Ten days after A&E suspended Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson, executives of the show released a statement on Friday saying that the show will continue despite the interview given by Mr. Robertson in GQ magazine which showed him to be a racist and a bigot.
"We knew we had a great partnership with the family," said an A&E executive on condition of anonymity because the channel and the family had agreed not to say anything publicly aside from Friday's statements.
Talks between the two sides took place on Christmas Eve, paused on Christmas, and resumed on Thursday, leading to Friday's announcement.
Executives at A&E also said that an entire season of new Duck Dynasty shows for 2014 had already been shot and the suspension would only have affected future tapings.
Right wing conservatives, religious organizations, politicians and right wing media see no problems with Mr. Robertson's racism and bigotry against African-Americans and the LGBT community. They started a loud protest against A&E over the suspension of Phil Robertson, because his conservatism and religious views, are the same as theirs.
With a complete season already taped, A&E would lose millions in future revenues from advertising and merchandizing if the new Duck Dynasty show’s never aired. And with Phil Robertson receiving over 2 million likes on his Facebook page since the story broke, a petition by The Faith Driven Consumer on the website IStandWithPhil.com receiving 260,000 signatures, feigned outrage flying out of the mouths of right wing talking head, politicians and religious conservative, A&E's decision was made that much easier.
Feigned outrage from right wing politicians, like Sarah Palin, she jumped on the feigned outrage bandwagon ten days ago, and yesterday while feigning more outrage over the suspension of Robertson on Fox News, she ended up having to admit that she never even read the GQ article, which is typical of Palin.
Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA) said on Friday that he was glad that A&E "came to their senses and recognized that tolerance of religious views is more important than political correctness."
It's OK to be a racist and a bigot if you say that that is what the Bible taught you.
And a state Senator in Alabama, Jerry Fielding, now wants to pass a Resolution in the Alabama State House declaring Phil Robertson a “Hero” for being a racist and a bigot.
It has gotten to the point over the last ten days, where it's nearly impossible to find any right wing politician or talking head, who has not feigned outrage over Phil Robertson's suspension in the name of the "Bible" or "Free Speech".
In case you missed what Phil Robertson said in the January 2014 issue of GQ magazine, Phil Robertson attacked gay men saying, “It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus.” Then he went on to rant about "blacks” and how "happy" they were picking cotton in the South. Throughout the interview Robertson cites various Bible passages and calls himself a "Bible-thumper".
“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.”
"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."
Advocacy groups such as GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) and civil rights groups including the Human Rights Campaign, first alerted A&E to the GQ article which lead to the suspension of Phil Robertson. But the protest by the advocacy groups against racism and bigotry were drowned-out by right wing politicians, talking heads and right wing religion, who all support what Robertson had to say.
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