I’m sick and tired of the nonsense that is running amuck in every media story regarding Phil Robertson’s comments to GQ released earlier this week.
What were the motives behind the GQ article? It had to be more than just an interview with the head of the Robertson family and the biggest hit reality show currently on television. Phil Robertson and the Robertson men certainly don’t have much in common with the average readership of GQ. Nor do the Robertson men embody the fashion and/or trends that fill the pages of GQ. Last I checked, camo isn’t the new black and hunting, fishing, mudding, and family values weren’t activities promoted actively by GQ. It is a VERY safe assumption that GQ motives were to set-up Phil Robertson to land himself in a media shit-storm. Phil obliged by staying true to himself, his values, and his religious beliefs.
We in America have a serious problem. We have forgotten the value of family and when confronted with a loving, nuclear family that still places value and importance on sitting down to the dinner table and having (and expressing) faith, Americans are outraged. Instead, Americans place more value on crap like the Kardashians.
That fame whoring, do anything for a buck, if I’m not in the spotlight I’ll perish family is where far too many Americans derive their values from. Materialism, consumerism, and blatant self-promotion have become the new norm. The rise of the “selfie” as the norm says it all. How low we have sunk as a society when “selfie” is the word of the year. We have morphed into a selfish, and childish society. If any of us spent more than two seconds on honest self-reflection, the light bulb would go off and we would realize we have more in common with the Robertson family than the Kardashians.
A&E executives are idiots of the highest magnitude. What did they gain by indefinitely suspending Phil Robertson? They capitulated to those vocal haters and have, hopefully, costs themselves their single most successful series ever. I hope those Americans who are capable of intelligent thought, and who still think for themselves, stop watching A&E and all A&E affiliated networks. I hope those Americans that still have family and religious values begin to realize that they have a voice and that collective voice is stronger, louder, and more honest than the media whores that encompass the mass media,GLAAD, NCAAAP, and whatever community feels slighted.
Free speech is not for the select few who spout the current politically correct notion. It doesn’t apply to only those in power or those that scream the loudest. One of the founding principles of this country was that speech invites dialogue and dialogue results in change. Dialogue doesn’t happen when one side gets so offended that they scream down the opposing view point as soon as a dissenting syllable is uttered. Free speech is at the very heart of being an American, as is the right to religious freedom. Phil Robertson is entitled to his religious views and he is allowed to express those views any time he wants, to anyone that wants to listen.
Phil Robertson said nothing hateful or harmful about gays or people of color. He spoke from his heart and based on his experiences. You may not like what he said, you may vehemently disagree with everything he believes and speaks, but you do not have the right to silence his speech because you find it distasteful. Change the channel, stop reading, don’t buy Duck Commander products, but for God’s sake, realize that his opinion is a valid as yours.
Phil Robertson does not need to go on an image revitalization blitz after the new year, as suggested by this drivel. His image is just fine. He is a grown man. He has faults, weaknesses, strengths, and beliefs. He knows who he is, he is comfortable in his own skin. If he embarked on a press tour to “rehabilitate” his character for the media, he would be lying to the world. And lets be honest, Phil Robertson doesn’t need the money that the A&E series brings in and neither do any of the cast members.
Given the choice between a media whore Kardashian and a redneck Robinson, I’d pick the Robertson every time. America and Americans have forgotten the values that made this country great once and as a result, we have become a society and culture (and I use that word LIGHTLY) of materialistic, consumerist, greedy, insincere mewling preschoolers.
It is time for the media bullying and political correctness to end. It is time for Americans to treat one another with respect, regardless of differences. And you know what? Phil Robertson would tell you the exact same thing.