Not this again — is what the execs over at A&E are probably thinking right now. The cable network dealt with its share of controversy back in late 2013 after reality star Phil Robertson (from their megahit Duck Dynasty) made some anti-gay, semi-racist comments in a GQ interview. Now, nearly six months later, it appears Phil is standing by his initial comments.
The TV patriarch was captured on video giving an Easter Sunday sermon where he reasserted his stance on homosexuality, and even lashed out at the media for not knowing the Bible. Though the speech took place over a month ago, it only came to public attention after TMZ posted the clip, posted by Phil’s own Whites Ferry Road Church.
In the rant, the duck call mogul first highlighted the LGBT community for getting angry with him after he referred to being gay as both a “sin” and “not logical” in the men’s magazine.
“They were mad at me,” Phil is seen telling church-goers. “You say, ‘Why’d they get mad at you?’ Cause, instead of acknowledging their sin, like you had better do, they railed against me for giving them the truth about their sins. Don’t deceive yourselves.”
Then came time to call out the mainstream media for their part in the whole ordeal, with Phil adding, “The news media didn’t even know it was a verse!… They thought I was just mouthing off. ‘Is homosexual behavior a sin?’ the [GQ interview] guy asked me. I said, ‘Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Don’t be deceived.’ “
And just in case he wasn’t clear enough, Phil restated his initial statement given to the interviewer, where he quoted the Corinthians:
“Neither the sexually immoral, nor the idolators, nor adulterers, nor male prostitutes, nor homosexual offenders, nor thieves, nor greedy, nor drunkards, nor slanderers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God — I gave him the rest of the story.”
If you remember, Phil was soon after suspended by the network, though he did eventually get reinstated and didn’t miss much if anything of Duck Dynasty Season 5. However, ratings did take a bit of a hit. With Season 6 set to premiere on June 11, it’ll be interesting to see if anything similar will occur…
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