An Open Letter to Phil Robertson

phil-robertson-aeDear Phil Robertson,

On many a Wednesday night, we’ll flip on over to “Duck Dynasty” on A&E during dinner – but no more. You see, while I’m a Southerner who owns guns and loves the outdoors, I’m also a firm believer in gay rights and oppose hate speech. While I’m sure most members of the gay community (other than the ones who might wear camouflage and watch your show) probably couldn’t give a flying mallard’s rear end about what your opinion of them is, I do. You see, when you make national news as both a Southerner and a resident of Louisiana for statements like your recent homophobic diatribe, you reflect badly on the rest of us who live here.

Now I can go to just about any of our local news station’s Facebook pages and see remarks far worse than what you said, but these are individuals who aren’t on cable television representing our state. I get that West Monroe, Louisiana is about 20 years behind the rest of the modern world, but I mean seriously, come on Phil.

Look, I know you’re an older guy who grew up in a different era, but I’d like to think with all that fame and money, you could at least buy a clue – or perhaps get someone to craft an apology that was actually an apology instead of this half-assed excuse:

“I myself am a product of the 60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior. My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together. However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other.”

I’m sure this won’t be enough for people who were truly taken aback by your remarks (which you could have really just have kept to yourself, especially considering your old lifestyle) and it will certainly be seen as “bending to the liberal media and the gay lobby” by many of the people who lined up to see you guys this past summer at the local outdoors show. However, let me give you a bit of free advice: it’s the year 2013. Outside of the circle of people who really believe that everything said on Fox News is gospel, and that Sarah Palin is a legitimate 2016 candidate for the White House – pretty much everyone else has come to terms with the fact that being gay is no big deal. Even I used to be a homophobe, but guess what? I got over it and so can you. You could have simply stated that you were a heterosexual Christian (which is quite obvious to everyone) and what other people did was none of your business, and I think you could have saved yourself and your family a lot of grief – but you didn’t

Look Phil, I like you and “Duck Dynasty.” It’s actually the only “reality show” I will even watch, but until you issue a full apology for a hateful statement that had nothing to do with your show, you can count on me not tuning in every Wednesday night going forward. I enjoy your program, I love guns and the outdoors – but one thing I cannot accept is homophobia.


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