**UPDATE** A&E has put Phil Robertson on indefinite suspension.
“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’,” the network said in a statement.
“His personal views in no way reflect those of A&E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”
I have to admit I’ve watched Duck Dynasty since the first season and I’ve enjoyed it. My kids and I think Uncle Si is the absolute funniest!!
But patriarch Phil Robertson’s interview with GQ magazine has me shaking my head. When I read his anti-gay remarks, the first thing that came to my mind was uh, oh, he’s in trouble now. Then I read what he said about Blacks being happy during the Jim Crow days in Louisiana. Things just went downhill from there.
“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,” Robertson said.
“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.”
Now, both sides of my family come from Louisiana and believe me I’ve heard some stories that remind me every day to be thankful for their sacrifice and determination. I’m disappointed by this, but Phil is certainly entitled to his opinion.
Be sure to read the entire interview on GQ–Phil has some interesting opinions on many different issues.
A&E released an apology from Phil in his defense:
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“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.
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.”