Skip to comments.Outrage Over 'Reality' Star's Comment Smacks of Artificiality
Posted on 12/20/2013 5:04:07 AM PST by Kaslin
So rednecks need to be politically correct now?
Wait, before the National Association of Rednecked Persons attacks me, let me be clear that I don't mean "redneck" as an insult. Indeed, Redneck Pride has been on the rise ever since Jeff Foxworthy got rich informing people they "might be a redneck."
(Some clues: if your school fight song was "Dueling Banjos"; if you've ever raked leaves in your kitchen; if your boat hasn't left your driveway for 15 years; if birds are attracted to your beard, etc.)
Redneck reality shows have been all the rage: "Rocket City Rednecks," "My Big Redneck Vacation," "Hillbilly Handfishin'" and, of course, "Swamp People."
But the gold standard is "Duck Dynasty," which follows the Robertsons, a family that struck it rich selling duck calls. It's like a real-life version of "The Beverly Hillbillies." All of the men look like they stepped out of the Hatfield-McCoy conflict to smoke a corncob pipe.
What all of these -- and countless other -- reality shows have in common is their shock value. And guess what? Sometimes the shock is manufactured. If the cameras weren't on, the silicone life forms on the various "Real Housewives" shows probably wouldn't be throwing wine in each other's faces as much as they do. TLC's awful reality show "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" tries its hardest to turn an uncouth Southern white family with a children's beauty pageant fixation into the sort of genetic and cultural horror show that sparked the progressives to advocate eugenics. And everyone everywhere mugs for the camera.
But here's a twist. Phil Robertson (who -- shhh! -- has a master's degree from Louisiana Tech) gave an interview to GQ in which he said that, as a Christian, he has problems with homosexuality. He got a bit too detailed with his anatomical analysis. But his real sin was calling homosexuality a sin comparable with bestiality.
In response, A&E has suspended him from the reality show about his own family. That right there should give you a sense of how real this reality show is. If it's about the family, some producer in New York can't decide who's in or out of the family. If NBC News decided it simply didn't like the Republican Party anymore (not altogether implausible), it could decide not to report on the GOP. But it would stop being a news organization in the process. Instead, it would be producing a kind of "reality show" for which it makes up its own version of reality (like "Top Chef" or MSNBC).
Sarah Palin jumped into the fray. "Free speech is an endangered species," she warned on her Facebook page. "Those 'intolerants' hatin' and taking on the 'Duck Dynasty' patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us."
Well, yes and no. There are no constitutional free-speech rights involved when a private entertainment network decides to cut a character from a fake reality show. A&E has free-speech rights, too. Everyone has a right to an opinion, and everyone has a right to an opinion about that opinion.
But Palin's not entirely wrong either. Liberals love free expression so long as you free-express things they agree with. Particularly when it comes to homosexuality, there's zero tolerance for dissent of any kind.
Now, I don't agree with Robertson's take on homosexuality. Heck, I don't even like duck hunting. But I also don't care. What I object to is the insinuation that I have to.
And what I find absolutely ridiculous is the feigned shock that an avatar of the redneck renaissance might actually have politically incorrect or just plain religiously orthodox views on homosexuality. Seriously, who called for the fainting couch when they read his interview in GQ?
"Duck Dynasty" has been a huge ratings success, receiving fawning coverage from the elite media. Much of the coverage has also been incredibly condescending, like aristocrats in Victorian London having a grand time inviting a Zulu tribesman to dinner. Everyone says, "Look at the funny rednecks," until Robertson says something that you would absolutely expect to hear from a guy who plays a redneck on TV. Then suddenly everyone is scandalized? Please. Isn't the whole point of these shows to demonstrate that there are lots of different kinds of people out there? Isn't that a good thing? Lord knows there's no lack of reality shows about gays.
Maybe the best way to avoid such problems in the future is to demand that all reality-show casts be made up of professional actors. That way, reality will never disappoint us.
I stand by Sarah Palin in offering the gang a new home.
We need to take over some networks.
Conservatives have no voice. That needs to change.
This article is a condescending work by someone who does not have much knowledge about what he speaks.
“I once cut my yard and found a ‘57 Chevy.
So I am a REDNECK.”
I don’t know whether that is a slight exaggeration but my first car was a ‘57 Chevy. I bought it when I got my honorable from the Navy in ‘65. I joined the Navy just before turning 18 so I could do three years instead of four. My high school graduation came a few days after my birthday so they swore me in and gave me two weeks leave to take my finals and get my diploma. I went off to boot camp and left a crop in the field, a crop I had grown with a mule. I joined to get out from behind that mule and find an easier life. This, by the way, is no exaggeration.
I suppose this means I am redneck to the core and for life.
Indeed. We are long past being asked for tolerance> We are being TOLD TO ACCEPT AND EVEN ENDORSE. To hell with tem - it is a sin.
This is what the liberals just can't do. They can't leave anything alone. Everyone must agree with them.
OT: I have a niece who has put the lesbian label on her daughter. The daughter actually is very high functioning Aspergers and very socially awkward but Mom is a liberal and to her, being a lesbian is better. What????
That was beautifully expressed. You do not seem to be blackmailed by the thought police, not one bit.
That was my take as well. If the writer disagrees with Phil Robertson's description, that pretty much indicates what the camp the writer is in. The on the fence wire camp, waiting for the wind to blow.
I ain’t a redneck, but all my friends is.
Pray America is Waking
On one of the interviews Robinson told the interviewer that women bring up panties for him to sign....he said he never touches them without first asking if they were clean or not...I love that man.
A little background on old Jonah our social critic. He once drove from coast to coast and remarked how scared he was when he stopped at some Montana gas station of all the untamed white men of the area. Then he continued on to Manhattan the center of the universe and all was well, f**k him.
I have watched Duck Dynasty one time and it was ok but the beards creep me out. Short trimmed beards are OK but these beards are not! UGH!
No, he didn't, Jonah....what's wrong? Too squeamish to hear the truth?
Robertson used bald, frank terms to illustrate the sickness and perversity of homosexuality. IMO we all need to be doing that, and stripping away the fantasy that queers are all about love, marriage, hanging drapes, and styling hair.
Diversity is always to be celebrated... unless of course it is unapproved, politically incorrect diversity as determined by the self appointed cultural umpires.
That ain't all!
In the late 1960s in Ruston, Louisiana, two Bulldog quarterbacks life paths diverged sharply. You might have heard of Terry Bradshaw, who went on to attain the top pick in the 1970 NFL Draft, a lengthy career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, four Super Bowl victories, a spot in the Hall of Fame and a second career in front of the camera. You might not have heard of Phil Robertson, who was ahead of Bradshaw on Louisiana Techs depth chart but gave up football with one year of eligibility remaining because the game and any future in it interfered with his hearts dearest passion: duck-hunting season.
Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints? Do you not know that the saints will judge the world?... And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters?... Do you not know that we shall judge angels?... How much more, things that pertain to this life?.. If then you have judgments concerning things pertaining to this life, do you appoint those who are least esteemed by the church to judge ? (1 Corinthians 6:1-5).
Many commands of God require the exercise of righteous judgment.
But we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw from every brother who walks disorderly and not according to the tradition which he received from us (2 Thessalonians 3:6).
And if anyone does not obey our word in this epistle, note that person and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet do not count him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother (2 Thessalonians 3:14,15).
Teach and exhort these things. If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, useless wrangling of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself (2 Timothy 6:2b-5).
Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple (Romans 16:17,18). All these commands require the careful exercise of righteousness judgment. Do not be deceived by smooth words and flattering speech. Beware of wolves who come to you with a sheeps skin.
All these commands require the careful exercise of righteousness judgment. Do not be deceived by smooth words and flattering speech. Beware of wolves who come to you with a sheeps skin.
We must be careful not to make unqualified judgments. But we must judge appropriately when commanded to do so.
Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment. (John 7:24).
You are SO intolerant!!!
20. Then the LORD said, "The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous
21. that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know."
4. Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom--both young and old--surrounded the house.
5. They called to Lot, "Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them."
6. Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him
7. and said, "No, my friends. Don't do this wicked thing.
Isaiah 3:9 The look on their faces testifies against them; they parade their sin like Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to them! They have brought disaster upon themselves.
2 Peter 2:13b Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad daylight. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their pleasures while they feast with you.
49. "`Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.
50. They were haughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen.
1. But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them--bringing swift destruction on themselves.
2. Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute.
3. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.
4. For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgment;
5. if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others;
6. if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly;
7. and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men
8. (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)--
9. if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment.
10. This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the sinful nature and despise authority. Bold and arrogant, these men are not afraid to slander celestial beings;
11. yet even angels, although they are stronger and more powerful, do not bring slanderous accusations against such beings in the presence of the Lord.
12. But these men blaspheme in matters they do not understand. They are like brute beasts, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like beasts they too will perish.
13. They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done. Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad daylight. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their pleasures while they feast with you.
But there IS hope!!!
1 Corinthians 6:9-11
9. Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived:
Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders
10. nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
11. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
If you could NOT change, you would be in most pitiful shape...
“There are no constitutional free-speech rights involved when a private entertainment network decides to cut a character from a fake reality show. A&E has free-speech rights, too.”
Try firing someone for being a homosexual and advocating in public for it. In many states, that would put you in prison. Try firing someone for being Catholic and expressing Catholic views. It USED to be illegal to do so.
Religion is a protected category under the Civil Rights Act, and you cannot be fired for your religious beliefs...until now. Now, being homosexual trumps any rights to religious freedom. Because folks, if you can be fired for your religious beliefs, you have no religious freedom!
But; one CAN be fired 'without cause', can they not?
You cannot be fired for reasons relating to certain things - race & religion included. As your link points out:
“The right to dismiss workers at will is not absolute. Under federal law, an employer cannot fire an employee because of race, gender, religion or disability, among other stipulations.”
If A&E is firing someone for expressing a religious belief while not at work, then normally the Civil Rights law would apply. In this case, the exact wording of their contract may change things - but if you can be fired for being a Christian, you have no religious freedom. It looks to me like A&E is publicly admitting they are punishing a worker for his religious beliefs.
He won't be fired for this; but for saying bad things about fags.
Be a 'christian' all you want, but... speaking out negatively about a protected and subsidized group, IS something they could fire you for.
“Be a ‘christian’ all you want, but... speaking out negatively about a protected and subsidized group, IS something they could fire you for.”
Speaking out about your beliefs in Christianity should not result in your being fired. That is against federal law. It is ILLEGAL to fire someone due to their religion.
True; but it would NOT be framed that way.
An attorney would be hard pressed to assemble a jury, today, that would stand up for what the bible SAYS; let alone what it MEANS!
I t would be framed as a hate crime.
What we need is for someone to force the courts to look at it - as they are with Obamacare, and the courts currently are mostly deciding in favor of religious freedom. We are under attack, and we need to fight back. And if the courts won’t rule correctly, we need to twist the arms of politicians to force them to protect religious belief.