Skip to comments.A&E Death Threats – Wal Mart Sells Out of DD Gear – GLAAD Experiences Record Backlash
Posted on 12/21/2013 4:50:44 AM PST by IbJensen
The Phil Robertson suspension continues to inspire justified reactions from the conservative community. On Friday there were reports of beefed security, death threats, suspicious packages, merchandise sell outs and a lot of backlash toward the gay community.
A&E received death threats, suspicious packages and decided to beef up security as reported by Deadline.com:
A&E Network has had to beef up security at its New York headquarters after receiving death threats and suspicious packages from people enraged about the networks decision to suspend Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson. No formal meetings are schedule today between A&E and the Robertson clan, who yesterday issued a statement saying they cannot imagine doing the show without Phil which, loosely translated, means No Phil no show. That said, the network, which has had a good working relationship with the family (as the clan noted in its statement), is always talking to them, as one source with knowledge of the family said. The decision to suspend Phil Robertson triggered a firestorm and has created some strange bedfellows; last night Jon Stewart defended Phils right to say ignorant shit joining Phil defenders Sarah Palin, whod tweeted Those intolerants hatin and taking on the Duck Dynastypatriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us, and Republican Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, whod pronounced it It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended.
No one should condone any death threats. This is an unpopular decision but there are ways to make a point without calling for violence.
Jon Stewart took Phil Robertsons side? Very interesting indeed. But he is right. Whether you consider his remarks to be ignorant shit as Stewart opines, or consider his comments to be truth, does not matter. Phil Robertson has the right to speak his mind. A&E also has the right to fire or suspend him but they must realize that their actions will create reactions.
In another predictable development, shoppers around the country started buying up all of the Duck Dynasty merchandise they could find. In an article by U.K.s Daily Mail, some interesting screen shots were provided as proof of the buying frenzy.
The article included various opinions and jabs about Duck Dynasty fans continuing to put money into the pockets of A&E, but I dont think that is the point. There were likely three types of people buying this merchandise.
1.The first group would be devoted fans who may be panicked about the future availability of merchandise. They arent thinking about politics. They just want to get some merchandise before its gone. They may be afraid that Wal Mart will follow A&Es lead.
2.The second group is probably a lot of profit seekers who may have the same idea about future availability, but they dont necessarily care about Phil Robertson or the show. They just want to make a buck if they can.
3.The third group is likely a large segment of Duck Dynasty supporters who choose to support the cause with their hard-earned dollars. They may or may not realize that they put a substantial amount of money into A&Es accounts. Then again, they may not care. Either way, they are supporting the Robertson family as well.
Consequently I dont think that tweets like this one completely grasp the whole of the situation:
I am not saying that JoeMyGod does not have a point, but it is much more complex than something that can be stated in 140 characters or less. Every product we buy likely supports someone who we would rather not make wealthier. But people are rallying around the Robertson Family more than they are protesting A&E with these purchases. That is my opinion.
In another development on Friday, GLAAD reported record backlash from its Phil Robertson comments. Yahoo News reports:
In the fallout over Wednesdays suspension of Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson by A&E for anti-gay and racist remarks, GLAAD is experiencing record levels of backlash.
In the five-and-a-half years Ive worked at GLAAD, Ive never received so many violently angry phone calls and social media posts attacking GLAAD for us speaking out against these comments, the media watchdog organizations vice president of communications Rich Ferraro told TheWrap.
He said those reactions range from those who simply believe as Robertson believes to those who feel that GLAAD and A&Es actions limit the reality stars free speech.
I dont think this is about the first amendment, Ferraro said. I feel its more about the America we live in today. That is one where Americans, gay and straight, are able to speak out when people in the public eye make anti-gay and racist remarks.
Who would have thought that a simple Louisiana country boy would cause such a stir?
People are coming out in droves to support Phil Robertson.
Because they see Phil Robertson as a real human being and not some fake D.C. Poli-wood Actor who poses as a representative of the people. Phil Robertson is like our neighbor down the street. He comes off as a real human being and it just so happens that he made it big with some duck calls.
People would rather pump more money into A&E, knowing that the Robertson Family will get a cut of it, than to keep throwing money at lying, murdering, backstabbing, treasonous thieves who do nothing but tell us what we want to hear to get elected.
Phil Robertson didnt say what all of us wanted to hear but rather said what all of us needed to hear. The Bible is still the authority in this country and do not let anyone tell you it is not. It is the book we still swear upon when we take oaths (unless you are John Brennan). The principles of this book formed our constitution. Our laws were written in accordance with this book. How can people not see that?
And for anyone who says that we are no longer a Christian nation you might check your calendar. Christmas is still the only federal holiday that falls on any religious holy day.
We can deny that all we want but it is the truth. And by the way, today is December 21st, 2013 A.D.
Do you know what A.D. means?
It doesnt mean after death as I used to think. It is a simple abbreviation for anno domini, a Latin phrase that means in the year of our Lord.
Yes America we are a Christian nation and much like Peter we have denied Christ far too many times. Phil Robertson simply chose not to do that on this occasion and now he is paying for it.
But make no mistake people are waking up.
And by the way for those of you looking for leadership I think brother Phil could teach you a thing or two. Stop putting men and women of politics on pedestals and look to the only One who can truly lead this country back to greatness.
For those of you who are looking for a leader for the revolution that is to come, you have been overlooking the obvious for far too long. The leader has always been there.
A&E is now officially on the side of the sodomists. The network hasn't the right to fire Robertson. Firing someone for their religious beliefs is a violation of the civil rights act of 1964.
I simply don’t believe it, or the threats are coming from homosexual activists trying to discredit Christians.
The radical left, as exemplified by A&E is capable of ANYTHING to advance their agenda.
spoils the surprise ?
Imagine how terrifying a bearded white man who reads and believes the Bible, likes guns, shoots and eats animals must be to gays and most of the Democratic base. It was only a matter of time before the vile liberals who dominate TV would go after this man. Also a network that claims to be grounded on the “Arts” and practices censorship is a fraud.
So is the right. The whole spectrum is smeared.
The Anus & Erect Network is now blocked on my system.
“After the meeting, GLAAD issued its statement on Robertsons comments. A&E initially released a statement from Robertson in which he said he would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. But the network declined to comment itself until Wednesday night, when it announced the suspension, which GLAAD applauded.
We believe the next step is to use this as an opportunity for Phil to sit down with gay families in Louisiana and learn about their lives and the values they share, the spokesman said.
The organization is also currently researching companies who use Robertson as a spokesperson.
Silence is agreement in this case, he said. With such egregious anti-gay and racist comments, those companies that choose to be affiliated with this family need to speak out.
I just don’t believe that there are death threats against GLAAD or other homosexual pressure groups because of this.
I don’t see A&E’s position on this. The family was hired to do a “reality” program and Mr. Robertson was being true to the character that A&E contracted with and they want to fire him for it? Even though Robertson is at the height of his popularity?
Just doesn’t seem to make logical sense. Firing Robertson for his outspoken Christian viewpoints is like firing Don Rickles for being a sarcastic old man or Britney for being a stereotypical blonde. They knew who they were signing when they did the contract, and Robertson has remained true to his self and has stayed in character.
Your comments are RIGHT ON TARGET!
Both ‘Cowboy Bob’ and ‘ZULU’ are spot on. These people are notorious for manufacturing their death threats.
False flag death threats sounds the most plausible.
But if I'm in a conversation about my values or religion that's different. I'll say what I really think about homosexuality from cultural/religious/philosophical standpoints. I have every right to my opinions and the US Constitution protects my right to have them and express them.
This firing goes so far over the line that I'd think even some free speech liberals should be outraged. This is a reality show star, for heaven's sake. A&E exploits him to make huge profits, and now that he's entrenched, they want to control what he says because they don't want to hurt the feelings of their employees? If those employees are so offended by the Robinson's cultural and religious values, why were they content to profit from them?
We have to step way back from this speech-police thing. My expressed views might offend people. So what? Disagree with me if you want a serious discussion. But don't act like a three year old who lost their favorite teddy bear if I say a "bad" word or express how I feel about stuff like thinking open homosexuality is a symptom of a sick society.
This should be a tipping point. We should say what we damn well please, using the words we choose. The line should be we shouldn't impose our views on others. Which side crossed that one?
I must say I am shocked by the outrage over this. I really didn’t expect it to be that big of a deal. Seems this has struck a nerve and mid-Americans are getting sick of all the PC crap and are not gonna take it anymore.
Phil Robertson’s head on Kirk Douglas’s torso
I am Phil Robertson!
A little old lady once said “I am glad you are out of the closet, now, KEEP IT IN THE BEDROOM!”
I agree with her, I don’t care what they do. I just don’t want to hear/see about it.
Same with straight couples. I don’t want to know what is going on in their bedrooms either.
No one is going to kill A&E. A&E is strangling itself trying to play that orgasm enhancement game.
I read where Cracker Barrel is pulling all DD products from their shelves
If you remember all the anti minority outrages that have happened over the years, then it is almost certainly being self perpetrated. They are sending those things to themselves. Or they are just saying they are receiving them. They mention “suspicious packages” but I didn’t see where the police were involved.
I dont see A&Es position on this. The family was hired to do a reality program and Mr. Robertson was being true to the character that A&E contracted with and they want to fire him for it? Even though Robertson is at the height of his popularity?
Just doesnt seem to make logical sense.
Does it make sense that CNN and MSNBC continue to watch their ratings swirl around as they go down the toilet? To leftist TV execs, it is full speed ahead — ratings be damned. They have an agenda to push that is more important than anything else.
Death threats? $10 says they’re coming from the homos an anonymous accounts, posing as Conservatives.
Just doesnt seem to make logical sense.
Well, it fits a pattern. Hollywood serves up dud left-wing movie after dud left-wing movie while movies embracing conservative values rack up big box office numbers. One would think the starting point to making a ton of money in show business would be pretty obvious, but they simply don't want to see it. And you cannot cure deliberate ignorance.
It's akin to the situation with the GOP-E - they would rather lose than embrace conservative values that bring electoral victory.
Add Cracker Barrel to A&E as a boycott target!
Phil Robertson for President!
I’m having bumper stickers printed. Millions should do the same and watch the heads of the Left explode....along with the heads of the weenies in the eGOP.
The civil rights act of 1964 doesn’t apply to white Christian males.
Also, there is a difference in the merchandise out there.
There is Duck Commander stuff and Duck Dynasty stuff.
The family gets royalties off the Commander stuff.
A&E gets a cut from the Dynasty stuff because it has the A&E logo on it.
The boss and I went to Academy and bought up a bunch of Duck Commander stuff for our like minded family and friends.
An opportunity for Phil to sit down with gay families to discuss their lives and the values they share????
1.not an opportunity for Phil,opportunity for GLAAD
2.they share no values
So this would be some sort of an ‘intervention’ for Phil I assume.
Perhaps the ‘gay families of lousiana’ along with GLAAD reps.would be open to a Sunday church service with the Robertson family for some real value sharing.
Of course that would never happen, libs aren’t interested in ‘sharing’ ANYTHING besides other people’s money
Such a meeting between GLAAD and Phil Robertson would be the usual horse manure, where the Left gets publicity and the Right gets the shaft. If a conservative doesn’t cave, the Leftist media brands him an “extremist, bigot, racist, homophobe.” Think House Republicans and Obama/Harry Reid here.
I wouldn't be surprised if the Duck guys are the ones getting the threats...except they're not drama queens and just deal with it.
I think when A&E use the phrase “death threats” they are really talking about the threats to their livelihoods — the death of their paychecks.
There are a lot of people there involved in this decision who are going to lose their jobs over this — and hopefully it goes all the way to the top.
Death threats? Suspicious packages? Yeah...right.
I hope the whole damn network goes bankrupt.
Tell it to the lefty communists...THEY are the 'violent ones'.
Considering their clientele; that would be incredibly stupid.
Doesn't matter...A&E still gets a cut from your cable bill.
Add Cracker Barrel to A&E as a boycott target!I wouldn't be so quick to condemn retailers pulling DD merch off the shelves.
It is my understanding that A&E gets a cut of the revenue from the sales of DD merchandise sold by retailers like cracker barrel, walmart, etc.
I'm told that if you want to support the family and ensure A&E is deprived of the revenue, then you should ONLY BUY FROM THE FOLLOWING:
So if my understanding is correct, Cracker Barrel is actually depriving A&E of revenue by yanking DD merch off their shelves and in that regard, I support their decision. You should too!
There is a Cracker Barrel nearby and I intend to visit it today to see for myself, and if need be, have a talk with the manager.
O.K. Makes sense to me.
Absolutely correct. This is nothing more than a big opportunity for the Robertson family to “admit” they were wrong, apologize and fade off into the sunset,anything short of that will be road apples as far as the left is concerned.
Cracker Barrels mission is Pleasing People. We operate within the ideals of fairness, mutual respect and equal treatment of all people. These ideals are the core of our corporate culture. We continue to offer Duck Commander products in our stores. We removed selected products which we were concerned might offend some of our guests while we evaluate the situation. We continually evaluate the products we offer and will continue to do so.
Many people are mighty PO'ed at CB from the comments.
People who identify themselves as LGBT have openly admitted that they have a mental disorder. That should serve as the first step toward fixing the problem.
If CB censors DD merchandise its parking lots will become a litmus test of public reaction once it’s gone viral.
Their food is overrated anyway.
There are a lot of people there involved in this decision who are going to lose their jobs over this...I wouldn't get my hopes up. How much you want to bet A&E reinstates Phil, with some statement full of weasel-words and PC-speak, that claims support for both free-speech & gay-rights? Then the compliant MSM shuts up about it as if it never happened...
I believe Cracker Barrel also sells Duck Commander merchandise - this is the family’s line of stuff and they continue to sell this - the Duck Dynasty merchandise is affiliated with A&E - I don’t know what percentage the family gets from these sales.... but it seems Cracker Barrel’s decision is an attempt to support Phil and is being misconstrued.
I see GLAAD is investigating companies that use his for advertising. I have a feeling, while on hold, a lot of offices will say, “Oh, s***, it THOSE GLAAD people on the phone. Tell them I’m on my death bed.”
Well..... upon further reading it seems that Cracker Barrel is removing only the DD merchandise that features Phil Robertson - their facebook page is blowing up with angry ex-customers and their statement is a typical attempt to appease .. this is a sad development because many of the older folks in my family *love* to eat at Cracker Barrel.
Here — interesting take from the Daily Mail:
Sources within the close-knit Louisiana clan say they are convinced A&E are manipulating the controversial situation to bring them and particularly Robertson back into line after Television executives grew tired of the family pushing their deeply-held, Christian beliefs.
They also think the network could have done something to stop the controversial GQ article being made public, because an A&E representative was present during the interview with patriarch, Roberston, 67.
Phil Robertson and his family feel that A & E should never have publicized the controversial interview
A source close to the family, who asked not to be named, told MailOnline: You have to ask yourself, why this interview happened and why it ever became public. Someone from A&E was there and was aware of the kind of answers Phil was giving.
But despite that, they didnt ever try to stop it or control it. Instead, they let it hit the headlines and then released a statement condemning it.
It is our belief that they knew what was going to happen and then used the situation to exercise control over Phil.
It is our understanding that when the TV executives came up with the concept for the show they wanted it to be a case of people laughing at a bunch of backward rednecks.
But when it didnt turn out like that and people actually started identifying with the way the family behaved and were laughing with them, not at them, they became uncomfortable.
It did not sit will with the New York TV types.
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You're arguing technicalities, and while your technicality may be correct, this is an issue of principle.
The principle being violated here is that CB is behaving in a weak manner, caving in to GLAAD, who never go there anyway, and ticking off 95% of it customers.
May they crash and burn.
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