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Sarah Palin posts her support of 'Duck Dynasty' patriarch



By Lynn Elber

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:32 p.m. HST, Dec 19, 2013

LOS ANGELES >> "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson -- suspended from the series indefinitely after making disparaging remarks about gays -- is getting some support from key followers.

Sarah Palin posted a picture on her Facebook page of her with the reality show clan with the message, "Free Speech is an endangered species." And Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal also lamented the suspension on free speech terms.

"It's a messed-up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended," said the governor in a statement Thursday (the show is filmed in his state.

A&E announced Wednesday what it called a "hiatus" for Robertson, 67, after he disparaged gays in the January edition of GQ magazine. He also said that, growing up in Louisiana before the Civil Rights movement, he never saw mistreatment of blacks.

In a statement, A&E said it was extremely disappointed to see Robertson's anti-gay remarks, which it said were based on his personal beliefs and do not reflect those of A&E Networks or the show. A&E Networks, a joint venture of The Walt Disney Co. and Hearst Corp., called itself a supporter of the lesbian and gay community.

The channel's move was lauded by the gay and lesbian media advocacy group GLAAD, which had quickly condemned Robertson's comments.

"What's clear is that such hateful anti-gay comments are unacceptable to fans, viewers, and networks alike," said GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz. Robertson's removal "has sent a strong message that discrimination is neither a Christian nor an American value."

Robertson and his extended family became wealthy manufacturing duck calls and were turned into TV and pop culture stars by "Duck Dynasty," which has set cable ratings records for a non-fiction series. Several family members appeared in this year's Macy's Thanksgiving parade.

In his GQ interview, Robertson was asked his definition of sinful behavior.

"Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there," such as bestiality, he said.

GQ said he then paraphrases a biblical reference: "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. Don't deceive yourself. It's not right."

Robertson and his family had no comment on his hiatus, A&E said on their behalf. He may be in some previously taped scenes when the show returns Jan. 15 for its fifth season, a network spokesman said.

Robertson did respond to initial criticism of his GQ remarks.

"I myself am a product of the '60s" who indulged in sex and drugs until hitting bottom and accepting Jesus as his savior, he said in a statement. Although his mission is to teach people that men and women are meant to be together, Robertson said he "would never treat anyone with disrespect" because they are different.

In the interview, he also said that in his Louisiana youth he picked cotton with African-Americans and never saw "the mistreatment of any black person. Not once."

"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!" Robertson told the magazine.

A&E said it had received no complaints about those remarks.

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Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
if ducks could facepalm....
on December 18,2013 | 02:57PM
mrluke wrote:
political correctness run amok.
on December 18,2013 | 03:04PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
It's actually the concept of consumer sovereignty. A&E knows they'll lose viewers when people hear what he said. Losing viewers=losing money. They are a business and made a business decision. They may also lose viewers for taking him off the air. Either way, it's THEIR decision.
on December 18,2013 | 03:16PM
CaptainRon wrote:
You are right that it is a business decision, and it is A&E's decision. But I'm not sure you are right that it will lose them viewers. I doubt that those who would be offended by his remarks are a significant segment of their audience. On the other hand, taking this action could alienate a much larger portion of the show's followers. It may very well back fire as a business decision.
on December 18,2013 | 05:58PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
They wouldn't have made the decision if they thought they would lose money. We'll see if they're right or wrong.
on December 18,2013 | 06:26PM
HIE wrote:
Also keep in mind that, while Duck Dynasty is perhaps A&E's most profitable and popular show, it is not the channel's only show. They risk alienating viewers of other shows if they promote a show starring a bigot.
on December 19,2013 | 06:50AM
HanabataDays wrote:
When it comes to economics, the viewers aren't the whole story. Advertisers are the flip side of that coin. A number of them don't, or won't, want to put themselves in the position of publicly linking their products with anything that has a hint of homophobia. I suspect A&E may have heard from a few of them.
on December 19,2013 | 03:26AM
serious wrote:
Anybody remember when Andy Rooney made a comment that he didn't like women "color" commentators at the NFL games interviewing the players?? He was going to get canned until an uproar of fans agreed with him. A person should be able to give their own opinions aside from their professional position. Look how many "miss spokes" or mis quoted we get from big name people who were just expressing their own opinion??? How about Jesse going to cut off Obama's n-ts?? But it's black against black, they get away with it.
on December 19,2013 | 06:56AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Was wondering when Obama would be inserted this thread. The only reason GQ interviewed grandpa was because of Duck Dynasty, period. Five years ago, GQ would NOT interview him. Duck Dynasty is A&E. They invented it, produced it, own it. A&E also owns those characters.
on December 19,2013 | 08:40AM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
Good riddance - still wont watch the show though!
on December 18,2013 | 03:15PM
It is truely unfortunate that the liberties and freedom of speech is infringed upon just to satisfy the politcal correctness of labeling the gays and lesbians. I wonder if he could have made a statement as such and gotten away with speaking his mind. ("This statement in no way reflects the views of A&E, but........"). He may still have a job if he could have only interjected that little liablity clause. HMmmmmm.
on December 18,2013 | 03:17PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Freedom of speech is not the issue in a business situation. The government didn't stop him from speaking, which is where freedom of speech applies. He can say whatever he wants, but A&E doesn't have to give him a platform on their nickel. You'll have to find something else to feel like a "victim" about.
on December 18,2013 | 04:03PM
eoe wrote:
Exactly. It's amazing the persecution complex people have, yet they don't know basic facts about the first amendment.
on December 19,2013 | 07:05AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
on December 19,2013 | 12:15PM
HanabataDays wrote:
The right to say anything one chooses doesn't immunize the speaker against the consequences of saying those words. He can say whatever he wants ... and A&E can yank him off the air. That cute li'l disclaimer you propose wouldn't be a magical incantation, either. They can yank him with or without cause, any ol' time they feel like it.
on December 19,2013 | 03:31AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
He probably didn't read the contract he signed 5 years ago. The fame can fog your head. Like the "Dog", these novelties will pass.
on December 19,2013 | 08:43AM
2NDC wrote:
Dang. This means that I'm in the same category as gays! :-O
on December 18,2013 | 03:43PM
312guy wrote:
they would find away to get him off when he refused to stop dinner prayer
on December 18,2013 | 03:59PM
mayihavesumor wrote:
I don't even like the show but I'm contacting A&E and telling them I'm GOING to watch because of his comments.
on December 18,2013 | 04:08PM
hornswoggler wrote:
Why was he doing an interview with GQ? Is the magazine not a favorite with 'the other team', not that there's anything wrong with that, but if you know you will probably be asked questions like this when doing said interview, why agree to be interviewed? Better to just refuse and keep your opinions to yourself.
on December 18,2013 | 04:22PM
kainalu wrote:
It is the show's sponsors that will feel the heat. Otherwise, I agree: it's those hick-like remarks that have the viewers tuning in to begin with.
on December 18,2013 | 06:19PM
2localgirl wrote:
Ah get a life, and let him reflect his feelings. He doesn't say this on the show, it's his ability to use his 5th amendment freedom. freedom of speech is allowed, get over it. this was an interview and he merely stated a fact. This immorality which is becoming so pervasive in the USA, has caused us to become like Babylon....you know what happened to them. again, the gay minority getting everyone so up tight and knickers in a twist that nothing said anymore if it's not PC is allowed.
on December 18,2013 | 07:18PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Ah get a life and let A&E reflect THEIR feelings about how they want to conduct their business. Study up on constitutional law; freedom of speech is a protection from the GOVERNMENT abridging political speech. A&E ain't the government.
on December 18,2013 | 07:45PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
And what "fact" are you talking about? If you are going on the biblical route, could you give us some scientifically based evidence that your "facts" are indeed true. On the one hand, we have scientific evidence that do not go hand in hand with biblical claims. For example, if you believe that Eve was created from Adam's rib, then you will pretty much believe anything that is stated in the bible as fact. If you infer the cause of Babylon on the behavior of the citizens, then can you state the same regarding disasters involving the collapse of churches and the death of congregants to God's wrath? And if God is perfect, can He make a mistake and create a civilization that was actually a mistake? And is God human that He has anger issues? It is this kind of hypocrisy that makes people think twice before they join in. And rightfully so. I suppose that you buy into the Leviticus teaching that homosexuality is wrong. But if you read verses before and after, you will be instructed that all wives who divorce their husbands shall be stoned to death. Or are you cherry picking what you will follow off of the book and never mind the rest of the story.
on December 19,2013 | 12:26PM
Manoa_Fisherman wrote:
So much for the First Amendment. The channel that gave us the poor, white trash called "Dog the Bounty Hunter" and disparaged the state of Hawaii, can't accept that a real red neck will actually have some honest opinions about something like the Bible?
on December 18,2013 | 07:33PM
HanabataDays wrote:
So much for your understanding of the First Amendment. See DowntownGreen's comment above; that's it in a nutshell.
on December 19,2013 | 03:33AM
First-Responder wrote:
Good grief...beyond silly. MOST of the country is sick and tired of all this gay stuff. I'm in that category. Enough already.
on December 18,2013 | 07:53PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
The majority of the country is actually tired of all this ANTI-gay stuff. Enough already.
on December 18,2013 | 09:05PM
jnrz wrote:
They're the ones making it an ANTI-gay issue...where in his interview did he ever say he was "ANTI-gay"...he didn't...you did.
on December 19,2013 | 07:18AM
DowntownGreen wrote:
You might want to read his actual interview to see just how anti-gay he is.
on December 19,2013 | 11:51AM
BigErn wrote:
The Bible says that gays are sinners. And they are.
on December 18,2013 | 08:03PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
So are you and so am I. What gives you or a TV reality start the right to pass judgement. Mind your own business.
on December 18,2013 | 09:07PM
jnrz wrote:
What gives you the right to condemn a man who just quotes the Bible? Mind your own business.
on December 19,2013 | 07:17AM
DowntownGreen wrote:
I didn't condemn him and he didn't "quote" anything. "BigErn" expressed an opinion, as did I. But thanks for sharing.
on December 19,2013 | 11:55AM
Anonymous wrote:
And God said he loves All of his children. The Bible talks about forgiveness but people like you seem to forget that part !!!!!
on December 18,2013 | 09:21PM
hawaiikone wrote:
Before forgiveness there has to be an acknowledgement of the sin. But you know that already.
on December 19,2013 | 06:04AM
SteveToo wrote:
The bible's full of contradictions. It's also mostly fiction made up by people that want to control other people. Same w/the Koran and all the world's other religious books.
on December 19,2013 | 07:59AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Exactly. Much of the teachings, for example, in the Medieval days, were used to control the population and to protect the church's interests.
on December 19,2013 | 12:30PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
But the bible also states that you are a sinner. Or are you cherry picking?
on December 19,2013 | 12:28PM
Anonymous wrote:
Doesn't surprise me...what kind of comment would you expect from a Red Neck
on December 18,2013 | 09:20PM
hawaiikone wrote:
And yours doesn't surprise anyone either either...
on December 19,2013 | 06:05AM
jnrz wrote:
Yep...just quoting the Bible...Doesn't suprise me what kind of quote Anonymous would say...what do you expect...
on December 19,2013 | 07:17AM
Rivergrouch wrote:
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on December 18,2013 | 09:26PM
jnrz wrote:
We may move on once Phil is back!
on December 19,2013 | 07:15AM
EwaWarrior wrote:
The GLAAD response is so typical and @$$inine! Why isn't Phil entitled to his first ammendment rights? He's not preaching hate. He only stated that he didn't understand homosexuality! A&E's bending over backwards to suspend Phil shows complicity with the "progressive" aganeda that is leading this country down the slippery slope.
on December 19,2013 | 03:11AM
HanabataDays wrote:
He certainly is entitled to his First Amendment rights. Those rights just aren't what you think they are, is all. The government guarantees us the right to freedom of speech. There's no way the government could, or should, immunize us from the consequences of our speech. A&E reserves the right to yank him -- or any other "reality star" -- at any time, for any reason, or for no reason at all.
on December 19,2013 | 03:36AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
A&E is a business. This is a business stunt. A&E have people that track these stunts on Twitter,FB and other media. They will make.adjustments. They will prevail.
on December 19,2013 | 08:52AM
Anonymous wrote:
...and A&E is not violatig Robertson's rights?
on December 19,2013 | 06:43AM
eoe wrote:
1st amendment: "Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech." Please read that and tell me what right you think is being violated when a private company makes a business decision.
on December 19,2013 | 07:06AM
lowtone123 wrote:
Like Dog and Beth, it was just a matter of time before something dispicable came out the way they flap their gums.
on December 19,2013 | 06:57AM
jnrz wrote:
Quoting the Bible is dispicable?
on December 19,2013 | 07:14AM
jnrz wrote:
By quoting the Bible, we are now condemned by the press...shame.....Phil is just speaking his Faith....A&E will feel the consequences for their illadvised decision. Those who watch the show already know what to expect....a Christian themed reality show...
on December 19,2013 | 07:13AM
Ronin006 wrote:
What happened to free speech? The Robertson family ought to pull the plug on A&E and move to a non-politically correct channel.
on December 19,2013 | 07:25AM
moondog73 wrote:
Some people may not agree what he said, myself included, but he does have a right to say it. That's what America is all about.
on December 19,2013 | 07:30AM
SteveToo wrote:
"His beliefs are personal and don't reflect the views of A&E or the show itself, the channel said. If that's so why shut him out of the show? Not that I agree w/the dude, but he has the right to say what he wants OFF THE SHOW.
on December 19,2013 | 07:56AM
Damia wrote:
Another network should pickup the show.
on December 19,2013 | 08:09AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
All likeness of Duck Dynasty is owned by A&E.
on December 19,2013 | 08:49AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Television seems to be enamored by these heellbilly reddneck shows.
on December 19,2013 | 09:41AM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
Obviously not a First Amendment issue. I'm still in denial that she could've been our VP. That means an accident away from being President.
on December 19,2013 | 01:27PM
Jerry_D wrote:
Hopefully another network picks up this show. If nothing else, just to make things right -- to support the stance that freedom of expression is a right of everybody, gay and straight alike. I'm getting a bit fed up with what seems to be prima donna behavior of GLAAD and the LGBT community...not EVERYONE is going to agree with your lifestyle, so just get over it! We don't live in a rainbow colored world of agreeableness and happy-fuzzy-singalong-feelings, so stop crying and don't watch the show if it bothers you...just don't trample on other people's right to enjoy the show!
on December 19,2013 | 01:52PM
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