The National Freak-Out Over ‘Duck Dynasty’ Star’s Comments

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Admittedly, I do not watch ‘Duck Dynasty.’ It’s not particularly my cup of tea, but I know about it and that the family featured in the series is Christian. Today, my Facebook feed has absolutely blown up with stories of Phil Robertson, the family patriarch, and what he told GQ magazine about homosexuality and race issues in the South. Here are some key quotes from the GQ interview from Phil Robertson:

“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.”

“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.”

Phil is known for being very open and very honest with his beliefs–it’s part of why the show is so popular. But A&E, the channel the show appears on, has decided to indefinitely suspend Phil from ‘Duck Dynasty’ for his comments.

I sort of understand the logic–such statements make people very angry in this day and age, and the desire to appease people for the sake of political correctness is strong. However, A&E may have committed suicide over this, as ‘Duck Dynasty’ is their most popular show by leaps and bounds; and the sort of people who watch it aren’t all that likely to be interested in political correctness.  Thus, by getting all worked up over these comments, A&E is only serving to damage itself–and no matter how you slice it, that’s not a good business model.

Now, I’m not particularly interested in addressing the comments themselves. Everybody has an opinion, and mine is no more or less likely to change anyone else’s.  I do want to discuss the larger issue, though, and that is this culture of outrage we live in.  It seems no matter where you go, somebody is upset. Somebody is angry. Somebody feels deeply offended by something or someone.

We are offended far too much–so much so that we can no longer have disagreements without getting mean or condemning someone for thinking a bit differently than we believe should be the case.  As a country, we’ve gone so far on the tolerance scale that we’ve magically become intolerant.  We’re a nation of reactionary revanchist provocateurs who can’t handle dissent. We have no balance, no acceptance, not even free speech, really.  Sure, you can say what you like, but be prepared–consequences are swift and lasting, if the majority doesn’t like what you say.  We are a nation that is becoming more and more entrenched in the fine print; you can do this, and this, and this, but with a thousand caveats and exceptions to the rule.

It has reached a level of ridiculousness where we feel the need to condemn those who disagree or say things we don’t like.  We’re very tolerant of every opinion, except for those opinions we deem ‘backwards’ or ‘not progressive’ or ‘antiquated.’  Perhaps there are brilliant minds out there who have something amazing to say, but by the bullying of a drama-crazed culture are too afraid to speak up.  We are creating fear, stirring up hatred, and doing it in the name of tolerance.  How backwards is that?

And what do we do with the people we disagree with?  We eat them alive.  It’s like a modern-day gladiator game.  We’re apparently starved for controversy and drama, and we create it wherever we go.  Our pursuit of disagreement and outrage is deliberate, and it is disgusting.

How do we fight it?  We need humility, for starters, and that starts with me and you, Dear Reader.  We need to have the nerve and the audacity to say that we honestly don’t have all the answers, or all the control, or all the right opinions.  We’re neither immortal nor infallible. We need to collectively take a chill pill, take a deep breath, and maybe count to 10.  We should quit whining and do something good instead of warring over words.  It takes great wisdom to find the good in this world and draw it out, great forbearance to extend grace to people, and not condemnation.

This is simply what I think, and I know I don’t have all the answers or solutions. I just have my opinion.

And, if you disagree with my opinion, I can respect that.


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  1. Wiseoldlady says:

    Although these guys are disgusting to look at……the truth is the truth is the truth is the truth. These guys know the truth and the hypocrites from the psychopathic progressive politically correct dilutional leftist CRIMINAL satanic regime are WRONG. IT WAS FORETOLD 2000 YEARS AGO ABOUT THE 1% SICK SATANIC WORLD CRIMINALS TRYING TO DESTROY ALL THAT IS GOOD AND THAT TIME IS HERE. ANYONE THAT CONDONES EVIL IS EVIL. WHAT IS EVIL ….ANYTHING NOT OF GOD. GOD IS REAL….ANOTHER AVENUE THEY HAVE ATTACKED TRYING TO MAKE EVERYONE BELIEVE THE LIES OF satan. WAKE UP PEOPLE….SEE THE TRUTH. GOD IS VERY REAL AND JESUS IS HIS SON.
    These satanists have rewritten history, twisted the truth about most things since the origin of life. They are the true racists and intolerant bigots. One day they will be in a miserable world due to their sick evil choices while all of us good people will be in a heavenly paradise. He who laughs last laughs best. KARMA IS A B…..

  2. Seeks_the_truth says:

    We already know that anyone who doesn't accept a person's choice to be queer is considered 'homophobic'. I understand these deviants must try to cover their intolerance and bigotry by trying to blame the 'other side'.
    What I don't understand is how is his comments about Blacks in anyway offensive?
    A very popular movie even backs this observation.

    I noticed something last night that I had not seen in the previous 20 years at this same time every year.
    I watched my all time favorite movie last night as I do every year at this time. I'm sure you realize this is the movie "It's A Wonderful Life" starring James Steward and Donna Reed.

    This movie is made in the mid 1940's and set in the 1920's time period. I noticed this 'White' family that not only ran the Bailey Building and Loan, that offered loans to all including 'minorities', but also the 'Ma Bailey Boarding House'.
    Did anyone else notice the happy Black, PAID housekeeper, Annie, that is employed with them? Did anyone else notice the Black patrons of the Building and Loan in the office when there was a run on the banks?
    How about at the end when FRIENDS come to help the Bailey's, Annie donates money she 'Saved for a divorce if ever she found a husband!" or the other pleasant Black woman and men who donate money to the cause?
    So even a popular movie supports what Phil has said.

    My own mother, rest her soul, used to argue with me about racism during her young years. She said the same thing. She couldn't remember any racism against Blacks. They were as accepted as she was. (we are not White)
    At least in her 'neck of the woods', people of different colors worked together, lived together and were welcomed in each other's homes. She was sure there was racism in the world, just not in her middle of the country area.

    Apparently if the facts come out that Blacks have not always been the 'angry' people attacked by Whites over the years as they claim, then all the excuses for 'affirmative action' and the race baiter's agenda cover would be blown.
    Obviously, the truth can not be told.
    I also wanted to share this revelation I had, and fits what Phil has said, after watching the same movie for so many years.

  3. MuslimLuvChrist says: 45000 singed the petition!
    Phil Robertson was expressing his personal, religious beliefs that many millions of Americans happen to share. It is an outrage that you have suspended him from the show, Duck Dynasty, for his religious beliefs regarding marriage and faith (Violating his First Amendment Rights!). We are calling for Phil to be re-instated and for an apology to be issued to him immediately. I will watch the show from now on, only if you bring Paul back. AND you fags and lesbos ARE disgusting. I am surprised he didn't ask you faggots, what it feels like when you suck and pull on a cock with your mouth, until cum gushes into your mouth and you gag while your gay buddy is holding your head on his cock.

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