MARK KARLIN, EDITOR OF BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT
Leave it to FOX News to launch a campaign of outrage against the suspension of a reality TV "star" for his homophobic comments.
Of course, it didn't take long for Sarah Palin and other Tea Party opportunists to pile on and defend the right of anyone who claims to be Christian to spout bigoted anti-gay pronouncements and racist comments.
That's the case with the A & E program called "Duck Dynasty," whose name apparently comes from a bunch of male relatives who look like Z-Z Top, but run a duck-calling business. Only in America, can camouflage outfitted duck-callers become a national phenomena on a highly rated show.
So, here, according to NPR, is a bit of what the patriarch, Phil Robertson, of the "Duck Dynasty" clan said to get him suspended from one of the many surreal "real life" television serial:
In his GQ interview, Robertson was asked his definition of sinful behavior.
"Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there," such as bestiality, he said.
GQ said he then paraphrases a biblical reference: "Don't be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers ‚ÄĒ they won't inherit the kingdom of God. Don't deceive yourself. It's not right."
But if you want to get at the ground zero of where all this traducing of Jesus and the bible comes from, here is the key revelation that has been overlooked in terms of the head of the "Duck Dynasty" clans outlook:
In the interview, he also said that in his Louisiana youth he picked cotton with African-Americans and never saw "the mistreatment of any black person. Not once."
"We're going across the field.... They're singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, 'I tell you what: These doggone white people' ‚ÄĒ not a word!" Robertson told the magazine.
A Los Angeles Times article notes that "The 'Duck Dynasty' situation recalls last summer's uproar over celebrity chef Paula Deen, who lost her Food Network gig and many sponsorship deals after she admitted she had 'of course' used a racial epithet in the past." But, "of course," that is a gross understatement because Deen didn't just use a racial epithet once; she regularly disparaged blacks, expressed nostalgia for when blacks knew "their place," and openly ridiculed them, not to mention perhaps underpaying them.
But that's FOX for you, trying to minimize that bigoted self-described white Christians have a whole lot of atoning to do for their defamation of fellow human beings.
Palin needs to keep her brand of Wasilla defilement of the acutal bible alive, so she tweeted, as FOX reports:
‚ÄúFree speech is an endangered species,‚ÄĚ she wrote, alongside a photo of herself with the cast of the show. ‚ÄúThose ‚Äėintolerants‚Äô hatin‚Äô and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us.‚ÄĚ
Television plays such a significant role in creating the mindset of many Americans, the coverage of this "Dynasty Duck" development is extensive in the print press. That father of the "Dynasty Duck" brood is entitled to his private opinions, but not if he has become a uniquely American television celebrity. He can't have his Barnum and Bailey television show and be a bigoted spokesperson too.
With the Christmas season upon us, it's hardly time to be defending the likes of those who would turned Jesus into a scrambled egg plate of half-baked neo-Confederate prejudice.
(Photo of Devil Ducks: niallkennedy)
(Photo of Osama and Phil Robertson: idlehandsworkshop)