'Duck Dynasty' Star On Gays: "Don't Deceive Yourself, It's Not Right"
Phil Robertson, the 67-year old patriarch of the hit reality TV family that makes up Duck Dynasty, goes off on a homophobic tangent in a new interview appearing in GQ.
“It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus," Robertson said. "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.”
“Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong. Sin becomes fine," he continued. “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. Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”
GLAAD wasted no time in issuing a statement holding the arguably biggest reality TV star of the moment accountable for the blatant bigotry.
"Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil's lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe," said GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz. "He clearly knows nothing about gay people or the majority of Louisianans—and Americans—who support legal recognition for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples. Phil's decision to push vile and extreme stereotypes is a stain on A&E and his sponsors who now need to reexamine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families."
Considering the broad and substantial fan base Duck Dynasty has attracted, it would be an understatement to say that Phil's offensive comments are disappointing. They're, quite frankly, dangerous, stoking latent homophobia flames that pop-culture has largely helped contain. Here's hoping the younger Duck Dynasty stars aren't as backward and can repair the mindset the aging bigot may have impressed upon millions of Americans.