Phil Robertson responds to A&E's decision to ban him from future “Duck Dynasty” shows. Phil issued a statement to Fox411, " I myself am a product of the 60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior.
“My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together.
"I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other."
His response follows the release of the January edition of GQ containing a controversial interview. Phil answered the question of what constitutes sin. He answered the question with his thoughts and views. Unfortunately, it contained some anti-gay remarks that the gay and lesbian rights group, GLAAD, and A&E found offensive.
Viewers of the bearded Robertson men attired in camouflage gear, know that “Duck Dynasty” is different from other reality TV shows. They don’t pack their show with drinking, drugs, adultery, fornication or other sinful pleasures. At the end of every show, the family sits down at the supper table and says grace. They don’t swear, but the producers of the show like to bleep out words to make you think that they do. Phil Robertson confronted A&E’s producers over the fact that they bleep out words and remove every mention of Jesus. He was able to stop the fake bleeps and have Jesus’s name left in occasionally.
“Duck Dynasty” climbed to the number two spot. The premier of Season 4 broke records with 11.8 million viewers. This made it the top rated nonfiction series in the history of cable.
This is almost reminiscent of what happened to Paula Deen. However, there is one big difference. Sponsors and companies that made Paula Deen’s brand merchandise dropped her immediately. The Robertson’s have only suffered one loss and it is only partial. Cracker Barrel removed only the products with Phil’s face. Cracker Barrel reports, "We operate within the ideals of fairness, mutual respect, and equal treatment of all people. These ideals are the core of our corporate culture."
Otherwise, they have amassed $400 million this year from their “Duck Dynasty” products. Half of that amount comes from product sales at Walmart.
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