Essay about Not the Ducks: Phil Robertson

Essay about Not the Ducks: Phil Robertson

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I had to have this explained to me.
Duck Dynasty is a show about a bunch of rural Americans who got famous by producing and branding a specific brand of duck call that is either very effective or just generally liked. This has turned them into serious stars.
To put it into perspective, Duck Dynasty was getting viewing figures BIGGER than Breaking Bad and that's a critically acclaimed show. I assume this is a rip roaring balls to the wall analysis of what it is to be in the duck call making industry. It however does not interest me since I don't hunt and since hunting in the UK is the domain of posh buggers, the culture of hunting is rather more different.
I like duck but not enough to invest in personally shooting them out of the sky.
[warning]Contains Racism/Homophobia and a look at lynching as a method of fear and intimidation[/warning]
The problem is "Phil Robertson". The guy who founded the business has some rather distasteful opinions about how the world functions and indeed what is and isn't acceptable.
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,” [Robertson] 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.
Basically he doesn't like the homosexuals.
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...


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... gynaecologists.
He is basically a homophobe and a racist.
And the problem is not that he said these things but that people are supporting him.
Like Ian Bayne who is running for Congress next year. It's rare that I outscoop Ed Brayton for stupid American Wingnut statements but Ian Bayne's statement is just fantastic.
See Ian Bayne thinks that Phil Robertson is the Rosa Parks of our generation.
“In December 1955, Rosa Parks took a stand against an unjust societal persecution of black people, and in December 2013, Robertson took a stand against persecution of Christians, “What Parks did was courageous, What Mr. Robertson did was courageous too.”
No Mr. Bayne, I am afraid Roberson here would have probably told Rosa Parks that she was making a big fuss over nothing and that she would be happier if she stopped complaining.
In short, not just a homophobe but a racist too.

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