NSFW – crossed by Duck Dynasty
12/22/2013 So some news: I respect freedom of speech. I have seen it blatantly in art all over the internet. It is repulsive and I choose not to look at quite a bit of it. That is also my freedom. Here are the actual words in the interview expressed by Phil Roberston. These words have not been reprinted often because they are crude and NSFW:
“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.” GQ magazine http://www.gq.com/entertainment/television/201401/duck-dynasty-phil-robertson A
At least he uses the anatomical words right. However in a conversation about sex in an interview concerning a supposedly family show, you would think he might censor himself a bit. Here are his words concerning racial relations:
Phil On Growing Up in Pre-Civil-Rights-Era Louisiana
“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. 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.” Phil Roberston GQ Magazine http://www.gq.com/entertainment/television/201401/duck-dynasty-phil-robertson
Now how Phil Roberston is able to know the emotional feelings of African American Cotton Pickers 40 or 50 years when he was a child is up for debate. The facts of the race riots, white flight, Jim Crowe, and Black migration speak for themselves and he seems to have no understanding of these ideas, instead basing his ideas on limited experience derived from limited childhood memories which are hazy at best. Also the blues began at the end of the 1800’s by black Americans in the South, so maybe his memory is a bit shoddy.
Employers, with the same freedom that Phil Roberston has are free to fire anyone they want for any reason they want. I bet you dollar to doughnuts that A&E exists in a right to work state meaning they have the right hire and fire with no cause. Yeah organized labor, what a coup – maybe Phil would like join unions to change these laws? Also a person representing a family television show talking about anatomical aspects of sex in a national magazine? I would fire them also. It’s a fine line but one I think he crossed.
The thing that gets under my skin though is that people are making this a religious issue. People have the right to say what ever they want and call it a religious view, but in light of the actual statements I would think that all intelligent christian people would want to distance themselves from this man and his views.
Sometimes the news and world events drive me crazy and I just have to vent. So just be warned.