This is my initial thought about all of this: Phil should have kept his mouth shut.
Plain and simple. Whoever his PR person is should get canned. You should know that reporters jump on these types of subjects like Walmart shoppers at the $5 movie bin. And people have got to stop putting homosexuality in the same sentence as bestiality. Just stop it. Especially if you’re not even connecting hatred with murder and lust with adultery. I mean, that’s like Jesus Teaching 101.
I don’t know why these kinds of interviews can get so controversial so fast all the time.
Oh wait, it’s because the media loves it. They loooooooove it. They want to marry it. Controversy sells. Remember the Passion of the Christ controversy buzzing all over the place? It was the #3 movie of 2004 making over $307 million. Miley Cyrus is a controversy queen and her videos are everywhere now.
I think that A&E has every right to do what it wants to do with its own business. But again, controversy sells. The press can’t wait for the next thing that will upset everyone and get people at each other’s throats.
I’m sure you heard about Megyn Kelly and the white Santa comments. In my opinion, she’s just doing her job. And she’s doing it really well. She’s getting people talking about her. She’s getting people tuning in whether or not they hate her more or love her more now. And you can bet she is getting paaaaiiiiiiddd. ($6 million a year, in fact.)
I’ve heard a lot of chatter about if is a matter of freedom of speech or not. I am just growing less fond of freedom of the press everyday.
As I said, I think Phil should just have not said anything about it. But even if he did shut his mouth, Americans don’t do well with people saying, “I don’t know.” Look at all the flack Marco Rubio got from saying that he didn’t know how old the earth was. People demand that you have a definitive answer on any question they ask. Like it’s owed to them. We are an invasive species. We need to know everything you’re thinking about everything. We get that from the media.
Have you ever seen Phil or any of the Duck Dynasty people holding up signs on the corner against gay people? Have you ever seen them standing with the Westborrow Baptist members? Neither have I.
We have the media to thank for this new topic to be outraged over. The media loves it when we go to verbal war with each other. Because they are getting paid.
What if a reporter asked you about how you discipline your children? Is it any of their business? Surely any answer you would give would upset someone somewhere. And you would have an Internet firestorm on your hands. It’s your own personal views, but Americans wants to know everything about everything everybody thinks.
Are you really surprised that old, country boy Phil Robertson thinks what he does? Does it affect your already established views? I’m betting it doesn’t at all. You already knew what you thought about this subject. All his comments did was stir you up in some way or another. Making more money for the news networks with every comment you post and every page you view.
All of this reminds me of a Paul McCartney interview I watched a few years ago. (You should watch the two-minute clip here.) In a nutshell, Paul was asked if he had done LSD by a reporter, and instead of lying, he said that he had. The reporter published it and Paul got a lot of backlash from people.
Another reporter asked him if he thought he should have kept his drug use private. Paul responds by saying that what he did was simply answer a question he was asked, and that the press decided to put out what he said. Making it public knowledge. Paul said he would have kept it a personal thing, but the media wanted to spread it. He said that it was the press’s responsibility. I’m not defending the use of LSD, but I think Paul speaks some wise words that are worth thinking about.
The point of my message is not to push any side of this argument. Honestly, I’ve only seen about two episodes of Duck Dynasty. I think conservatives are too quick to hail any famous person who at any point mentions the Bible as someone who has come to save their beliefs. I also believe that liberals get way too upset about stupid stuff that people say. The conservatives may hate me because I’m a churchgoer and I’m not conservative enough for them. The liberals will hate me because I’m not liberal enough even though I watch PBS. I think everyone is nuts. Including myself.
All I am saying is that I think the press and 24-hour news networks are doing more harm than good when it comes to matters like this. We don’t need to waste any more time arguing about it. In the words of Sir Paul, “If you’ll shut up about it, I will to.”