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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Phil Robinson, GLAAD and Freedom of Speech

Unless you have been in the Louisiana swamp for the last week you have heard of the Phil Robinson comments in CG. Well, like most of the media, most of the comments have not shown Phil's actually comments. So here they are:
...Out here in these woods, without any cameras around, Phil is free to say what he wants. Maybe a little too free. He’s got lots of thoughts on modern immorality, and there’s no stopping them from rushing out. Like this one:

“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.”

Perhaps we’ll be needing that seat belt after all....

...“Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong,” he says. “Sin becomes fine.”

What, in your mind, is sinful?

“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,” he says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: “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.”...

...“I didn’t dredge anything back up. I just put it behind me.”

As far as Phil is concerned, he was literally born again. Old Phil—the guy with the booze and the pills—died a long time ago, and New Phil sees no need to apologize for him: “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?”

If I read this right, he doesn't approve of what was known as an "alternative lifestyle" in times past, but he is not calling for discrimination, assault or hatred of gays. On the contrary, he says "We just love 'em..." Not exactly like a like a street thug preacher trying to insight a riot after a 17 year old lies about cops raping her. But let's continue.
On growing up in pre-civil-rights-era Louisiana

“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I'm with the blacks, because we're white trash. We're going across the field.... They're singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’—not a word!... Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”

Part of this made up (and yes, it's made up) crisis is Phil Robinson saying racist things. I don't see anything against blacks in this quote (if you can find something I missed in the article, please point it out). He isn't calling Obama or Jessee Jackson or Al Sharpton racial epithets, but giving his viewpoint of a "white trash" kid in Louisiana in the 50s.

Now something that hasn't been part of the discussion:
Does it ever wear you down?

“Oh yeah.”

Willie has just come back from Washington, D.C., where he accepted an award at the Angels in Adoption Gala. (He and his wife, Korie, adopted a biracial child named Will and are dedicated advocates of the practice.)...

Here is a man who dominates his family, no one questions that. And if he was a bigot like the usual suspects are saying, would he allow a mixed race child in his family? I wonder. Not really.

Now how is the article wrapped up:
...“So you and your woman: Are y’all Bible people?”

Not really, I’m sorry to say.

“If you simply put your faith in Jesus coming down in flesh, through a human being, God becoming flesh living on the earth, dying on the cross for the sins of the world, being buried, and being raised from the dead—yours and mine and everybody else’s problems will be solved. And the next time we see you, we will say: ‘You are now a brother. Our brother.’ So then we look at you totally different then. See what I’m saying?”

I think so?

We hop back in the ATV and plow toward the sunset, back to the Robertson home. There will be no family dinner tonight. No cameras in the house. No rowdy squirrel-hunting stories from back in the day. There will be only the realest version of Phil Robertson, hosting a private Bible study with a woman who, according to him, “has been on cocaine for years and is making her decision to repent. I’m going to point her in the right direction.”

It’s the direction he would like to point everyone: back to the woods. Back to the pioneer spirit. Back to God. “Why don’t we go back to the old days?” he asked me at one point. But now, I’m afraid, I must get out of the ATV and go back to where I belong, back to the godless part of America that Phil is determined to save.

Sounds like a man living what he is preaching. He wants to fundamentally transform this country, to borrow a phrase. Wish we would have a few more people doing that.

Now from, oh, an "objective" source, Yahoo news.
‘Duck Dynasty’ Fallout: GLAAD Reeling From Biggest Backlash in Years, Says Rep

In the fallout over Wednesday’s suspension of “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson by A&E for anti-gay and racist remarks, GLAAD is experiencing record levels of backlash.

“In the five-and-a-half years I’ve worked at GLAAD, I’ve never received so many violently angry phone calls and social media posts attacking GLAAD for us speaking out against these comments,” the media watchdog organization’s vice president of communications Rich Ferraro told TheWrap.

He said those reactions range from those who simply believe as Robertson believes to those who feel that GLAAD and A&E’s actions limit the reality star’s free speech.

“I don’t think this is about the first amendment,” Ferraro said. “I feel it’s more about the America we live in today. That is one where Americans, gay and straight, are able to speak out when people in the public eye make anti-gay and racist remarks.”

Robertson’s supporters have started petitions, called for boycotts and include Sarah Palin, Sean Hannity and Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal. Currently, more than 70,000 people have signed the online petition asking A&E to drop the suspension.

“It just means we still have a lot of work to do,” Ferraro said.

GLAAD spoke with A$E representatives on Wednesday morning to discuss why people would be offended by the comments and calls to action. ”They took this very seriously, as soon as the news broke,” Ferraro said.

After the meeting, GLAAD issued its statement on Robertson’s comments. A&E initially released a statement from Robertson in which he said he would “never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me.” But the network declined to comment itself until Wednesday night, when it announced the suspension, which GLAAD applauded.

“We believe the next step is to use this as an opportunity for Phil to sit down with gay families in Louisiana and learn about their lives and the values they share,” the spokesman said.

The organization is also currently researching companies who use Robertson as a spokesperson.

“Silence is agreement in this case,” he said. “With such egregious anti-gay and racist comments, those companies that choose to be affiliated with this family need to speak out.”...

If there is any intolerance here, I think it's the gay organizations quoted here, not regular gay or black people. Yahoo (like AP, the NY Times, et all) instantly present these groups as the spokespeople of all America. And they are not. Jessee Jackson is a spokesman for one man, himself. But that won't stop GLAAD or OFA from trying to stir stuff up. They need to make some money off the race baiting racket.

Phil, stick by your guns, so to speak. Nice to see a man who says what he believes and doesn't care if the offends someone. If you offend by his speech, the solution is more speech. You don't have a right to not be offended. If you are offended by that, go do something Dick Cheney told Pat Leahy to do.


  1. glaad. damn autocorrect

    1. "damn autocorrect"...said that many a time Anon~ :<)

      Merry Christmas

  2. Having an opinion which is backed by more than a small percentage of the world's inhabitants should not be cause for threats from corporations nor special interest groups. Phil said nothing offensive. As for the use of the Latin word 'vagina', well I am sure that there should be a huge outcry from the female species objecting to that part of their anatomy being referred to as offensive.

    1. Absolutely right. In too many instances today, tolerance is a one way street. I got into a FB debate with a liberal friend and when I put out the exact quotes from the article, I ask her “what is racist?” or “how is this homophobic?” She still hasn’t answered me.

      I’ve never watched the show (I may check out season one this weekend, Amazon Prime is a great thing!) but I just heard A&E has capitulated. They will go for another season with Phil and the rest of the crew. Like Cracker Barrel, I guess they realized where their audience is. BTY I wonder if Jesse Jackson still wants a meeting with A&E and Cracker Barrel. GLAAD, the NAACP, etc. may make noise, but the majority of the American people know a shakedown when they see it.

      Thanks for your post Mr. Upton and Happy New Year.