Well its over for now. And guess who lost?
A&E and the Robertson family announced Friday that Phil Robertson, the man who thinks that blacks were better off under Jim Crow laws and that being gay is the same as performing beastialtywill still be part of the series Duck Dynasty — and since he didn’t miss any filming, his temporary suspension will have no effect on the upcoming fifth season and really was worthless to begin with!
As a global media content company, A+E Networks’ core values are centered around creativity, inclusion and mutual respect. We believe it is a privilege for our brands to be invited into people’s homes, and we operate with a strong sense of integrity and deep commitment to these principles.
That is why we reacted so quickly and strongly to a recent interview with Phil Robertson. While Phil’s comments made in the interview reflect his personal views based on his own beliefs and his own personal journey, he and his family have publicly stated they regret the “coarse language” he used and the misinterpretation of his core beliefs based only on the article. He also made it clear he would “never incite or encourage hate.” We at A+E Networks expressed our disappointment with his statements in the article and reiterate that they are not views we hold.
But Duck Dynasty is not a show about one man’s views. It resonates with a large audience because it is a show about family … a family that America has come to love. As you might have seen in many episodes, they come together to reflect and pray for unity, tolerance and forgiveness. These are three values that we at A+E Networks also feel strongly about.
So after discussions with the Robertson family, as well as consulting with numerous advocacy groups, A&E has decided to resume filming Duck Dynasty later this spring with the entire Robertson family.
We will also use this moment to launch a national public service campaign (PSA) promoting unity, tolerance and acceptance among all people, a message that supports our core values as a company and the values found in Duck Dynasty. These PSAs will air across our entire portfolio.
One has to wonder since “ advocacy groups” were involved exactly much of a donation from A&E both GLAAD and HRC received.?
This was a horrible fight to lose and opens up a Pandora’s box of hate speech under the guise of “Freedom of Speech” and once again its all due to the incompetence and lack of backbone of The Human Rights Campaign and GLAAD.