Well, you can't make hateful comments without consequence.
Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson has been temporarily suspended from the reality series by A+E Networks, following the "anti-gay" remarks he made in an interview with GQ magazine. You know, those comments he made jumbling homosexuality with bestiality and promiscuity…
"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," A+E Networks stated through E! News.
"His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely."
The entire Robertson clan is quite devoted to the Bible, but Phil definitely crossed the line in his interview with GQ.
"Everything is blurred on what's right and what's wrong," he said. "Sin becomes fine."
Here's where it gets really dicey:
"Start with homosexual behaviour, and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men," Phil told the magazine. "It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man's anus. That's just me. 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."
Boom! That happened. We wonder if this will affect the show's viewership in any way. Robertson is not the first celebrity to openly speak out against homosexuality and then be reprimanded for it. Here are a few other members of the club.
Sadly, Mel Gibson's abnormally large mouth is now more famous than his movies. The actor was accused of homophobia in 1991 after allegedly making some questionable remarks to the Spanish newspaper El País, stating, "They take it up the a** ... this is only for taking a s***." The actor added, "With this look, who's going to think I'm gay? I don't lend myself to that type of confusion. Do I look like a homosexual? Do I talk like them? Do I move like them?" Keeping it very classy... Since then, Gibson has also been accused of racism and anti-Semitism. Way to go!
The star of NBC's 30 Rock has recently landed in hot water over his highly spiteful comments directed toward Daily Mail writer George Stark, who accused Alec Baldwin's wife, Hilaria, of tweeting during James Gandolfini's funeral. In response, Baldwin tweeted, "I'm gonna find you, George Stark, you toxic little queen, and I'm gonna f***… you… up," then promptly added, "If put my foot up your f****** a**, George Stark, but I'm sure you'd dig it too much." Probably not the best use of Twitter or the English language; it's just plain shameful.
Whether or not this is true, homophobia haunted Donna Summer's career for decades. The singer allegedly addressed the audience during a 1983 concert with, "It was Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve," telling the homosexual part of her audience, "I'll pray for you tonight." Summer also reportedly stated, "I've seen the evil homosexuality come out of you people… AIDS is your sin… Now don't get me wrong, God loves you. But not the way you are now." Although the singer denied making those comments, the controversy significantly impacted her career, with thousands of records being returned.
Other celebrities known to have made "anti-gay" comments include Chris Brown, 50 Cent and Kirk Cameron. What happened to tolerance? We could all stand to be a little more accepting and loving instead of being spiteful. What do you think?
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