Sarah Palin Defines Hypocrisy, Claims Duck Dynasty Suspension is an Attack on Free Speech

1472366_10152107578312489_592930349_nYou just had to know the Queen of Hypocrisy was going to chime in on the suspension of Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson.  Not because she’s an idiot who constantly proves she doesn’t understand much of anything (she is), but because she’s an absolute hypocrite.

Sarah Palin posted on her Facebook page:

“Free speech is an endangered species. Those “intolerants” hatin’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us.”

Interesting.  When Martin Bashir made a fairly disgusting remark about Sarah Palin she didn’t seem to be such a big fan of free speech, saying:

“As for the networks condoning those types of statements, because there’s been no punishment of the fella who said these words, that’s hypocrisy.”

So, wait a minute.  She’s publicly slamming people, or as she calls them “intolerants,” for attacking Phil Robertson voicing his personal opinion — yet she called MSNBC hypocrites for not punishing Martin Bashir (though he was eventually forced to resign)?

Again, let me get this straight:

  • A&E (and those who support this suspension) are “intolerants” attacking free speech.
  • MSNBC (and anyone who condoned Bashir’s comments) are hypocrites for not punishing Martin Bashir.

I can’t even wrap my mind around this level of stupidity and hypocrisy.

She is literally attacking the very same thing she openly called for following Martin Bashir’s comments about her.  So I guess that means she’s an “intolerant who’s hatin’ on free speech?”

It’s just another example of the ridiculous hypocrisy displayed by those on the far right.  They love “free speech” just as long as they agree with what’s being said.  Once someone says something they don’t like, suddenly they want consequences.

And again, as I’ve said before, this isn’t an issue of free speech.  Phil Robertson is under no legal threat whatsoever for his comments.  His suspension stems from his employer holding him responsible for statements that were extremely offensive to millions of individuals.  He not only expressed his opinion about homosexuality, but he lumped gay people in with terrorists and bestiality.

When you’re in the public light, there are plenty of ways to express a controversial opinion without being ridiculously disgusting and downright bizarre. He could have said, “Based on how I was raised, I simply don’t agree with homosexuality.”  If he said something like that, no big deal really.  I doubt any sort of action would have been taken against him by A&E for an opinion like that.  But when you bring up homosexuality and blatantly compare it to terrorism and bestiality — that’s a problem.

I didn’t see too many conservatives outraged when Alec Baldwin was fired from his new show on MSNBC following his anti-gay remarks.  Both Bashir and Baldwin faced repercussions for their remarks as public figures and representatives of MSNBC.  I didn’t have a problem with how the network handled either of their situations.

Likewise, Robertson is facing the repercussions for his words as a public figure and a representative of A&E.  Which is something I’m almost certain is listed in his contract that he signed with the network.

I just found it disgustingly hypocritical (though not at all shocking) that Sarah Palin — the same woman who called for the punishment of Martin Bashir following his less than flattering comments about her — would be someone attacking the punishment laid out by A&E against Phil Robertson.

It’s a level of hypocrisy that’s so absurdly stunning, Sarah Palin might have finally outdone herself.  She should pack her bags and retire to the back woods of Alaska at the top of her game, because it doesn’t get much “better” than this.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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