Jesse Jackson Sr. Joins Duck Dynasty Debacle, Demands Meeting With A&E

Jesse Jackson

Jesse Jackson Sr. has joined the controversy surrounding the anti-gay and racial comments by Phil Robertson, star of A&E’s backwoods (fake) reality TV show, “Duck Dynasty.”

In an announcement sent out Tuesday, Jackson Sr. compared Robertson’s recent comments about African-Americans, gay people and women to comments made by the driver of Rosa Parks’ bus.

“At least the bus driver, who ordered Rosa Parks to surrender her seat to a white person, was following state law, Robertson’s statements were uttered freely and openly without cover of the law, within a context of what he seemed to believe was ‘white privilege.’”

Jackson’s human rights group, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, has demanded meetings with A&E and with Cracker Barrel regarding the two companies’ treatment of Robertson.  Jackson’s group, along with the National Organization for Women, urged A&E to keep Robertson on an indefinite hiatus from the show.  Cracker Barrel originally removed Duck Dynasty products from its Country Store shelves and A&E while suspending Robertson has been holding a Duck Dynasty marathon and financially reaping the rewards of the publicity.

Jackson Sr. and the leaders of the other groups are demanding a sit-down meeting with Cracker Barrel and A&E in the next couple of days.

“It is unacceptable that a personality who has been given such a large platform would benefit from racist and anti-gay comments,” the group leaders state in the release.”

 

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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  1. Tom kidd says:

    The only thing Phil has to say is,”what is you’re kid doing these days?”

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