Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson has been put on indefinite hiatus by A&E after making anti-gay remarks in the January issue of GQ.
"We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson's comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty," A&E said in a statement to USA TODAY.
"His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have
always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The
network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely."
ORIGINAL STORY: Duck Dynasty is featured in a big spread in the January issue of GQ magazine.
And in the story, titled "What the Duck?" Phil Robertson, founder of the Duck Commander
company and patriarch at the heart of A&E's hit reality show,
doesn't hold back in talking about his beliefs. Much to the dismay of GLAAD.
Bible-thumpers who just happened to end up on television. ... You put
in your article that the Robertson family really believes strongly that
if the human race loved each other and they loved God, we would just be
better off. We ought to just be repentant, turn to God, and let's get on
with it, and everything will turn around."
And on the subject of sin, he says:
with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality,
sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those
men," he says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: "Don't be deceived.
Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the
homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the
swindlers - they won't inherit the kingdom of God. Don't deceive
yourself. It's not right."
He goes on to say, "It seems like, to
me," a woman "would be more desirable ...That's just me. I'm just
thinking: There's more there! She's got more to offer. I mean, come on,
dudes! You know what I'm saying? But hey, sin: It's not logical, my man.
It's just not logical."
GLAAD has issued a statement condemning the remarks as "littered with outdated stereotypes and blatant misinformation."
Says GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz:
"Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil's lies about an
entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe. He
clearly knows nothing about gay people or the majority of Louisianans -
and Americans - who support legal recognition for loving and committed
gay and lesbian couples. Phil's decision to push vile and extreme
stereotypes is a stain on A&E and his sponsors who now need to
re-examine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT
people and families."
GLAAD says it has reached out to A&E to see if the network stands behind Robertson's comments.
Robertson has issued a statement in response:
myself am a product of the 60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs
and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my
Savior. My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I
follow Christ and also what the bible teaches, and part of that teaching
is that women and men are meant to be together.
"However, I would
never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from
me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of
humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each