This whole Phil Robertson thing has blown up my social feeds this morning. I read through the articles and COME ON.
Everyone is harping about how he doesn't speak for the people of Louisiana or how he doesn't speak for the majority of Christians or how he doesn't speak for A&E... but here's the thing: he never said he did. He said these specific words: "It seems like, to me... that's just me."
He began and ended his statement with clarifications that it was just his opinion. If I counted the number of times every movie, music, or reality TV star said something insensitive or offensive, no one would ever work again.
Now, having said that, I'm not defending his words... but I shouldn't have to. They were his words, not mine. Because he doesn't speak for anyone but himself.
Which he flat out stated.
Now, I'm a Christian... and one of my sacred vows is to never get into debates theological online because no one looks good in one of those. However, I try to live my life according to how I believe Jesus would want me to live, which is being non-judgmental of people, accepting of who people are as human beings, and trying to live in peace with all people (except for CrashedPC, because he is a stinky farty butt).
Two of my best friends are gay* and I can reconcile my love of them with my faith without a single hiccup. I love 'em and they love me and that's the extent of our judgment of each other.
Do I believe Phil Robertson should have kept his mouth shut? No I don't. The guy is entitled to say whatever he wants. That's his opinion. Was his network right for putting him on suspension? No, they weren't. That's my opinion. Is the LGBT community in a righteous or pointless uproar about this? Who can say? GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz was quick to fire off this missive: "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,"
Hold on, Wilson, you don't speak for the Christians any more than Phil does. Sadly, there ARE a large number of Christians who agree with Phil (the 'sadly' bit being my own opinion, please don't fire me,) and there are a large number of us who don't agree with Phil. Then again, there are a large number of us who don't agree with A&E. I mean, Psychic Tia? Billy the Exterminator? Parking Wars? Sheesh.
So just to wrap up: Is Phil an idiot? No, I don't think so. Is his opinion unpopular? Yes... with certain crowds, just as it is popular with others. If you don't believe that, just check out the comments section on damn near any article or video on the Internet. Eventually they'll all turn to one of three subjects: homosexuals, racism, or the Illuminati.
Phil's opinion is Phil's opinion. He never claimed to represent anyone but himself. I don't watch Duck Dynasty and I don't get its draw (I mean, if I wanted to watch rednecks shoot at stuff I'd have stayed in South Carolina) but I don't think that A&E is in the right to pull the plug on his airtime when he's clearly the draw of the entire show. I do believe that his managers should probably coach him a little more in his public relations skills, and I have no doubt that even now he's probably taking a good hard look at his choices in life...
But then again, he who is without sin, let him cast the first stone.
(Note: I cribbed some of my material from NYDailyNews.com).
*The word "flaming" removed at the suggestion of RemedioVaro.