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Commentary: The Duck Dynasty Double Standard
Black Entertainment Television ^ | January 2, 2014 | Jonathan P. Hicks

Posted on 01/02/2014 11:27:22 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Phil Robertson is a chilling example of how certain figures are celebrated for their offensive comments.

When Sarah Palin tastelessly invoked slavery into a critique of the federal debt, MSNBC commentator Martin Bashir suggested that the failed vice presidential candidate would do well to experience some of the more barbaric aspects of pre-Civil War servitude, referencing an especially revolting practice.

The remarks created a stir and Bashir, a British journalist of Pakistani background, apologized for them. But before long, the veteran journalist was suspended by the network and he resigned.

Just days later, another controversy brewed, this time involving Phil Robertson, the star of the reality show Duck Dynasty. In an interview, Robertson expressed his revulsion to gay sex, likening it to bestiality. Not content to stop at offending one segment of the population, he went on to say that African-Americans were far happier in the days of segregation, a period when he insists “no one was singing the blues.”

There was no apology from Robertson for offending anyone. Instead, there was a rush from a wide range of right-wing commentators and politicians to defend his right to speak out. While A&E suspended the program and certain stores decided not to sell Duck Dynasty products, the backlash from the right caused all those parties to reverse their sanctions. Now Robertson has been vindicated by the right and he undoubtedly feels free to continue to make more outrageous statements.

Not only was there no apology from Robertson, but there was the further revelation from him that he believes the best age for women to marry is 15 or 16. That controversial position should renew the discussion of whether this is an appropriate character for A&E to feature on one of its programs.

If nothing else, it points to a troubling double standard in this country, one that has been highlighted to breathtaking degrees in this age of Obama.

It is difficult to imagine an African-American figure making disparaging or insulting comments about any particular group without being tarred and feathered by the conservative forces in America. It is patently unthinkable that any Black reality show star would have the same good fortune as Robertson after making statements half as controversial.

History is filled with the high price African-Americans have paid for comments deemed offensive by the larger society. Some have seen their political fortunes fade and their influence diminished.

The significant issue is not Robertson’s right to make senseless comments, as many on the right contend. The issue is that Americans have a right to make decisions about who they patronize and support based on the free speech practiced by citizens. To that end, Robertson and his supporters would do well to focus on the need to shun and condemn offensive comments toward their fellow Americans.

The Author


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: duckdynasty; homosexualagenda; palin; philrobertson
They lost this one and they know it.
1 posted on 01/02/2014 11:27:23 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Just another bigot trying to play the guilt card.


2 posted on 01/02/2014 11:41:00 PM PST by Darteaus94025 (Can't have a Liberal without a Lie)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Stop allowing them to define the game.


3 posted on 01/02/2014 11:41:55 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: mylife

How am I “allowing” anyone to do anything?


4 posted on 01/02/2014 11:45:02 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (A courageous man finds a way, an ordinary man finds an excuse.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I spoke to 2 excellent Black men today and was going to ask a 3rd for help but why would I ask someone for help when they teach me to be independent? And I teach them independence?

We are friends.


5 posted on 01/02/2014 11:48:52 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Heh, this one is all too easy.

“When Sarah Palin tastelessly invoked slavery into a critique of the federal debt”

Striiike One! Palin was speaking on economic slavery, not physical slavery.

“The remarks created a stir and Bashir, a British journalist of Pakistani background,”

Which has nothing to do with anything. Bill Maher is as American as I am, and i think his comments on Palin have been just as vile. Striiiike TWO!

“But before long, the veteran journalist was suspended by the network and he resigned.”

Resigned before being fired, you mean. Strike Three, hit the showers, chump!


6 posted on 01/02/2014 11:49:58 PM PST by DemforBush (Ice cream, Mandrake? Children's ice cream?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“It is difficult to imagine an African-American figure making disparaging or insulting comments about any particular group without being tarred and feathered by the conservative forces in America.”

Well, here are some examples that will expand your imaginings my bigot:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6VTj7LhCtE - comments against women.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEH_ms8d1ws - comments against Americans.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXxC_rkF4P4 - comments against nonMorons.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EInT_q0AnQ - NWA comments against all of the above.


7 posted on 01/02/2014 11:51:52 PM PST by Darteaus94025 (Can't have a Liberal without a Lie)
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To: Darteaus94025

Phil and Kay have been married 40 years, have decent, law abiding and hardworking children, have a successful business that employes people, and have a faith in which to believe.

Now, I’ll match that against many inner city black families around, say, DC Baltimore, Philadelphia, Detroit, E. St Louis, etc.

Yes, there are decent, hardworking black families who are together and supportive of one another, but when a white couple do it, they are attacked as teen bride hicks.

You don’t have to agree with everything that the Robertsons say or even do, but you should admire their Family Robertson Values which are based on family unity and love.


8 posted on 01/03/2014 12:34:01 AM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Speaking of double standards, let me know when there’s a WET - White Entertainment Television.


9 posted on 01/03/2014 1:42:38 AM PST by Maceman (Just say "NO" to tyranny.)
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To: Maceman

How about “Caucasian All-around Television?”


10 posted on 01/03/2014 1:48:48 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (A courageous man finds a way, an ordinary man finds an excuse.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Another lard azzed whined from the perpetually offended


11 posted on 01/03/2014 1:55:04 AM PST by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
When Sarah Palin tastelessly invoked slavery into a critique of the federal debt, MSNBC commentator Martin Bashir suggested that the failed vice presidential candidate would do well to experience some of the more barbaric aspects of pre-Civil War servitude

The problem here is that slavery is a many thousand year old institution practiced all over the globe.

Yet black Americans think they have somehow acquired title to the institution, so whenever it is mentioned, it must be discussed only in relation to "the black experience."

This is somewhat similar to the way some Jews think they have title to the term and concept of "genocide," an equally ancient and widespread practice.

12 posted on 01/03/2014 3:52:33 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Jimmy Valentine
In this reply I cannot express the contempt I have for this idiot. I dismiss out of hand any remarks, written or aired, by any black media personality not named Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, Ward Connerly, and a few other black conservatives. Since blacks were given jobs at media institutions from the early seventies on, every black self-identified as a liberal, has engaged in a non-stop attack on America and white people in general. To these people, nothing bad done by black people has ever been their fault. It is always the fault of evil, racist white America who is still oppressing "people of color" fifty years after the 1964 Civil Rights bill.

Now, since few or no white politicians or media personalities engage in outright racial name-calling, the racial agitators have invented terms like "institutional racism" to try and prove nasty white people are still beating down black Americans. Or they take a microscope and examine particular words and phrases spoken or written by conservatives to prove "racism." Except now I believe most non-liberal whites are on to these frauds and mostly ignore them. Hopefully, some time in the near future we won't have to listen to or read the words of these clowns.

13 posted on 01/03/2014 4:13:39 AM PST by driftless2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Just another pimp of the race industry speaking on behalf of a race based organization (Black Entertainment Television)!


14 posted on 01/03/2014 4:14:09 AM PST by leprechaun9
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

But black actor Jamie Foxx gloated over his role in Django Unchained on national TV where he:

“Gets to kill ALL the white people, How black is that? How great is that?

Without any condemnation or protest outside some conservative blogs.

Nor are racist blacks violently attacking and /or murdering innocent whites an academic issue with thousands of such racist attacks against whites every year.

This vile gloating didnt hurt his career one bit but Paula Dean became an outcast for admitting that she once used the N word 20 years ago.

Talk about the double standard of Black Privilege. This is a classic example of it.


15 posted on 01/03/2014 4:30:11 AM PST by Uncle Lonny
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Fat, dumb and a communist racist.


16 posted on 01/03/2014 4:31:11 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"...likening it to bestiality. Not content to stop at offending one segment of the population, he went on to say that African-Americans were far happier in the days of segregation......"

HE........DID.........NEITHER!

17 posted on 01/03/2014 4:40:07 AM PST by cincinnati65
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Author.

A self pitying crybaby finger pointer who makes believe he doesn’t know the difference between comments which offend someone and offensive comments.


18 posted on 01/03/2014 4:40:35 AM PST by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: LibLieSlayer

“Fat, dumb and a communist racist.”

That’s no way to go through life!


19 posted on 01/03/2014 4:40:41 AM PST by jocon307
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It is difficult to imagine an African-American figure making disparaging or insulting comments about any particular group without being tarred and feathered by the conservative forces in America.

Has the fat black author ever listened to any of the insulting comments that have come from these foul black mouths?

mellisa from msnbc

fat al from msnbc

toure, msnbc folks

jj,the "spitter" on msnbc, but will spew his venom on any network


20 posted on 01/03/2014 4:41:29 AM PST by USS Alaska (If I could...I would.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Mr. Hicks article is bigoted and offensive.


21 posted on 01/03/2014 4:44:14 AM PST by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: jocon307

It certainly isn’t!


22 posted on 01/03/2014 5:08:46 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Where on my cable menu is 'White Entertainment Television'? I can't seem to find it.

BET is trash.

23 posted on 01/03/2014 5:10:55 AM PST by ExCTCitizen (2014 the year of dead RINOs)
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To: driftless2

He has no self respect. He earns a living whining about how unfair it all is. He is the intellectual equivalent of an organ grinders monkey.


24 posted on 01/03/2014 5:20:54 AM PST by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Typical whine from the Ly’in Left. He twists facts that are individually somewhat true, into a scenario that is a bald faced lie. To accurately dispute this lie would take a dozen paragraphs of boring detail. Thus the lie stands, but only with those prone to believing it. Unfortunately, there are enough prone to believing it, particularly in the media, that it is rarely disputed.
25 posted on 01/03/2014 5:24:48 AM PST by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I didn't realize that the use of the word "slavery" was restricted, and any usage is automatically linked to the slavery of blacks.

Moreover, these liberals apparently don't have the intelligence to understand economic slavery.

26 posted on 01/03/2014 6:08:49 AM PST by Moorings
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
When Sarah Palin tastelessly invoked slavery into a critique of the federal debt...

It's only slavery and tasteless if you're the one doing the work while someone else enjoys the fruits of your labor, bozo! That's the way a lot of working Americans feel about excessive taxes, and not surprisingly, a lot of non-working parasites think it's a great deal.

The racism comes in with the statistics. In pre-Civil War US, not all blacks were slaves, but all slaves were black. In the US, not all welfare recipients are black, but a lot of them are. The author is using what I call pre-emptive guilt by association to talk up his book.

27 posted on 01/03/2014 6:40:17 AM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Moorings
I didn't realize that the use of the word "slavery" was restricted, and any usage is automatically linked to the slavery of blacks.

Slaves don't want to be free; they want to be masters.

28 posted on 01/03/2014 7:05:32 AM PST by VRW Conspirator ( 2+2 = V)
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To: LibLieSlayer

And with a pajama-boy elitist smirk. . .


29 posted on 01/03/2014 9:57:27 AM PST by Hulka
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To: Hulka

He drank the chocolate!


30 posted on 01/03/2014 10:00:31 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

These clowns are really trying to milk this for all it’s worth...attacking from any angle imaginable and I find the piling on completely despicable.

In addition, I wouldn’t consider the “author” of this piece a “fellow American” by any stretch of the imagination...his screed clearly demonstrates he has a complete lack of comprehension and he has elected to engage in mislabeling and borderling slander by misrepresenting what Mr. Roberson really said.

PR: “Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”

He is saying that SINCE they were “godly people”, they were happy.

I stand with Phil on this, he’s a godly man who is doing his level best to educate the millions of morons running loose in this country as to what TRUE happiness is and through whom it comes. Jesus Christ.


31 posted on 01/03/2014 10:16:41 AM PST by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political parties in the long run gave away our liberty.)
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