Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson is at it again, but wherever you stand on his controversial quotes about race and homosexuality, you have to give him this:
He's never been one to duck and cover (pun intended).
Promoting his new book, unPHILtered: The Way I See It (pun intended as well), he speaks to Us about the fracas he caused late last year in GQ.
"I don't worry too much about people hating or insulting me," he says. "I'm a sinful man, and I've made a lot of mistakes. People have reason to hate me."
He still thinks the GQ issue was overblown, though.
"All I did was quote a passage of scripture," he says. "They're mad at me, but I'm really just quoting what God said, so He's the one they have a problem with."
Robertson's anti-gay comments aside, he also came under fire for remarks suggesting that black people were "singing and happy" in the pre-Civil-Rights South.
"I was just giving my experience," he says.
"The point I was making was that even when our black brothers didn't have civil rights, they had that one thing the government couldn't take from them."
"Their faith. They would sing spiritual songs," he says of working on a field in the 1950s and 1960s, "as they were going across those cotton fields."
A self-proclaimed "poor white boy," Robertson insists he meant no offense. "Old Jesse [Jackson] got mad at me and said something about how I was a Jim Crow racist."
"We don't look at people like black, white, and brown."
"We're all members of the human race."
The urge to pit people against one another instead of love each other, he says, is why we have gun violence. "It's never been a weapons problem," he posits.
"It's a human heart condition of anger and hatred. If people loved God and loved each other, the last thing you would ever contemplate is to murder your neighbor."