“Duck Dynasty” Star Goes On Homophobic Rant in “GQ”

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Phil Robertson, the bearded hillbilly star of A&E reality show Duck Dynasty, has ruffled feathers after making some offensive remarks about homosexuality in a GQ interview. It reads like this:

What does repentance entail? Well, in Robertson’s worldview, America was a country founded upon Christian values (Thou shalt not kill, etc.), and he believes that the gradual removal of Christian symbolism from public spaces has diluted those founding principles. (He and Si take turns going on about why the Ten Commandments ought to be displayed outside courthouses.) He sees the popularity of Duck Dynasty as a small corrective to all that we have lost.

What, in your mind, is sinful?

“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bstiality, 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.”

During Phil’s darkest days, in the early 1970s, he had to flee the state of Arkansas after he badly beat up a bar owner and the guy’s wife. Kay Robertson persuaded the bar owner not to press charges in exchange for most of the Robertsons’ life savings. (“A hefty price,” he notes in his memoir.) I ask Phil if he ever repented for that, as he wants America to repent—if he ever tracked down the bar owner and his wife to apologize for the assault. He shakes his head.

“I didn’t dredge anything back up. I just put it behind me.”

As far as Phil is concerned, he was literally born again. Old Phil—the guy with the booze and the pills—died a long time ago, and New Phil sees no need to apologize for him: “We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell. That’s the Almighty’s job. We just love ’em, give ’em the good news about Jesus—whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ’em out later, you see what I’m saying?”

GLAAD reached out to A&E about the statements, and issued this response:

The statement is far outside of the mainstream understanding of LGBT people. In Louisiana, which passed a constitutional amendment banning marriage equality, 56% of the population support some sort of legal recognition, marriage or civil unions, for gay and lesbian couples according to Public Policy Polling released in August 2013.

“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 spokesperson 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.”


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  • http://grero.com/ Grero.com

    What’s up with the constant obsession with homosexuality? Well, most men in the ancient world had same-sex attractions. So why don’t most today? Repression by a homophobic culture and this is what “bubbles” up. Read the free book on this topic: http://grero.com/

    • Ben Hennessy

      Not to mention saints Sergius and Bacchus, who were a gay couple in the early Christian church.

    • pjcostello

      OR, pay for your advertising, moron.

      • http://grero.com/ Grero.com

        It’s informative and related, so you get a free book. Oh, the horror. What’s the need for “moron” btw? It’s rude and uncalled for.

        • pjcostello

          YES, moron, because it’s considered bad form (and gauche) to troll for free advertising. As if you didn’t know that.

          • http://grero.com/ Grero.com

            Well, everyone “advertises” their views who comments, I just went to the trouble of putting them in free book form. So it just seems like you’re an abusive person who likes to yell at others.

  • deanna

    this isn’t really a rant. this is more him saying he believes in a made up dude in the sky who will supposedly judge people to get into a fake perfect world after we’re dead. if the dude eats pork or shellfish, he ain’t going to heaven either.

  • Ben Hennessy

    TL;DR: Old people saying old person crazy talk.

  • Jake

    Where was the rant?!?! So sick of media inflating someone’s personal views into a supposed derogatory statement.

    • Kathy

      I see nothing wrong in what Robertson said. He was saying his beliefs. I agree with him and I am sick of this “gay” crap being shoved in our face every day – tv, newspapers! Not everyone in America agrees with them (gays) – we just don’t shove it in your face all the time! I try not to think about your unions (they WILL NEVER be marriages). GROSS!!!!

      • Keith

        Ignorant cunt

        • John

          Lol, your comment is so ironic.

      • Jane Yavis

        At issue is neither does Phil see anything wrong with his comments. Now about what “They” say about “Them” may be another story.

  • Enuf already

    Again with the sensationalism and stupidty! Go Philly Mag! Neither rant nor judgment, simply an opinion which everyone is entitlted to have. That privilege and right doesn’t belong only to the liberals, gays, etc.
    Geez — there are more important issues we should be focusing on.

    • Jane Yavis

      Let’s call this what it is,,,,,A Ratings Ploy disguised as free speech or religious freedom by the “PC” /Persecuted Constantly Crowd. And can anyone tell me what prompted his need to Redneck Rush Limbaughs views on Blacks in America?

  • Enuf already

    P.S. Really, who cares. It doesn’t affect the country, city, state, children, lives…….get a grip and grow up

  • Rashad Johnson

    The new American way ..Build em up,just to tear em down.In my opinion don’t ask people about their beliefs not everyone is on the same page when it comes to conformity.Also, the guy is a TV personality not some sophisticated political figure trying to win over the court of public opinion .