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Freedom of opinion: ‘Duck Dynasty’ star suspended after anti-gay remarks

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Sudden success can lead to an easy free fall as proven by Phil Robertson, one of the stars of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty”. According to CNN on Dec. 18, the reality star has been suspended by the A+E Networks for anti-gay remarks he made in an interview with GQ in January.

In the interview, Robertson referred to homosexuality as a sin, labeling it as wrong and also linking it to bestiality. Robertson of course has the right to his own opinion, but making it public has created backlash both against his insensitivity and bigotry towards the LGBT community, and those who support his freedom of opinion and religious beliefs.

In the interview he says:

“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.”

Of course, he’s assuming homosexuality is a choice. Then he goes on to equate homosexuality to bestiality and promiscuity. His opinion is his opinion, which he does make clear, but the network wants nothing to do with his views. A+E Networks announced in a statement on Wednesday that the network has placed Phil Robertson on hiatus.

“We are extremely disappointed to have 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.”

Robertson didn’t just offend the LGBT community, but also the African-American community with remarks regarding race, stating that he never “saw the mistreatment of any black person” in the south before the civil rights era.

Although A+E’s suspension of Phil Robertson should be applauded, does the opinion of someone who squeals at ducks really be taken serious?

Season 5 of “Duck Dynasty” is set to premiere on January 15.

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