In recent weeks, Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the popular A&E reality show “Duck Dynasty,” has been making a huge Internet splash – call it a cannonball – with his outspoken remarks about gays and lesbians and then his refusal to retract any of what he said.
ABC News on Dec. 25 carried Jackson’s response to Robertson’s inflammatory comments. In a GQ interview that caused an instant uproar, Robertson spoke of Nazis and Jesus, claimed to have never seen mistreatment of blacks in Louisiana in the pre-civil rights era, and called homosexuality a sin condemned by the Bible.
To read Phil’s initial comments and his response to critics:
For that, Robertson was suspended from the A&E show, and his family openly pondered pulling the plug altogether on the hugely successful show that follows the back water Louisiana clan that became wealthy from their duck calling business.
According to ABC, A&E has already suspended Robertson, but Reverend Jackson, his Rainbow PUSH Coalition and GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) are not satisfied; the collaboration is reportedly demanding to meet with network executives to discuss the future of the show.
“These statements uttered by Robertson are more offensive than the bus driver in Montgomery, Alabama, more than 59 years ago,” Jackson said.
“At least the bus driver, who ordered Rosa Parks to surrender her seat to a white person, was following state law,” Jackson exclaimed. “Robertson's statements were uttered freely and openly without cover of the law, within a context of what he seemed to believe was “white privilege.’”
Those who side with Phil have now started an online petition:
Where do you fall on this explosive clamor? Leave your thoughts below.