FEAR THE BEARD: A&E Caves, Phil Robertson Hiatus Over Patriarch Back on ‘Duck Dynasty’ … Phil Robertson 2 – GLAAD 0
HE’S BACK … AND WE ARE SO
Less than two weeks after Robertson was put on “indefinite hiatus” for his remarks than angered GLAAD, the ‘Duck Dynasty’ patriarch is back on D2 as A&E has caved due to a backlash like they have never seen. This represents another reversal of fortune as related to Phil Robertson as it was just last Sunday that Cracker Barrel learned the errors of their ways and had to put back Robertson’s merchandise on the shelves after they had a knee-jerk reaction the previous Friday and removed it. I am starting to sense a trend here. It is a victory for free speech, it is a victory for freedom of religion and a victory against the Gestapo PC police.
Oh what a lesson this is to the liberal media and the intolerant LEFT … Take notice how one stands up to a bully.
BOYCOTT AGAINST A&E VICTORY … MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!!
An A&E statement to The Hollywood Reporter read:
As a global media content company, A+E Networks’ core values are centered around creativity, inclusion and mutual respect. We believe it is a privilege for our brands to be invited into people’s homes, and we operate with a strong sense of integrity and deep commitment to these principles.
That is why we reacted so quickly and strongly to a recent interview with Phil Robertson. While Phil’s comments made in the interview reflect his personal views based on his own beliefs and his own personal journey, he and his family have publicly stated they regret the “coarse language” he used and the misinterpretation of his core beliefs based only on the article. He also made it clear he would “never incite or encourage hate.” We at A+E Networks expressed our disappointment with his statements in the article and reiterate that they are not views we hold.
But Duck Dynasty is not a show about one man’s views. It resonates with a large audience because it is a show about family … a family that America has come to love. As you might have seen in many episodes, they come together to reflect and pray for unity, tolerance and forgiveness. These are three values that we at A+E Networks also feel strongly about.
So after discussions with the Robertson family, as well as consulting with numerous advocacy groups, A&E has decided to resume filming Duck Dynasty later this spring with the entire Robertson family. (Read the rest HERE)
Oh I cannot wait for the GLAAD meltdown. Careful, they may actually cause Global Warming it is going to be so intense.
A note to the tolerant LEFT and GLAAD who may not agree with another individuals personal and religious beliefs … turn the channel!!! One of my favorite tag lines for A&E’s decision reversal from Legal Insurrection … A&E Admits it Ducked Up – will bring back Duck Dynasty Star. Ha, yes they did!
UPDATE I: Oh so many Tweets at TWITCHY.
The length of an “indefinite” ban from filming for an outspoken star of the hit reality series Duck Dynasty has been revealed, and it is zero days.
The A&E Networks on Friday announced a decision to reinstate Phil Robertson, the patriarch of its runaway hit guns ‘n’ god series, just one week after suspending him for controversial remarks he made in a GQ interview.
Earlier this month, Robertson told GQ he thought “homosexual behavior” was sinful and led to bestiality. A&E promptly declared itself “extremely disappointed” with the viewpoint and said “the network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”
Following a ratings-threatening backlash from hundreds of thousands of Duck Dynasty fans, A&E on Friday issued a groveling retraction of that stand.