Suck it Up, "Duck Dynasty"
Sadly, debilitatingly naive Phil Robertson's stint on "Duck Dynasty" is currently on indefinite hiatus -- and if we're really lucky, he'll learn something from making such awful, inflammatory statements about both black and gay people.
A statement was released yesterday by A&E, citing a disagreement of ideals for the suspension:
“We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty. His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”
Naturally, fans of both Phil and the show predictably freaked out, saying things like how it's OK for President Obama to "lie" about health care and every other thing under the sun, but not OK for Phil to voice his personal opinions -- which, mind you, is not "personal" at all, when he's peddling them as irrefutable truths that are bent on condemning people to hell for the rest of eternity.
Former baseball star, Curt Schilling, even had two cents to throw into the mix:
And naturally, Sarah Palin tossed around the "free speech" barb that lots of people are so keen to regurgitate, when they don't even fully understand the caveats of the amendment (the ones where, you know, the amendment is for all people, and not just for those who you happen to agree with). From Sarah's Facebook page:
http://t.co/z4x59diU8C Suspended? Really? The decline of western civilization continues— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) December 19, 2013
"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."
Sorry you're so naive, Phil (and Curt ... and Sarah), but it's time to wake up -- you're in the 21st century now, friend, and not everyone is going to take your misguided elitist BS as creed -- and what's transpired over the last 24 hours is iron-clad proof.
Tolerance goes both ways, and the public has obviously cried out that they're not going to stand for intolerance of any kind -- not just religious intolerance. There's a major difference between expressing your views and spewing vile bigotry.
"Love thy neighbor" ... unless he's gay? Come on. We can do so much better than this.