The Robertsons of A&E's hit show "Duck Dynasty" have no qualms letting their fans know about their strong religious convictions. Earlier this year, Phil Robertson the family patriarch, came under fire when he passionately preached his stance on abortion, which is pro-life. Robertson's interview with GQ magazine was published online Dec. 18, 2013, and has some calling for an all-out-boycott of "Duck Dynasty, as others show loyalty regardless of their beliefs.
UPDATE: Phil Robertson has been suspended from filming Duck Dynasty. A&E issued the following statement on Wednesday afternoon: "We are extremely disappointed to have read 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."
GQ correspondent, Drew Magary visited the "Duck Dynasty" clan in West Monroe, La., to interview them for a spread in GQ's January 2014 issue. "What in your mind, is sinful?" was the question asked to Phil Robertson that sparked the backlash.
"Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and those men," responded Robertson. He continued with a Corinthians passage spoken in his own words, "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."
"We never, ever judge someone on who's going to heaven, hell. That's the Almighty's job. We just love 'em, give 'em the good news about Jesus - whether they're homosexual, drunks, terrorist." said Phil. "We let God sort 'em out later, you see what I'm saying."
Wilson Cruz, a spokesperson for GLAAD issued a response within minutes of the interview being published online. He is receiving just as much negative feedback as Robertson is for speaking against "Duck Dynasty."
Phil Robertson is also getting an outpouring of support from fans who agree with his belief and even those who don't. Many are questioning Phil's right to freedom of speech, while others are quoting the Bible, as they lash out at other readers.
GQ is even getting some negative feedback from readers. One reader says they will boycott the magazine because the first few sentences made them feel "nasty and unclean as the words were sickening." The interviewer has been criticized for cursing in the article and the comment section has become an open chat-room for self-proclaimed Christians to fight.
The negativity directed at Robertson is not likely going to phase him. He may be part of the most popular family in America, but it hasn't gone to his head. Who else would snub an interview with Barbara Walters for the "10 Most Fascinating People of 2013" special to go hunting?
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