A&E suspends ‘Duck Dynasty’ star for ‘unacceptable’ views on gays; conservatives rally

The patriarch of the A&E series “Duck Dynasty” is in the middle of an entertainment world firestorm after being indefinitely suspended from the hit show over a magazine interview where he condemned homosexual sex.

philrobertson1219According to the Hollywood Reporter, A&E issued a statement late Wednesday branding “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson’s statements to GQ unacceptable and indicated beliefs that “in no way reflect those of A&E Networks, who [sic] have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community.”

“The network has placed Phil under indefinite hiatus,” the statement said.

In the GQ interview, Robertson called homosexual activity not only sinful, but illogical.

“It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus,” Robertson said. “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.”

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He paraphrased the Bible’s condemnation of the practice.

“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,” he told the magazine. “Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

The comment drew its own condemnation from the gay activist group GLAAD, which issued a statement Wednesday accusing Robertson of engaging in “vile and extreme stereotypes” of gay people.

On Wednesday, Robertson issued his own statement that didn’t deny the comments to GQ, but said he was only performing a duty to spread the word of the Bible.

“I myself am a product of the ’60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior. My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the Bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together,” the statement said.

“However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other.”

In a statement released after Robertson’s suspension, GLAAD praised A&E for squelching “unacceptable” views.

“What’s clear is that such hateful anti-gay comments are unacceptable to fans, viewers, and networks alike,” the statement said, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “By taking quick action and removing Robertson from future filming, A&E has sent a strong message that discrimination is neither a Christian nor an American value.”

But conservatives reacted quickly, taking to Twitter to support Robertson and criticize the suspension.

Here’s a sample from Twitchy.

 

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