Was it okay for A&E to suspend “Duck Dynasty’s” Phil Robertson after he made inflammatory remarks about homosexuality?
In a new interview with GQ magazine, Robertson, 67, explained homosexuality, in his eyes, is sinful and he went as far as to compare it to bestiality.
“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there,” Robertson told the magazine. “Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.”
He also paraphrased Corinthians, saying: “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.”
After the comments were publicized, A&E released a statement, “We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ … The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”
But some free-speech supporters like Sarah Palin took offense to the network taking this action.
“Free speech is endangered species; those ‘intolerants’ hatin’ & taking on Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing personal opinion take on us all,” she wrote Wednesday.
Pictures have also started to pop on Twitter with taglines like “I Support Phil” and “I Stand With Phil.”
But there have been just as many in support of his suspension.
GLAAD tweeted that by suspending Robertson, “A&E has sent a strong message that discrimination is neither a Christian nor an American value.”
So, let us know what you think. Should Robertson have been suspended or not?