It's been nearly nine months and the mainstream media is still wondering if Duck Dynasty's patriarch Phil Robertson is a homophobe.
That was the blunt question ABC's Ryan Owens asked of Robertson during his Tuesday appearance in a segment on Good Morning America. Unfazed by the redundancy of the inquiry, Papa Phil responded just as he always has:
Owens: Would you consider yourself a homophobe?
Robertson: I'm as much of a homophobe as Jesus was. People who are participating in homosexual behavior, they need to know that I love them.
Robertson was on the program to promote his new book UnPHILtered: The Way I See It -- a book, he describes, that is partly meant to clarify the comments from his GQ magazine interview in which he called homosexuality a "sin."
"People are going to read it and decide for themselves," Robertson said. "But people need to get in their head, dude, I don't hate anybody."
To further help clarify, Robertson revealed the source behind his infamous comment. It's not the Gospel according to him, "It's the Gospel according to the Scriptures. I didn't dream it up." He said:
Robertson: The only place I know of that I could have gone to answer that question would be a Bible. The dictionary wouldn't have explained it. An encyclopedia wouldn't have explained it, whether it was a sin or not. So, I went to the only source I had to answer his question.
ABC was also still confused over whether or not Robertson is a racist, because, after all, he is from the South. In GQ, Robertson had said he never saw a black person mistreated with his own eyes. Owens pressed the issue, saying, "But they couldn't go to the same school. They couldn't use the same water fountain." Robertson:
Robertson: There is one race, one race on this planet. It's called the human race. We're all the same. To me, there is absolutely nothing that has color to do with it.
But Robertson, who claims he doesn't own a cell phone and never turned on a computer, isn't too worried about what anyone has to say about him or his family:
Robertson: [W]hatever America is saying or not saying about me, true or untrue, what they need to understand is, I'm not hearing it.
Owens concluded the segment saying, "Like we said, don't expect Phil Robertson to change," reminding viewers that in the end, the mainstream media paints the narrative.