GQ's feature on Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson is spreading like wildfire — a profile that contains some controversial views about the pre-Civil Rights era South and, as profile author Drew Magary called it, "some enthusiastic ideas about what constitutes good Christian morality." More specifically, Phil said that "pre-entitlement," "the blacks" were "godly" and "happy" — and equated homosexuality with beastiality and terrorism, among other things. He has since been put on indefinite hiatus from Duck Dynasty by A+E Networks due to his comments.
It's possible you haven't watched Duck Dynasty, or just don't know that much about this reality TV patriarch. In case you're reading these stories and scratching your head, here are 5 things to know about self-proclaimed "Bible thumper" Phil Robertson.
He has been very vocal about his faith conflicting with the show. Even before his recent rant about sin, Phil was pretty outspoken about his Christian faith — and he claims that the TV network was less than supportive.
"When we prayed we said, 'In Jesus' name, amen.' [A&E] would just have me say, 'And thank you Lord for the food, thank you for loving us, amen,'" Phil told Sports Spectrum. "So I said, 'Why would you cut out in Jesus' name?'"
A&E had no comment on the claims.
He was drafted into the NFL, but gave it up for ducks. Phil played on the same college team as fellow quarterback Terry Bradshaw, who went on to win four Super Bowl titles. Phil was above Terry on the college's depth chart, but Phil realized that a career in football would interfere with what he really wanted to do: hunt ducks.
"At the time, no one quite understood what exactly was my problem because I didn’t put football as the ultimate goal, being this stud hoss football player," Phil told Sports Illustrated, "but what they didn’t see then, they get it now."
After all, Phil says that the most important things in life are "faith, family, ducks — in that order." Know what's not on there? Football.
He grew up living off the land. When Phil was a child, the Robertson family got the majority of their food off their own land — fruits, vegetables, eggs, and dairy. They butchered their own beef too, because as Phil says in Happy Happy Happy, "man can't survive on fruits and vegetables alone (at least not a real man)."
He says girls not learning to cook is hurting America. In the prologue of his book, Happy Happy Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander, Phil postulates that "the other problem in America today is that the young girls don't know how to cook. Their grandmothers and mamas cooked for them, but they never took the time to learn how to cook. They were more interested in other things."
He continued, "They don't want to eat slop and they're looking for good food, but they don't want to take the time to make it. Dad is working, Mom is working, and so no one has the time or energy to cook a good meal anymore. So our families end up eating in restaurants."
Phil, couldn't the young boys learn to cook, too? The Duck Dynasty dudes know how to cook up some meat! Just sayin'.
He's never owned a computer or a cell phone. "I've never owned a cell phone and don't plan on ever having one. I've never owned a computer, and I'm still trying to figure out what the fuss over social media is all about," Phil admitted in Happy Happy Happy. "If anyone needs to talk to me, they know where I live."