The reality show Duck Dynasty, about the Robertson family and their duck-call business, has roared to popularity since it first aired in Spring of 2012.
The show has been a center of controversy more than once.
In May, there was a rumor that the network, A&E, tried to forbid the stars to pray on the show, and that Phil stated that if they couldn’t pray, there would be no show. Phil, through daughter-in-law Missy, disavowed this on Twitter, reports Snopes. This didn’t, of course, stop the story of the evil, anti-Christian network from flying around Facebook.
Then, in September, preacher Phil Robertson angered and frustrated atheists by creating an anecdote in which a person is approached at night by a group of people carrying either Bibles or some unknown object, suggesting that Christianity is right and good because ‘even atheists’ would feel safer approached by a gang of Bible-toters than a gang of who-knows-whats, which really makes no sense at all and has little to do with anything. The whole suggestion is offensive and discriminatory indicating that Christians are somehow, en masse, more moral and good than any other group of people.
Now, Phil is in the spotlight again, this time for anti-gay remarks. In an interview with GQ, Phil says that homosexuality is a sin, right up there with bestiality and promiscuity.
To the GQ reporter, he says, “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.”
GQ also quotes Phils thoughts on growing up before Civil Rights, including, “I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person.” Also, “I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash.” And, “Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”
Because, obviously, if Phil didn’t see mistreatment, then black people must’ve been treated just fine, and clearly, ‘trash’ of any color is on the same level with black people as a whole, and welfare, which must be a ‘black thing’, has ruined the good subservient blacks we used to have.
The most frightening thing, perhaps, is not Phil’s views on non-Christians, his views on gay people, or his views on blacks, but the fact that in light of these statements, loyal viewers flock to the comments sections to defend his ‘traditional’ beliefs, and that the show doesn’t seem to be hurting for it.