Oh how the hate is flowing in America today!
Remember a while ago when Chic-Fil-A was under fire for donating money to organizations to which many took offense to? Remember how Chic-Fil-A was considered homophobic and every other name in the book? Remember ‘Support Chic-Fil-A Day” where lines at Chic-Fil-A’s across the country were extremely long with people showing their support for Chic-Fil-A? Yeah, that same thing is happening again, but this time, we’re not eating chicken; we’re indulging in some duck!
People tend to miss the point when it comes to issues such as this. If you haven’t heard about Phil Robertson’s suspension from the mega-hit “Duck Dynasty” because he believes that marriage is between a man and a woman, and his tongue-in-cheek joke of how he prefers vagina over a male anus, then get out from under your rock. That’s about the gist of what you need to know to follow along with my writing.
This is not about gay rights, just as the case was with Chic-Fil-A. People are completely focused on the fact that Phil doesn’t agree with the homosexual lifestyle because he is a man of faith. You can agree with him or disagree with him, that’s okay. However, let’s respect one’s opinion and their right to speak it. With Chic-Fil-A, everyone seemed to be focused on the fact that droves and droves of people showed up to support Chic-Fil-A for their stance, which some took to mean that those customers have the same stance as Chic-Fil-A.
These people who are up in arms about Chic-Fil-A, and now Phil Robertson, are the ones who cannot seem to get it through their heads that people may have a different opinion than the one of their own. So what’s the only conclusion? Well, GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) says that advertisers should stop airing ads during Duck Dynasty and that Phil Robertson should be punished. It worked. A&E suspended Phil from episodes of Duck Dynasty for the foreseeable future. Here is the statement from GLAAD:
“Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil’s lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe. He clearly knows nothing about gay people or the majority of Louisianans — and Americans — who support legal recognition for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples.
“Phil’s decision to push vile and extreme stereotypes is a stain on A&E and his sponsors who now need to reexamine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families.
So, someone who doesn’t have a popular opinion should be punished. This is the big factor for me. How come there was never a discussion after these comments? Why should Phil be punished so quickly without a discussion where there may be hopes of an understanding. Have Phil sit down with GLAAD and discuss their differences. Isn’t that what adults should do? Or should GLAAD bully A&E into punishing Phil and therefore, punishing A&E.
Duck Dynasty is, without question, the top rated program on A&E. For many, Phil is the heart and soul of that show. I, personally, have only seem a few episodes of the show, but enough to get what the message of the show is trying to convey. It’s a family built around Christian values, who base their livelihood around their faith. It’s a family which millions of viewers have fallen in love with. Suspending Phil is like having a member of your close family pass away. There will be a hole that you can never fill back up. What happens to the show now? Quite frankly, I’m not sure if anyone knows.
Once again, this is not about gay rights. If you believe this situation, along with Chic-Fil-A, centers around gay rights, you are completely missing the point. Whether you believe in gay marriage or you believe in traditional marriage, you need to understand how the other side feels. Suspending Phil because of his remarks solves nothing. It merely makes the divide between views that much bigger. Simply having a discussion between those of opposite views can have a profound impact on understanding the other side.
But maybe I just live in an ideal world.