Here’s one thing you won’t see on an episode of Duck Dynasty – the Robertson men spitting into a cup after a long chew. And it’s not because the guys don’t do it, but A&E reportedly has refused to air it. “None of them smoke cigarettes, but all of them dip into the snuff,” reporter Erik Hedegaard writes for Men’s Journal. “Phil introduced them to chew when they were young.”
Chewing tobacco isn’t illegal, and in the south it’s quite popular. Take a look on a public golf course or on a baseball diamond and you’re bound to find men doing it.
The report claims, “He had his reasons.” Phil Robertson adds, “When you’re dealing with young men, for lack of a better term, it’s best for them to discover the great outdoors. And in my humble opinion, to make sure they stay men, give them a little chewing tobacco from time to time. Spitting on the ground is a sign of maleness in our culture down here.”
I doubt the release of this news will cause any of the men to change their habits, but it should be noted that chewing tobacco does lead to forms of throat and mouth cancer. Quitting won’t hurt their redneck image – it’ll be interesting to see what comes of this.
What do you think? Is it a big deal for a family who preaches a high moral standard to chew tobacco?