No, not a new feature on T of V. But a few days ago, I wrote an outburst on Ermerica’s First Amendment and I now feel eminently qualified to impose my opinion on the latest “Freedom of Speech” debate.
Read Free to be an Ignorant Douchebag first if you missed it….We’ll wait.
This handsome guy is named Phil Robertson. He appears on an A&E “reality” program called Duck Dynasty. Never seen it, don’t care if I ever do. It’s irrelevant to the current matter.
Apparently on this show Mr. Robertson plays the part of the eccentric old fuck who says outrageously rude shit. And that pretty mouth of his got him in some trouble this week, when he opened it and responded to questions for an article in GQ magazine. Yeah, you’re shocked I know….people still read GQ magazine.
If you’ve missed this story, Mr. Robertson was asked by the asker what he considered “sinful”. Here is the ducky reply:
“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.”
So he says “sin” starts from homosexuality and leads to other sins. He went on to say:
“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.”
Later this paragon of judgement also said black people were happier under segregation.
“They were happy. They were godly. No one sang the blues.”
It seems he misunderstands where the blues came from.
All that said, though, this man expressed his opinion and his right to do so is protected by our constitution.
As is people’s right to react.
Thursday, the day after the comments came to light, A&E suspended Mr. Robertson from their employ. Not fired. On suspension. Nevertheless, the free speechers are protesting this decision as an attack on our rights.
Again, is Phil Robertson in jail? No. That is the only fucking thing the first amendment guarantees in the matter of free speech.
Personally, I could give a fuck. Most of us don’t.
Yet so many do! And I understand the rights for gays is the hot battle right now. I’m totally with them, by the way. GO GAYS! In the end, the shit Mr. Robertson spewed forth was his opinion. (I also classify religious beliefs as an opinion, since I have none by choice.) The reason gay folk get pissed is ‘cos they’ve been told their whole life that they are not of the same worth as straights. That they don’t have the blessings of the Lord of their Choice. And I think they’re sick and tired of that shit. They are people, struggling along the best they can as are we all.
One day, in the far far future(maybe) everyone may be raised to know people are all of the same worth. No one is better or righter than another. Assholes like Phil Robertson are a dying breed, I think. I hope. Carrying bigotry and judgement around like that is a burden that the human race will finally shuffle off.
In the meantime, expect protests of the protests until the situation finally gets swallowed up by the next “scandal”.
‘Cos Ermerica! Fuck Yeah!!!