GLAAD suggests Phil Robertson reversal based on profits

Sun. December 29, 2013 10:10 AM by

LGBT rights advocate GLAAD has criticized cabler A&E's decision to lift Phil Robertson's suspension from Duck Dynasty.

The news comes a little more than a week after the television network suspended Robertson for comments made during an interview with GQ. Robertson told the men's fashion glossy that gay sex was an illogical "sin" and put it in the same category as bestiality and promiscuity.

In announcing its decision on Friday, the network reiterated its "disappointment" in Robertson but added that Duck Dynasty is "not a show about one man's views." A&E added that it would launch a national PSA campaign "promoting unity, tolerance and acceptance among all people."

(Related: Phil Robertson back on A&E's Duck Dynasty.)

GLAAD criticized the move in a statement.

"Phil Robertson should look African American and gay people in the eyes and hear about the hurtful impact of praising Jim Crow laws and comparing gay people to terrorists," GLAAD said. "If dialogue with Phil is not part of the next steps, then A+E has chosen profits over African American and gay people – especially its employees and viewers."

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