December 28, 2013

Well, Phil Robertson is back on A&E ...

The network apparently caved to popular pressure and reinstated the guy on the hit show. And the organization that helped get him booted in the first place ain't too happy:

Phil Robertson should look African American and gay people in the eyes and hear about the hurtful impact of praising Jim Crow laws and comparing gay people to terrorists. If dialogue with Phil is not part of next steps then A&E has chosen profits over African American and gay people especially its employees and viewers.

You can read the entire GQ interview with Robertson here. His supposed "praising" of Jim Crow laws is on page one, and the "comparison" of gays to terrorists is on page two.

As I've said in the past, I've never seen this show (and don't plan on watching it) but I do believe the network had every right to do what it wanted regarding Robertson. They axed him ... and then they brought him back. I totally understand how certain groups would get offended by some of his remarks; of course, the issue beyond the remarks is the media interpretation -- and coverage -- of such. As we well know, only remarks made (or actions taken) by certain people/groups are socially/culturally impermissible. This is why Robertson was so quick to be dismissed in the first place, while Capital One could have cared less about Alec Baldwin's noxious behavior (and hey -- where was GLAAD then?), not to mention MSNBC regarding myriad instances. Just to note two institutions, natch.

Posted by Hube at December 28, 2013 11:47 AM | TrackBack

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Progressives are hypocrites. Somehow Alec Baldwin's behavior is considered OK, but Robertson is "evil" for expressing his opinion? Then again, Baldwin is a liberal, so, it's not surprising that his antics would be ignored.

Posted by: Carl at December 28, 2013 02:46 PM

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