Friday, December 20, 2013

The Guy Who Created Duck Dynasty...

...also starred in the gay movie about the porn industry, The Fluffer.

Via BuzzFeed

With the relevant question, "Has Phil Robertson seen The Fluffer?"

Also, here is a good piece via Think Progress:

Robertson is a free man. He has not been arrested for his beliefs. He could continue to say whatever he’d like and, given the current media frenzy, it would probably be quickly published in many other places. Robertson could even take to his own website and publish whatever he wants to say, and individuals could share it through social media the world over. His freedom of speech has been in no way encumbered.

A&E, as a company, enjoys constitutional protections as well, and is under no obligation to provide a platform for messages it disagrees with. The network’s statement suspending Robertson from filming was telling in this regard: “His personal views in no way reflect those of A&E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community.” A&E is not Robertson’s employer, lest it be forgotten that the show Duck Dynasty is about his actual business, Duck Commander, which produces duck calls and other related (and not-so-related) products.

What actually is taking place is that conservatives are taking umbrage because a fellow conservative’s beliefs are being publicly criticized. This happens all the time. When Chick-fil-A head Dan Cathy, whose company gives millions of dollars annually to anti-gay groups, said that homosexuality is “twisted up kind of stuff” that is “inviting God’s judgment,” LGBT groups called for awareness-raising and boycotts while conservatives rushed to show their “appreciation.” The exact opposite happened when companies like Starbucks and General Mills announced their support for marriage equality: LGBT groups offered praise, while anti-gay groups vowed to dump their products.

2 comments:

JamTheCat said...

Of course, conservatives also applauded the firing of Martin Bashir for daring to say something unkind about Sarah Palin. They seem to think free speech only works when they like what the person's saying.

Writer said...

True. But the Right has already shown that Free anything is "special" rights only for them. So this shouldn't be surprising. :(