People are up in arms about the recent suspension of Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson from the show. Everywhere you look people are defending his comments, posting that A&E should be ashamed for taking that stand as he has every right to say what he wants according to the first amendment. I do not disagree with freedom of speech. He can say whatever the hell he wants to say at any given time and I don’t give a shit. I have the same right. However if I come to my place of employment and start ranting off about a particular group of people or saying discriminatory things publicly you can bet your bottom dollar that will NOT be tolerated and I WILL be fired. How is what A&E any different? I can say whatever the hell I want to say as a constitutionally protected right. Is my employer going to stand by that? Is that who they will want to represent the company I work for? I guess not. A&E has their own right not to employ someone if they publicly make opinionated comments about a select group of people.
Phil Robertson was not arrested. He was not hauled off or has charges brought against him. No right of his is being denied. The only thing that happened was he lost his paycheck. The same thing would have happened to many Americans from their place of employment. As a celebrity you still have the right to speak your mind, in fact on a much larger platform, but at the same time that doesn’t mean there will not be repercussions for what you say. For anyone’s argument to say that his freedom of speech was revoked you are WRONG. No legal charges were brought against him, therefore, no right was denied. In fact now that he is suspended from A&E he is more then welcome to continue his ignorant rant and continue his version of what he believes Jesus would have wanted.
On a side note while his opinions are his and for him to say whenever he chooses, I don’t believe that as a gay person I should be lumped in and compared to terrorists, prostitutes, drunks, etc. I am a fully functioning, responsible, law abiding, and patriotic citizen. My beautiful relationship with the woman I love has no bearing on the judgmental people who claim they do not judge and love everyone yet in the same sentence will then tell me about what I do is wrong or unnatural. The next logical step from homosexuality is NOT beastiality and alienating a huge portion of the country doesn’t exactly make for the loving behavior Jesus preached about. And let’s also note that if Phil had made similar comments about African Americans or Jews there would be a public outcry for his head…. a la Paula Dean. It is just plain wrong not to have the same sense of indignation when the comments are directed at gays.
“Judge not, that ye be not judged.” Matthew 7:1-3
Okay, let’s talk about it. Let’s put all out in the open about Miley Cyrus. Everyone is STILL talking about Miley. Miley, Miley, Miley. Her VMA performance, her nakedness, her tongue wagging and licking inanimate objects. What has all this behavior produced? Non stop chatter about Miley. Everyone is watching what she is doing. Everyone is writing about her. Everyone wants her interview. Everyone is jumping to see the next video or hear her new lyrics. She has accomplished EXACTLY what she strived to do which is be relevant. How can you not see what she has done is hashtag GENIUS?
Her VMA performance was the topic of water cooler talk, radio stations, news, blogs, websites, social media, everything and anything for WEEKS. And really it was NO BIG DEAL. It was the MTV VMAs. Not the Oscars. Not the Golden Globes. Not the Tonys. The MTV VMA awards. HUGE difference. The television station that has been playing the videos of half naked woman twerking for decades and now there is a live performance of it and all of a sudden its taboo? Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines video has naked women all over it and was barely mentioned. However, Miley is naked on a wrecking ball and for Christ’s sake let’s get the President on the phone. How is this double standard even fair? OMG did you see Miley backing it up and twerking on Robin Thicke or her rubbing her foam finger all over him? Why don’t we talk about the MARRIED man who stood there and let it happen? Double standard. He easily could have walked away and sang by his audience.
And lets talk about Mr. Robin Thicke. The same night the nation was up in arms about Miley’s performace Robin Thicke is at a VMA after party where he down right just about molests this girl in a photo op and it barely makes a ripple. The MARRIED man that did not know there was a mirror behind him when the photo was taken gets to skate by while MILEY gets berated regarding her VMA performance. How is that fair? Hashtag double standard.
Miley’s performance was beyond smart, it was genius. Genius because everyone is talking about her, her album is selling, her videos viral, and she is relevant. Her 6 minute performance generated her millions and people can’t get her name out of their mouths. What she did is no different then older artists in their generation filming their shocking videos and making their own documentaries, i.e. Madonna. It gets people talking. It keeps them relevant. It keeps people waiting on their next move. Genius.