Due to the vocal outrage from individual members of the LGBT community along with the NAACP, the Human Rights Campaign and GLAAD A&E has indefinitely suspended Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson due to homophobic and racially insensitive comments he made during a GQ magazine interview:
The network has released the following statement:
“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. 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.”
Of course that’s not sitting well with the Tea Party and “Christian” right who are screaming about the First Amendment and Robertson’s right to say and believe as he wishes.
Freedom of speech is a protection from government intrusion into your right to express yourself. It is not freedom from the consequences of your speech, particularly not when it comes to your employment. When your speech is amplified with fame and celebrity, you should be aware of the consequences.
Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal and Russell Moore are outraged at Phil Robertson’s suspension. “It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended,” Jindal, the governor of Robertson’s home state of Louisiana, said in a press release adding: “The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with. I don’t agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV. In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive. But I also acknowledge that this is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views”
So lets get this “bigoted” straight. A gay person gets fired for being gay, that’s freedom! A Christian person is suspended for embarrassing their employer, that’s an attack on freedom!?”