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'Duck Dynasty' patriach doubles down on gay sex while A&E stands pat

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You just knew this was coming.

A new video has emerged of "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson slamming gays for their "gross sexual immorality."

Uploaded to YouTube in March 2013 by a Texas woman with nothing but "Love" for Robertson, the lengthy video showcases the duck caller delivering an impassioned speech about "shameful lust" in America (go to 17:15 in the video for the highlights):

Women with women. Men with men. They committed indecent acts with one another. And they received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion. They're full of murder, envy, strife, hatred. They are insolent, arrogant, god haters, they are heartless, they are faithless, they are senseless, they are ruthless, they invent ways of doing evil! That's what you have 235 years, roughly, after your forefathers founded the country. So what are you going to do, Pennsylvania? Just run with them? You're going to die. Don't forget that.

The A&E network, which suspended Robertson from the reality show last week after Robertson expressed his animus towards gays in a GQ interview, has yet to comment on this latest video.

Last week, along with religious leaders, political figures felt the need to inject themselves into the controversy? Why? Does this program have anything to do with politics? Certainly the statements Robertson has made are part of the nation's political discourse when it comes to matters like gay marriage, equal rights and discrimination. Political figures like Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Texas Senator Ted Cruz and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, all voiced their support of Robertson with ill-informed invocations of the First Amendment. The First Amendment only applies to government infringement. It does not apply to what private companies can do. A&E didn't say that Robertson couldn't have his opinion; they said he just couldn't express it on their airwaves.

That said, the network’s schedule for Christmas week remains loaded with “Duck Dynasty” episodes, including at least two seven-hour marathons.

Meanwhile, season four of "Duck Dynasty" kicks off January 15th and production is all but done, so Robertson will be featured prominently. Robertson issued a statement last week that offered no apology but notes that "I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me."

Robertson earns an estimated $200 grand per episode for the program, which drew a staggering 11.8 million viewers for its fourth season premiere.

And this all goes to the point that ultimately, A&E's behavior will likely raise questions. They're likely to say once again that they're appalled and that they don't tolerate this kind of intolerance, and then do what they've done before. They didn't stand for Duane Chapman's racism when they halted production on "Dog the Bounty Hunter" in 2007, only to reinstate the show three months later. Why? It gets ratings, which translates into dollars for the network.

It also raises other questions. How does someone with a reality TV show basically exploiting him as being a redneck in the back woods of Louisiana suddenly become a spokesperson for anything? Without that TV show he's just another obscure citizen. Is he a spokesperson for free speech? Religious values? For those who say, "Who cares what this guy has to say," it's obvious the woman who posted the video on YouTube cared enough not just to post it, but to videotape it in the first place. What does that say about her? It's obvious someone thought enough of this guy's opinions to invite to speak for nearly an hour at a public gathering. What does that say about them?

It's interesting that conservatives who've come out in support of Robertson are always among the critics who denigrate anyone of celebrity pedigree when that celebrity is a liberal. We shouldn't pay attention to those Hollywood types because they're "liberal," yet they give credence to reality TV types? Bobby Jindal, in his statement, commented, "It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended." Of course, Miley Cyrus didn't exactly get a laugh. She was heavily criticized for her VMA performance. However, she didn't say anything disparaging about gays, minorities or anyone else.

So what's more pathetic: Someone with a reality TV show spouting intolerance, anyone who thinks that intolerance is of any intellectual value, a TV network (or magazine) that profits from he has to say, or the audience that consumes it?

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