'Duck Dynasty' star suspended for anti-gay remarks

Thu. December 19, 2013 8:36 AM by GoPride.com News Staff

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Sarah Palin defends 'Duck Dynasty' star

Phil Robertson, a star of A&E's reality show 'Duck Dynasty', was suspended from the show Wednesday after making anti-gay statements in an interview with GQ magazine. 

"It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man's anus, that's just me," the 67-year-old Robertson said. "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."

"Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there," Robertson continued. "Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men."

Robertson also made controversial comments about race relations in the Deep South when he was growing up.

A&E Networks suspended Robertson from 'Duck Dynasty' shorty after the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) issued a response.

"We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson's comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series 'Duck Dynasty,'" A&E Networks said in a statement according to The Hollywood Reporter. "His personal views in no way reflect those of A&E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community."

The conservative-Christian Robertson clan have become the media darlings of the political right. Phil's brother, Willie Robertson, has said GOP leaders courted him for a political run. 

Sarah Palin came to Robertson's defense Wednesday. 

"Free speech is an endangered species," Palin posted on Facebook. "Those 'intolerants' hatin' and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us."

Westboro Baptist Church, which the Southern Poverty Law Center has described as a cult and hate group, has joined Palin's outcry. 

"Quack Quack! Watch for WBC picket at A&E offices," Fred Phelps, the leader of the hate church tweeted. "It's the only Bible thing to do."