Duck Dynasty certainly hasn’t suffered in the ratings, as America’s rednecks have come together to watch the show in record numbers since the whole “anal sex is nasty” debacle involving Phil Robertson. In case you forgot, he started spewing racist and anti-gay bullshit, A&E suspended him, the whole family threatened to quit and, scared of losing out on a massive amount of revenue, A&E backed down and let the show go on as normal, which seems to have worked out well for everyone… and by everyone I mean big corporations and bigots. USA, USA!
In any case, randomly, One Direction‘s Liam Payne was stoked to hear that the show would stay on air and sent the Duck Dynasty guys a wonderful tweet of support about what a big fan he is and how much “prosperity” he wishes for the family, whose ideals are apparently totally in line with his own:
@williebosshog huge love to you/your family huge respect for your business prosperities and the family values you still all behold. big fan
— Liam Payne (@Real_Liam_Payne) January 18, 2014
Unsurprisingly, some people weren’t so happy about Liam supporting an openly homophobic and racist family who is making tons of money off their ignorance, so they called him out for it. Now LIAM isn’t happy that people are getting on his case and he’s “clarified” his initial comments (read from the bottom up):
Can we just not with this? I doubt Liam is homophobic given the fact that probably half his band is gay. LOL, I kid (OR DO I?!). Clearly he’s backtracking here since he went on about appreciating their “values” as a family – he’s not that fucking stupid. A family is in the news for being bigots of the highest degree and you tweet them praising their “values”, but you don’t support those values? Give me a break. Nice try, Liam. Maybe stick to singing your cutesy songs.
January 20, 2014 at 8:30 am by Jennifer
Phil Robertson seemingly got himself in a world of hurt when he started spouting off racist and homophobic shit in an interview with GQ. This prompted A&E to suspend him from Duck Dynasty, and then the rest of the family threatened to not do the show because of it. A&E, being a huge international money-making company and all, started shitting themselves because Duck Dynasty has spawned all these weird merchandising deals and what the hell were they gonna do with all that stuff if the show didn’t go on? Did they really want to lose all that profit? Of course not, so they’ve said nevermind about the whole suspension thing and now it’ll be business as usual with Duck Dynasty. Fuuuuuuuuuuck off.
Here’s A&E’s statement (via US Weekly):
“As a global media content company, A+E Networks’ core values are centered around creativity, inclusion and mutual respect. We believe it is a privilege for our brands to be invited into people’s home and we operate with a strong sense of integrity and deep commitment to these principals.”
“That is why we reacted so quickly and strongly to a recent interview with Phil Robertson. While Phil’s comments made in the interview reflect his personal views based on his own beliefs, and his own personal journey, he and his family have publicly stated they regret the ‘coarse language’ he used and the mis-interpretation of his core beliefs based only on the article. He also made it clear he would ‘never incite or encourage hate.’ We at A+E Networks expressed our disappointment with his statements in the article, and reiterate that they are not views we hold.”
Ha, okay, shut up, A&E, no one’s buying it. I think this is bullshit any way you slice it, but I also would respect the network that much more if they were just honest from the beginning and said, “Look guys, sure it sucks that this family is racist and homophobic as hell, but it’s a TV show that’s making us a lot of money, so deal with it.” Instead, they decided to “suspend” Phil to set an example but when that backfired and the whole show was nearly going off the air, they just let it go. The family hasn’t “regretted coarse language” at all, because it’s exactly the language they’ve been preaching about in their “church” for years.
Rednecks will be rednecks, and that’s fine (and by “redneck”, I mean it in the worst sense – not based on geographic location, but based on ignorance and intolerance), but as Judge Judy would say, don’t piss on my leg and tell me it’s raining.
December 28, 2013 at 10:30 am by Jennifer
The hit A&E show Duck Dynasty is in some trouble following Phil Robertson‘s homophobic and racist GQ tirade, which has left its future up in the air. People are angry, and understandably so. However, perhaps the most surprising reaction in this whole thing randomly comes from Charlie Sheen, whose outrage is unexpected but I suppose bizarrely enjoyable.
hey Mallard brained
you have offended and hurt so many dear friends of mine,
who DO NOT have the voice or the outreach that I do.
well news flash
I will speak loudly and clearly for ALL of them.
just when your desperately sub evolved ass thought the pressure was off,
you are now in the crosshairs of a MaSheen style media
(I’ll try to keep the big words to a minimum as not to confuse you)
your statements were and are
the idea that you have a job
outside of dirt-clod stacking
is a miracle.
the only ‘Dynasty’ you are attached to might be the
re-runs of that dated show.
the only thing you should ever be in charge of building is a hole in the ground the exact size of your head.
perhaps your beard would fit as well if you plucked out the
army of scabies and
bull weevils sequestered deep in it’s sarcophagus of dander and weasel pelts.
shame on you.
you’re the only surviving
brain donor I’ve ever known.
when the gators and Egrets
kick you out of their
you need to make serious amends to those you have
on the eight day
when I was whittling my cosmic banjo,
I’m pretty sure YOU were the scattered dross I then used to light a fire and
locate the nearest
repulsed by you;
Duck; that was me.
Uh, I love that Charlie Sheen is writing poetry now. This whole thing is hilarious, as is his follow-up tweet:
Pee Robert-skumm, not done w/u Matthew 7:1-5 “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged. c
— Charlie Sheen (@charliesheen) December 22, 2013
“Regardless of one’s views on Phil Robertson’s statements, Duck Dynasty has been an important representation of the state of Louisiana, inspiring prospective visitors and investors since its debut.
“If the Robertson family cannot come to an agreement with A&E and wants to continue the show, Louisiana already has the infrastructure in place to maintain their record-breaking program,” he wrote.
Dardenne, who authored the state’s film and TV tax credit program, said he would use his influence in the state’s industry to help the Robertsons.
Well, isn’t that… special? Yes, wouldn’t want to let those pesky human rights get in the way of state profits, now would we?
December 23, 2013 at 6:30 am by Jennifer
I don’t watch Duck Dynasty – I don’t even know what the show’s about, to be honest – but I do know it’s gotten massive popular and people seem to love it. Well, one of the stars of the show, Phil Robertson, gave an interview with GQ recently in which he made a bunch of anti-gay remarks that got him suspended indefinitely from the show. Here’s what he said, for reference:
“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.”
“It seems like, to me, a vagina – as a man – would be more desirable than a man’s anus. [But] we never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell. That’s the Almighty’s job. We just love ‘em, give ‘em the good news about Jesus – whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ‘em out later, you see what I’m saying?”
LOL, okay. You keep praying to your invisible sky fairy then, Grandpappy. I mean, listen – there’s no doubt that this bro doesn’t like gay people and is homophobic. However, it’s kinda that passive redneck bullshit. He’s a 67-year-old man from Louisiana who also thinks that black people were never treated poorly before the Civil Rights movement. We’re not exactly dealing with an Einstein here. Unfortunately, this kind of ignorance and hate is some of the most harmful because it’s so passive, but I doubt we’re going to solve any world issues here, so let’s leave that.
The important thing is, Pat has found a friend who supports his rights to speak out in intolerance, and that’s none other than our pal Sarah Palin, who felt it so important an issue, she took to her Facebook page to voice her feelings.
Free speech is an endangered species. Those “intolerants” hatin’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us.
Well, that’s that, I suppose.