There’s nothing remotely funny about the Duck Dynasty patriarch

The controversy over Phil Robertson’s racist and homophobic comments is the stuff made for Entertainment Tonight and the 24 hour cable news networks. The twittersphere (really?) has apparently gone wild or whatever such spheres do when a billion people tweet about something. Sarah Palin has weighed in, of course. How can A and E possibly take away his First Amendment Rights for just expressing his opinion? Palin has never been a student of the Constitution, but I’ll leave that for another day. At first blush, I will have to admit the whole controversy seemed a bit stupid, as silly and stupid as the premise of the hit show itself I guess.

I just left the movie theatre after having sat through an agonizing few hours watching “12 Years As A Slave”. I almost had to walk out half way through as witnessing the horror of slavery portrayed on the big screen is utterly devastating. And then juxtaposing this experience next to Robertson’s comments suggesting African-Americans were better off before the civil rights movement has made me feel ill. Sick to my stomach ill.

The issue here is not the First Amendment nor is it really whether A and E was right in suspending Robertson. For God’s sake, even Cracker Barrel has pulled their advertising dollars. No, the real issue is that far too many people in this country of ours honestly believe the exact thing Robertson gave voice to. Just look at the petitions circulating demanding his re-instatement. We do not live in a post-racial America. Race still matters in ways that ought to appall all Americans, but it doesn’t. We want to believe we have come further than we have and that, in my opinion, is horribly wrongheaded and dangerous.

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3 Responses to There’s nothing remotely funny about the Duck Dynasty patriarch

  1. Nancy says:

    12 Years A Slave was one of the most powerful, haunting, and unflinching movies I’ve ever seen. Simply brilliant and excruciating to watch. It haunted me for days, and I had to read the book after I saw it, which was pretty much dead on with the movie. If it doesn’t win on Oscars night, there’s something wrong with this country…which come to think of it, is exactly what you just so eloquently said. There IS plenty wrong, and it makes me want to curl up into a ball and cry.

  2. Nancy says:

    By the way…glad you didn’t walk out. It was worth it to stay until the end.

  3. Savta says:

    Sadly, we have a long way to go to be considered ‘civilized’ as a nation.

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