People share their opinions all of the time. Whether or not those thoughts and values will rub people the wrong way depends on the situation. Yet, that isn’t the biggest takeaway. The most immense value to obtain is that opinions, no matter how mundane or radical, shall exist. Thus, when a person voices their opinion the rest of the world need to accept it for what it is.

At some point, a personal opinion that is instigated by beliefs can become both a great asset and one’s own undoing.

It is what it is.

It is what it is.

Phil Robertson, patriarch and star of the Duck Dynasty reality show, is witnessing the ill effects of voicing one’s opinion. While being interviewed by GQ magazine, he elaborated on his beliefs about homosexuality. With very little haste and deferment, he noted this:

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.[1]

Okay. The only problem is that he wasn’t done there. He had a little more to say about what he felt were the sins of the world (via the same interview):

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. [2]

And now he is presently in hot water for those same views. He is supposedly suspended for whatever amount of time from the show. I guess you can say that freedom of speech comes with freedom of consequence.

Phil Robertson Was Honest With Himself

I guess so, huh?

I guess so, huh?

And I may ruffle some feathers with this post, but this is probably another silly attempt for  a company to “play it safe” when a situation gets testy. Personally, I think AMC’s response to the article is pretty damn dumb.

Let me get this out of the way: I understand AMC’s disposition with the circumstances. What they are doing is called “commercial damage control” and “protecting their brand”. They don’t want to deal with the onslaught of bad press, negative opinions, and whatever may follow due to one man’s commentary. So, they chose to “diffuse the situation” until they can make a better decision. Taking the safe route, they probably felt it was best to take him out of the equation.

Or whatever the hell you want to call it.

Phil Robertson Was Who We Thought He Was

My thing is this: the man is being punished for being the same person that the network wanted to glamorize and essentially capitalize off of. For the love of Christ (pun intended), the man is being penalized for being the man that you thought he was. He is a Bible thumping redneck. All of this was fine until he made some remarks that ruffled a few feathers. Now that things got real, Phil’s position on the reality show may be in jeopardy.

Let me make an analogy: if you hang around crooks, you can’t get mad when someone attempts to steal your things.

Even worse is the fact that outsiders had something to seriously say about the situation. I say once again: you have to consider the source. You know what type of man Phil Robertson is. You know what he values. Now, people want to get up in arms about his opinion’s being voiced? Looking at these aspects helps the circumstance of negative outside opinions make less sense.

Then again, we should have been upset with his commentary about the lives of African Americans and how “happy-go-lucky” they were. According to him, we never sang the blues either. But I digress.

Phil Robertson Is Who He Is: A Respectable Redneck

At the end of the day, you have to consider the source. In this case, the source was Phil Robertson. To agree with what he said is one thing (personally, I don’t care for some of it). However, to act like this situation should (honestly) affect his job is something far different. At the end of the day, people need to understand other people. Once people “understand” those people, your chance for major issues can be reduced or eradicated.

So let that Redneck have his position back. He is for our entertainment. Leave it at that. If you don’t want a man’s honest opinion then don’t allow him to be asked any questions.

‘Nuff Said and ‘Nuff Respect!!!