The real problem I have with the Phil Robertson/Duck Dynasty controversy

For the one person who hasn’t heard of Phil Robertson, “Duck Dynasty” and his recent comments towards gays and African Americans, but managed to stumble upon my blog, I present to you my understanding and personal thoughts on the issue.

My Facebook newsfeed, twitter account and the rest of the U.S. have been talking about tv personality, Phil Robertson, and his recent comments towards gays and African Americans. Robertson was recently interviewed for the upcoming January issue of GQ magazine. Robertson was confused by why a man would even consider relations with another man over a women.

“It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus,” Robertson said. “That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”

Robertson also said that during his 67 years in Louisiana, he did not see any mistreatment of African Americans. He is quoted as saying he worked along side them hauling cotton and they were happy.

“Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues,” Robertson said.

I find Robertson’s remarks slightly offensive, but he is within his rights to speak freely. The network that “Duck Dynasty” is aired has the right to end their relationship with Robertson for his comments. But what I find most offensive is how the public is taking sides over something a “good ol’ country boy” said strictly because he is on the most watched show on television. The public, especially people my age (mid 20s), do not pay attention to the government when it is passing a law on gay rights, but because a pop culture star stated his thoughts on homosexuality, everyone is up in arms.

Firstly, how did everyone not expect Robertson to have this view? “Duck Dynasty” ends every episode with the family sitting down for dinner and their eldest son talking about a staged life lesson he learned. Robertson’s family speaks somewhat openly about their spiritual beliefs and we are shocked that he does not support gays?

Secondly, my generation is one of the least informed generations on politics and social issues, myself included. I am ashamed that we as Americans are more concerned about what a reality tv star has said than the issues behind his comments. We do not research topics that we have an opinion on, but stick to our opinions because they are “what is right.” The truly sad part about this whole situation is that in two months time, the public will have moved on to the new pop culture issue.

I said this on my Facebook yesterday and I will say it again in the future, if my friends, family and the public are going to have an opinion over something they truly are not informed about, don’t. Please, crawl back under the rock you came from.

Lastly, I laugh at Robertson’s comment that African American’s in Louisiana were not “singing the blues,” when two states over, Mississippi is the center of the blues.


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