GLAAD issued a statement on Saturday that slammed A&E’s decision to end Phil Robertson’s “Duck Dynasty” suspension according to Access Hollywood. GLAAD's public admonishment comes immediately after the network announced it would reinstate the Duck Commander to filming new episodes of the popular reality TV show.
It comes as no surprise that GLAAD and Jesse Jackson are disappointed Phil Robertson’s suspension has been lifted and is scheduled return to filming “Duck Dynasty” when production resumes in the spring. The LGBT organization and civil rights advocate have been staunchly opposed to Phil Robertson’s “racist and anti-gay sentiment” portrayed in the GQ interview, which initiated his dismissal.
It was only a matter of time before GLAAD denounced A&E’s choice. In the statement reported to Access Hollywood, GLAAD reproached the “Duck Dynasty” network for its selection of money over people.
Phil Robertson should look African American and gay people in the eyes and hear about the hurtful impact of praising Jim Crow laws and comparing gay people to terrorists. If dialogue with Phil is not part of next steps, then A&E has chosen profits over African American and gay people, especially its employees and viewers.
Reports state A&E made the decision to reinstate Phil Robertson to “Duck Dynasty” after diligent consultations with the Robertson family and “numerous advocacy groups.” A&E provided itself with an out when the network only “suspended” Phil Robertson indefinitely, which allowed producers to watch which way the controversy would unfold. The tides then turned in Robertson’s favor.
A&E has acknowledged GLAAD’s response and has planned to launch a public service campaign dedicated to endorse “unity, tolerance, and acceptance of all people.”
The new season of "Duck Dynasty" returns on January 15.
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