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A&E Admits it Ducked Up – will bring back Duck Dynasty Star

A&E Admits it Ducked Up – will bring back Duck Dynasty Star

A&E to air PSA’s, but will those include promoting tolerance and acceptance of religious Christians?

Via Hollywood Reporter, A&E Welcomes Phil Robertson Back to ‘Duck Dynasty’:

An A&E statement to The Hollywood Reporter read:

As a global media content company, A+E Networks’ core values are centered around creativity, inclusion and mutual respect. We believe it is a privilege for our brands to be invited into people’s home and we operate with a strong sense of integrity and deep commitment to these principals.

That is why we reacted so quickly and strongly to a recent interview with Phil Robertson. While Phil’s comments made in the interview reflect his personal views based on his own beliefs, and his own personal journey, he and his family have publicly stated they regret the “coarse language” he used and the mis-interpretation of his core beliefs based only on the article. He also made it clear he would “never incite or encourage hate.” We at A+E Networks expressed our disappointment with his statements in the article, and reiterate that they are not views we hold.

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.

So after discussions with the Robertson family, as well as consulting with numerous advocacy groups, A&E has decided to resume filming Duck Dynasty later this spring with the entire Robertson family.

We will also use this moment to launch a national public service campaign (PSA) promoting unity, tolerance and acceptance among all people, a message that supports our core values as a company, and the values found in Duck Dynasty. These PSAs will air across our entire portfolio.

I wonder if the PSA’s will include a message of tolerance and acceptance by liberal media and political elites of religious Christians?

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I guess this means Jessie won’t be meeting with A & E. Wonder if Cracker Barrel has sent an invite yet?

Is the White House running A&E’s public relations too?

Le’ts see – some math

#1 top rated cable Tv show EVER
+
MILLIONS in advertising $$$$

A few pissed of faggots
=
LET THE SHOW GO ON !!!!!

    Vince in reply to pjm. | December 27, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    I really don’t like that word and wish people wouldn’t use it. It’s just as offensive as the N word.. fine if you want to use it private but in a public space like this, come on.

      NC Mountain Girl in reply to Vince. | December 27, 2013 at 8:23 pm

      That’s funny, because what I find offensive is how the homosexual lobby misappropriated the label gay for what has often been in my experience a sorry collection of miserable, self-centered, mean, shallow immature and incredibly petty people. In fact from here on out I will call them homosexuals or queers. No more G word!

      From the beginning I have wondered what upset the GLAAD activists the most, Phil’s paraphrase of the Bible or that he broke the unspoken 11th commandment of the media when talking about homosexuals. He dared mention anal sex. While it is estimated that as many as 40% of the shows on TV now have gay characters the portrayals usually tend to be as virginal as Doris Day in her movies made in the late 50s and early 6os. The bitchy drama queen is allowable as a comedic foil buy only if they have the obligatory heart of gold. Otherwise they tend to be magic homosexuals- smarter, wiser, more kind and in better emotional balance than the straights.

      What does it tell us about the agenda that the acts that define homosexuality remain the love that dare not speak its name by the demands of gay rights activists themselves? Let a heterosexual even obliquely refer to any number of homosexual acts and most gay activists will feign a swoon that would do a Victorian era spinster proud.

      I am also sick of the meme that straights need gays to instruct us on how to be stylish and sexy. No, we don’t.

      what I find offensive is people allowing a string of letters have magical power over them.

      Neo in reply to Vince. | December 27, 2013 at 9:27 pm

      This word is just like the n-word.
      Just like Blacks can call themselves the n-word, I am reminded that gays often call themselves the f-word.

      You don’t want to sound dumb, don’t want to offend
      So don’t call me a faggot, not unless you are a friend
      Then if you’re tall and handsome and strong
      You can wear the uniform and I could play along

      And so it goes, go round again
      But now and then we wonder who the real men are
      Oh, oh…

      Vince in reply to Vince. | December 27, 2013 at 10:11 pm

      Sigh, it seems bad manners is encouraged around here considering how many downvotes my comment received.

        Vince: Sigh, it seems bad manners is encouraged around here considering how many downvotes my comment received.

        It is rather indicative of the prevailing attitude herein that the casual use of such words is defended so vociferously.

          Google ‘Free Speech’ and ‘America’.

          pjm: Google ‘Free Speech’ and ‘America’

          No one’s saying you can’t talk in a rude, arrogant, and bigoted manner.

          You would rather have us forced to use words that imply approval, or at least ‘acceptance as equal’, like ‘gay’, or ‘LGBTQ community’ (thusly throwing in a few more perversions that ‘we must accept as normal and equal and OK’) ?

          Zach – thank you for making my point. ‘Rude bigotted arrogant’ in other words ‘saying something you don’t like’.

          pjm: ‘Rude bigotted arrogant’ in other words ‘saying something you don’t like’.

          That’s right. A person says something rude, bigoted and arrogant, and someone else points out that the person was saying something rude, bigoted and arrogant. Google ‘Free Speech’ and ‘America’.

          Cheap rhetorical trick. Fully worthy of you.

      Sorry there, Mr Language Police.

      I forgot all about your Constitutional Right to Not Be Offended.

        Vince in reply to pjm. | December 27, 2013 at 10:28 pm

        I don’t mind be offended but on this blog people should have better taste than to use awful words like that.

          Because you find it offensive. And you have a Right to Not Be offended. Right ?

          JackRussellTerrierist in reply to Vince. | December 28, 2013 at 2:13 am

          Explain why “faggot” is repulsive. Then explain why people have no right to be repulsed by homosexual acts. Then explain why faggots can only be equal if the entire world accepts their sexual activities (and horrendous promiscuity and level of SDTs) as “normal.”

          Rosalie in reply to Vince. | December 28, 2013 at 8:09 am

          In my neck of the woods, “faggots” is a concoction of liver, hearts, and onion made into a patty. It never appealed to me but it’s quite popular around here.

          NC Mountain Girl in reply to Vince. | December 28, 2013 at 9:08 pm

          Unless your name is William A. Jacobson it isn’t your call to make.

        JerryB in reply to pjm. | December 27, 2013 at 11:20 pm

        Maybe Prof. Jacobson should remove the “thumbs down” option? Heh. “Thumbs up” is also disconcerting because some commenters get more than others. A commenter’s life is such a drag.

      mbecker908 in reply to Vince. | December 27, 2013 at 11:23 pm

      I’m with you Vince. It’s really offensive to hear about people being “pissed”. I think “angry” or “really upset” could convey the outrage better.

      Heck, I’d bet even a flaming faggot could figure it out.

      tom swift in reply to Vince. | December 28, 2013 at 1:32 am

      Neither is offensive. The notorious N is a direct derivation of the word for “black” in several European languages. The notorious F is more mysterious. Venerable English usage (well, as venerable as English gets, or perhaps Old French is more accurate in this case) means a stick, and a FF is a stick undergoing combustion, as in a fireplace log wannabe. The linkage to weird sex remains mysterious, at least to me. But offensive? Why? Perhaps some are offended by etymology in general. Well, F ’em.

      Sorry, we should not jest – logophobia is real, or so they say.

      JackRussellTerrierist in reply to Vince. | December 28, 2013 at 2:07 am

      What I find offensive is some whining panytwaist such as you trying to dictate what is offensive. To truly understand free speech and freedom of religion, one has to grasp that NO speech is actually “offensive.” It is informative of the speaker and to the listener receiving the information, be it either about the content or perception of the speaker.

      Put your big girl panties on and deal with it.

      I notice the gays are tryin gto bring race into it, too, like you just did. Did Phil Robertson say a single thing about blacks ? If not, why do you play the race card ? Other than purest desperation, that is ?

        pjm: Did Phil Robertson say a single thing about blacks ?

        Yes.

        pjm in reply to pjm. | December 28, 2013 at 11:12 am

        Zach – what did he say about blacks ? Got a link ?

        pjm: what did he say about blacks ? Got a link ?

        “I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash. We’re going across the field…. They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’—not a word!… Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”

        http://www.gq.com/entertainment/television/201401/duck-dynasty-phil-robertson#ixzz2omrrTeCE

        Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to pjm. | December 28, 2013 at 11:50 am

        But GQ is not credible.

        GQ is not a credible source for anything – especially current mens fashion. The mag is nothing but a 100% ad and product placement for the clothing and cosmetics industries.

        Again GQ is not believable.

        Not A Member of Any Organized Political: GQ is not a credible source for anything – especially current mens fashion.

        Phil Robertson has not disowned the comments attributed to him in his interview with GQ, and they are consistent with previous comments he has made.

        Phil Robertson: Homosexuals are “full of murder, envy, strife, hatred. They are insolent, arrogant, God-haters. They are heartless, they are faithless, they are senseless, they are ruthless. They invent ways of doing evil.”
        http://hollywoodlife.com/2013/10/18/duck-dynasty-without-bears-pic-robertson-family-no-facial-hair/

        pjm in reply to pjm. | December 28, 2013 at 2:48 pm

        OK, I recall him describing his experience growing up with blacks. I do not see that he said one single ‘racist’ word. He instead details his feeling of unity WITH them, not AGAINST them. “I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash.”

        So stick your race card somewhere else.

      mbecker908 in reply to Vince. | December 28, 2013 at 4:55 pm

      Feel free to get off your high horse any time Vinnie.

      “above the filth that is common”

      Just how does the word “faggot” come down to “filth”? Oh, and what is “filth” while we’re at it?

      Frankly, many people – and I would expect it to be a strong majority – would consider the acts engendered by folks like GLAAD and their ilk to be “filthy”.

      You’re free in this country to pursue a chosen lifestyle that 98% of the people do not participate in, and it’s a good guess that while we’re willing to tolerate you doing whatever you want to your boyfriend’s butt, the vast majority of us would be repulsed if you tried it on ours.

      Get over yourself punk.

      Canusee in reply to Vince. | December 28, 2013 at 6:05 pm

      But….are most gays offended as they use the “f” word all the time????? Example, https://www.lsnewsgroup.com/this-fag-stands-with-duck-dynastys-phil-robertson/

      creeper in reply to Vince. | December 29, 2013 at 12:26 pm

      No, this about political correctness. It’s about prettying up language with the ultimate goal of promoting the lifestyle.

      If Professor Jacobsen objects, I’m sure we will hear about it.

        creeper in reply to creeper. | December 29, 2013 at 12:28 pm

        “this is ABOUT political correctness.”

        The down-arrow on my comment above is actually mine, clicked by mistake in an attempt to get this corrective reply up. Commenting skills are impaired today. Thehellwithit. There’s a football game on.

    Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to pjm. | December 27, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    The Lavendar Mafia isn’t what it used to be.
    *
    Neither is its finances.
    *
    How could they be after Obama Hoovering them up for the past many, many years.

Personally, I call shenanigans on the whole deal.

1) A&E knew what was said in the interview before it was published

2) So called hiatus was never a hiatus because they already had the season being shown next in the can.

3) Look at the amount of publicity and sales of merchandise

4) coincidentally explodes just before Christmas

It was all planned to generate sales around Christmas.

And it did big time.

The only real question is whether Phil and family were in on it from the start.

Here’s a lesson… don’t pander to outrageous demands from a small percentage of very vocal agitators in the future and you won’t find yourself in this situation again.

BannedbytheGuardian | December 27, 2013 at 5:56 pm

if i were their life coach i might say that it is time to cal it quits. If they don’t have te contract space then let this be a life lesson- keep control of your exposure.

Well duckin’ a.

We will also use this moment to launch a national public service campaign (PSA) promoting unity, tolerance and acceptance among all people, a message that supports our core values as a company, and the values found in Duck Dynasty. These PSAs will air across our entire portfolio.

Old saying in a few words, A&E.

Practice what you preach < oh my.."preach"?

>>”our core values are centered around creativity, inclusion and mutual respect.>>

These are the choicest invidious double-speak garbage words of our time. They clutter college handbooks and HR manuals and spill routinely from the mouths of multi-culti collectivist cultists all over the planet. Invert the words to discover the true mindset behind them.

F*ck A&E. If the Duck Dynasty clan has any true American rocks they’ll tell them as much.

    m11_9 in reply to raven. | December 27, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    All probably written in advance by the DC PR firm managing this whole brou·ha·ha. This was soooo predictable.

“I wonder if the PSA’s will include a message of tolerance and acceptance by liberal media and political elites of religious Christians?”

That’s what they *should* do, but I’d be shocked if they did.

Everything else in their press release makes it clear they thought they did the right thing and they still think Robertson’s comments were somehow offensive.

I doubt we’ll ever see a PSA that does what is really necessary – Explaining to the ‘gay activist’ mob the need for them to be tolerant of Christians.

RE-EDUCATION: A&E to Make Robertson Family Work With LGBT and African American Groups
http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/ae-make-robertson-family-work-lgbt-and-african-american-groups

“The Robertson family is now open to working with African-American and LGBT people to address the real harm that such anti-gay and racist comments can cause.”

So much for tolerance of religious Christians.

    I’d be surprised at this. Is A&E going to force poofters on the show?

    In any case, liberal re-education is such hooey. If I condemn alcoholism, must I visit skid row? If I criticize fatties, must I buy them doughnuts? Criticize gambling, visit casinos? Phil criticized sodomy, so he must “work” with its practitioners?

    Minicapt in reply to john.frank. | December 28, 2013 at 1:22 am

    Not a problem, given that Mr Robertson will have the opportunity to ‘minister the Gospel to them’, possibly with readings from the ‘Good Book’.
    The chances of a traditional Maoist self-critcism session as desired by GLAAD and company is probably quite unlikely.

    Cheers

    Juba Doobai! in reply to john.frank. | December 28, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Likely Phil will be preaching the Gospel to them because the real harm is in letting them continue in their sin.

A&E: he and his family have publicly stated they regret the “coarse language” he used

That’s crap, to borrow one of Willie’s favorite words.

I reread the family statement and there is no “regret” in it. A&E is full of it, trying to rewrite history. I hope the Robertsons correct this nonsense.

Not A Member of Any Organized Political | December 27, 2013 at 10:34 pm

We still need a huge campaign on A&E, Geezers’ Quarter (GQ) and the perpetual crankies of un-GLADD.

Maybe something like this demanding a fair statement of intent, and fair treatment. (Really you couldn’t get more UN-FAIR than A&E, GQ, and GLADD.)

Something such as this below. Worth checking out I think.

“A Professor’s Epic Letter to A&E: How are your anti-Christian views more tolerant than Phil’s?

“Dear A&E,

Thank you for bringing us a show that was family friendly and fun to watch. I greatly appreciated the fact that my Christian family could watch a Christian family on TV as opposed to much of the garbage that is reality TV. Unfortunately, you have done a disservice to Phil Robertson as well as the Christian AND non-Christian fans of Duck Dynasty.

Freedom of speech means that we are all free to speak what we believe. The Supreme Court does restrict some speech. In fact they specifically address such speech that may cause panic or physical injury. The example they give is that someone cannot scream “fire” in a crowded movie theater when there is no fire.

Why, because it would cause a panic and people would get hurt. Did Phil Robertson’s speech meet this criteria set forth by the Supreme Court? No, it did not. The only people who panicked were the A&E executives that decided to pull Phil from the show.

…”If GLAAD and the LGBT community expect everyone to be tolerant of their views, opinions, and lifestyle choices, they too must be tolerant of Bible believing Christians, their views, opinions, and lifestyle choices. For A&E to succumb to the pressures of “political correctness” speaks volumes about your true concerns.

However, I would remind you that tolerance is a two-way street.

At this point what is needed is a clarification about your programming and your ant-Christian stance.

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.

Does not sound like regret.
The family’s statement sounds more like an ultimatum to A&E. No Duck Dynasty without the patriarch.

Not A Member of Any Organized Political | December 27, 2013 at 11:44 pm

a little bird told me that things aren’t gonna be
“just ducky” at A&E and Conde Naste until the stockholders through out their DUMB Top Management.

Not A Member of Any Organized Political | December 27, 2013 at 11:44 pm

a little bird told me that things aren’t gonna be
“just ducky” at A&E and Conde Naste until the stockholders throw out their DUMB Top Management.

As I mentioned in a previous thread on this topic, A&E’s Producer of this show is a gay porn actor.

Yes, truly, fact.

    Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to pjm. | December 28, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Is A&E owned by a porn company?
    Inquiring minds want to know.

    Oh I’m sure a failed, former “corn-pone”, er…. I mean
    “Gay Porn” star is so objective….NOT.

    That position is too good for him (no pun intended).

This here: ”We at A+E Networks expressed our disappointment with his statements in the article, and reiterate that they are not views we hold.” Is why the Robertsons should walk away from A&E.

They want to make money off of authentic Christians even as they slam the Bible.

Apparently Mr. Drysdale didn’t want to lose his one major account.

and…

A & E statement: “We will also use this moment to launch a national public service campaign (PSA) promoting unity, tolerance and acceptance among all people, a message that supports our core values as a company, and the values found in Duck Dynasty. These PSAs will air across our entire portfolio.”

The PSA: “We at A & E are inclusive and diverse. We embrace homosexuality in all its forms, bestiality, polygamy, sodomy and all other forms of sexual deviation, violence and drug use if done “artfully.”
We will not tolerate the “Truth” of Christianity or the Ten Commandments. Neither of these “hateful elements” will be endorsed by our diverse staff of sex and money crazed amoral writers.
Thank you for watching.”

    Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to jennifer a johnson. | December 28, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Jennifer, if A&E had honestly wanted to make an updated “hillbilly” show they should have just stuck their noses, er…. cameras, in the White House.

    “White House Hillbillies!”

    They’ve still got Grannie Robinson (Michelle’s Mom) stuck in the White House attic so she can be a free baby sitter and live on the taxpayers’ Fort Knox gold. Snark Snark

Not A Member of Any Organized Political | December 28, 2013 at 11:43 am

LOL, just now a brand new Pilsbury (Dough Boy) ad played on TV.

They had the “family” using duck calls at the breakfast table.

LOL

We have got to keep it up folks!

Not A Member of Any Organized Political | December 28, 2013 at 6:34 pm

Maybe it was filmed in Quacker Barrel.

Not A Member of Any Organized Political | December 28, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Well what’s good for the goose is good for the…. LOL

“…and the A & E spokesperson further told Hollywood Reporter that, ‘We really took it in our kiesters big-time from the show’s audience.Feeling that pain in that special network place,we quickly swallowed our core values and saw their probe..errrr…point.’Nuff said.’ Asked by your fearless reporter if that meant that A & E and parent Disney were going to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, there was no response.”

Not A Member of Any Organized Political | December 29, 2013 at 2:19 pm

If what I have read is correct, A&E is being very dishonest in their representations.

I’ve read the entire 4th season is already “in the can.”

I will be interesting to see of the family agrees to do a 5th season.

    Not only was the season in the can, but they ran huge promos and then ran a Christmas Week highlight programs of the previous season while the “controversy” was going on.

    In addition, they’d seen videos of Phil preaching at a California mega-church, saying pretty much exactly what he said to GQ before the first season was signed.

    Oh, and did I mention that they had one of their PR people with Phil when he did the GQ interview? Yep. They knew exactly what would come out of this.

    Then, to top it all off, they didn’t bother to fill in the context when the fit hit the shan. The quote that stirred up everything was taken completely out of context. Phil said, from memory but it’s close, that it wasn’t his business to judge individuals and this his business is just to love ’em.

    Dishonest is a mild term for A&E, GLAAD, and the rest of the victim mongers.

      mbecker908 in reply to mbecker908. | December 29, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      Oh, and the next season is signed. $200,000 per episode for the Ducks, I’d have thought they could have done much better.

        13 episodes, that’s $ 2,600,000 for a few easy day’s work at home with family doing what you would be doing anyway.

        And it helps extend and grow their marketing deals etc.

        Duck yes !

    I object to your vulgar use of the phrase ‘in the can’. That is exactly what Phil R was talking about ‘taking it in the can’, and you are a disgusting filthy racist swine gun-loving hateful Christian person.

    ( sorry, just wanted to beat Vinny to one ).

Not A Member of Any Organized Political | December 29, 2013 at 3:57 pm

lol geesh How did you know I voted for Obama – TWICE!

You just described the profile of an Obama voter perfectly.

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