After mounting pressure from GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, and others in the LGBT community, A&E announced Wednesday that "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson was suspended indefinitely for his controversial remarks about homosexual behavior in an interview with GQ.
Robertson told GQ that "sin becomes fine" when "everything is blurred on what's right and what's wrong."
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.
Though Robertson specifically mentions heterosexual promiscuity as sexual sin, the LGBT community and the media have pointed to his reference to "bestiality" as particularly incendiary. Paraphrasing Corinthians, Robertson also stated,
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.
Another quote receiving much attention was his expression of his own personal preference for heterosexual sex with a woman:
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.
On Wednesday, GLAAD called the comments "some of the vilest and most extreme statements uttered against LGBT people in a mainstream publication," insisting "his quote was littered with outdated stereotypes and blatant misinformation."
After the media firestorm broke out Wednesday, Robertson released a follow-up statement:
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.
Later that day A&E formally condemned Robertson’s comments and suspended him indefinitely.
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.
“Duck Dynasty” is A&E’s most highly rated show in the network's history, landing some 9 million viewers weekly.