'Duck Dynasty' patriarch suspended from show for anti-gay comments

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    Dec 19, 2013 2:15 AM GMT
    "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson has been taken off the A&E hit series "indefinitely," following anti-gay comments he made in a GQ interview published Wednesday.

    “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,' a network statement issued late Wednesday said. "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.”


    http://www.today.com/entertainment/duck-dynasty-patriarch-suspended-show-anti-gay-comments-2D11773442
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    Dec 19, 2013 2:20 AM GMT
    I saw that post added to an existing thread, but I thought his getting indefinitely suspended merited a separate thread with that headline. And as a gay news item.
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    Dec 19, 2013 2:52 AM GMT
    slickwillie saidI feel bad for the people who worked on the show because if it ends up getting the show cancelled, those people will be out of work just because of his remarks.

    Don't worry, I'm sure the cast will find other work, like maybe as garden gnomes.

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    Dec 19, 2013 3:16 AM GMT
    So they fired him because of his religious beliefs? Yet we protect Muslims and other religions who have equally fucked up beliefs. What ever happened to freedom of speech in this country?
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    Dec 19, 2013 4:04 AM GMT
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    Scruffypup saidSo they fired him because of his religious beliefs? Yet we protect Muslims and other religions who have equally fucked up beliefs. What ever happened to freedom of speech in this country?


    He has a right to say it. He has a right to believe it. But the network also has a right to determine who and what is on their airwaves.



    Yeah, but I thought religious beliefs were covered under our current labor laws.
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    Dec 19, 2013 4:05 AM GMT
    What is this show about? All I know is those dudes have their own Chia Pet heads.

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    Dec 19, 2013 4:19 AM GMT
    Scruffypup saidSo they fired him because of his religious beliefs? Yet we protect Muslims and other religions who have equally fucked up beliefs. What ever happened to freedom of speech in this country?


    Nothing. I dont see where is freedom of speech was infringed on in any way. He made his comments in a magazine. Which as far as I can see provided his freedom of speech.
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    Dec 19, 2013 4:21 AM GMT
    Look at them!! icon_eek.gif Why would anyone be surprised that one of them made a disparaging remake about 'the gays" Im shocked it didn't happen sooner! LOL.
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    Dec 19, 2013 4:22 AM GMT
    Cant understand the popularity of that show so anything that causes it to lose viewers and get cancelled is fine with me .
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    Dec 19, 2013 4:38 AM GMT

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    Dec 19, 2013 4:50 AM GMT
    slickwillie said
    Scruffypup saidSo they fired him because of his religious beliefs? Yet we protect Muslims and other religions who have equally fucked up beliefs. What ever happened to freedom of speech in this country?


    He has a right to say it. He has a right to believe it. But the network also has a right to determine who and what is on their airwaves.

    This.

    Just think, in Russia they don't have freedom of speech, and it's illegal to talk about being gay outside of the context of homophobia... It's no wonder homophobic celebrities are supported there. The gay movement in the U.S. wouldn't be possible without freedom of speech.
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    Dec 19, 2013 4:51 AM GMT
    mike34 saidCant understand the popularity of that show so anything that causes it to lose viewers and get cancelled is fine with me .



    It caters to the lowest common denominator. Here it is in a nutshell: "We're rednecks with big bushy beards who got rich selling duck calls to other rednecks and we celebrate our redneckness by flaunting it and doing zany, yet stereotypical, redneck things." The end. Who gives a shit? I don't watch much TV and can't stand reality shows, so for the longest when I heard people talking about this show, I thought it was a cartoon about ducks. Then when I happened to catch it on one night, I was like "are you fucking kidding me?" icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Dec 19, 2013 4:53 AM GMT
    xrichx saidWhat is this show about? All I know is those dudes have their own Chia Pet heads.

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    It's about this actual family that struck it rich making duck calls. Another one of those reality-based shows, only featuring contrived hillbillies instead of the Kardashians with their contrived class. Several of the cast actually have college degrees, and dressed conventionally & shaved before they decided their present images are better advertising for their duck hunting company.
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    Dec 19, 2013 4:54 AM GMT
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    mike34 saidCant understand the popularity of that show so anything that causes it to lose viewers and get cancelled is fine with me .



    It caters to the lowest common denominator. Here it is in a nutshell: "We're rednecks with big bushy beards who got rich selling duck calls to other rednecks and we celebrate our redneckness by flaunting it and doing zany, yet stereotypical, redneck things." The end. Who gives a shit? I don't watch much TV and can't stand reality shows, so for the longest when I heard people talking about this show, I thought it was a cartoon about ducks. Then when I happened to catch it on one night, I was like "are you fucking kidding me?" icon_rolleyes.gif


    I bet that isnt too far from the original pitch to A&E
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    Dec 19, 2013 4:56 AM GMT
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    Scruffypup saidSo they fired him because of his religious beliefs? Yet we protect Muslims and other religions who have equally fucked up beliefs. What ever happened to freedom of speech in this country?

    Oh, here we go again.
    Last I looked, A&E isn't the government. The First Amendment says that the GOVERNMENT may not censor. It doesn't speak to whether a corporation can do so if it chooses.
    You are really dense.



    #1 I've asked you nicely to stop replying to my posts. You're scum and you need to stop stalking me.

    #2 It is most definitely illegal to fire someone for their religious beliefs you retard. It has zero to do with the First Amendment. In fact, it's illegal for a corporation to even ask what a person's religious beliefs are. Now crawl back in your hole you stupid fuck.
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    Dec 19, 2013 5:01 AM GMT
    I liked the rest of what the article said:

    "In a statement, GLAAD said: “Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil’s lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe. He clearly knows nothing about gay people or the majority of Louisianans – and Americans – who support legal recognition for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples. Phil’s decision to push vile and extreme stereotypes is a stain on A&E and his sponsors who now need to reexamine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families.”

    The show will continue filming without him.
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    Dec 19, 2013 5:06 AM GMT
    I can completely understand why A&E would do this, they like to keep their advertisers happy. Other than that I think its stupid, my Facebook is already blowing up with my Christian friends liking all these "we support Phil" crap.

    Nobody should have been surprised when he made the statement, the show is for a certain type of people, and I bet they will have even more viewers now because of what happened.
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    Dec 19, 2013 5:11 AM GMT
    My life is over.
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    Dec 19, 2013 5:12 AM GMT
    aimveryhigh20 saidI can completely understand why A&E would do this, they like to keep their advertisers happy. Other than that I think its stupid, my Facebook is already blowing up with my Christian friends liking all these "we support Phil" crap.

    Nobody should have been surprised when he made the statement, the show is for a certain type of people, and I bet they will have even more viewers now because of what happened.

    How is condemning gays to burn in hell any different than throwing us in an oven right now? These so called FB Christians are frightening.

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    Dec 19, 2013 5:16 AM GMT
    Anyway, he wasn't fired for his religious beliefs. His job was to promote the show in interviews, but he decided to compare being gay to bestiality, and supported it with a Bible quote. It's like if someone went into a business meeting and said gays are like animals and they go to hell. If someone verbally bashes people it's hard to agree that they're the ones being discriminated against. People choose to harass people, and thankfully we have supporters on our side to stand against people who publicly use hate speech against us.
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    Dec 19, 2013 5:31 AM GMT
    Dumb move by A&E. A&E has just made this guy the new martyr for the religious right. This is going to be the new Chick-Fil-A.

    Just great.
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    Dec 19, 2013 5:32 AM GMT
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    #2 It is most definitely illegal to fire someone for their religious beliefs you retard. It has zero to do with the First Amendment. In fact, it's illegal for a corporation to even ask what a person's religious beliefs are. Now crawl back in your hole you stupid fuck.

    But you previously wrote: "What ever happened to freedom of speech in this country?" Freedom of speech IS the First Amendment.

    As for religious beliefs, Robertson may try to make that his defense. IF he can prove he was fired for religious beliefs, rather than for violating his contract with A&E in uttering what is being viewed by many as hate speech. And he HAS been free to express his fundamentalist beliefs on the show in the past.

    The statement by A&E was careful to criticize his "personal" views & beliefs, not his religion convictions. But if he does make a successful defense based on religious beliefs, then I fear the floodgates will be opened for unrestricted gay bashing across the country.
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    Dec 19, 2013 5:33 AM GMT
    Oh, and get a load of this: This Phil Robertson guy has a Master's in EDUCATION!!! In other words, he's got the credentials to teach in a public school!!

    Think on that one for a second.
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    Dec 19, 2013 5:35 AM GMT
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    Scruffypup said
    #2 It is most definitely illegal to fire someone for their religious beliefs you retard. It has zero to do with the First Amendment. In fact, it's illegal for a corporation to even ask what a person's religious beliefs are. Now crawl back in your hole you stupid fuck.

    But you previously wrote: "What ever happened to freedom of speech in this country?" Freedom of speech IS the First Amendment.

    As for religious beliefs, Robertson may try to make that his defense. IF he can prove he was fired for religious beliefs, rather than for violating his contract with A&E in uttering what is being viewed by many as hate speech. And he HAS been free to express his fundamentalist beliefs on the show in the past.

    The statement by A&E was careful to criticize his "personal" views & beliefs, not his religion convictions. But if he does make a successful defense based on religious beliefs, then I fear the floodgates will be opened for unrestricted gay bashing across the country.



    You're confusing my personal beliefs with current law.
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    Dec 19, 2013 5:38 AM GMT
    Scruffypup said
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    Scruffypup said
    #2 It is most definitely illegal to fire someone for their religious beliefs you retard. It has zero to do with the First Amendment. In fact, it's illegal for a corporation to even ask what a person's religious beliefs are. Now crawl back in your hole you stupid fuck.

    But you previously wrote: "What ever happened to freedom of speech in this country?" Freedom of speech IS the First Amendment.

    As for religious beliefs, Robertson may try to make that his defense. IF he can prove he was fired for religious beliefs, rather than for violating his contract with A&E in uttering what is being viewed by many as hate speech. And he HAS been free to express his fundamentalist beliefs on the show in the past.

    The statement by A&E was careful to criticize his "personal" views & beliefs, not his religion convictions. But if he does make a successful defense based on religious beliefs, then I fear the floodgates will be opened for unrestricted gay bashing across the country.

    You're confusing my personal beliefs with current law.

    Actually I think you have that reversed - you're confusing your personal beliefs with the law, or what you'd like the law to say. And trying to bend this case into something it's not.