Phil Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” has been suspended from the show indefinitely after an interview in GQ in which he compared gays to “terrorists and drunks” and implied homosexuality is the same thing as sleeping with your dog.
A&E released a statement distancing themselves from the born-again Christian:
“We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series ‘Duck Dynasty.’ His personal views in no way reflect those of A&E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community.”
But Phil still has at least one supporter. Sarah Palin, who must have been bored this week, came swooping in to defend the reality star.
Sarah (or her acolytes) posted this statement 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.”
Um … please be kidding. Hate speech is protected by the First Amendment and no one has thrown Phil Robertson in the gulag as far as I’ve seen. Words and opinions have consequences. He — and all bigots — are still responsible for ramifications of voicing their opinions.
Sadly, Sarah’s Facebook post has been shared and liked by thousands, so apparently she’s not the only one who feels this way. Sarah Palin is making the situation much messier by trying to start the most nonsensical grudge war I’ve ever heard of. Claiming that an ignorant bigot isn’t the “intolerant” one in this situation and is actually the victim makes zero sense. If anyone’s “hatin’,” it’s her.