Tuesday news broke that Phil Robertson made disparaging remarks about the gay community in a GQ interview set to be released in January 2014. A & E immediately suspended Robertson indefinitely for the remarks. Robertson who is outspoken about his Christian faith equated homosexuality with bestiality.
According to the Chicago Tribune A & E stated "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."
The new season is set to start on January 15, 2014 and is nearly finished being filmed. Phil will most likely appear in most if not all of the upcoming season. GLAAD representative Wilson Cruz, responded by saying, "Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil's lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe. He clearly knows nothing about gay people or the majority of Louisianans -- and Americans -- who support legal recognition for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples.
"Phil's decision to push vile and extreme stereotypes is a stain on A&E and his sponsors who now need to reexamine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families.”
Within hours of Robertson being suspended Sarah Palin took to her Facebook page to make a statement. Palin said "Free speech is an endangered species. Those 'intolerants' hatin' and taking on the 'Duck Dynasty' patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us."
Robertson’s statements reverberated across the nation sparking the ire of the LGBTQ community as well as those saying that Robertson has the right to freedom of speech. Only time will tell how this controversy will be solved.