The American firmament has been roiled by an honest guy. His name is Phil Robertson. He is the CEO of Duck Commander and the patriarch of the family which stars in the single most successful show on cable TV, Duck Dynasty. It even beats the O’Reilly Factor on a show for show basis.
Mr. Robertson is a plain spoken kind of guy and he told GQ Magazine when the obligatory snarky interviewer asked him what, in his mind constituted sin, “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 said. 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.”
And the queers went crazy.
And then, so did A&E Network, “suspending” the star of their biggest show saying in a statement, “We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series ‘Duck Dynasty.” Apparently, they don’t actually watch the show.
Not a surprising statement, however, coming from a company which is owned by ABC, NBC and Hearst. Look at the two network television parents.
ABC and NBC spend more time worrying about something less than 3% of America’s population than they do about who’s going to replace Diane Sawyer and Brian Williams on the evening news. That’s right. According to a recent UCLA survey, America is about 2.7% homosexual. But man are they loud.
Now, I don’t have any problem with what these folks do behind closed doors, just as I don’t have any problem with what Phil Robertson said to GQ. This is, after all, America.
But I need to point out, among all the brouhaha, that Phil Robertson was talking about a group of men who practice sex acts on each other. If you can read that, retain the visual and still think positively about that sex act, you are definitely not what the vast majority of America considers normal. I don’t need the Gallup organization to tell me that and neither do you.
Despite what many of my pundit colleagues are saying, this is NOT a freedom of speech issue any more than the Dixie Chicks’ foray into politics was.
You remember them. They did a concert in a foreign country and said on stage that they were ashamed of being from the same state as then President George W. Bush. People stopped playing their records on the radio and the Chicks hollered about “freedom of speech”.
There’s a difference between freedom of speech and the willingness of someone to play your records. Same for Robertson.
If ABC, NBC and Hearst are stupid enough to walk away from a major hit show because its star said something which maybe 2% of America even cared about (you have to assume that not all homosexuals even care) then maybe Fox will put the show on their new FoxSports1 network. But A&E has the right to be stupid.
Although the right to stupidity is not enshrined in the Constitution, it seems to be a default in public discourse.
And Robertson certainly has the right to say out loud what is the mainstream view from the Judeo Christian and even the Muslim folks.
That said, it does appear that homosexuals have a disproportionate influence in the media. That or they can invoke a disproportionate fear in the people who run the media.
Folks, homosexuality is NOT mainstream behavior despite what you are being told by the media, the hard left and the courts.
If you don’t believe me, ask Americans as a group if they feel comfortable having their kids cared for by a homosexual, male nanny.
I promise you, you ask the right question, you will find that whatever the media tells you is NOT the whole story.
But at base, the real question which needs to be asked is why do men who want to have sex with men have such disproportionate influence in public discourse?
As this is written, Duck Commander merchandise is flying off the shelves of WalMart.
That’s Middle America’s answer to the media elite. If they’re smart, they’ll pay attention. Because eventually, they’ll go too far and that same Middle America will turn on them and their hard left buddies.
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