Gay CNN commentator defends Duck Dynasty’s Robertson

Yesterday we featured Camile Paglia, a lesbian, university professor, and writer who defended Phil Robertson and in the process noted that her liberal Democratic friends were fascists and Stalinists on a politically correct witch hunt.

Today we’ve got a gay CNN commentator defending Phil to the odorous, obnoxious Piers Morgan who is demanding that Phil gets fired for breaching some line or another. Please note that this is the same refugee from England who wants to repeal the 2nd amendment and confiscate our machine guns. Assuming we had machine guns.

Piers is blathering on about “corporate responsibility” vis-à-vis Walmart selling Duck Dynasty products in the hundreds of millions. He also whines about the Dynasty’s viewership.

Personally, we are sold on the idea that little Piers is just jealous. He’s at the bottom of the ratings with a network who couldn’t fill a decent sized football stadium with any of their shows, and we’re not convinced that Piers audience could fill our apartment.

We enjoyed the commentator saying “Look, I always err on the side of free speech…” You would think that any journalist would be right there with him. We know that we don’t agree with much of what the commentator believes, but we’re shoulder to shoulder on free speech.

His point is that, let the market decide. We found it interesting that someone brought up that A&E was going to fire Phil and they thought that was a market decision.

First of all, since A&E is getting ready to air a season wrap up of Duck Dynasty with Phil, and because they would lose at least 14 million viewers, we question the business rationale for cancelling the show.

Next, with respect to the merchandise and their Walmart business, see above. Walmart knows their market and given the choice of ticking off thousands of GLAAD supporters or tens of millions of Dynasty supporters, this seems like a no brainer. Think of the same decision making process that Walmart followed when they were being pressured to stop selling guns. That went nowhere.

There is certainly a possibility that A&E could think their commitment to the gay, lesbian, transgender, and queer community (did we miss anybody?) is more important than 14 plus million real people. They could well cancel Duck Dynasty.

In that scenario does anybody think that there’s not another cable network who wouldn’t like 14 million loyal viewers plus merchandise? We could see the Dynasty moving to another network – CNN maybe because they’re working hard to deemphasize their news division.

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  • Commander_Chico

    Piers is a British authoritarian who wants British law – hate speech laws, etc. – in the USA. He does not realize Americans are independent.

    • Retired military

      But he is on an American Tv channel. Maybe the ones who employ him don’t realize that Americans are independent.

      Maybe we should have a debate about it Chico. But speaking of debates, I think your debating skills need sharpening.

      “As I said before, try answering what people say, and not try to put words in others’ mouths, debate goes better” – Chico, Famed Wizbangblog poster

      How about practising what you preach Chico.

      1 Oprah,the Lamestream media, Reid, Pelosi, and other major dems have called people racist simply because they oppose Obama’s
      policies. Yet when they oppose those same policies when espoused by Bill, Hillary. Reid, Pelos, Gore, Kerry, etc etc they weren’t considered racist then by Oprah, etc etc (I don’t know isn’t good enough)
      Do you feel that it is because the left is just playing the race card?

      2. People were called racist anarchist terrorists when they tried to delay Obamacare yet Al Franken who did the same thing wasn’t called Racist. Do you feel that it is because he is a democrat and the people doing the call just playing the race card because that is all they have?

      3. People were called racist anarchist terrorist when they called for the delay of all or part of Obamacare and Obama who is unconstitutionally doing the same thing is not called a racist anarchist terrorist. Do you feel that it is because he is a democrat and the people doing the calling are just playing the race card because that is all they have?

  • Par4Course

    A&E may have put Phil on indefinite hiatus to show they are pro-LGBT, but the latest news is that the network has no plans to actually fire Phil or drop Duck Dynasty. A&E apparently understands on which side its bread is buttered – i.e., it is not easy to replace a highly popular (and extremely lucrative) reality show. I’m chalking up the network’s sound business decision to keep the bearded ones as a win for capitalism over progressive ideology.

  • fustian24

    I suspect A&E was so clueless about their audience that they fully expected that the Duck Dynasty viewers would demand an apology from Phil.

    I’m sure they were congratulating themselves on getting ahead of this.

    Further, they don’t really know Phil, since they probably expected him to immediately prostrate himself on the altar of PC. Because, doesn’t everybody?

    A&E will wait a few months for things to calm down and will try to quietly re-instate Phil. They’ll point out that he never said that he hated anybody, he never said that being gay was the same as bestiality. Instead he just stated standard Christian doctrine albeit crudely.

    The bigger question will be whether the Ducks themselves want to come back. Depending on contractual issues, they may choose to walk.