A&E has called off the suspension of "Duck Dynasty" patriarch, Phil Robertson. According to the New York Daily News on December 28, the duck-call making reality star will be back and the Robertson clan is ready to put this firestorm behind them.
Phil Robertson made headlines after a GQ magazine interview in which he spoke of his views on homosexuality and his experience with pre-civil rights era black men in Louisiana. His comments, more ignorant than hateful, sparked a media craze that he certainly did not anticipate.
Following the interview, A&E released a statement regarding the incident and suspended Phil Robertson from the "Duck Dynasty" reality show, allowing other family members to remain. Of course they did not anticipate that the family would stick together, refusing to appear in future episodes without their leader.
Additionally, Cracker Barrel restaurants removed all merchandise featuring Robertson temporarily. After a social media outcry, the restaurant changed their stance and placed the goods back in shelves within a day.
Human rights groups such as GLAAD and NAACP still are speaking out against the words of Phil Robertson. Meanwhile others have rallied behind the "Duck Dynasty" star, defending his right to religious belief. Many even say that his words were taken out of context and that Robertson quotes were rearranged to become media sound bytes.
In any case, Phil Robertson has apologized for his remarks and says he never meant to be hurtful. Of course intent doesn't always equal the end result and many are still offended. Perhaps he should reflect more on the comments he made, especially those regarding black men working in cotton fields according to civil rights leaders and the NAACP.
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