A&E Network has suspended Phil Robertson, star of the Duck Dynasty teevee program, following his charming opinions on teh gheys and what they do with their man-parts. In a recent interview in GQ, Robertson explained that
“It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus. 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.”
Needless to say, Robertson’s suspension is drawing angry condemnations from people who demanded that Martin Bashir be fired for suggesting that if Sarah Palin had some firsthand experience of the ugly realities of slavery, she wouldn’t compare the federal debt to that institution. Robertson is being persecuted for his Christian faith, you see, and America’s sacred tradition of free speech is under attack.
Also getting significantly less play, but just as weird, are Robertson’s charming reflections on how nice things were in the Jim Crow South:
“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once. 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. 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!
“Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues,”
The blacks, they were happy back then, and he oughta know, because he was there, and not one black person ever complained to a white kid about racism.
A&E’s statement Wednesday was about as apologetically bland as you’d expect:
“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 … 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.”
This management decision by a private company was evidence to all the usual suspects that, as Sarah Palin said on her facespace page:
Free speech is an endangered species. Those “intolerants” hatin’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us.
Don’t you people understand that under the First Amendment, people are allowed to have their own personal opinions and can never be criticized for them? And that when the owners of a teevee network decide what to do about an idiot they employ, that is censorship and a threat to freedom. We are losing our sacred right to use our fame to espouse abhorrent opinions about what other people do with their genitals. On the other hand, if someone says something mean about Sarah Palin, then you know, Palin thinks that it’s appropriate that they face the consequences, or, in Palinese,
“Those with that platform, with a microphone, a camera in their face, they have to have some more responsibility taken.”
Unless, of course, they’re expressing their personal opinions about vaginas, penises, anuses, and the happy darkies never complainin’ in the good ole times — and those personal opinions are shared by many other Real Americans who do not want to think about such things.
In any case, it is the Left that is intolerant and hypocritical, because, as John Nolte explains at Dead Breitbart’s Home For Carefully Parsed Rationalizations, Phil Robertson was condemning sin, not homosexuals, and he also condemned heterosexual sin as well when he said,
“Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong… Sin becomes fine. Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.” Robertson then paraphrased Corinthians from the Bible: “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.”
See? He only said that the anus-pokers are the worst of a bad lot, so that is not bigotry, QED. And after all, Robertson simply said out loud what everyone pretty much suspected he and his family thought all along, but were too careful to say in front of A&E’s cameras. Still, gotta remember, it is not bigoted, it is just plain Christian. As Nolte puts it,
The sexuality bar for Christianity is pretty high for everyone, and relating that fact is not bigotry, it is spreading the Gospel.
Robertson is also talking about homosexual sexual behavior, not homosexuals as human beings. That is all the difference in the world.
Also, too, the Left is terribly hypocritical, since GLAAD condemned Robertson’s published statements in a magazine interview, but not Alec Baldwin’s homophobic rant that got him canned.
Strangely, though, we can’t think of a single petition demanding that Alec Baldwin or Martin Bashir be re-hired by MSNBC, or anyone in the liberal blogosphere having a cow over how the First Amendment was threatened when those guys lost their jobs.