I have seen only a few minutes of the show when I was forced by my boss to watch it as he laughed about something one of the Robertsons did which he found hilarious. I don’t remember what it was, but I remember I was not amused. In fact, I think a handful of my brain cells went AWOL while I watched.
The Robertsons are a conservative family, from what I can gather. They go to church, believe the Bible is the book by which everyone should live, and they strongly support the 2nd Amendment. They also appear to have something against razor blades, because they all have beards that put those of ZZ Top to shame.
Wednesday afternoon, Phil Robertson was suspended indefinitely from filming due to some anti-gay remarks he made that will be published in GQ magazine next month. He, as most religious people would agree, stated that homosexuality is a sin. He then went further.
“It seems to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus,” he explained. “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.”
First of all, I’d like to say I find the fact that anyone enjoys Duck Dynasty illogical. Just the few minutes of torture I endured while watching a clip on YouTube once was enough to convince me that these fellas, in my opinion, aren’t right in the head.
Secondly, on the off-chance that Phil Robertson ever sees this (ha!), I’d like to point out to Phil that being gay is not something a person chooses to be. It’s not like a gay man is confronted with a vagina and an anus and chooses an anus. Gay men are born gay just as straight men are born straight. Perhaps Phil can tell us all when he made a conscious decision to be straight.
Nobody chooses who they are attracted to. Nobody chooses who they love. If we could control our hearts that would make life much easier for all of us.
I’ve gone on record (I think) in support of gay marriage. If not, then I’m doing so now. There is no reason not to allow gays and lesbians to get married. It will not destroy the sanctity of marriage, if there’s any trace of sanctity left in marriage. I myself have been married twice so I’m pretty sure I have destroyed the sanctity of marriage, along with several million other people who have divorced, cheated on, and/or abused their spouses. Love is love and the God I was raised to believe in preached love over everything.
Now, having said all that I’ll now say this: A&E is wrong for suspending Phil Robertson. Phil has a right to his beliefs just as I have a right to mine. Phil has the freedom to express his beliefs just as I have the freedom to express mine. Nobody should ever lose their job simply for expressing an opinion. A&E could have released a statement denouncing Phil’s opinions and made it known that they do not endorse Phil’s beliefs without suspending him. Freedom of speech is supposed to be a luxury in this country, yet every day we see people punished or vilified for expressing unpopular opinions.
We are all different people with all sorts of different opinions. Should you or I be treated differently or punished if we disagree with the majority? Should you be fired from your job or outcast for having an unpopular opinion? Should you be demonized for having your own thoughts on a subject? The answer to all of those questions is no.
A&E needs to let Phil Robertson go back to work. They don’t have to agree with his opinions. I will continue not watching the show and I think he’s an even bigger idiot now than I did before, but that doesn’t mean he should be punished for believing differently than I do.