The proverbial axe may have just been dropped on Duck Dynasty’s positive public image. The A&E reality show’s protagonist and patriarch, Phil Robertson, has spoken out on his views of homosexuality, and it’s not good, y’all.
The Robertsons have been on a roll this year, with amazing ratings, a hit holiday album (really!), and even a spot on Barbara Walters’ Most Interesting People of 2013 list. And while the Louisiana-based family has always been vocal about their conservative beliefs, Phil took things to the next level when he expressed his anti-gay views to GQ in their January 2014 issue.
When asked to expound on his large brood’s faith and values, Phil emphasized their dedication to the holy text: "We're Bible-thumpers who just happened to end up on television. You put in your article that the Robertson family really believes strongly that if the human race loved each other and they loved God, we would just be better off."
However, that love for the human race doesn’t seem to extend to homosexuals, the promiscuous, alcoholics, or any other type of “sinner” for the duck call mogul.
"Everything is blurred on what's right and what's wrong," Phil said. "Sin becomes fine. Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men. Don't be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won't inherit the kingdom of God."
And he wasn’t done talking about the gay lifestyle just yet. "It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man's anus. That's just me. I'm just thinking: There's more there! She's got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I'm saying? But hey, sin: It's not logical, my man. It's just not logical." Yikes!
GLAAD’s spokesperson Wilson Cruz responded to the reality star’s comments with the following statement:
"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."
And lest you think this back-and-forth is over, Papa Robertson has now released his response to the public uproar via E!:
"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. However, 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."
This is all too confusing to process. Gays are sinners and are wrong, but they’re also human and we should respect and love them? Until Phil can stick to one mindset, we’re thinking he should probably not speak out on this issue.
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