The Duck Dynasty Bigotry Scandal Has Made Us All a Little Stupider

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If there's one thing worse than dumb reality television, it's the dumb reality television scandal. We place nobodies who might be better off keeping their opinions to themselves on a national stage because they're a whole lot of odd and a little delightfully stupid, and then act all scandalized when they say something offensively odd and stupid.

So here we are in the midst of a national brouhaha over the fact that Phil Robertson, patriarch of the Duck Dynasty family, is racist and homophobic. Obviously, we shouldn't give him a free pass, but this is one of those "How did our culture even come to this?" things that makes everyone involved look just a bit stupider -- including this blog for making a list of the top five stupidest people involved in this scandal.

5. GLAAD
You can't fault a group that exists solely to call out anti-LGBT sentiment in the media for doing just that, but here's what's irksome about GLAAD's taking control of this incident: It has completely ignored the racist remarks Robertson spit out as well.

"They're singing and happy," he said about growing up in the pre-civil rights South. "I never heard one of them, one black person, say, 'I tell you what: These doggone white people' -- not a word!

"Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues."

He's essentially saying black people were "happy" with segregation, employment discrimination, widespread police brutality, and voter disenfranchisement. He's insinuating that the whole civil rights movement resulted only in welfare checks. It's not racist in the straight-up "I hate black people and think they're inferior" way, but it's completely racist in the even more insidious way of upholding deeply ingrained, institutionalized racism and ignoring and misrepresenting the true aims of the civil rights movement.

Now, we all know that racism within the LGBT community and relations between the LGBT community and African-American community are still issues, and here was a perfect opportunity for GLAAD to team up with an African-American rights group to release a joint statement condemning Robertson for all of his words. Instead, GLAAD straight up ignored the racism and in the process did a huge disservice to African-American members of the LGBT community.

[Note: If this was a 100-part list, GLAAD would probably come in at 100. Internet rankings, as you should know by now, should come with a grain of salt, and there are people and groups far more stupid involved. We just needed to get that off our chests.]


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tamarindsleaf
tamarindsleaf

We are giving Mr. Robertson much more importance than he deserves.  This is a man, self made millionaire, who know how he actually made all his money, but he is obviously not an educated man.  Who cares about his opinion, and why are we letting an ignorant, get us upset?  He has his opinion and is entitled to voice them.  Just as we are entitled not to watch the show, which by the way, there is nothing out of the ordinary about the show.  I guess rednecks and hillbillies like that kind of a show.  I say; keep it.

Oneluv
Oneluv

People always want to scream "freedom of speech" when a white man/woman spew out hatred, but when a person of color does it they want to persecute him/her...example:Bashir. White people in America kill me with the double standards. Hate is hate...freedom of speech or not. Instead of you people (white) saying that, you want to talk about his freedom of speech. Next time a black person or non-Caucasian says something hateful about a Caucasian...Sarah Palin...please come to his defense and say it's his first Amendment Right. Or else, just STFU!!!!

Joseph F. Carney III
Joseph F. Carney III

Go ahead and jump on the stupid bandwagon..your baited column is obvious....

Angel Franco Jr
Angel Franco Jr

If you watch the show its your right,but what he said his is right. A lot of young men and women died in

Angel Franco Jr
Angel Franco Jr

If you watch the show its your right,but what he said his is right. A lot of young men and women died in normandy beach, europe , during world war 2 and in iwo jima for these freedoms and other pacific islands so you all can have these freedoms, like expressing your gay and lesbians remarks, or just straight views. Just live people, and honor those who gave their lives so you can live yours whatever way you live yours

Crystal Herrera
Crystal Herrera

Gigi Terrasi and the whopping 13 people that liked her comment...... "Stupider" is not a word.... >.

David Alonso
David Alonso

The only stupid people are those who suppress freedom of speech. While your working as an admin for Miami New Times making 12 an hour at the most posting shot on Facebook. This man is a BILLIONAIRE doing what he loves and has his own show. So, who's the stupid one?

Myron Luzniak
Myron Luzniak

@TK this "bubba" you speak of has a masters degree in education and has amassed an $83 million dollar family fortune. How are you doing in comparison? Don't judge a book by its cover.

Ben Abraham
Ben Abraham

Of course the Bill of Rights protects a person from government interference when expressing their opinion. And an employer can fire or suspend an employee or independent contractor for expressing their opinion at work, unless there's something otherwise in their contract.....If the guy wants to express his opinion freely, he can say it all he wants to in the front yard of his house, his website, his blog, his own newspaper, his own TV channel.....

Heather Rogerson
Heather Rogerson

I am all for equal rights and those rights have come so far last few years ! You can't make the world agree with you. It's a show of backwoods duck hunting red necks what are you expecting. I find his words disgusting , but his right to his opinion

Jorge Hurtado
Jorge Hurtado

wow Miami times, you have sunk to a new low. Must be a slow week in news when you gotta run this as a hate scandal.

Alex Alvarez
Alex Alvarez

Finally a piece about this i can agree with...Its a non news issue and probably a publicity stunt leave the old man to his duck calls..Which is really the only thing he should be discussing and quoted about..

Johnny Morris
Johnny Morris

No one's First Amendment right was violated.. He's not under prosecution by the Government.. Gotta love the clueless.

Steven Roche
Steven Roche

Everyone is getting mad and speaking up about one comment. But the government is taking away our 2nd amendment and much more. People are stupid.

TK Small
TK Small

The show is lame , I don't watch it and don't care what this 'bubba ' thinks , just goes to show that you don't have to be smart to get rich.

Myron Luzniak
Myron Luzniak

@ Jessica what "major" group did he piss off? The 1% of 1% group? Did you read the interview in GQ? He answered a question openly and honestly based on his beliefs. If anyone is offended then that is their problem. You are missing the point that why should he be suspended for exercising his free speech? Oh boohoo someone was offended. Who gives a shit, too many thin skinned people in this country and too much political correctness as well. This generation of 20 & 30 something's are whiny little wusses. Who cares if someone is offended, his ability to exercise his 1st Amendment right trumps anyone's feelings.

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter


A&E knew all about "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson feelings toward gays when it hired him -- because the guy openly preached that gays were going to hell years before the series started. Robertson may be misguided, but A&E is being dishonest for feigning shock about something it definitely knew all about.



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Exiliado
Exiliado topcommenter

The guy was asked a question:


"What, in your mind, is sinful?"


So he enumerated things that, in his mind, are sinful. 

Now, the questions arise:



According to The Bible:



Is homosexuality a sin? Yes or No?

Is bestiality a sin?  Yes or No?

Are adultery and fornication sins?  Yes or No?

Joshua Numa
Joshua Numa

Why is he stupid..... because hes not mainstream

Ginger Gregory
Ginger Gregory

You have this all wrong. This is about the media bowing to one group of complainers & persecuting a man for honestly answering a question he was asked about his religion. This is about our American freedoms. You're showing your "tolerance", Miami New Times. I'm out of here.

Jessica Gonzalez-Guzman
Jessica Gonzalez-Guzman

Relax..... he is not going to prison he is just being suspended from a damn t.v. show. People r sooooo dramatic. It has nothing to do with his rights, He still has em they haven't been taken away. He pissed off a major group and now he is feeling the backlash and that's all folks. Remember Don Imus? Same thing!

Myron Luzniak
Myron Luzniak

The MNT is a two cent rag. Phil was asked a question and his answer included a Bible verse which he paraphrased. Good for him, this is still the USA and he is entitled to his opinion, regardless of what the liberal douchetards at your rag think. Stay out of the political arena, you're WAY out of your depth. Silly little paper. We have bigger issues in this country that should be addressed. Get your house in order New Times.

Cary Gonzalez
Cary Gonzalez

Let's all go to Cuba where people are chastised and incarcerated for having opinions, why don't we? He has an opinion to which he's entitled. This political correctness bullshit is out of control. It's not OK to say something against a a group of people but it's OK for the same group of people to call the person whatever they want? Nice double standard. For the record, I do not watch this craptastic show nor am I homophobic (AT ALL!).

Sergio F. Maldonado
Sergio F. Maldonado

It was his opinion. I bet the same people who bash on Christianity and moral guidances around here, are the same ones being outraged by this guy's opinion.

Terry Pittser
Terry Pittser

Not only was your last brew at the zoo f*****d up but now you are out of my daily life. Look in the mirror before you call people stupid.

Jorge Caridad
Jorge Caridad

Well somehow I've ended up liking Phil more and I don't even support his opinion, mainly bc of people's reaction.

Chris Groves
Chris Groves

It was an interview. They asked for his opinion and he gave it. Who cares?

Eddy La Rosa
Eddy La Rosa

If everyone were gay none of us would be here lol

Chris Anthony
Chris Anthony

If you watch Duck Dynasty, The Simpsons, Family Guy or any other brainless so called entertainment it says a lot about your life and future... you don't have one!!!

Diana Elena Carioca
Diana Elena Carioca

This is why we hunters get a bad rap! I've been a hunter my whole life and have been working diligently on separating the hunting community from the 'WASP-y ignorant backwoods bigot' image and there goes this assclown, who's stupid show I haven't seen (seriously: it's ZZ Top cosplayers in the woods building duck blinds and making decoys... EXCITING, from what I hear, só que não...), running his mouth! -_- That being said he DOES have a right to his opinion, and neither I nor the internet lynchmob are anyone to judge him for it. But A&E also had the right to punish him as his employer. They are a corporation out to make a profit, and he just became a liability to them.

Joey Waves
Joey Waves

yes Please get this hill billy out of my fucking feed!

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drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

The CONservatives that wanted Martin Bashir to go for his freedom of speech are the same ones saying Phil Robertson should stay for his opinion.
what does the bible say about bristol palin? glorify and glamorize" the idea of having children outside of marriage.

Daniel Convers
Daniel Convers

Let's make a show about rednecks and then feign outrage when they act like fucking rednecks!

Jason Herrera
Jason Herrera

wouldn't you running this story give him more credibility? lol

Sergio Alejandro
Sergio Alejandro

I can't really think of this as a scandal. If anyone takes what a duck-hunter says as gospel, then it's their loss.

fivehole84
fivehole84

@Oneluv  What a pointless opinion you have. It was in fact Palin and Glenn Beck that came to Bashirs defense. Much like they have done with Bill Mahr. They might dislike what they say, but they never demand him get fired. Example, Melissa Harris Perry. Not one person demanded she be fired.

Its cute that you turned this into a race issue because we all know people like Sharpton and Jackson are always kept from speaking their minds..

So your entire comment is predicated on a false premise but thats ok, why would you be expected to remember things from last month when you can cry "dats racist"

miamitrev2
miamitrev2 topcommenter

Have fun watching Public TV sir.

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