Even though Twitter trends have shifted from Phil Robertson of the "Duck Dynasty," political anchor Piers Morgan apparently isn't about to let the Robertson story die a natural death. As evidenced on Dec. 20, 2013, Morgan isn't ready to move on; he's struggling to keep the homophobic "nasty" in "Duck Dynasty."
The Piers Morgan Twitter conversation:
"Can anyone tell me why #Utah is trending? Am I missing something?"
"Your homeland just made Phil Robertson very upset"
On Twitter, arguably the most political online social engine, the Phil Robertson uproar appears to have run its trending news cycle. Walmart has sold out of "Duck Dynasty" products, there's no definitive word from the A&E Network that Phil has been permanently fired, support for Robertson is phenomenal, plus according to a headline on the Drudge Report, the media watchdog group, GLADD, is suffering "the worst backlash ever." For Phil supporters, it's all good news.
Earlier Morgan had tweeted his opinion that "Phil Robertson is not a 'victim of political correctness'. He's a victim of his own repulsively racist, homophobic bigotry." On "Piers Morgan Live," he stated, "I think he should be fired. I think it’s absolutely repulsive." Perhaps Morgan may be consoled to learn the Cracker Barrel chain has selectively removed a portion of their Duck Commander products.
Stock featuring Phil's face on the packaging is no longer on their shelves. As the Robertson clan and the A&E Network work to find a solution to an uproar that has been called "a pissing contest," one must wonder if Cracker Barrel may be on to something. The key to saving the show and saving face for the gay community may be that simple: Keep Phil, but soften his marketing presence.
Regardless, the correct answer to the question Morgan was asked about why Utah is trending is that a federal judge has declared declared Utah’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage unconstitutional.