Think of all the violence, sex, debauchery, foul language and cultural rotgut that you see on television every day. Now, consider what got Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson put on “indefinite hiatus” from A&E.
“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. […] 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. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”
“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. […] Phil’s decision to push vile and extreme stereotypes is a stain on A&E and his sponsors, who now need to re-examine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families.”
In the 1980s, Queensrÿche came out with ‘Operation Mindcrime.’ I can’t help but think that on some level that’s what Phil has been found guilty of. Once the media masters call up the right people and say the magic word — “mindcrime” — your career is over.
This whole episode is reminiscent of the time Christian ESPN contributor Chris Broussard was asked his opinion on gay people, and when he gave it he was raked over the coals. ESPN apologized for Mr. Broussard for saying the following: “Personally, I don’t agree with homosexuality. I think it’s a sin…as I think all sex outside of marriage is a sin.”
In the extended comments, Mr. Broussard went on to say that he ate, played sports and had many “good laughs” with a gay friend, but that the two held a fundamental disagreement over the spiritual ramifications of gay sex. The “bigot” chorus began almost immediately.
With Phil Robertson’s ouster, the backlash is even more bizarre. Everyone knows that his family holds strong Christian beliefs. GLADD might not like it, but billions of people agree with Phil’s underlying message (i.e., “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.”)
A&E is certainly within its right to fire any employee it feels as though tarnishes its reputation. No one has a “right” to air time on cable television. However, the road we’re going down is a scary one indeed where simply having an unpopular opinion on what constitutes “sin” can get you run out of town.
Want to watch a few dozen people get blown to pieces tonight? Turn on your television. Want to watch Miley Cyrus grind her butt against a married man’s crotch? MTV should have the video readily available. Want to see Phil Robertson say some silly stuff with the Ducky Dynasty crew in the years ahead? Sorry, he’s been given the boot because GLADD considers him a “stain” on the network. Gotcha.
Phil, just remember: You went out like a wreeeeeecking ball! … You never meant to start a war. You just wanted us to let you in…
Bonus via Colossus of Rhodey: The perception gay rights organizations want you to have a gay men is that they’re all itching to strip down to their underwear, prance around like fools and shove candy canes down their pants. Not insulting. Not insulting at all…