The Phil Robertson Saga
Though I watched and read with interest the news surrounding Phil Robertson’s, of the “Duck Dynasty” reality TV show, comments in an GQ interview I waited to comment on these events until something happened that I hadn’t considered, as A&E budged:
But Duck Dynasty is not a show about one man’s views. It resonates with a large audience because it is a show about family… a family that America has come to love. As you might have seen in many episodes, they come together to reflect and pray for unity, tolerance and forgiveness. These are three values that we at A+E Networks also feel strongly about.
Take an educated, deeply devoted Christian redneck who has known abject poverty, and has pulled himself and his family into his own successful business. Try to tempt him with the fleeting possessiveness of the instant thousands, perhaps millions of dollars of media fortune and notoriety and what you get is someone who disdains it all for principle, virtue and loyalty to God. I fully expected the Robertson’s to walk before they would do anything like throw their patriarch under the bus. But to A&E’s credit, there must be some bit of intelligence floating around their administrative halls because they found a way to back down and make it appear as if they’re taking the high road. The planned PSA’s are just their way of appeasing GLAAD and the LGBT crowd. And if A&E wants to take the family’s comment of Phil’s remarks being “coarse” as being an apology of sorts, then so be it. Throw the dog a bone.
Phil Robertson is the sort of man we should all emulate. He’s the sort of simple, unassuming, principled man of whom we need more. Perhaps some of Duck Dynasty’s popularity comes from this recognition. In the end, Phil Robertson, as well as the rest of the Robertson family, who cared little for hollywood’s fame, fortune or distorted sensibilities, have taught us all a valuable lesson. Principles, values and moral standards don’t vacillate like media buzzwords. They are timeless and as consequential as the air we breathe or the gravity which holds us to this earth.