I don’t watch Duck Travesty because I prefer my trash in a garbage can, but reality-TV star Phil Robertson’s homophobia and racism in an interview with GQ magazine was hard to ignore.
Harder still was the reaction of the viewing public when A&E suspended Robertson from Duck Dynasty over his comments. Hate speech was confused with free speech, there were petitions to have Robertson put back on the air, the network received death threats, the rest of the cast of Duck Dynasty refused to film without him, and the Palins got involved . . .
Unfortunately, A&E gave in to pressure and ended Robertson’s suspension because apparently he represents the last three brain cells the American public has left and they need him on television, as this 2009 video of him at the Sportsmen Ministry in Georgia promoting men marrying 15-year-old girls proves:
“Look, you wait ‘til they get to be 20 years old and the only picking that’s going to take place is your pocket,” Robertson said. “You got to marry these girls when they’re about 15 or 16 and they’ll pick your ducks.”