When a Duck Dynasty/Phil Robertson story initial broke, it was engaging to me from a freakshow/pop-culture perspective, as in… “wow, that Duck Dynasty dude certain gave a crazy, racist, offensive, homophobic interview, let’s see what happens now.” But once it became hyper-political, with several Republican legislators and wannabe Tea Party celebrities fussy about “free speech,” a story became reduction fun and some-more stupidly aggravating.
Within 24 hours after a GQ talk dropped, AE put Robertson on “suspension” and 24 hours after that, his family was all “we won’t do a uncover though him.” There was a pseudo-standoff, with everybody perplexing to figure out how most income they would remove contra that groups they would be peaceful to offend. Cracker Barrel attempted to lift out of a Duck Dynasty crap, though a pro-Duck army put a produce down and Cracker Barrel had to retreat their preference within a day. It was a unhappy state of affairs. And now it looks like a wingnuts have won. AE is lifting Phil’s “suspension” that we consider we all predicted. Here’s AE’s statement:
As a tellurian media calm company, A+E Networks’ core values are centered around creativity, inclusion and mutual respect. We trust it is a payoff for a brands to be invited into people’s home and we work with a clever clarity of firmness and low joining to these principals.
That is since we reacted so fast and strongly to a new talk with Phil Robertson. While Phil’s comments done in a talk simulate his personal views formed on his possess beliefs, and his possess personal journey, he and his family have publicly settled they bewail a “coarse language” he used and a perplexity of his core beliefs formed usually on a article. He also done it transparent he would “never stimulate or inspire hate.” We during A+E Networks voiced a beating with his statements in a article, and echo that they are not views we hold.
But Duck Dynasty is not a uncover about one man’s views. It resonates with a vast assembly since it is a uncover about family… a family that America has come to love. As we competence have seen in many episodes, they come together to simulate and urge for unity, toleration and forgiveness. These are 3 values that we during A+E Networks also feel strongly about.
So after discussions with a Robertson family, as good as consulting with countless advocacy groups, AE has motionless to resume filming Duck Dynasty after this open with a whole Robertson family.
We will also use this impulse to launch a inhabitant open use debate (PSA) compelling unity, toleration and acceptance among all people, a summary that supports a core values as a company, and a values found in Duck Dynasty. These PSAs will atmosphere opposite a whole portfolio.
[AE’s matter around Deadline]
Correct me if I’m wrong, though GLAAD stopped brief of job for a boycott, correct? They never did rigourously say, “Dear America, greatfully protest Duck Dynasty and all of their corporate sponsors,” correct? And a NAACP didn’t call for a protest either. So… it’s not like this is some outrageous “F—k you” to GLAAD or a NAACP. They were only like, “Damn, we’re offended. Yikes.” And AE was like, “Yeah, we hear you, though we make so most income off these bigots, do we mind if we only keep on doing it?” And GLAAD was all, “Ugh, this sucks.” Actually, GLAAD did recover a matter following AE’s decision: “Phil Robertson should demeanour African-American and happy people in a eyes and hear about a hurtful impact of praising Jim Crow laws and comparing happy people to terrorists. If discourse with Phil is not partial of subsequent stairs afterwards AE has selected increase over African-American and happy people – generally a employees and viewers.” Once again, not a boycott. Just a open shaming. Which – we consider we can see now – doesn’t matter to AE as prolonged as a income is rolling in.
As we can imagine, for a Duck Dynasty defenders, this is VICTORY. This is their hard-earned feat opposite a army of… whatever. we doubt they unequivocally accepted what this debate was unequivocally about. And now AE is partial of a “bigots are victorious” narrative. But AE doesn’t caring since they’re swimming in bigot-money. Everybody wins. Even People Mag got a matter from an unnamed source tighten to a Robertson family: “The family is happy that they can put this behind them. It got a small out of hand. Phil has never been unpleasant to anyone and treats everybody with kindness. He done some comments off a slap that he shouldn’t have made, and he knows that. The family knows his heart and knows that he wasn’t perplexing to be hurtful. They only wish to finish celebrating a holidays and are looking brazen to removing behind to work.” He “knows” he shouldn’t have done a comments? Then since did he double-down on a GQ essay after it came out?
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