Reality TV just took another body blow as the patriarch of the hit series “Duck Dynasty” has been put on “indefinite hiatus” following some remarks made in an interview with GQ magazine regarding his feelings about homosexuality.

Phil Robertson, TV’s newest reality icon to be plucked from obscurity, is quoted in the magazine article equating homosexuality to beastiality – and for that dose of realism, he has been taken off the popular show.

Truth be told, I never watched it.

And as I’ve said a million and one other times, there’s nothing “real” about reality TV.

This proves it.

Wanting to censure someone whose real comments about his long held views may be odious to the TV “machers!” (trans: big shots!)

Phil Robertson, patriarch of the “Duck Dynasty” clan, is being slammed for controversial comments he made about homosexuality in an interview in the January issue of GQ.

“It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me,” Robertson told the magazine. “I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”

When the reporter asked Robertson what he found sinful, he said “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.”

(He) then went on to paraphrase Corinthians: “Don’t be deceived. 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.”

On Wednesday, GLAAD called Robertson’s statements “vile” and “littered with outdated stereotypes.”

“Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil’s lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe,” said GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz. “He clearly knows nothing about gay people or the majority of Louisianans — and Americans — who support legal recognition for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples.

“Phil’s decision to push vile and extreme stereotypes is a stain on A&E and his sponsors who now need to reexamine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families.”

An A&E spokesman had no comment, but Robertson released his own statement responding to the controversy.

“I myself am a product of the 60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior,” he said. “My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the Bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together.

“However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other.”

I certainly don’t want to try to delve any deeper into the meaning of what the man has to say – he pretty much puts it all out there – no matter how unvarnished it all comes off.

But that’s what we, as reality TV viewers, should have come to expect.


And along with that, the fact that there are a good many people like Phil who share that belief – no matter how antiquated it may seem to some of us.

Silencing him only goes to whitewashing the commodity we’ve come to enjoy for its abject realism.

Just that now, once reality becomes all too “real” – TV execs feel the need to put the brakes on.

“Faux” reality anyone?

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