Duck Dynasty: Should A&E Cancel Show Due to Phil Robertson Controversy?

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Will Phil Robertson's controversial, now-infamous comments on homosexuality mark the end of Duck Dynasty? Should they? That's a question many are asking.

The answer won't be an easy one, especially for A&E, which announced that the patriarch of the popular family show had been placed on indefinite suspension.

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But can the ratings juggernaut even go on without its central character, the man who presides over the family and leads the dinner time prayers?

And will fewer people watch Duck Dynasty online or on TV, and buy less show merchandise, given Phil Robertson's remarks about gays and gay sex?

"All shows run their course," said an insider close to the production.

"This still has at least another season or two in it. Granted, the overall feeling of uninhibited love that this country has had for the show and brand will likely start to turn a bit."

Since Duck Dynasty boasts such a big cast, losing a cast member won't prevent them from moving ahead with the popular series, even if the focus shifts.

The creative and marketing teams still face major problems, however, as Phil is ultimately the leader of the family and the source of many "words of wisdom."

He is also the founder of the multi-million dollar Duck Commander business that the show prominently features, and thus his absence likely going to hurt.

As a result, it will be tough for A&E to continue airing the program without inciting protests from LGBT, African American and rural interest groups.

They just may not have a choice, says one TV insider. Nor is the show likely to find a home anywhere else if A&E were to cut ties with the Robertsons.

"There isn't a network out there that would do things differently, with all their corporate conglomerate ties, they'd all follow a similar course as A&E has," said the source.

"It's likely the beginning of the end for Duck Dynasty.”

Is it, though? Many fans would be upset if the show did not go on, and want to see Robertson similarly reinstated and the network lift the suspension.

A&E is facing threats of audience boycotts and outrage from devoted fans of the program since it made the decision to suspend Phil Robertson.

Calling it an act against freedom of speech and those who hold traditional Christian values, critics of the network feel he is being unfairly persecuted.

While Robertson did not apologize for his anti-gay comments, in which he likened gay sex to bestiality and prostitution, he did explain in a statement:

"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."

"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."

What do you think? Did Robertson deserve to be suspended?

 

Should Duck Dynasty be canceled by A&E?

 

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His 1st Ammendment rights have not been attacked in any way. He has been allowed to say whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted, where ever he wanted. No government agency, no law enforcement, no legal 'force' of any kind has been applied. The 1st ammendment protects speech but does not protect reaction to that speech. When you speak inflammatory language, water will be thrown on you. When you speak inflammatory language and water is thrown on you and then you whine and complain, that only identifies you as a pathetic crybaby. When you 'damage the brand' you are liable to action. Ask Bill Maher, Don Imus, Phil Donahue, The Dixie Chix and Martin Bashir. These people lost their jobs, their shows and their networks for exercising 'Free Speech'. The 'Left' punishes excesses on their side, the 'Right' does not. Bill O'Reilly invited Al Quaeda to attack San Francisco on two consecutive nights because "No one would care", Glen Beck asserted the President "Hates white people", Rush and Sean and Man Coulter have all done worse with no complaint from the 'Right' which continues to swirl down the drain of soulless, meaningless hatred. He hates gays. Comparing any group you are not part of to terrorists and goat-f##kers is hate speech. End of story.

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My family and I love this show. We like the entire casts morality and truthfulness. I will not watch a show or television station that punishes free speech. All of us try to be different and individuals but want to condemn anyone who exercises that right.

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SHAME ON YOU FOR YOUR RESTRICTION ON EVERYONE'S FREEDOM OF SPEECH! WE HAVE BLOCKED A&E FROM OUR TELEVISION FOREVER. YOU HAVE TAKEN LIBERALISM TO THE FAR EXTREME. YOU THINK THERE AREN'T CHRISTIAN VIEWERS WHO SUPPORT DUCK DYNASTY'S VALUES THAT ARE (WERE) YOUR VIEWERS ALSO?
SO, GOODBYE A&E, THE FAMILY CHANNEL. WE WISH YOU WELL WITH YOUR GUY AND LEBSIAN VIEWER AND THE FAR LEFT LIBERALS. YOU WILL NOT INFLUENCE MY FAMILY WITH YOUR LACK RESPECT FOR ALL VIEWERS ON FREEDOM OF SPEECH FOR ALL!

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"When Robertson disrespected them by calling all gays sinners, and rather coarsely at that, in his recent interview with GQ, Dubuc felt she had no choice." Romans 3:23-26
King James Version (KJV) 23 For ALL have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. In conclusion, ALL gays are sinners. We all are.

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NEITHER SPEECH . NOR THAT HOMOS ARE EVIL, IS IN CONTROVERSY .....

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Okay, listen. So Miley Cyrus can go on TV and grope herself and act like a psychotic horny freak and its okay but when Phil Robertson practices his religion and beliefs and doesn't do anything to effect anyone else yet he gets kicked off his OWN TV show. I'm sorry, but America, you make me sick.

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If course they are racist, cancel this red neck trash of a show!! You call yourself to be Christians?? Your faith is nothing but a show, only to get rich, and exploit all the ignorants that support your trashy show!! A true son if Christ doesn't discriminate like you did, freedom if speech so you call it, it's nothing but planting hate! I wouldn't be surprise that your supporters are also part of the KKK!!

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When I first read this I thought that the topic of free sleep should be raised but then I chose to stop being ignorant and realize that homosexuality isn't a choice so much as a pre existing condition, and that can be backed up by psychologist and physicians as well as the people who are on the lgbt community, if it were a racial remark then the bigots would be a lot less vocal about why they don't think this what they did was wrong

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Since A&E has shown that they are in the bag and in line with the Left Wing Anti Constitution crowd in Washington, I have instructed my cable provider to delete their network from my service.

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Cancel that trash