So, Phil Robertson, patriarch of the Duck Commander dynasty was interviewed in GQ and pissed off GLAAD, which then made a call to A&E, who then canned Phil and touched off a typhoon of controversy.
First off, this isn’t a 1st Amendment issue because the 1st Amendment only protects you from actions by the government. A&E is a private company and can employ who they want. My problem with their decision to fire Phil is purely about the hypocrisy.
I’ve never watched the show, and don’t really plan to either. I’m not a fan of ‘reality’ programming, even if it is scripted. It’s just not my cup of tea. But, from the descriptions of it I’ve read, it seems to be about a conservative Christian family that builds decoys. Apparently it’s been quite popular. The premise doesn’t seem to have changed, and the people starring don’t seem to have changed their outlook, so A&E should have known from the get-go that these people are conservative Christians. If the A&E execs didn’t, then they need to be fired (and I wish them luck in their future careers flipping burgers and/or bagging groceries, because that’s all they are really qualified for).
My problem lies with the fact that they seem surprised that a conservative Christian espouses conservative Christian values when questioned about sin. Here’s the quote in question that seems to have gotten peoples panties in a twist;
“Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong,” he says. “Sin becomes fine.”
What, in your mind, is sinful?
“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he says.
So, if you subscribe to a conservative Christian philosophy, that probably isn’t very controversial. But, if you want to have everyone else justify your sinful ways I guess it’s problematic. And GLAAD, (formerly Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) put in a call to A&E execs to express their outrage that someone doesn’t approve of their behavior. That’s GLAADs right to express their dissatisfaction, and if they want to boycott the show and/or network over it that is also their right. A&E decided that they agreed with GLAAD and indefinitely suspended (AKA: fired) him over it. Once again, it’s A&Es right to fire their employee over conduct they find detrimental. But, this is also where I take umbrage.