I know some people who read this might be shocked to learn that I do watch Duck Dynasty, at least I used to. And my favorite Robertson? Phil, the patriarch, the guy who started at QB ahead of Terry Bradshaw at Louisiana Tech, the former boozer and drug user who found God; he is bar none, the most real person you will ever see on “reality” TV. However, A&E has all but omitted the Robertson clan’s deep rooted religious beliefs. In other words, the only connection to the family’s Christian world that you will ever see on the show is when they are involved in their church activities. Oh, and when Phil says the prayer over supper at almost the end of every episode. It seems he isn’t satisfied, yet if there’s one thing I do admire about him, he will always be honest and speak his mind about his beliefs, no matter what the cost.
I’ve already had one friend ask me why Phil would do an interview with GQ? Why not? In reality, any publication, no matter what that publication’s objective is, he would have no problem speaking his truth. And now, the truth has cost Robertson his role on one of cable TV’s highest-rated shows. Robertson has been suspended “indefinitely” from the series by A&E following the controversial remarks he made about homosexuality in the GQ interview. Here’s what the network had to say:
“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. His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community.”
Okay A&E, I hate to be the one to tell you this, but Robertson’s personal beliefs are the same beliefs of his family. Of course when you read the GQ article, you’ll notice the sons stay mum when Phil starts pontificating about the Bible. They may not be as outspoken as their father, but will carry the burden of defending him for the rest of their lives. It wouldn’t surprise me if in the next few days, you might see another family member pipe up and say something along the lines of “although we respect other people, this is what we believe and no one will change that.” I call bullshit. It will also be interesting to see what other parties who have invested in the show will have to say in wake of this controversy. I’m mainly referring to Walmart. Everywhere you turn, there’s a Robertson staring at you. I see an old cut out of Willie every time I leave and see the Duck Dynasty line of sunglasses. UGH!
I know one thing, I can no longer watch Duck Dynasty. I knew something like this interview would happen, and I would have to stand my ground, so to speak. If A&E is really “champions and strong supporters of the LGBT community”, they would drop the series. Backlash is a bitch. I’ll be waiting for their next move.
Sorry Phil, but it’s not cool to quack about queers and get away with it.