A&E has lifted Phil Robertson’s ‘suspension’, Duck Dynasty will go on


When the Duck Dynasty/Phil Robertson story first broke, it was interesting to me from a freakshow/pop-culture perspective, as in… “wow, that Duck Dynasty dude sure gave a crazy, racist, offensive, homophobic interview, let’s see what happens now.” But once it became hyper-political, with various Republican legislators and wannabe Tea Party celebrities whining about “free speech,” the story became less fun and more stupidly aggravating.

Within 24 hours after the GQ interview dropped, A&E put Robertson on “suspension” and 24 hours after that, his family was all “we won’t do the show without him.” There was a pseudo-standoff, with everyone trying to figure out how much money they would lose versus which groups they would be willing to offend. Cracker Barrel tried to pull out of the Duck Dynasty crap, but the pro-Duck forces put the hammer down and Cracker Barrel had to reverse their decision within a day. It was a sad state of affairs. And now it looks like the wingnuts have won. A&E is lifting Phil’s “suspension” which I think we all predicted. Here’s A&E’s statement:

As a global media content company, A+E Networks’ core values are centered around creativity, inclusion and mutual respect. We believe it is a privilege for our brands to be invited into people’s home and we operate with a strong sense of integrity and deep commitment to these principals.

That is why we reacted so quickly and strongly to a recent interview with Phil Robertson. While Phil’s comments made in the interview reflect his personal views based on his own beliefs, and his own personal journey, he and his family have publicly stated they regret the “coarse language” he used and the misinterpretation of his core beliefs based only on the article. He also made it clear he would “never incite or encourage hate.” We at A+E Networks expressed our disappointment with his statements in the article, and reiterate that they are not views we hold.

But Duck Dynasty is not a show about one man’s views. It resonates with a large audience because it is a show about family… a family that America has come to love. As you might have seen in many episodes, they come together to reflect and pray for unity, tolerance and forgiveness. These are three values that we at A+E Networks also feel strongly about.

So after discussions with the Robertson family, as well as consulting with numerous advocacy groups, A&E has decided to resume filming Duck Dynasty later this spring with the entire Robertson family.

We will also use this moment to launch a national public service campaign (PSA) promoting unity, tolerance and acceptance among all people, a message that supports our core values as a company, and the values found in Duck Dynasty. These PSAs will air across our entire portfolio.

[A&E’s statement via Deadline]

Correct me if I’m wrong, but GLAAD stopped short of calling for a boycott, correct? They never did formally say, “Dear America, please boycott Duck Dynasty and all of their corporate sponsors,” correct? And the NAACP didn’t call for a boycott either. So… it’s not like this is some huge “F—k you” to GLAAD or the NAACP. They were just like, “Damn, we’re offended. Yikes.” And A&E was like, “Yeah, we hear you, but we make so much money off these bigots, do you mind if we just keep on doing it?” And GLAAD was all, “Ugh, this sucks.” Actually, GLAAD did release a statement following A&E’s decision: “Phil Robertson should look African-American and gay people in the eyes and hear about the hurtful impact of praising Jim Crow laws and comparing gay people to terrorists. If dialogue with Phil is not part of next steps then A&E has chosen profits over African-American and gay people – especially its employees and viewers.” Once again, not a boycott. Just a public shaming. Which – I think we can see now – doesn’t matter to A&E as long as the money is rolling in.

As you can imagine, for the Duck Dynasty defenders, this is VICTORY. This is their hard-earned victory against the forces of… whatever. I doubt they really understood what this controversy was really about. And now A&E is part of the “bigots are victorious” narrative. But A&E doesn’t care because they’re swimming in bigot-money. Everybody wins. Even People Mag got a statement from an unnamed source close to the Robertson family: “The family is happy that they can put this behind them. It got a little out of hand. Phil has never been disrespectful to anyone and treats everyone with kindness. He made some comments off the cuff that he shouldn’t have made, and he knows that. The family knows his heart and knows that he wasn’t trying to be hurtful. They just want to finish celebrating the holidays and are looking forward to getting back to work.” He “knows” he shouldn’t have made the comments? Then why did he double-down on the GQ article after it came out?


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  1. Kate says:

    I mourn the days when A&E actually produced high quality programming. Pride and Prejudice anyone?

    • cr says:

      The 1995 series? That was primarily a BBC production.
      But would they air that now?
      They might as well change their name, since the ‘arts’ part of A&E doesn’t really exist anymore.

      • Kiddo says:

        The entertainment part is dead too.

      • Sloane Wyatt says:

        In my book, A&E will henceforth forever be known as “Assholes & Enemas” network.

        Now that the A&E network has very publicly demonstrated themselves to be greedy bigoted and racist apologists, my fervent hope is all of their POC, LBGT, and female employees launch a flurry of lawsuits against the network for every federal law they are likely breaking. After all, A&E has a defective/inept Public Relations Department; undoubtedly, they have an equally poor Human Resource Department as well.

        Employment law cases frequently involve big corporations that cross the line of human decency. No one wants employees to be treated badly. Juries will punish employers who cross that line. A&E has created a perfect environment for the network’s Black, LGBT, and female employees to file in the federal courts for all manner of workplace violations: hostile work environment, racial discrimination, sexual harassment, gender discrimination, racial intimidation, etc. – http://www.glennmcgovern.com/CM/Custom/My-Top-10-Ways-To-Win-An-Employment-Case.asp

        A&E is in for some Karma, baby. I’m comforted thinking of all their out of court settlements assuredly looming in their immediate future!

      • Frida_K says:

        @Sloane Wyatt:

        YES! Agreed on all counts!

        You are truly one of my favorite Celebitchresses and remarks such as this one remind me as to why.

        Happy New Year, friend!

      • Sloane Wyatt says:

        Aw, Frida_K, thank you!

        Have a Happy New Year, Miss Frida!!

    • Tiffany says:

      Nero Wolfe was my show. Loved that show. Pity more folks did not watch it.

      • nittfox says:

        I have the entire series of Nero Wolfe, and it was and is wonderful. I wish more people had watched it as well. Now A&E is a parody of a joke. “Higher” caliber reality trash, storage wars, duck crap….it’s a waste.

      • Arlene says:

        I have the entire series too, love love love the show, Nero and Archie and Fritz were like family to me, sad I know, bt there you go.

    • Catherine Anne says:

      Sunday Opera and Arts. They have become complete garbage now A&E. I used to love this channel the most. Now I never, ever watch it.

      • Anon says:

        Does the Biography Channel do the top 10 Biography’s of the Year? I used to look forward to that every year on A+E, Sunday Opera and Arts was good too. I haven’t watched in many years I almost forgot A+E was a channel until this DD debacle SMH at what happened to A+E and TLC

    • Delorb says:

      I guess bigotry and racism is bad unless money is involved. One of the many reasons slavery wasn’t ended sooner. Too much money to be made.

  2. The Original G says:

    It’ll be interesting so see if this “victory” emboldens more open bigot talk in the culture?

    A+E may getting more than they bargained for. The extreme fan base think, that A+E agrees with their views.

  3. Moec1 says:

    Wow! Right after Christmas too! That’s not suspicious or anything!

    • cr says:

      I do wonder how much of this was supposed to be straight PR for the show and ended up backfiring on them.
      A&E comes out of this looking terrible, and it’s their own fault.

      • Moec1 says:

        I’m not convinced it did backfire on them. It gave AE tons of attention and all the “Phil” supporters ran out and bought duck dynasty crap lining AE pockets during holidays. I think the whole thing was a PR plan. The way it went down was extremely suspicious to me…..

      • cr says:

        It got them publicity, and if you believe that there is no such thing as bad publicity then it didn’t backfire on them. For now.
        But I think the A&E brand has been damaged.

      • rtms says:

        These interviews are done months in advanced, and there was a minder with them during the interview. There is no way AE did not know that these comments were coming and what they contained or said. The family said as much in their support.They could have stopped this or altered the interview etc and yet did not. I think they thought they could get rid of the show and not pay any consequences, not lose the money etc but it backfired on them big time and they saw the potential dollars and caved. AE played the game and lost big time for their brand, while DD got major bucks.

      • Lucinda says:

        I think this was planned all the time. I think the family was in on it. They have created characters that they play on the show. There are “before” pictures of the sons out there that show they did not always dress this way. Look at the way their wives dress on the show (I caught 10 minutes at my dad’s house) and it is obvious this is not reality. I do believe the family members are devout Christians but they are not the hillbillies A&E would like you to believe.

    • lucy2 says:

      I’m starting to think it was all for publicity and the almighty $ too. I saw some headline about how their crap was selling like hotcakes, and I’m sure A&E got a ratings boost.
      Either way, a dollar earned through bigotry is a dollar I want no parts of.

  4. Florc says:

    It’s all about the money. None of this is shocking.

  5. Kaboom says:

    Cash Cow 1 Goodthink Muzzling 0. Not sure there’s a winner in this. GLAAD sure didn’t do their cause a favor the way they handled it.

    • Kiddo says:

      I don’t see how GLAAD did anything wrong.

      • bettyrose says:

        Agreed. What did GLAAD do wrong? I think they were right to use it as a teaching moment and not call for a boycott. Boycotting an establishment is one thing because people will be embarrassed to be seen there, but television is a private activity and calling for a boycott would encourage people to secretly watch out of curiousity. Which we’re all doing anyway, so better to be informed while doing so.
        Duck Dynasty may have won this round but if younger generations come away from this with more sensitivity, then future programming will reflect that.

    • Sloane Wyatt says:

      Attempting to shift blame away from A&E’s adroit machinations and their shamefully greedy exploitation of DD’s targeted audience of racists & bigots onto GLADD is not working.

      I’m sure you didn’t mean it that way though, Kaboom.

  6. Kiddo says:

    Surprised by this? Absolutely no one.

  7. BeckyR says:

    The Arts and Entertainment ( A & E ), and The Learning Channel (TLC ) are no longer anything but CRAP!

  8. A Different Kate says:

    This was either a well-orchestrated plan or abject stupidity on the part of A&E. I’ve not decided which one it is. A&E left Phil alone with the GQ interviewer. They absolutely knew about his views. The “standoff” was never a “standoff” because the Duck Dynasty people are not beholden to A&E for their livelihood. They were multi-millionaires before the show ever started. A&E never had any leverage over them. I’m still not sure, but I’m leaning towards well-orchestrated plan. Then again, the stupidity of people in general never ceases to amaze me.

  9. Tiffw28 says:

    What I don’t understand is this a$$ hat is just as bad as Paula dean and so on but yet where is his head on a silver platter like hers was? He went after gays , African Americans etc. Its gross how the public lets certain people get away with hate ( Alec Baldwin also comes to mind ) when others are destroyed by it.

    • Kiddo says:

      Because he threw in religion.

      • Frida_K says:


      • Tiffw28 says:

        @kiddo you got it! I can’t stand when people hide behind religion to spew hate. People like this pick and choose what they want from the bible to use against others for their own agenda but conveniently forget about the hundreds of sins that are written in there that they themselves commit every single day! Hypocrites!

    • We Are All Made of Stars says:

      Paula Deen was being sued for making racist statements to real individuals as well as violating the rights and dignity of her employees as outlined by workers’ rights and anti-discrimination laws. Let’s also remember that a huge part of her scandal was her use of the n-word, which is an all-bets-are-off thing to say in America at this point in the game. That, possibly even more than the lawsuits, is what caused companies to dump her.
      As reprehensible as this DD guy is, he was spouting his piehole off to a GQ interviewer, not verbally abusing and degrading specific individuals or people under his employ. Can I see where corporations might pull his merchandise to save face and “teach him a lesson?” Sure, and I think A&E tried to smooth things over waaaay too quickly, and they will suffer for that in the minds of their more educated audience members. But nonetheless, what this guy did is not in the same ballpark as what Deen said and did to real people whom she had a legal obligation to respect and treat like dignified human beings. And yes, I do believe what Phil did is reprehensible, just not directly comparable to the Paula Deen situation.

  10. tifzlan says:

    Sick of hearing how “kind” and “respectful” that POS is.

    • Kiddo says:

      He’s kind and loving to white heterosexuals (probably mostly male), and isn’t that all that really matters? /s

    • mikeal says:

      Exactly, how is he kind and respectful when he denigrated others sexuality, trivialized racism and insulted non Christian religion.

      • Lucinda says:

        Because he doesn’t understand how hurtful it is to say those things. He probably honestly believes love the sinner, not the sin, because he honestly believes sexual orientation is a choice. In that context, you can believe you are kind and respectful while spouting hatred. I’ve met very kind people who spew the same garbage. As for the racism stuff, that’s just stupidity.

  11. Memphis says:

    A&E knew his views well in advance of this interview, they were also aware of his comments before they went public. They took a gamble. They knew GLADD and the rest would, of course, be offended and thought they could simply suspend him and move on. They didn’t take into account the HUGE demographic of ppl that are watching this show.

    Then they saw the family stand firm behind their patriarch and the viewers do the same in massive numbers. They realized quickly the family was not backing down, they were losing boatloads of money because ppl were buying Duck commander in support of Phil, not the duck dynasty brand A&E held the rights to, and it was clear to them the amount of money they were going to lose. THATS when they decided that maybe Phil had the rights to his own beliefs. Purely money driven.

    They jumped the gun in the beginning and dug a hole they they couldn’t get out of without looking like profit mongrels, which is what they really are.

  12. MrsB says:

    No matter what A&E did, they were screwed because they knew Phil’s beliefs…had him on tape preaching even, far before this GQ interview. If they were really concerned about it, they never would have given him a show. They were only concerned about it when they started getting complaints and fallout from his interview. The whole thing felt inauthentic to me from the start.

    • T.C. says:


      A&E knew from the jump what this guy’s views were. Money is more important to them. Trying to suspend him was just them trying to save face. Then backing over the whole thing just from 250,000 votes from a show that gets 13 Million viewers is just cowardice. Weak sauce.

  13. Sloane Wyatt says:

    “It [Duck Dynasty] resonates with a large audience because it is a show about family… a family that America has come to love.” – A&E Yeah. DD resonates with white racist bigots everywhere who prop themselves up with the bible to validate their hate. Terrific.

    “We will also use this moment to launch” PSAs that support “our core values as a company, and the values found in Duck Dynasty.” – A&E Hey A&E, you know Phil Robertson also said that black people were better off before they had civil rights, right? Good family values right there.

    Only one good thing has come out of A&E’s pandering to the lowest denominator cynical cash grab, and that is, suddenly, naive progressives and delusional moderates can’t avoid the ugly truth any longer. The facts are staring us in the face. The truth is a sizable majority of our country is happily entrenched in white privilege, hating, fearing, and looking down on anyone who’s ‘not one of us’.

    You naifs can no longer tell yourselves ‘those people’ are the extremists, WE are post racial, and hardly anyone’s like that IRL. Here is the uncomfortable reality served up on a platter right in front of your face that you cannot pretend anymore doesn’t exist. Now you cannot avoid it any longer. Reality’s like that; it always finds a way, no matter how much you don’t want to believe it, it erupts forth rudely insisting to be acknowledged. Reality demands to be recognized and cannot be denied.

    • Payton says:

      “…Hey A&E, you know Phil Robertson also said that black people were better off before they had civil rights, right?”

      He did? Where did he say that? It certainly wasn’t in that GQ interview.

      • Sloane Wyatt says:

        @ Payton, Phil Robertson was born in 1946 and The Civil Rights Act passed in 1964.

        Phil Robertson, in his own words, said ‘Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare’ blacks were happier, not complaining, and were more godly . The quote below is from the entire original GQ article “What the Duck” by Drew Magary.

        This is exactly what Phil said: “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.” – http://www.gq.com/entertainment/television/201401/duck-dynasty-phil-robertson

      • Payton says:

        “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.”

        Yes, but where’s the quote where he stated that black people were better off before they had civil rights?

      • Sloane Wyatt says:

        Are you serious, Payton ? Are you trolling me, or do you really not understand what I wrote?! No one is that dense, surely. It’s hard to believe you do not comprehend my explicitly plain language. If you truly can’t fathom my words , then you show a distinct lack of curiosity by not Googling it.

        1. Duck dude was telling his story that took place before civil rights.

        2. In this story he said blacks were happy and not ‘singing the blues’ pre – entitlement, pre welfare.

        3. Pre – entitlement, pre – welfare is literally the period for Blacks BEFORE the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – http://www.justice.gov/crt/grants_statutes/legalman.php

        4. AFTER the Civil Rights Act, blacks were granted new ‘entitlements’ like:

        a) Outlawing major forms of discrimination against racial, ethnic, national and religious minorities, and women.
        b) Ending unequal application of voter registration requirements
        c) Banning racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and by facilities that served the general public
        d) Giving all Americans the right to be served in facilities which are open to the public—hotels, restaurants, theaters, retail stores, and similar establishments

        There, fixed it for you, Payton.

    • EscapedConvent says:

      I applaud you, Sloane Wyatt. Very well said.

    • Sloane Wyatt, I would LOVE for him to say that shit to my Grandma’s face. She was born in the tail end of the Depression, in Tennessee, and had it harder than most black people due to the fact that she looked white, for starters, and that she was a quarter Native American–which was worse than being black back then. Her mom put her race as ‘mulatto’ on the census, because back then Native Americans were treated worse than black people–so any time they had a slight tinge to their skin, they said they were mixed race. I also think that the racism she faced (from both sides-black and white) is why she married a man whose family was dark….because she didn’t want her kids to go through that.

      But yeah–I’d love for him to say that to any of my aunts–who went to segregated schools up until middle school. Or my one aunt who moved to Louisiana shortly after high school, and had to deal with a racist white boss, who would give the white employees a lot more slack and benefit of doubt (in their work), than she would the black employees–and it was blatant. And this was in the seventies.

      Or even semi-recently–my twin brother (who is dark skinned) in the sixth grade had a crush on this girl (who was white), who was, what I thought to be, one of the nicest girls in the school–up until my brother asked her to the dance, and she said no, telling all of her friends that she didn’t want to go to the dance with a n****r. Or when people give me dirty looks about my hair (an afro), before I straightened it.

      Whatever, Phil. You may have been poor white trash, but you’ve never felt the need to have to study and be the best, simply because you know that if you fail, you’re that dumb n****r. Idiot.

      • Sloane Wyatt says:

        “Sloane Wyatt, I would LOVE for him to say that shit to my Grandma’s face.” – Virgilia LOL!

        What a great, powerful post!

      • Frida_K says:

        Virgilia, you and Sloane both make the Bitchy a wonderful place to be. I so appreciate both of you with your smart, vivid, heart-felt commentary.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      I heart you, Sloane.

    • mickey says:

      Geez, don’t like it, don’t watch it. Hypoeffingcrits.

  14. Lunchcoma says:

    This doesn’t surprise me at all. Does anyone know who the corporate sponsors are? It doesn’t do much for me to avoid the show or the network, since I’ve never watched the former and haven’t paid attention to the latter since it stopped being an educational channel, but perhaps there’s a sponsor I should be avoiding. The only one I can find is Cracker Barrel, a company I already have a very poor opinion of.

    • Sloane Wyatt says:

      I don’t know their sponsers, but you could try googling ‘List of Duck Dynasty Sponsers’. Lunchcoma, you could also consider dropping cable altogether and downloading your TV. It’s cheaper than cable.

  15. GeeMoney says:

    Oh well. America loves hillbillies, regardless of the craziness that they spew. Makes you wonder what the world is coming to.

  16. Dawn says:

    So this is of NO surprise to me. What he said was cruel and vicious and just plain stupid but I don’t think this guy is all that nice to begin with. After all he beat the ever loving hell out of a bartender and his wife and let his parents buy his way out of it, professes to love god but sees no reason to apologize further to a woman that he beat because his parents paid and the lord has forgiven him. So A&E makes an exception for this southern billionaire as do the fans of this crap fest. I guess there are different rules for different people when it comes to spouting ugliness and Phil is among the chosen few to say what he wants how he wants without being held accountable for the nonsense he spreads.

  17. Trillion says:

    What a gem this guy is: http://aattp.org/caught-on-tape-in-speech-from-2009-phil-robertson-says-men-should-marry-15-and-16-year-old-girls/

    oh well, ratings = $. And who really cares if girls, blacks and gays are in his crosshairs?

    • Lunchcoma says:

      Oh, ick. Though at least he’s being honest that the motive is to find someone who’s easy to control. Generally, people making this creepy argument try to dress it up in evolutionary psychology.

    • kibbles says:

      Disgusting, but no one should be surprised. For most right-wing religious fundamentalists, sexism and homophobia go hand-in-hand. The subjugation of women is also in the bible, so for people who take the bible word-for-word, they will most likely believe that homosexuality is a sin and women are put on this earth to procreate and serve men.

  18. lisa2 says:

    Every Dog has his day. This is nothing new. The Duck Dynasty people are on top right now. But again that is right now.

    I have never seen the show. Don’t plan on doing so anyway. But in a not too distant future this show will go the way of others before it. Time has a way of correcting wrongs.

  19. Sachi says:

    What a surprise! A&E went the way of Cracker Barrel and money talks once again.

  20. We Are All Made of Stars says:

    This isn’t actually A&E’s first go at dealing with this kind of thing. If anyone remembers, they also yanked Dog The Bounty Hunter’s show and actually waited like three months to put it back on the air. They are old hands at this stuff by now.

  21. Penelope says:

    Excellent analysis, Kaiser! Well done!

  22. felixswan2 says:

    I’m so disappointed that there isn’t more outrage over this. What he said was so racist and homophobic, and it’s frightening to me how much support this family has received. Even though there is much more acceptance and understanding for civil rights and the LGBTQ community compared to the past, it’s still a sad state of affairs when this man and this show are receiving so much backing and encouragement. I think GLADD and the NAACP should have called for a boycott, just to send a message that these highly offensive views should not be tolerated.

  23. TWINK says:

    Thank god!!!! As a card-carrying gay sinner, I was just sick of seeing his stupid face everyone I went. He cannot do anything to stop progress so I don’t give a ish what he thinks of me and my awesome sex life! 😀

    • Sloane Wyatt says:

      Twink, I hate to be the one to tell you this, but the phony ‘suspension’ of Duck Dynasty was lifted, so you’ll still be seeing his ‘stupid face’ everywhere, especially in Cracker Barrel and on A&E. Make no mistake this fundie ratdick has a huge following, gobs of money, and is leading the charge against gay rights.

      By all means, have fun and have a great life, but I hope for your own sake you get involved and fight the racist bigots who hold public office and who are passing laws right and left discriminating against you.

      • TWINK says:

        I know it was lifted but I seriously doubt he’ll be everywhere for years to come, he was everywhere during this controversy so I was sick of seeing articles about him everywhere I went to so now that he was been reinstated, his “fans” will stop whining about freedom of speech. You’re giving him too much credit if you think he has any real influence, he’s not a politician.

      • DTX says:


        Unfortunately he has more poltical backing than he should, a few idiot “conservative” policticians came out publicly in his favor saying they would back him & his beliefs. The Governor of Louisina stated that if A&E cancelled them, then the STATE would find a way to keep him on air. State Senator Jerry Fielding in Alabama is advocating to pass an official resolution to back Phil Robertson’s “beliefs”. It’s crazy, but Sloane is actually very correct.

  24. felixswan2 says:

    Oops, I meant GLAAD not GLADD!

  25. Janet says:

    Personally I haven’t watched this show. Something about a bunch of people in camouflage leads me to to believe they aren’t working with all their screws.

    Going forward I won’t be watching A & E. I am tired of money being an reason/excuse to spread hate and intolerance. I’m not condoning or participating in this practice, in any way (time or money).

  26. kibbles says:

    I would be interested in seeing whether viewers for this show increase or decrease by next Fall/Winter when all of this has died down. I’m guessing most of their viewers are people who agree with Phil’s views or support his right to be homophobic and racist because of “free speech”, but I’m sure there are some viewers who are fairly educated and open-minded and have decided to no longer watch the show. How many viewers will they lose and how many loyal viewers will they gain? Right now, it looks like this stunt has mobilized all homophobes, conservative Christians, and right-wingers in America to watch this show. But will the network ultimately lose a large demographic of liberals, minorities, and gays who will refuse to ever watch A&E again because of this?

    • Yeah, that’ll be interesting. Because some of the most vocal fans are the ones who don’t put their money where their mouth is. Like with some actors/actresses–who just plain can’t act–these people will spend their time on the internet, but they won’t spend money to go see this actor’s movie. Or buy it on dvd.

      So sure, there might be a bump in ratings, maybe a big one–but I highly doubt that it will last long. And to be honest, I’ve met some radical, fundamental Christians in my time, and barring one of these people, I can’t say any of them will ever compare being gay to bestiality, or ever endorse the idea that blacks were happy in the Deep South Jim Crow era.

  27. zut alors! says:

    I cannot believe his violent attack on the bar owner and his WIFE was glossed over and didn’t seem to matter to the I stand with Phil crowd.

    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?”

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      I’ve been bringing this incident up in every thread, mainly because it’s disgusting and predictably hypocritical on the part of a “born-again” like Phil.

      “I didn’t dredge anything back up. I just put it behind me.”

      How convenient for him. Mark Wahlberg (also very religious) basically acted in the same way in regards to the Vietnamese man he beat up and he got a rash of shit from everyone around here.
      This is one of the things that drives me crazy about religious people who see fit to condemn the non-religious-I’ve never physically harmed a person in my entire life, my “religion” is love and I accept everyone, but because I’m an atheist; according to Robertson I’m a terrible human being. But Phil can beat the shit out of people and treat his wife like garbage, openly judge and disparage others because of the way they were born, but because he goes to Church, he’s going to Heaven.

      I don’t believe in Heaven or Hell but I can’t help but be insulted by the insinuation that I’m sentenced to Purgatory and this guy’s going to the pearly Gates of Heaven simply because of his religious beliefs.

      • I honestly don’t know what brand of Christianity he’s following. I used to go to a very fundamental Baptist church (when I was younger and had no choice)—and even they never compared being gay to bestiality. I’ve never heard the comparison, ever, in church.

        But I’m not understanding why he wouldn’t go apologize to the man and WOMAN that he beat. Why wouldn’t you? Because I can guarantee that even in my old, backwards church, if they had known that someone like him had beaten a man and a woman, in his past, before he could join the church, he would’ve had to apologize to the people themselves, and probably make a testimony about it in front of the church.

        I don’t understand it–you did it, apologize for it. Make amends for it. This could have been a great teaching moment, that abusers *can* change and become better people, could’ve maybe had a few abusers stop and think for a minute–but no. Like Mark Wahlberg, he thinks because Jesus forgave all his sins, his shit don’t stink. It don’t work that way.

        If it was me, I’d be sending that man and his wife checks every year, and a yearly apology letter.

      • Payton says:

        “I used to go to a very fundamental Baptist church (when I was younger and had no choice)—and even they never compared being gay to bestiality.”

        Robertson did not merely compare being gay to bestiality. And if that’s the angle you really want to play, then he also compared sex with a woman to bestiality.

        “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’s talking about sexual immorality, in general.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        When you imply that two things fall into the same category (the category being “sexual immorality” as you indicate), that’s a comparison.

        Homosexuality is NOT immoral behavior-that’s the point many of us are trying to make.

  28. T. Fanty Fan says:

    The biggest problem to me, was that the Duck people and their fans did not understand or even care about the problems this interview presented to other people. Sadly, some of those fans were my friends. I have to think if they cannot even think about the problems it caused, then we really
    are doomed. Christian ethics my eye! You cannot seriously support this jerkoff and call yourself a Christian.

    • Payton says:

      Are you a Christian, T. Fanty Fan?

    • bettyrose says:

      You don’t need to be a practicing Christian to know that Christianity dictates that it’s not your place to judge others.

      • Payton says:

        Wait, where does it dictate that? If you’re thinking Matthew 7:1-5, you’re very wrong. Read:

        7 Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured unto you. 3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me cast out the mote out of thine eye; and lo, the beam is in thine own eye? 5 Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

        The verses call for Christians to concern themselves with their own sin BEFORE concerning themselves of the sin of others. It does not say to never concern yourself with other people’s sin.

        And the reason why I asked T. Fanty Fan is she were a Christian is because she seems to think it’s her place to determine who is a Christian and who isn’t. Perhaps you should call her out for having such a judgmental attitude (I mean, if you think judgment is so bad). 😉

      • Sloane Wyatt says:

        Payton, can you tell us which bible verses good Christians use to show that Blacks “Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues”?

        I have to say you make a piss poor evangelist.

  29. lovelylaura says:

    A few days before the duck hit the fan, we had our annual Christmas party at work, in which we had to bring a White Elephant gift. I was grocery shopping and saw a hideous pink body pillow with the Duck Dynasty logo for $3! “Perfect!”, I thought. So I lovingly wrapped it, and our HR director was the one who went home with it. He was happy, and so was I.

    Now I’m kicking myself for buying it, even though it was only $3.00.

  30. orion70 says:

    If you want to lose a little more faith in humanity, go check out the influx of comments on the A&E FB page. Some of it is noise, but the blatant homophobic comments sitting there unmoderated is astounding. The comments for people to go kill themselves have also started. Good times.

    • kibbles says:

      I don’t have cable and rarely watch television (I watch several shows online). I went to A&E’s Facebook page and their cover photo is of another show called “Rodeo Girls”?! Really, A&E can’t stoop any lower. They have become a trashy television network. I guess I wasn’t far off when I said in above that if A&E only cares about money, they should have an entire line-up of shows that appeal to the Duck Dynasty/FOX demographic. I guess they’ve already gone and done it.

  31. bettyrose says:

    Remember when AMC was yer gramma’s station and not home of the most cutting edge programming on TV? Between that and HGTV, my cable company could drop both A & E and TLC and I wouldn’t even notice.

  32. homegrrrl says:

    The absolute worst part is the feeling I have that SP has some political power. She stepped in and he was forgiven. I. CAn’t. Handle. The. STorm. Of. IGNORANCE!!!

    • She’s an idiot–she admitted that she didn’t even read the interview. What a dingbat–if you’re going to PUBLICLY defend somebody for saying something, then know what you’re defending. Especially if you’re in the public eye–that kind of stuff isn’t forgotten.

      • Jayna says:

        Well, no surprise here. She doesn’t read anything. She didn’t need to read it. If it’s against the “liberal media,” as she loves to mention constantly, then she’s all in.

  33. Allyssa says:

    I really am thinking about never watching A+E again, but Bates Motel airs on that channel and that show is my addiction.

  34. Trillion says:

    Reading my conservative friends’ comments in defense of this dude makes me truly wonder if the movie “Idiocracy” was actually a documentary.

  35. buzz says:

    stop using your religion as an excuse to be a narrow-minded bigoted a-hole

  36. buzz says:

    Stop Christian Sharia

  37. Abbicci says:

    The lessons I learned for this shit storm are:

    1. People who claim to love the constitution have never read it.
    2. If you wrap your hate and bigotry in the swaddling cloth of the magic baby Jesus you can say all the crazy crap you want and you get a mulligan.
    3. If you want a TV show morph yourself from preppy , golf playing ,entitled rich white ash@le into a camo wearing, moronic, hatemonger and idiots will stand in line to give you money.

    Welcome to the rednecking of America. SIGH.

  38. danielle says:

    This is depressing. I need to go look at pictures of puppies now.

  39. Nicole says:

    what the what!??? People really need to read this article CORRECTLY. He NEVER compared them to terrorist, this story has taken on a life of it’s own. Not to mention, he didn’t double down on his beliefs either. He said he quoted the Bible basically and that he stands by the Bible and that he stated ALL sinners like fornicators, adulterers, drunkards etc etc basically all kinds of sinners. So if we’re reallyyyyyy gonna think about it, he is “offensive” to pretty much a majority in the country.

    Before anybody tells me that I must have a problem with gay people or whatever, I don’t, totally cool with it, let them have gay marriage, go for it if you want. I just don’t have a problem with somebody quoting the Bible either. I read a comment saying “People don’t have a problem with Phil….in reality they have a problem with Bible.” If he lives closely to the way the Bible is written then yea hate to break it to you, but it’s pretty straight forward on that topic. People may not agree and it’s their right to not agree but it’s his religious belief, let him have it.
    It’s not like he said “Gay people will burn in hell!” I knew a girl who did that, said it to her hairdresser, who happened to be gay. He was like “oh really?” and CHOPPED her hair off. Used to be super long and he just CUT down to her shoulders all of the sudden. She was horrified. I thought it was hilarious and she deserved it. lol

  40. Lauraq says:

    We all agreed that A&E was within their rights to suspend Phil. Now we have to accept that they are within their rights to bring him back.