempts to explain the world while controlling society. It was useful, and it worked. So to answer your question: no, the Jews weren’t idiots, although I never called anyone an idiot in the first place. Like early Christians and Muslims, they were ignorant. They were pulling fairy tales out of their backsides to explain things they couldn’t. Then, they figured out the power of the god and wrote a bunch of laws into the book. Your “sin” was made up by people with a 2nd grade education so that people would maintain order. Also, you should know that a large population Christians still consider the old testament part of the bible.

        If you think the bible as it exists today is the same as the one written 2000 years ago, I can’t help you. If you think Christians today would condone the things Christians did 2000 years ago or even 100 years ago, there is no help for you at all.

    • Isabelle says:

      Please don’t categorize all Christians as believing the same as you. As a person that works in the ministry, has a theology degree and grew up in the South, I don’t share any belief you have listed. Just because the Christians probably surrounding you believe as you doesn’t mean all of us believe as you do or the Robertson’s.

  63. shouldawouldacoulda says:

    My grandparents grew up in the Delta picking cotton too. They were poor white trash as well. When I asked them about segregation, racism etc. They pretty much said something similar we were all poor and lived/worked side by side.

    • Mich says:

      Um. Sure. But I’m betting your grandparents could sit wherever they wanted on the bus, go into any store they liked, never worried about lynchings or cross burnings, and were allowed to vote. Other than that, they were 100% in the same boat.

      • Nclark6 says:

        @Mich Thank-you. As an African American with parents and grandparents from Louisiana. It was not the same. Blacks were treated as second and even third class citizens who had no rights. Yeah there were poor whites who had it bad, but Blacks had it a lot worst back then(people need to open up history books)…..it wasn’t this Hakuna Matata thing. Plus historically when things got bad e.g. A lack of jobs it is documented that poor whites turned on Blacks when they felt threatened in regards to job security, housing, etc. Due to this some poor whites were the most ardent racists….

  64. David Morris says:

    I love the fact that all you people out here are ranting and raving about how “Offensive” Mr. Robertsons interview was but you know what? He was RIGHT. From a Christian perspective, HERE IT IS YOU IDIOTS
    that the Robertson family really believes strongly that if the human race loved each other and they loved God, we would just be better off. We ought to just be repentant, turn to God, and let’s get on with it, and everything will turn around.””

    There is nothing that Phil said in this interview that was offensive or upsetting. What is upsetting is that the radical left and the GLAD people are using this to try to make him and his family the villains. They are not the villains, they are CHRISTIANS. LOOK IT UP. As Phil says, and as your idiotic set up interview states, PHIL HIMSELF HAS SINNED. Who hasn’t HMMM? READ Mathew 7:5
    4″Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? 5″You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. 6″Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.
    Everyone on this site who is calling Phil names, if you consider yourself a Christian, then what are YOU doing right now? maybe SINNING?

    • Kiddo says:

      Why do you assume that everyone is Christian, and if you don’t, why do you think that non-Christians have to subscribe to and agree with those beliefs or perspectives?

    • Leila in wunderland says:

      One rabid, brainwashed zealot standing up for another.

    • Sam says:

      Uh, nope. Actual Christians are deeply divided over whether homosexuality is a sin. Jesus never said one word about gay people (in fact, look up the story of the Centurion and his servant – there’s a lot of strong evidence that they were Gay, and Jesus treated them respectfully. So there goes that argument).

      In my experience, the people who claim to be Christians are usually the ones who don’t actually take responsibility for their own faith. They are also usually the ones who haven’t read the Bible through and carefully. Homosexuality is mentioned a grand total of 5 times – and not at all in the Gospels. The 5 references have almost all uniformly been mis-translated. My faith changed when I actually read the Bible in its entirety, as opposed to letting others tell me what it said.

      Phil isn’t “a Christian.” He’s a member of the Churchs of Christ. The term Christian is so vast, and covers so many people, that it’s basically meaningless now – and won’t tell you anything about what they believe. Even if what he says is not offensive, it is just stupid. Why is he quoting Corinthians – which was written by Saint Paul – when that passage directly contradicts statements made by Jesus? If he is truly a Christian, he knows that the word of Jesus takes precidence over anything else in the Bible. Sounds to me like he’s not exactly as good a Christian as he thinks he is.

    • lunchcoma says:

      I don’t consider myself to be a Christian.

      I also don’t think that the fact that someone is Christian means they’re a villain, or that they’re not a villain. Some of the very best people I know are devout Christians, though most of them don’t hold the exact same beliefs as you and Robertson. I also know plenty of admirable people of other faiths and people who I admire who aren’t religious at all. I also know contemptible people who fit into all those categories.

      At the moment I’m drinking a cup of coffee and looking at a computer screen. Perhaps there’s a sin in there somewhere, but I’m not doing anything that violates my personal code of ethics.

    • Mich says:

      Wow! Jesus’ message of love and tolerance just came through my computer screen like a blast when reading your uplifting words (not really…).

      “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 7:12).

    • Stefanie says:

      I don’t consider myself a Christian – I consider myself a human in line with every other human. It’s funny that he starts on a rant on everyone loving one another, then goes off and compares being gay with shtooping dogs and cheating on your wife. ONE OF THESE THINGS IS NOT LIKE THE OTHER. Further, I find it very telling that you never ever ever ever see these hard core “Christians” lobbying for divorce to be illegal. Divorce is a sin, adultery is a sin, a major one spoken about NUMEROUS times int he Bible and hey, the TEN COMMANDMENTS. But yet these people never put up a huge fight with divorce. Wanna know why? They know they might eventually need one. And God forbid they put up laws that would prevent THEM from doing what they want. But if they ain’t gay, hey, they don’t need gay marriage or ENDA!

      Vocal ideas like this – that gays are in line with people who screw goats and dudes hwo routinely cheat on their wives (or vice versa) is the reason why it is still so hard to be an out open LGBT person in this country. Those connotations and connections lead other idiots to say the same thing. It’s like this ridiculous, semi Christian version of telephone where someone’s aunt in Louisiana doesn’t like gay people because they’re all pedophiles and they all are obsessed with sxe and all they do is lay around in asless chaps all day watching pron. She’s never met a gay guy, but she knows this is exactly how they act because people like the ones on Duck Dynasty talk about it and she takes their word for law. Don’t you get it? Sadly int his country you still have people who buy into this crap, who are uneducated enough to believe this is TRUTH, not just a personal faith belief. He talks about vagina like gays choose to be gay. THEY DON’T! It has nothing to do with “more space”, it has to do with neurobiology, something this man knows NOTHING about but is speaking as if he does! It’s dangerous and harms the forward momentum of the LGBT movement.

      Christian belief is fine, but these people all seek to enshrine their personal, cherry picked chosen faith belief into LAW that everyone must subscribe to. They don’t want marriage equality or ENDA or bullying prevention at school because they don’t “believe it’s right”. Well cool, I don’t believe being a dickhead in the name of Jesus Christ is right, but hey, I would never deny you the right to be one.

    • Nerd Alert says:

      Yeah, you and Phil look up to Hateful Jesus. Most Christians I know look up to Regular Jesus.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      Calling people idiots is sooooo Christian (please note, that is sarcasm). I am sure Jesus would love that! The hypocrisy in your posts is hysterical. I can’t believe you started out call people names in ALL CAPS and then posted this, “Everyone on this site who is calling Phil names, if you consider yourself a Christian, then what are YOU doing right now? maybe SINNING?”

      Read your own posts! Thanks for the laughs!

  65. Sam says:

    Uh, Phil seems to pick a choose what he likes about the Bible. He’s built up quite a good bit of wealth through his company. I guess he missed that part of the Bible when Jesus says “It is easier for a camel to thread the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.” Poor guy must have missed that part.

  66. Sachi says:

    I just started watching the show a couple of months ago and Phil is…yikes. He has his funny moments when he talks about ducks and hunting, but oftentimes he makes comments about women and sex, women being wife-material as long as they can cook, and other phrases that are off the old “Women barefoot in the kitchen” line of thought and he just throws it out there like it’s so normal to him, and it probably is. I find it demeaning.

    There was an episode where Willie, Phil’s son, hired a pet photographer and it was awkward. Phil said something about the photographer having “mother issues” and from that point on I found the episode to be distasteful. Phil didn’t make any comments towards the guy at all and he didn’t preach and rant or exhibit any homophobic/hateful behaviour but the sentiment was there and you could see it in his demeanour.

    What I wonder is how much of his views are spread to his community? If everyone else in West Monroe thinks the way he does? If his whole family subscribes to everything he believes?

    I don’t think he means to do harm to others, like actually committing hate crimes. I don’t think he relishes the thought of other people being harmed because they “don’t have Jesus” in their lives, but his beliefs are extremely uninformed and misinformed and he’s happy to keep it that way. He proudly calls himself white trash and on the show, he doesn’t like ‘yuppies’ or anything resembling a lot of modernity and technology.

    He seems to live in a self-imposed bubble, probably trying too hard to deny his past as someone who had problems with alcohol, walked out on his family/threw out his wife and kids several times, and beat up a man and a woman.

    Now that he found Jesus, all is well again and he’s a completely different person…but still has the memories and the extreme beliefs of the “Old Phil” who didn’t see any black person mistreated in the 1960s. Ugh.

  67. yennefer says:

    I’m from Poland, so his views on homosexuality isn’t shocking to me… They’re quite softcore comparing to what I hear and read everyday, so most of you guys would get a heart attack after spending a week here. But what’s really surprising to me, is how this guy is racist and ignorant to American history. And I’m really, really starting to think that most Polish people aren’t as racist as some Southern Americans. I mean, Poland is the place where 99% people are white, but I have a black neighbor and these old ladies always say hello first to him… We have a black parliamentarian, who is really popular among, and this is funny, CONSERVATIVES. Of course Im not saying that there are no Polish racists, because sadly, there are. But in America, there was black slavery once, and in Poland for obvious reasons there wasn’t. So I think it comes from history.

    • lunchcoma says:

      I’m certainly not going to defend American racism, because there’s a lot that’s indefensible there, but I think it’s worth pointing out that there are many people who will be kind to people of other races and admire certain politicians and celebrities while also holding some horrifyingly racist beliefs.

      Also, as someone who is not a Southerner, I don’t think it’s fair to paint this as purely being a Southern problem. I live in the Midwest, and there are racists here too. I also ran into racists when I lived in New York City. Sometimes the stereotypes and the justifications for racism change, but the rest of the US isn’t exempt from this problem.

  68. daisyfly says:

    “I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once.”

    Well, when you think treating someone like they are lesser than you is acceptable, of course you won’t see MIStreatment since that kind of treatment is acceptable.

  69. MarlaAnn says:

    The reason why shows like this are on the air are 1. as a society we can(want to) laugh and point our finger at people (who are ignorant like this) – think of every reality show where this is the base premise 2. the other part of society is just like them, completely ignorant. Boom, ratings.

  70. Katija says:

    I’m just shocked that anyone would want to watch a show about the people who make duck calls.

    Would you guys watch a show about my bathroom sink leaking? I could get you some footage…

  71. Katie says:

    He sounds like every other self-hating, Bible-thumping born again Christian in the South. What everyone should do is ignore Phil Robertson. What they will do is all tune into Duck Dynasty to see if it’s all an act and cause the ratings the increase, thus increasing that entire family’s bank accounts. Phil just traded one or two addiction(s) (alcohol and pills) for another (Jesus). Never trust or listen to any kind of addict, kids. Don’t give them any kind of attention, either. Just side step them on the street (or on the internet) and they’ll find someone else to con.

  72. Tiffany :) says:

    This is one of the most awful and ignorant things I have read in a very long time:

    “Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues”

  73. Norman says:

    I just read this on TMZ a second ago and he has his defenders and they say the usual stuff. He can say what he wants, his audience will probably not change much because a lot of his audience may hold his views but attitudes are changing across the country, a trend for equality whether he like it or not, and from that he can loose advertisers. To me Phil sounds like a cranky old guy who believes Americas greatest days are long behind her.

  74. MSat says:

    This entire family doesn’t even have two collective brain cells to rub together. How can anyone be surprised by these comments?

    I just hope this will signal an end to the “Hillbilly reality show” genre that is all the rage right now. Oh, how I despise it.

    • Fed up says:

      This ignorant family without two brain cells to rub together are also multi millionaires and hugely successful. Don’t judge an entire family for the actions of one. I’m sure your family would hope for the same thing based on your comments

      • MSat says:

        Money doesn’t buy brains or class. (Paris Hilton, exhibit A). I don’t give a shit how much money they’ve made off their dumbass show or their merchandising deal with Wal-Mart. These people are low-class, inbred, backwoods cavemen. No amount of money can fix their levels of ignorance. It’s about time their true colors came to light.

        Now if we can just get rid of the drooling knuckle-draggers of Honey Boo Boo, Swamp People and those various “hillbillys who wrassle with critters” programs that pollute all of cable TV, life will be complete.

  75. Christin says:

    No matter where a person lives (South, North, or wherever), there is a way to express your personal beliefs and thoughts that is less offensive.

    My extended family includes a famous performer who was Southern (born dirt poor) and ended up being known well beyond the U.S. He never went to college. He was famous for decades, which means he had plenty of chances to say some offensive things. He was very spiritual, and he did not hide it. However, he typically spoke only of the mistakes he made along the way and the solace he’d found (though he knew he was not and would never be perfect). He embraced groups of people that society often ignores. He became famous around the same time as another, probably even better known and much admired performer (also from the South), who was also openly spiritual and did not come across judgmental.

    My point is, not every Southerner or uneducated person is necessarily an offensive person with closed minded beliefs applied to others.

  76. FoxyKnoxy says:

    Ewww. I can’t watch the show as I have a tendency to gag from glancing at their crusty looking beards. Does anyone take him seriously these days? People watch the show for the entertainment value. When the novelty wears off, as suspected, no one will care. I will give him some credit, even though he’s not the most informed, he knows how to collect a paycheck.

  77. TheCountess says:

    I’ve never watched the show, and I know I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but I’d have been more shocked if this guy had said anything *other* than what he said. If it looks, walks and dresses like an ass-backwards hee-haw, chances are it is.

  78. Alexis says:

    He’s a douche and should leave Christianity out of it bc many Christians do not agree with his positions. And I can’t believe people are defending this tool. He has the right to say what he wants, and others have just as much of a right to denounce him. And him being a nice guy in other ways doesn’t make his bigotry any less wrong. And just because he loves his black grandson doesn’t mean he’s not bigoted against the group as a whole. It’s easy for bigots to be like “but this person in my life that I love doesn’t ‘count’ for the purposes of gauging the group I judge.”

  79. iheartjacksparrow says:

    A&E just announced he’s been put on “indefinite hiatus.”

  80. TheOriginalKitten says:

    Did anybody see Wilson Cruz’s (Ricky Vasquez!) statement about this?

    I thought he was so eloquent and so perfectly represented the GLAAD organization:

    “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,” said GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz. “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.”

  81. LaurieH says:

    What this guy said is truly judgmental and eye-rolling. But then so is what most people here have posted. Nothing gets my eyes rolling around in their sockets more than a person casting judgment on someone for casting judgment. I am seriously getting too old for this petty, hypocritical shit.

    • Aysla says:

      But… you just cast judgment on people casting judgment on a person casting judgment and…

      Like another poster mentioned, opinions are judgments (by the way, judgments don’t always refer to the negative) so it all ends up being inevitable. It’s a hot-button issue. I’m a minority, but I wasn’t really ruffled by the interview– simply because I know he and people like him are unlikely to change. I actually am saddened that I feel that way. I have no problem with people getting up in arms about what he said; his remarks were published in a popular magazine that reaches a pretty wide audience, and has the ability to influence younger generations negatively. His interview was for mass consumption. What did he (or others on here) expect the reaction would be to such incendiary comments? I’m glad that he was given a forum to speak about his views, it shows that racism is very much alive and well (I mention this because I’ve directly met and talked with people who believe that racism doesn’t actually exist, but that minorities are just trying to victimize themselves for social benefits). I’ve been on the receiving end of blatant racism that reduced me to tears, so much so that I couldn’t sleep for several nights after it happened. My experiences are not unique, and I wish more people would acknowledge that. I appreciate that many posters who commented today do.

      As for Robertson, I don’t believe he is an evil man. I do believe that some of his viewpoints are immoral, uninformed, and hypocritical.

  82. bettyrose says:

    Maybe I’d feel differently if I lived in the South, but I honestly don’t care if people like this are full of ignorance and hate. Those are his demons. Yes, he’s managed to get rich & famous, but most people like him are just bitter and going no where with it. It gives pointless old coots like him too much power to care what they think.

  83. homegrrrrl says:

    another confirmation of why I don’t watch tv. really. I miss this and the real housewife thing?

  84. Megan says:

    I suppose the benefit of living in a free country is: he’s entitled to his opinion and I am entitled to disagree. You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.

  85. potatoheaded bobby says:

    Free speech hurts doesn’t it?

  86. Nemesis says:

    Aww come on. Phil just doesn’t sugar coat what he believes in. We all got somebody (usually older like him) that is this way. I kinda respect the fact that he speaks his mind. That is his belief and he doesn’t say one thing while believing another.

    I think he’s old school and narrow minded with what he believes. I also think that he’s looking at the pre-civil rights area through rose colored glasses. But this is America and he has every right to say what he wants. Also you have every right to watch his show or not.

    Btw, I’m a white girl from Louisiana. I once asked my grandma if she had to choose between one of her granddaughters dating a black guy, being a lesbian or getting fat, she said none. She’d disown one of us for all of these offenses. Guess what? She ignorant and narrow minded. But that’s what she believes. I still love her.

  87. SunnySide says:

    Were these comments offensive? Yes. However, I am much more angry and offended about the fact that this article has over twice as many outraged comments as the R. Kelly article.

    HE IS RAPING AND DAMAGING AND ABUSING UNDERAGE GIRLS. THIS IS SO MUCH MORE OFFENSIVE THAN A FEW RELIGIOUS COMMENTS. These girls’ lives are being RUINED. Why is society treating them like they are disposable?!? You want to talk real discrimination and racism? The fact that these young black women are being abused and no one cares! I am so much more worked about about these women, real women, real lives, real problems, than I am about a stupid GQ article.

    You have your panties all in the wrong twist, folks.

    • Aysla says:

      You added to the tally. I agree with you, what R.Kelly did and continues to do (and get away with) is monstrous. On that post, everyone agreed. There are always more comments on posts where there are disagreements (that’s why Aniston/Jolie-Pitt threads tend to blow up), which I believe is the real reason behind the disparity. At least I hope it is, but I believe I saw many of the posters from this thread on the R.Kelly thread as well.

  88. SamiHami says:

    Yup, I pretty much expected these responses when I heard about this. He has some beliefs that are offensive. What troubles me more than his beliefs is that so many people think he’s not allowed to have offensive beliefs. This is America, right? We do have freedom of speech and freedom of thought? Right?

    For the record, I am not a christian nor do I have any problem with homosexual people. I also have never seen an episode of that show. But I think if everyone is going to get into a twist because one old redneck makes some comments they don’t like then it says more about them than it does him. Don’t like him? Don’t watch his show, don’t buy his products. But all this wailing and gnashing of teeth is really over the top. I mean, it’s true that a lot of Christians believe homosexuality is wrong. But it’s not just Christians who feel that way. Are you prepared to vilify all faiths that are anti gay?

    People are entitled to their beliefs, even if you find them offensive. And you don’t have a right to never be offended. You can complain about whatever offends you, but it often seems out of proportion to the offense and to be a terrible waste of energy. Energy that could be better spent fighting against actual crimes against people, rather than the crime of having a different belief system than your own.

    • Aysla says:

      I don’t understand comments like yours. No one is debating his right to say what he said, they are debating his actual remarks. Phil expressed his beliefs, and some people expressed theirs in opposition– free speech goes both ways. I’m quoting another poster verbatim, as they really said it best:

      Kiddo says:
      December 18, 2013 at 11:22 am

      Some people think “free speech” means without any penalty, a retort or a figurative price to be paid, and that is simply not the case. Free speech allows you to express your beliefs and opinions, but it doesn’t cancel out the free speech of opposing views. The government can’t punish you for saying what you want, with exceptions, but that doesn’t mean that you will be embraced by the public and/or private entities.

  89. mkyarwood says:

    Hey Phil, Jesus was a hippie semite who wanted equality and acceptance for everyone. The absolute ignorance here is so obnoxious, as it is with most ‘bible thumpers’.

  90. Bob says:

    I am SO damn sick of the daily christian chorus of believers who chirp up with “don’t blame christianity because of people like these! I’m christian and I’m nice!”

    Wake the f*** up and realize that your religion originated, supports and promotes some really horrible ideals. Just because you and your friends have decided to selectively deny your own religious precepts as the general mood of society shifts changes nothing. You espouse to a horrible, childish cult of personality. Either be true to your religion and join the bigots or grow up and join the world. Quit trying to walk both sides of the fence.

    • SamiHami says:

      That is an insanely hate filled rant…your comments are far more offensive than the ones we are discussing here. Can you not see that what you’ve just said is deeply, deeply offensive? You are telling people that YOU….you PERSONALLY…are a better person to judge the validity of their own beliefs? I am not a christian, but I am horrified on their behalf.

  91. Mabs says:

    So will people finally stop watching this crap? I don’t know a thing about the show but Mr. Patriarch’s aforementioned sentiments are exactly why I don’t watch. These sub-humanoids are getting paid a lot of money and anyone who watches that tripe feeds the sewage.

  92. TheFence says:

    How the hell was this offensive? I’ve heard other people speak INCREDIBLE amounts of offense that would make this seem like child’s play. For @#%! sake are people so emotionally disturbed nowadays that they get offended over some of the most asinine perspectives today? Have some people truly become this mentally weak and inept?

    Sure he said some border line, eye brow raising statements but if this is highly offensive to some of you including the author then you folks need your heads checked. I found no offense. What I read was someone with strong opinions given the lifestyle he has chosen to live. You could say that about ALL OF YOU in here who are offended as well. If any of you state you’ve never been a bigot, or somewhat racist you are all bold face liars. The truth is this guy is saying it like it is in his own head and I respect that. I may not agree with some of what he stated but none of what he said is anywhere near offensive than what I have heard other people say. Take the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case for example. Some of the biggest bigots and racists from BOTH sides of the fence came out in droves making statements that could get you killed in certain parts of this country.

    Sure this guy is a bible thump’n gun toting jesus freak but hey, I’m sure people like them see folks like you in the same manner. I mean, clearly, just read what he says about sinners. You can chose to respect or not respect what he states but just remember, your opinions about what you “think” is socially appropriate or culturally acceptable is wide open for skepticism and criticism as well. Bottom line if you judge, YOU will be judged.

  93. Teri says:

    I, unlike the majority of people I know, am totally confused!
    How can ANYONE (people of Fakebook) oppose the firing of this idiot and use THE BIBLE AND RELIGION TOLERANCE TO DO SO??
    I am a Southerner!! I am PROUD to be a Southerner!! I am discussed with these shows that portray Southern people as bigoted, ignorant, racist rednecks. I know a lot of Southerners, and out of the few thousand that I personally know or are related to, I do NOT know any like the idiots portrayed on television. Duck Dynasty is only one of hundreds of shows that portray us in such a light. Toddlers and tiaras, Swap men, Honey BooBoo, American Hoggers….I could go on for hours, all portray us as less than intelligent, less than tolerant and basically lost in the 1700′s with our beliefs.
    I have NEVER encountered a Southern person that would say that the Black folk were better off pre- Civil rights movement, I have NEVER met a Southerner who would imply that ALL people from a certain country (Germany?? Japan??) has “no Jesus”.
    This man is beyond ignorant. He is in a realm of his own. And those defending him on facebook have no idea what all he said.
    And we haven’t even touched on the fact that his statement more than likely fringed upon breaking any contract he had with A&E. I don’t believe they would have left out a “racist, bigot, loud mouth” clause.

  94. taxi says:

    This is the first I’ve heard of this show. It presumably has an audience?
    Does anyone know if there is a list available of advertisers for TV shows? If so, I’d like to find out who sponsors this one, as well as any Kardashian programs & several others I’ve glimpsed, which offend me. I want to write to the commercial advertisers informing them that I will boycott their products as long as they sponsor these shows.
    Obviously if I watched the show long enough, I could see who the sponsors are but I’d rather avoid that unpleasantness & find an on-line list.

  95. Elizabeth Brown says:

    REBEL TO THE TOP!! THERE AINT NO CANT ABOUT IT WE WILL SURVIVE JACK!!!!!

  96. Ryan says:

    He did not compare being gay to beastiality.He simply listed several sins. Being gay, adultery, and beastiality. it seems to me that GLADD wants to be offended and so do most of you. Just my opinion. I am sure this will upset most of you, so let the REAL judging begin. I am sure I will be condemned by many of you.

  97. Caroline says:

    I agree with some of his statements. Other statements, not so much.
    Nonetheless, he is entitled to his opinions, and I don’t find his opinions extreme or offensive.

  98. Despite being of age to having lived through them ,apparently 67 year old Phil Robertson was unaware of a minor thing called the Jim Crow Laws.
    There’s a reason these so called “Happy” Black Americans marched on Washington…it’s as simple as black and white.One look at these vintage signs of the times and you you know separate was not equal http://wp.me/p2qifI-1Dp

  99. Heather says:

    Way to go Phil. They wanted an interview and you gave them just that. I believe in freedom of speech and although I don’t believe in everything that was said, I see nothing wrong with saying any of it.
    Luke 6:37:
    “Do not condemn and you will not be condemned.
    Do not judge and you will not be judged.
    Forgive and you will be forgiven.”
    No, it’s not my job to judge anyone; however, I agree that homosexuality is wrong. Personally, I don’t want to know what goes on in other people’s bedrooms. After all, what other differences are there between heterosexual and homosexual people other than the gender they sleep with. NONE.

    Of all the pure crap that is on TV, Duck Dynasty is one of the only shows that I would let my kids watch. There is no profane language, no nudity, nothing that is seen over and over on other shows that I choose not to watch.

    So put Phil back on the show and we as human beings can elect to not watch it if that is our choice.

  100. brc42 says:

    I was angry about his comments but at least I thought they were his true opnions. And as much as I agree with A&E firing him if they think it will hurt business, he has a right to his own opnions.

    Now, I find out that if you look at the pre TV show pictures, no one in the family is dressed in camo and wearing a beard – instead they look far more like Romneys. He probably voted for them because they vacationed together. Or golfed together. (Go to the Daily Kos to see the photos)

    So now, I know the whole thing is a scam and I’m betting this is a publicity stunt set up by them & A&E to generate buzz for the show.

    Now, I’m just amused that once again conservatives are being lead to their own destruction by a con man.