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America’s most popular backwoods brood may find themselves on the naughty list this Christmas after their fearless leader sparked some serious controversy with anti-gay remarks.
In an interview with GQ
, the head of the Robertson household shared his opinions on the blurred lines of sin and sinners. "Everything is blurred on what's right and what's wrong ... sin becomes fine," he told the mag.
"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 in the interview.
"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,” he says like only he can. “Don’t deceive yourself. It's not right."
But, wait; there’s more!
"It seems to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man's anus," he remarks. "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.”
The 67-year-old star isn’t afraid to put his opinion out there in very simple terms. After getting over the shock of the Robertson matriarch saying “vagina” and “anus” in the same sentence, let’s move on to the immediate backlash from the slew of commentaries from Phil.
The folks at GLAAD were quick to publish a heated response saying, "Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil's lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe," said GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz. "He clearly knows nothing about gay people or the majority of Louisianans — and Americans — who support legal recognition for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples. Phil's decision to push vile and extreme stereotypes is a stain on A&E and his sponsors who now need to reexamine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families."
reports that Cruz revealed an August poll results that shows 56 percent of Louisianans support same-sex marriage.
A&E released the following statement addressing the controversy:
"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."
The network’s swift action was seen by GLAAD as a clear message that anti-gay comments are “unacceptable to fans, viewers and networks alike.”
A&E released the following statement to The Huffington Post
from Mr. Robertson in response to the controversy:
I myself am a product of the 60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior. My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together. However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other.
With barely anytime to recover from his anti-gay remarks, more information from the GQ
article hit the web that stirred the pot right back up. Robertson claims that growing up in the backwoods of Louisiana during the pre-civil rights era, he never witnessed unhappy “blacks” according to sources at The Huffington Post
“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person," Robertson is quoted in GQ. "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.”
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