Skip to comments.Commentary: The Duck Dynasty Double Standard
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 Robertsons 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.
Just another bigot trying to play the guilt card.
Stop allowing them to define the game.
How am I “allowing” anyone to do anything?
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.
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!
“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.
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.
Speaking of double standards, let me know when there’s a WET - White Entertainment Television.
How about “Caucasian All-around Television?”
Another lard azzed whined from the perpetually offended
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.
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.
Just another pimp of the race industry speaking on behalf of a race based organization (Black Entertainment Television)!
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.
Fat, dumb and a communist racist.
A self pitying crybaby finger pointer who makes believe he doesn’t know the difference between comments which offend someone and offensive comments.
“Fat, dumb and a communist racist.”
That’s no way to go through life!
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
Mr. Hicks article is bigoted and offensive.
It certainly isn’t!
BET is trash.
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.
Moreover, these liberals apparently don't have the intelligence to understand economic slavery.
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.
Slaves don't want to be free; they want to be masters.
And with a pajama-boy elitist smirk. . .
He drank the chocolate!
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, hes 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.