A new Facebook page is demanding a boycott of A&E Television until A&E brings Phil back to the show. The Facebook page “Boycott A&E Until Phil Robertson is Put Back on Duck Dynasty” is in response to A&E suspension from the show because of comments he made in a GQ Magazine article ( see Phil Robertson Suspended From Duck Dynasty Indefinitely ). They ask that we don’t watch any A&E show until Phil is re-instated. Although the page is only a little over 1 day old, it has already racked up 1.1 million likes.
Apparently there are a lot of people who either share Phil’s beliefs or they believe that Phil should be free to express them. I’m surprised that A&E rushed to suspend him when most of the time these type of situations are long and drawn out ( think Paula Dean, Martin Bashir or Alec Baldwin ). I think it is unlikely that A&E will back down and lift the suspension, since it will make them appear like they give into pressure. Hopefully the backlash and boycott will make them reconsider and perhaps come up with an alternative, less severe reaction.
The Robertsons have officially responded to the controversy with this statement:
“We want to thank all of you for your prayers and support. The family has spent much time in prayer since learning of A&E’s decision. We want you to know that first and foremost we are a family rooted in our faith in God and our belief that the Bible is His word. While some of Phil’s unfiltered comments to the reporter were coarse, his beliefs are grounded in the teachings of the Bible. Phil is a Godly man who follows what the Bible says are the greatest commandments: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart’ and ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Phil would never incite or encourage hate.We are disappointed that Phil has been placed on hiatus for expressing his faith, which is his constitutionally protected right.We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm. We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of Duck Dynasty. Again, thank you for your continued support of our family.”
– Robertson Family
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