For the Love of the Buck the Anti-Gay Duck Guy is Reinstated by A&E

Written by melnathan on December 27th, 2013
By Melanie Nathan, December 28, 2013.

Screen Shot 2013-12-27 at 4.07.51 PMPhil Robertson, the patriarch of A&E’s Duck Dynasty clan, who was suspended from his hit reality series on Dec. 18 following his odious comments about gay people, won’t be put on hiatus after all. The network and the Robertson family announced Friday that Phil will still be part of the series — and since he didn’t miss any filming, his temporary suspension will have no effect on the upcoming fifth season.

An A&E statement to The Hollywood Reporter

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 homes, and we operate with a strong sense of integrity and deep commitment to these principles. 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.

In addition, an A&E source says the family and the network are going to work together to promote tolerance.

Robertson’s comments in GQ magazine, which included the 67-year-old likening homosexuality to “bestiality,” prompted an almost immediate announcement from A&E.

My Comment:  It is not clear  from the Statement as to why A&E has in effect reversed its decision. Can it be the almighty buck, I mean duck.  It is clear that A&E is not willing to stand on its principle and so it has found language to worm its way out, while all of us are clear, this is more about the grand old ducky dollar and less about principle.   I for one applaud forgiveness, however Mr. Duck guy has yet to apologize to the gay community and so the post-disaster spin and current flowery rhetoric as expressed by A&E and SOME members of their family is meaningless and has not taught anyone anything.  The so called promotion of tolerance sickens me. Who the hell needs tolerance from those incapable of acceptance.

 

4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Michael says:

    The false prophet wins! Yay! Homophobia, greed, money, and racism are all the new “religious beliefs” and “freedoms” to celebrate! Ain’t America great?!?

  2. Albert Snyder says:

    I emailed A&E, suggesting they remove the “A” from their title, as they haven’t anything to do with the arts. I expressed my opinions in a civilised, but forthright manner. I also promised to NEVER view their network, nor to support their sponsors. Whilst they certainly can do ANYTHING they please, I certainly can do as I please as well. I believe, rightly or wrongly, the whole thing was a publicity stunt.

  3. jerry says:

    It’s OK not to approve of the lifestyle of gay people. It’s OK not to like people of color. It’s NOT OK to insult either with low class terminology. I know that the draw of folks to Duck Dynasty is the odd and strange lifestyle of these people and it makes a lot of money for A&E. However, I am disappointed that A&E did not rise above this for the sake of the GLBT Families and Families of Color as well as others who believe in equality and diversity.

  4. Homophobes 1
    LGBT 0
    African Americans 0

    It’s a real shame that A&E have decided they are OK with Robertson’s religious contempt for gays and African Americans after all. All it takes is a few dollars. Now he is free to up the ante and make without limit, ever more demeaning and insulting comments about tiny minorities who can never mount a realistic defence against him (gays 5-10%, African Americans 14%), knowing from his millions of Facebook likes that mainstream America is fully supportive of his bigotry and mean spiritedness.

    It won’t happen in my lifetime, but over the coming centuries, I still dare to hope that love will prevail, in spite of religion – the scourge of the homosexual, and the scourge of humanity.

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