So one side says, hey, Phil Robertson had a right to say what he said about gay people. True enough.
And the other side says, OK, and A&E had a right to suspend an employee that embarrassed them. Also true.
You know what else is true? The family has a right to say: hey, maybe we don’t want to do this show any more:
We want to thank all of you for your prayers and support. The family has spent much time in prayer since learning of A&E’s decision. We want you to know that first and foremost we are a family rooted in our faith in God and our belief that the Bible is His word. While some of Phil’s unfiltered comments to the reporter were coarse, his beliefs are grounded in the teachings of the Bible. Phil is a Godly man who follows what the Bible says are the greatest commandments: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Phil would never incite or encourage hate.We are disappointed that Phil has been placed on hiatus for expressing his faith, which is his constitutionally protected right.We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm. We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of Duck Dynasty. Again, thank you for your continued support of our family.
Anybody who didn’t see this coming, was not thinking it through. This seemed obvious to me the second I heard about it. Maybe the A&E people are surprised by it, because maybe the A&E people don’t quite get family bonds.
Or maybe they do. Maybe A+E Networks is fully prepared to throw the whole show overboard, even though it is a ratings smash and their strongest-performing property.
After all . . . that is their right.
P.S. Technically, the family’s “right” to quit may be burdened by contractual obligations. Don’t get all technical on me.
P.P.S. Anyway, it’s hard for me to look at a picture of the guy
On indefinite hiatus
without thinking of one of my favorite Norm MacDonald jokes. Imagine the joke being said in Norm MacDonald’s voice:
“Every girl’s crazy about a sharp dressed man. But you know what every girl’s not crazy about? Long gross beards!”