December 19th, 2013
04:14 AM ET

'Duck Dynasty' star suspended

Is this man simply expressing his beliefs or spewing bigotry?

Either way, Phil Robertson, the patriarch in A&E's "Duck Dynasty," won't be duck calling on air anytime soon. The network suspended him after slamming gays in a magazine interview.

In the January issue of GQ, Robertson said homosexuality is a sin and puts it in the same category as bestiality and promiscuity.


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  1. Rascal Rabble

    oh...hollywood and A&E has forgotten it's biggest viewer base are christains...i wunder how it feels after investing millions of dollars in don't get a return....

    December 19, 2013 at 5:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. flamespeak

    His opinon was ignorant, not hateful. Should we, as a society, expect people to be punished for having a conflicting view point?

    December 19, 2013 at 5:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. bill

    will not watch one program on their network until he is back on-–nobody should when he calls out sin and taken off the air???

    December 19, 2013 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. Tyrell

    I think his comments were racist

    December 19, 2013 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Mr. Robertson is welcome to express his beliefs. A&E has expressed theirs.

    December 19, 2013 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  6. Gary

    Phil has made a valid argument. To disagree would only be one's effort to justify their own personal immoral lifestyle. If you are not prepared for an answer that does not fit your believes, don't ask the question. Don't twist his words into anti-anything.

    December 19, 2013 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Of course, A&E may do as they wish with his view. They're beasts that way.

      December 19, 2013 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Ones opinion is just that, Ones opinion. I still fail to see how this impacts the life of those who are on the sideline. People are just too obsessed with the lives of others. That's where the real problem lies. Knowing how people are today, I'm sure they have negative opinions on the styles of each and everyone of us. If anyone claims to live the perfect life, I call BS. Mind your own backyard. It is not for us too judge one way or another.

      December 19, 2013 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      The bedroom police gets on my last nerve, BC. If it doesn't affect their life, shhhh.

      December 19, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      I know banasy. I guess it's just some peoples nature to continuously inject themselves into the workings of others. To me that just doesn't make sense. Do they really believe that their opinion matters to those being intruded upon. The only opinions that matter to me are my own and those of my loved ones ( to an extent ).

      December 19, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      the man was brutally honest! get over it people...billygraham made the same choice!

      December 19, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      And unfortunately for Mr. Robertson, A&E was brutally honest also. Get over it people.

      December 19, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ANDRE (mentally ill) HIMES

    Since many White America , including those whites who have a long history of embracing white supremacy ,openly believe they are superior to Black America, or they believe blacks are inferior to them, and therefore the demonic Black America ,who have arisen from both the black hip hop and antebellum nation will continue to take up stereotypical images of low class ,poverty stricken and criminally prone blacks, and have replace the black human population who were exterminated during the black holocaust 1968-1993

    December 19, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      And your point is ????

      December 19, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Not AH, Rawr. Guess who it is? Somebody's bored.

      December 19, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    Congratulations, New Mexico, on legalizing SS marriage.

    December 19, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    Pretty stupid move on A&Es part cuz he makes that show. And everyone is allowed to have their own views just as everyone is allowed to agree or disagree! Too much trying to control what ppl think these days.

    December 19, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Suppose it depends on what is in his contract, Chrissy.
      He's within his rights to say/think what he pleases, but A&E doesn't have to give him the megaphone to shout it out with.

      December 19, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      Agree...the man is at his own house...on his own time...and a&e attempting to dictate behavior...does this guy work 24/7...we need to getsh labor attorney to sue for wrongful termination

      December 19, 2013 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      it also appear a&e is attacking this man's religious belief system...I think we have an Eeo case here too!

      December 19, 2013 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      a&e shoulddah sort legal advice before they attacked this man and violated his protected rights....

      December 19, 2013 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      No. If he violates his contract, A&E is under no obligation to keep him. And you can be very sure that A&E had its legal ducks in a row. Free speech refers to fear of GOVERNMENT reprisal. A&E isn't govt.

      December 19, 2013 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I'm not the one speaking incomprehensible word salad.

      December 19, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    Lol. Excellent. Your repertoire is indeed varied.

    December 19, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rascal Rabble

    you employed a character to be himself and then reprised because you disagree with his speech, his faith, and how he spends his time during off-duty hours....

    December 19, 2013 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. larac7997

    I find this so exhausting. So if you have an opinion, and as long as it is the "right" opinion, that is okay, hunky dory. BUT, dare you have an opinion that is different, then you are just an awful person and should be punished accordingly. Very, very tiring to say the least. If you don't want to know the opinion/answer, then why ask the question?

    December 19, 2013 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Actions have consequences.

      December 19, 2013 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      yes a&e actions do have consequences...eeoc commissioner gonna really enjoy this're fired because you said h. Om. o. 6. uality is a sin...

      December 19, 2013 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Again, for the English impaired, his right to speak his opinion is not what is at issue here. Violating his contract is.

      December 19, 2013 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ted

    Phil is probably one of the most lovely people on the face of the earth.
    Hope he goes to another network.

    December 19, 2013 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rascal Rabble

    on another is a DAMN SHAME and TRULLY EMBARASSIN' to t'see my country maltreat a diplomat from india...y'all better bite plenty behind...cuz we still gottah call dem people in india for customer service...

    December 19, 2013 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Guess she shouldn't have been selling Visas.

      December 19, 2013 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy©

    It was. I appreciate the brevity of English.

    December 19, 2013 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
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