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The "Duck Dynasty" Scandal Isn't Going Away

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Boy has there been some interesting comments on Hidden Remote about the “Duck Dynasty” scandal. When we first posted about Phil Robertson’s remarks in GQ magazine that eventually resulted in A&E putting him on hiatus, there was no indication of the firestorm it would cause in our comments section. Before we get to the Winners and Losers, let’s take a second to look at the kind of debate this news story is generating.

Ben Lieban…your full of yourself, and feel the hurt of being ridiculed for being gay.

He does not represent A$E in his beliefs. They are his, get over it, and obtain a life.

First of all the name is Liebman, not Lieban. I’d be ok with Libman for all that mop money, but not Lieban. Second of all, I am always full of myself. While I’m not gay, some of my best friends are! But seriously folks. Let’s focus on the second line. Phil Roberston represents A&E in the same way Mickey Mouse represents Disney World. He and his family have become the face of the network. When you appear in “Holiday Greetings” for a television network then it’s safe to say you represent A&E.

How angry are people about “Duck Dynasty”? They’ve switched to ALL CAPS in their comments. Here’s another gem

BEING ON TELEVISION DOESNT GIVE YOU THE RIGHT TO GET OUT OF JAIL FREE CARD? ARE YOU LISTENING TO YOURSELVES AS YOU WRITE THIS CRAP? NAME FOR ME, JUST ONE LIBERAL BASED/OWNED PUPPET SHOW THAT DOESNT BASH TRADITIONAL VALUES OR CONSERVATIVE PRINCIPLES. CERTAINLY NOT THE NEWS MEDIA!

I totally understand the need to feel like a victim. It’s reassuring, and validates paranoia. However it doesn’t take long to find two prominent left leaning pundits who lost their jobs because of inappropriate comments. In the past month MSNBC parted ways with Martin Bashir and Alec Baldwin over their insensitive statements. The reaction by A&E is the same as MSNBC or any network trying to be successful. You want a network to appeal to the widest audience possible. With one comment A&E’s biggest star judged an entire segment of the population. That’s not how you build a network.

The story also exposed the cognitive dissonance in the anger people are feeling about this issue. Check out this colorful comment.

This is first level bullshit. The man said what he believes and personally I think he’s right. I don’t even care for the show but I don’t see a reason for all the backlash and I don’t care what any faggot has to say about it. I don’t hate people for being gay but I certainly don’t agree with the lifestyle. Does that make me a bad person? No, it means I have an opinion, like a human should. Btw supporting gay rights doesn’t make you “cool” or “trendy” so cut that shit out people!

I appreciate the type of viewer who calls gay people “faggot” on one hand, but yet claims to not hate them for being gay. Jesus didn’t come across to me as the type of guy who would use the word “faggot”, but maybe that’s just me. I do agree with this comment about supporting gay rights doesn’t make you “cool” or “trendy”. It makes you normal. No one is asking people of faith to ride on a gay pride float, but today’s media environment had advanced to serve all viewers. Also can anyone explain to me what the “lifestyle” is? Does that mean breathing oxygen, and falling in love with whomever you choose? That’s called life.

Of course not all of the comments were from the Pro “Duck Dynasty” crowd.

You Christians are reprehensible in your double standards, you think that being Christians gives you ‘more rights’ than others, and when someone actually says “NO” to you, you all collectively roll over on your backs and cry “PERSECUTION”

Maybe if Christians practiced TOLERANCE, you’d get TOLERANCE in return.

While I agree in tolerance being the rule, I don’t think it is fair to paint Christianity as being an intolerant group. Not all Christians feel the same way about Homosexuality. Of course don’t take my word for it. Just listen to Pope Francis on the matter.

“A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality,” he continued. “I replied with another question: ‘Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?’ We must always consider the person.”

So who do we side with on this issue? Phil Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” or Pope Francis? I’ll leave that up to you.

Let’s end with what might be my favorite comment of the entire article.

I TOTALLY AGREE……WHO CALLS OUT THE GAY MAFIA ON THEIR HATE FOR CHRISTIANITY……

Well consider the Gay Mafia called out right here in the pages of Hidden Remote. You hear me Gay Mafia? No longer will you be able to extort money from high schools who want to put on “West Side Story”. No longer will shopkeepers cower in fear when you deliver new linen shirts for the summer. When you try to buy a used Subaru Forrester we will be there to stop you. We won’t be bullied by the Gay Mafia into dressing better and becoming more accepting of other people. You hear us Don Homo?

In all seriousness, and after this piece I can understand if you don’t think that possible, the right to free speech is still an important part of society, but it’s not a universal right. Think of the old “screaming fire in a crowded theater” exercise. Phil Robertson has the right to think and say anything he wants. It’s what makes this country, and this post so vibrant. But the same rights that extend to Phil also extend to people who want to get him off their radar. I’d prefer for A&E to reinstate Robertson and let the viewers remote controls decide his fate.

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