Jindal Defends Duck Dynasty Star, Knocks Miley Cyrus

'I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment'

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Thursday defended a star of the hit reality show Duck Dynasty who was indefinitely suspended from the show for anti-gay remarks.

(MORE: Why Duck Dynasty‘s Phil Robertson Got Suspended)

“Phil Robertson and his family are great citizens of the State of Louisiana,” Jindal said in a statement. “The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with. I don’t agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV. In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive. But I also acknowledge that this is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views.  In fact, I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment. It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended.”

Robertson has been put on hiatus from the show after comparing homosexuality to, among other things, bestiality and terrorism.

Sarah Palin has also come to Robertson’s defense.

34 comments
bames13
bames13

Hypocrisy = Telling others they have no right to judge phil by his words or actions, while at the same time asserting your right to judge someone else (miley) by their words or actions.

DonnaDiva
DonnaDiva

Just to be clear: Jindal believes that female sexuality is worse than bigotry. The social conservative mentality in a nutshell. 

Renegade732
Renegade732

Phil Robertson gets suspended for exercising his first amendment rights, and were forced at every checkout counter in America to have to look at fat ass Kim Kardashian, Nasty ass Myley Cyrus, on the cover of every crap magazine there is, "are you freakin kidding me". Most Americans don't know what to think until Barbara Streisand or George Clooney tell them what to think, it is truly a SAD and UNEDUCATED country we live in. Its time to take out the GARBAGE America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BruceS78
BruceS78

First amendment does not apply to  a corporation.  The first amendment restricts the government from limiting our right of free speech.  You would think that a governor would know that but he is a politician so that is probably asking too much.

Also Miley Cyrus isn't under contract to a network or any particular company.  She is essentially self-employed and has to bear the consequences (if any) of her actions through future concert bookings and future record sales.  Its hardly the same situation that Phil Robertson finds himself in. 

creativetntgal
creativetntgal

Bobby Jindal thinks he speaks for everyone in Louisiana. They are just too stupid to know he is Indian. They hate him, too.

DocVape631
DocVape631

He signed a contract, he is basically working for A&E, they pay his bills, he has a responsibility while under contract not to bring shame to the network (a network that put out a lot of gay and lesbian shows in the past) there is no 'freedom of speech' when you're an employee

You think you can talk bad about guys, blacks, Indians or kangaroos at your job and not get in trouble?

It's called common sense, and this man has none.

If he wants to sound like a bigot and a idiot, he could, but not while signed under contract with A&E.

Phelps lost endorsements when he smoked weed. He is free to do whatever he wants, but not while being endorsed.

Look at Tiger, couldn't keep it in his pants and lost endorsements.

Bible thumpers need to stop picking and choosing passages as well to persecute with, especially women who have their friend visited once a month. Ya'll are supposed to be outcasted. So many hypocrites in this world don't have a a clue. Bible didn't teach me to be a hateful mongrel like half the people on the Internet using it as their excuse to make hateful remarks

JustinDougherty
JustinDougherty

I wouldn't expect a state run institution to know that about the bible though, what with separation of church and state. eagles circling around the carcase, no one thinks of the original thirteen colonies (who's stars were in a circle) and the fact americas symbol is an eagle. So we have people who want religion out of the government trying to defend someone who is picking and choosing what to do and what not to do, that makes no sense at all.

JustinDougherty
JustinDougherty

but the thing about civil rights might be onto something because it also says in the bible that those ruled over will be served by the ones who ruled over them in the kingdom of God, the ones who endure will inherit everlasting life. 

JustinDougherty
JustinDougherty

Last time i checked the bible says love thy neighbor as thy self, and that you are to forgive all so that God may forgive you, not exact words but i just read the passages, if your a real christian you should follow all of what the bible says not just the parts that suit you. it also says that no man be called rabbi or master or father so all have went against the bible


And jesus answered him the first of all the commandments is Hear O, Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord, and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy mind, and with all thy soul and with all thy strength.

and the second is like, namely this thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself there is no greater commandment than these. 


so yeah, religion isnt going to help you here  

Irony
Irony

Say what you will about the relative messed up nature of Miley Cyrus vs. Phil Robertson, a larger travesty by far is a statement from a governor displaying such ignorance of The Constitution.

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

"It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended.”


Couldn't agree more Governor.

vanwilder
vanwilder

What scares me the most, isn't what Robertson said, but that our own politicians do not realize what Freedom of Speech means. Freedom of speech in the constitution only guarantees you no retribution from the government and that the government will not punish or censor you. It does not offer freedom from all consequences. It offers no protection from society or private businesses. Phil Robertson is entitled to his opinion but he is also subject to the consequences of voicing those opinions in the way he did. When you've got a good gig - why do something dumb and jeopardize it? You're a TV celebrity - no one wants to hear your opinion on morality. I can understand Palin being confused on that, but Jindal went out to prove his stupidity and honestly if you play the "Freedom of Speech" card incorrectly, then you can thank me for the free education you already got and ignored...

formerlyjames
formerlyjames

This thing is going ballistic.  It even caused me to tune in to the show last night as I didn't know what it was about exactly.  It is simple minded drivel.  This is the most ingenious yet simple marketing ploy of all time.  I also find it amusing that GQ readers and Duck Dynasty watchers are not congruous populations, but this brings them together. 

dectra
dectra

Another homophobic jerk, basing his 'understanding' of what God said on a flawed translation of the Bible.



Ever notice how on the bible that these folks quote from it says "King James VERSION" and not 'God's Version'?

Sue_N
Sue_N

Dear Bobby: Unless the government stepped in and made A&E suspend Robertson, the First Amendment isn't in play.

MattMcLaughlin
MattMcLaughlin

Go the way of Dr Laura and stern...get your own station, Einstein.

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

@outsider

This comparison is worlds apart and completely unfair.  One deals with an utterly filthy and malicious attack on a public figure while the other deals with a non-malicious comment based on one's belief as is understood in the Bible.


Bashir's recommendation that Palin be subject to a slave-like scatalogical punishment was not only beyond what should be considered acceptable criticism of a public figure it was utterly filthy and malicious in nature on a personal level.  No standards of acceptable journalism should support such a diatribe.  It was fitting that Bashir resigned.


Phil Robertson's comments, which were a small part of an extended interview in GQ magazine, were not malicious in nature.  Phil went out of his way to comment that he was not to judge who was going to heaven or hell.  He left that up to God.  He further went on to say that he loved homosexuals (as fellow children of God) and it was his task to show them God's word.  His dismissal by A&E was based not on what he actually said or the nature of it but because he included in a list of sinners a politically correct protected segment of our society.


Your clever Facebook like comparison is unfair, distorts the truth with lies, and is obviously aimed at people who's opinions are based on such simplistic commentary and who simply won't do their own homework to gain a better understanding.    

Renegade732
Renegade732

@JustinDoughertyHey BUTT BOY, you read a few passages from the bible good for you, now read the comments Phil made he's entitled to his opinion just like you and I are. He never compared gays to having sex with animals that's just the press of this country putting words into his mouth, the same press that got the idiot of a president re-elected. If more Americans did their due diligence and read more than one article on a topic before forming an opinion maybe they would have some idea what the hell is going on in this country.

jsfox
jsfox

@AlphaJuliette   Was Miley Cyrus hateful or homophobic or bigoted? Tacky and not a lot of class? Most certainly. Next Jindhal is free to think it, as are you, that is is messed up, but he should  not be in government or ever mention the Constitution again until he learns what is and isn't free speech.

formerlyjames
formerlyjames

@vanwilder 


The vast majority of viewers of the show agree with Robertson's sentiments.  The vast majority of comments on various boards, many fans of the show, agree.  He nor the show will suffer any negative repercussions.  Viewership will increase as least in the short term.   You are absolutely correct about those screaming about the Constitution the loudest and most frequently are pretty ignorant of what the document means.

formerlyjames
formerlyjames

@Sue_N 


Sue, I have browsed many comments about this nothing issue  on different boards and yours is the most cogent comment I have seen.  

Renegade732
Renegade732

@DonnaDiva@Renegade732Really that's what you took from this, I hate women, let me ask you, would you want your daughter posting a porn online or uploading a topless xmas card of themselves Diva if your stupid enough not to realize these people both MEN and woman who have no talent at all, and the only way to stay in the public eye is do these asinine stunts that makes everyone's jaw drop and keeps them in the public eye, and idiots like you who think their a Diva probably have every copy of these magazines on your coffee table and hang on every word that's written in them. So go back to your thesaurus look up another $2 word then stick it up your ass you blind ignorant idiot.

sixtymile
sixtymile

@jsfox @AlphaJuliette  It certainly is legitimate (protected) "free speech" but free is not without consequences. On the other hand it does not rise to the level of hateful as has been implied.  On general principle I prefer people who put $20 in the Salvation Army pot over people who strap on a bomb to blow up a bus. There, I just compared charity to terrorism.

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

@jsfox

Was Phil Robertson hateful in his remarks?  If the answer is yes then please show me. 

I've read the GQ article and Phill wasn't hateful or malicious at all.  His "sin" is that he wasn't toeing the politically correct line of not offending anyone.  Anyone, in this case, is the Lesbian/Gay community that enjoys politically correct protection.

Read the article.  You'll see that he not only includes other vices in his remark but makes a statement about how this nation can embrace God again and reverse a lot of the crap we have been experiencing over the past decades.  This is a position I happen to agree with him on.  Further, he also states quite clearly that it's not for him to judge.  He states that he is to love everyone, including homosexuals, and let God do the judging.

His comments have been poorly handled and misread by emotional types who need lessons in remedial reading.

dectra
dectra

@AlphaJuliette

Again, you miss the point, Juliette.

People such as Phil rant on about 'the bible says this' or 'the bible says that'.....and do not even begin to acknowledge that the 'version' of the bible they base their bigioted remarks on is not even close to what Jesus taught, or what the Disciples tried to carry on after his death. 

The catholic church and 'King James" both are guilty of making repeated changes to the Bible, stripping out verses and entire books they didn't agree with.

Phil (and others) would do well to consider that the basis for remarks of "it's in the Bible" don't really amount to much in communicating what Jesus taught.

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

@sixtymile

I appreciate your comparison Sixtymile.  But Phil did not compare anyone to anything.  He did list sins as he understands the Bible describing them.  Homosexuality is but one he listed.  But he did not compare.

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

@EliBiebers


Where are you getting your information Eli?  I read the GQ article in question and Phil Robertson definitely did not compare homosexuals to animal molesters and prostitutes as you say he did.  He did compile a list of sinful acts as he understands them as the Bible describes them.  But he did not compare. 


In case you haven't read the article and instead are taking what others are feeding you as the truth without doing your own homework I suggest you read it for yourself here;  http://www.gq.com/entertainment/television/201401/duck-dynasty-phil-robertson 


IF you actually take the time to read this article (it's a pretty good one) then pay particular attention to two other things that he said that is not drawing a lot of comment.  One is how we as a people should get back to God.  If we do, he suggests, then much of the pain we as a society are experiencing will be far less then what we have now.  And, two, he said that he was not the one to judge anyone.  He said he is to love everyone, even homosexuals, but show them what Jesus taught. 


Now I ask you, where is the media, or anyone else for that matter, on that?  The answer, of course, is nowhere because it doesn't sell.  Only innocuous comments aimed at the politically correct protected are.

EliBiebers
EliBiebers

@AlphaJuliette @jsfox

No, he compared gay people to animal molestors and prostitues, and then said gays are not going to heaven. If you said that to your local paper, you would be FIRED. And good for the people who fired you. Yes, it is hateful and bigots need to stop hiding behind scriptures. People who hate those precious Jews get many of their ideas from the Bible; in fact, most so-called anti-Semitism has roots in the New Testament, but somehow Christians have modernized thier beliefs enough (or have been manipulated to do so) to stop repeating "anti-Semitic" language that used to be standard Christian prejudice. Funny how when media people get fired for saying bad things about Jews, the media doesn't present it as two-sided.

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

@dectra


I appreciate your comments dectra.  But you have yet to tell me what is God's version of the Bible. 


In my journey of faith I have had to separate the wheat from a lot of chaff.  The chaff being man's own interpretations of what is written in the Bible. Believe me, I have had many discussions with "true Biblical Christians" and understand where they come from.  In the end I have relied on what is written in the four gospels about what Jesus' life was all about and what he taught for my spiritual guidance.  But this doesn't mean that I'm on a true path either. 


Phil Robertson he uses the entire Bible.  He not only talks the talk he walks the walk.  I and other people have to respect him for that. 


In the meantime this public outrage over comments he made in GQ are completely distorted and out of context to what he said.  (Have you read the GQ article?)  He is being bashed unfairly because his comments included a segment of society what is protected by political correctness.