“Robertson is a character in a reality show. He’s not a spokesman for A&E any more than some soul-sucking social x-ray from the Real Housewives series is a spokeswoman for Bravo.
Is he being fired for being out of character? Nah.
He’s being fired for staying in character – a character A&E have nurtured and promoted and benefited from. Turning around and demanding a Duck Dynasty star suddenly become the equivalent of a Rachel Maddow guest is preposterous and unfair.” MORE details from TheNationalReview…
UPDATE 12.20: GLAAD reeling from biggest backlash ever…
“We believe the next step is to use this as an opportunity for Phil to sit down with gay families in Louisiana and learn about their lives and the values they share,” the GLAAD spokesman said. NOTE To Phil: How about you have THEM sit down and learn and listen to YOUR values… the values of the majority! How did less than 4% of the population take over “values”?
UPDATE: The Robertsons have issued this statement:
“We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm,” the Robertson family said in a prepared statement. “We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of Duck Dynasty.” MORE details at FoxNews.com…
WHY Nancy Dubuc, CEO of A&E Networks, suspended “Duck Dynasty’s” Phil Robertson:
The decision to suspend Robertson came Wednesday night, hours after an early-morning phone call between A&E executives and GLAAD, the civil rights group told TheWrap. A GLAAD spokesman would not say which executives were on the call. MORE details at TheWrap…
NOTE: The next season of Duck Dynasty to be aired on A&E has already been filmed. A&E “suspending” Phil Robertson is a bit laughable… as A&E will certainly air the already-filmed season, as to NOT lose out on revenue.
It has been brought to my attention by several SH readers, that this may be an old trick commonly used (many times by the Housewives and other “reality” shows) to bring attention to “DuckDynasty” and A&E: create chaos and controversy to insure more viewers, thereby increasing sales of DD merchandise; increasing the cost of advertisers to buy ads on DD; and increasing the $$$ made from consumers purchasing the items advertised on DD.
After giving this serious thought… concluded that IF this is found to be a totally planned controversy, it would backfire even more on all involved: A&E, Phil Robertson and DuckDynasty. IMO, this was NOT planned to rile up anyone and would be disappointing and shocking if it were.
“I Back Phil” signatures will be hand delivered to A&E TV beginning Monday. If you “Back Phil” and his right to freedom of speech… show your support at Grassfire.com! You can also show your support by “liking” the “StandWithPhil”FacebookPage… ANOTHER FBPage “Boycott A&E…” has over 1.1 million likes.
This is a list of A&E advertisers:
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Is Real Housewives of New York’s Carole Radziwill still a fan of Duck Dynasty??? Carole was a big fan back in April 2013…
QUESTION: Where are all the Housewives tweeting about this controversy??? Any time there is a REAL life event taking place, they are tweeting up a storm! Not one peep from any of them… Lydia? Was Alexis TOTALLY bashed into silence by MissAndy?
(Thanks to SH readers “PDM” “FLPhil” “anon” “anon” “Chris” “PMG” “cybraxis” “Loo” “Jozy” “Bird” “CMHR” “Sue” “Rax” and “SS”!!!)