This is terrible. In a new interview with GQ, Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson made a series of anti-gay and terribly racist comments to interviewer Drew Magary, who met the star recently in Louisiana. It's worth noting before reading these comments that Duck Dynasty is currently the highest-rated reality show on cable television, and the season four premiere holds the record for most-watched nonfiction series telecast in cable television history.
It all starts when Robertson begins preaching to Magary about what he believes is "modern immorality":
"It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus. 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."
It's an astonishingly awful statement to make, and just the beginning. What came next were his thoughts about what is "sinful," in his eyes:
"Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong," he says. "Sin becomes fine." [...]
"Start 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.
Wait...did Phil Robertson just equate homosexuality to bestiality? For real? This just gets worse and worse.
He should be ashamed of himself—but it doesn't seem like he is, as he just goes on to quote Corinthians from the Bible and say that gay men and women "won't inherit the kingdom of God":
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."
There was also the part where he claimed that living in anything other than a Christian society would lead to Nazis:
"All you have to do is look at any society where there is no Jesus. I'll give you four: Nazis, no Jesus. Look at their record. Uh, Shintos? They started this thing in Pearl Harbor. Any Jesus among them? None. Communists? None. Islamists? Zero. That's eighty years of ideologies that have popped up where no Jesus was allowed among those four groups. Just look at the records as far as murder goes among those four groups."
Lastly, the interview also included his terrible thoughts on civil rights, and why he thinks that black people were "happy" before the civil rights era, when everything in the US was segregated:
"I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I'm with the blacks, because we're white trash. We're going across the field.... They're singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’—not a word!... Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues."
There's just so much terrible here, it's hard to know where to start. It's both disappointing and sickening that a man who is in the public eye would use his fame to say such disgusting things about whole groups and races of people.
In response to this, GLAAD has released a statement condemning Robertson's comments in the interview:
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 reexamine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families.
As for Duck Dynasty's network—A&E has yet to release a comment about Robertson's interview.
Robertson, on his part, doesn't seem too worried that his comments will affect the major ratings of his show (though they should, because his comments are terrible): He also told GQ that he knows his fame is fleeting, and, "it's a TV show. This thing ain't gonna last forever. No way."