TMZ asked a good question on Friday. The site asked its readersif the A&E network is hypocritical or simply running their business as just that, a business, based on their holiday TV schedule.
This question arises in the week of this week's "Duck Dynasty" news. A&E has suspended "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson over his anti-gay comments to GQ, but it remains to be seen if that suspension will last. After all, "Duck Dynasty" is a money-maker for the network, and that is clear. A look at the upcoming marathons makes it not just clear, but crystal clear.
The marathons run on the days Dec. 22, Dec. 23, Dec. 24, and Christmas Day, Dec. 25. They are as follows:
- Dec. 22 -- 5 p.m. - 4 a.m. EST
- Dec. 23 -- 7 p.m. - 4 a.m. EST
- Dec. 24 -- 6 p.m - 9 p.m. EST
- Dec. 25 -- 3:30 p.m. - 4 a.m. EST
"Duck Dynasty" is the highest-rated cable network reality TV show in history.
For those not in the know, Robertson said this to GQ:
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.
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. 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.
That was just the start. He also made statements regarding race that were offensive to some. Speaking of the Louisiana of his youth, he said:
I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.
He also made statements that compared Shintoism, a form of Buddhism, with Nazism:
All you have to do is look at any society where there is no Jesus. I’ll give you four: Nazis, no Jesus. Look at their record. Uh, Shintos? They started this thing in Pearl Harbor. Any Jesus among them? None. Communists? None. Islamists? Zero. That’s eighty years of ideologies that have popped up where no Jesus was allowed among those four groups. Just look at the records as far as murder goes among those four groups.
For those interested, however, the question remains: hypocritical or just business as usual, in terms of A&E's marathon broadcssts of "DD?" The answer is 79 percent hypocritical, 21 percent business as usual (among 60K+ votes).