As 2013 came to a close, reality television star Phil Robertson was embroiled in a controversy [See text below] that resulted from his candid interview with GQ Magazine. By answering the interviewer’s pointed questions regarding sexuality, the ‘Duck Dynasty’ star faced the backlash of those who disagreed with his biblical views on the subject.
As a result, the Robertson family patriarch was suspended from the A&E series, which triggered a massive show of support by fans of the program and defenders of his Christian values.
Western Journalism offered supporters a chance to reach A&E executives directly through a petition drive that received such a massive response it apparently overloaded the network’s system and caused its email carrier to malfunction.
In the year since, the Robertson clan has made no noticeable effort to tone down its vocal proclamation of faith. That trend seemed especially true for Phil, a preacher who used his platform to champion the biblical definition of marriage in a sermon Western Journalism shared in October.
The elder Robertson’s values have evidently been passed down to younger generations, as evidenced by the actions of his grandchildren in 2014. Sadie Robertson’s stint on the reality competition series ‘Dancing with the Stars’ was noteworthy not only for her crowd-pleasing steps on the stage – she also made headlines by celebrating her faith in God.
Sadie’s brother, recently-engaged John Luke, also took a firm stand for his faith this year, explaining his bride-to-be only began to show interest in him after he spoke of his Christian beliefs.
Sadie confirmed her grandfather holds her boyfriend to similarly high standards.
Phil Robertson indirectly addressed last December’s controversy during a sermon in May, concluding that “they railed against me for giving them the truth about their sins.”
His son, Jase, spoke about the GQ interview in July, recalling that the reporter cornered Phil with questions that were “hypothetical, argumentative, and controversial.”
Jase’s brother, Willie, remained largely silent on the topic, responding to one request for comment by saying only that his father told the interviewer “what was on his heart” and acknowledged that the situation “made Christmas very interesting for us.”
Try as they might, though, it is evident one year later that the efforts of Robertson family detractors are no match for the concerted support of its many loyal fans.
Here are some of the most controversial lines Phil Robertson said in the GQ interview:
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