Phil Robertson of the wildly popular Duck Dynasty series on A&E has been suspended indefinitely from the network. His offense was commenting in an interview with GQ magazine on his views on homosexuality and religion.
The offending quote reads as follows: "It seems like, to me, a vagina -- as a man -- would be more desirable than a man's anus. 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."
He went on to discuss his religious views, which should come as no surprise to anyone who watches the show.
As an American with a deep appreciation for freedom of speech and religion, and as someone in the media, it's deeply disturbing that someone would be essentially fired for voicing their beliefs, particularly their religious beliefs. If we, as a society, are unable to speak about our beliefs then that creates a de facto limit on free speech. I never call for people to be fired who may say outrageous things because I believe it is setting a bad precedent. I want people to be able to speak their minds.
The controversy over Duck Dynasty really boils down to the fact that liberal elitists cannot relate to a great portion of America, which loves this show and Phil Robertson. They also appreciate that they are open about their Christian beliefs. There is a profound disconnect that becomes emphasized when issues like this arise. It's a shame because, at the end of the day, the show makes for great entertainment and isn't that what it's all about?