Skip to comments.ANDREW SULLIVAN: PHIL ROBERTSON SUSPENSION 'PREPOSTEROUS,' 'UNFAIR'
Posted on 12/20/2013 11:06:04 AM PST by Resettozero
Even Andrew Sullivan, the prominent gay writer who has been hailed as a pioneer, said he was "befuddled" by A&E's suspension of Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson. He called the suspension "preposterous" and "unfair." A&E suspended Robertson on Wednesday for comments to GQ that were deemed to be "anti-gay." "Hes a reality show character, for Petes sake. Not an A&E spokesman," Sullivan wrote on his blog on Thursday. "Hes being fired for staying in character a character A&E have nurtured and promoted and benefited from. Turning around and demanding a Duck Dynasty star suddenly become the equivalent of a Rachel Maddow guest is preposterous and unfair." Sullivan observed that the show is a "kind of celebration of a culture where duck hunting is the primary religion, but where fundamentalist Christianity is also completely pervasive."
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A&E should issue an apology and reinstate Phil. The lefties are not only eating their own, they’re nibbling at their own arms. LOL
No. He should change the name of A&E to Anus Entertainment.
Either Sullivan is actually serious or trying to create damage control because “it’s too early for the outright purges” remains to be seen. Heck, Sullivan is one of the biggest BS artists around.
I will also say that I never watched this show, but in solidarity with the DD guys I decided to watch last night. At first I thought “how can anyone watch this silly show?” then I caught myself giggling a few times and was glued. Phil finding just the right turtle for his picky wife was a laugh. LOL
He’s trying to resurrect the LGBT ‘brand’ because lots of semi-mainstreamers have turned on them.
One may agree or disagree with Robertson. But he has the right to speak his mind.
Likewise, A & E has a right to hire whom they want, and fire whom they want. But can they fire/suspend someone for expressing a religious conviction? A religious conviction which opposes A & E’s corporate culture?
If so, then might a Christian organization be justified in firing/suspending an employee/worker who is outspokenly pro-gay?
Seems like the rules, whatever they are, should cut both ways, doesn’t it?
Methinks Andy is concerned about the blow-back the LBGT community is starting to receive from this incident and how far it will set back their agenda. I don’t for a minute believe he’s concerned about A&E’s treatment of Phil.
Looks like the Liberal Thought Police should lay a bit lower until after the next election. Otherwise they won’t have the full 4 years of the Bamsters second term to completely destroy this once great country.
Maybe Duck Dynasty can be replace with one about liberal elites walking around with their noses in the air ... I’m sure people would be lined up to watch. /s
You just described Portlandia, one of the funniest shows on TV. It takes place in Portland and it is a scream! I hope it comes back this year. I could laugh all over again at the old episodes if they don't have any new ones.
I started watching a while back just to see what all the fuss was about. I found myself laughing out loud, and buying a set of Duck Dynasty DVDs.
That was my take on his response as well. The marxist atheists prefer the Fabian approach of gradually destroying your opponent. Sullivan realizes that this frontal attack will leave his ilk bloodied.
Last night, watching Bill O'Reilly squirm over what Robertson said made me wonder how often he's actually READ the Bible!
You didn’t address the main idea of this post: The Robertsons may have legal recourse vis a vis A&E promoting the “character” Phil in their profitable “TV show”.
Are you an attorney who is qualified to say A&E can hire and fire anyone for any reason? Is Louisiana a RTW State? Is the State where A&E is headquartered RTW also?
By the way... one needn’t be a Christian (or Jew or Muslim) to recognize that the state should not celebrate homosexuality, nor should it normalize it. The most ardent atheist — if he loves individuals and seeks the best for the community, society, and state — will recognize and oppose efforts to normalize homosexuality.
Wow. Andrew Sullivan showing a flash of the insight and common sense that led me to read his blog back in 2002. It’s not enough to get me to back; but it is refreshing.
Also, I wonder if any of the Robertsons will be invited to appear on one of the Sunday talking-feces shows? (MTP, FTN, etc.)
Watching liberals light up exploding cigars really cracks me up.
Now that their TV show is being threatened some people are starting to wake up to the gay mafia. Agree Sullivan is trying to do damage control.
Got a smile from me.
That is a good question, given they are supposed to talk about the most news worthy stories of the week.
I can only think Obama is loving this, keeping him off the screen
I still believe this is all part of Hillary’s “Third Way” campaign where she needs the left and right to be portrayed as extremist and the reasonable people in the middle, “The Third Way”.
Isn’t he the “writer” who was busted posting an online ad looking for men to gangbang him? What a sick pervert.
You know, to show their support for the "cause."
Phil is being treated like Paula Deen.
BINGO.. Of all the targets that Homo activists could have chosen, Phil from Duck Dynasty was the worst choice.. I believe they could trap him into saying something that would diminish the brand, which they despise as a reflection of the typical, Conservative, judgmental Religious Right..
They believe their agenda is totally accepted by the overwhelming majority of Americans because they live in an echo chamber that agrees with everything they espouse..
I believe this is "jump the Shark" moment, that was coming to a head..
Last night BOR showed he has no concept of what the Bible teaches. I’m not inclined to read his (ghost written?) “Killing Jesus”. Anyone that ignorant of the Bible has nothing to teach me about Jesus.
then might a Christian organization be justified in firing/suspending an employee/worker who is outspokenly pro-gay?”
You bet - right after the sun comes up for three days in a row in the west and sets in the east!
You make a very good point. The difference, I think, is that some employers (Christian) are not aware that their employees are gay and when discovered, they are let go. This isn’t the case with A&E - they have known from the outset what the Robertsons’s believe - they didn’t hide their faith. Yes, I think that door does swing both ways.What’s sauce for the goose should be sauce for the gander - or in this case - the duck.
A & E really stepped in it. The company could have scored big time with even more new fans.
Instead they fire the star for expressing his religious views. Are y’all really that stupid?
First, see earlier FR thread ...
I have read both books below. They were both released this year. They essentially write from the same perspective and tell the same story. You would be remiss to dismiss them because of BO'Re's ignorance of Christianity. They both really add a deeper understanding of the events which transpired during Holy Week. The author Stephen Mansfield was on Hannity's show back in the spring promoting his book.
I just watched BO'Re's opening monologue on "TOF". Just as Freepers predicted, he is not backing down on his erroneous interpretation of the Luke passage. I hope this really damages BO'Re.
Yo!, The Cid!
Only a student of military history knows about the “Fabian” approach.
And I agree. So far, they have been successful in their “one small piece of the pie at a time, tactic.”
But, they have gone and gotten all full of themselves and really do think that NOW is the time for a head on frontal assault. What a mistake.
What was it Dirty Harry said in Magnum Force? “Man’s got know his LIMITATIONS.”
I think their past successes have led them astray, and now they are going to pay a price.
With all due respect to BOR, I’ve thumbed through the book and I didn’t see much that I haven’t already learned in Seminary.
Sullivan is a committed Obama acolyte. A true belever. There is no group or principle he wouldn’t sacrifice in behalf of his man crush Obama.