Phil Robertson, star of A&E’s hit reality series Duck Dynasty, compared homosexuality to bestiality, prostitution, adultery, alcoholism, and terrorism, and claimed LGBT people were illogical “sinners” in an interview with GQ magazine.
As of Wednesday evening, Robertson had been suspended from the show indefinitely, an A&E spokesperson confirmed to Entertainment Weekly. That statement said the network was "extremely disappointed" in Robertson's personal views, which "are not reflected in the series," and "in no way reflect those of A&E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community."
In the GQ interview, Robertson got graphic about why he prefers female anatomy. “It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus,” Robertson says in the beginning of his interview. “That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”
Later, when Robertson was asked to elaborate on his views about immoral behavior, GQ reports he added:
"Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”
However, Robertson wanted to make it clear that he’s not judging anyone. “We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell. That’s the Almighty’s job,” he told GQ. “We just love ‘em, give ‘em the good news about Jesus — whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ‘em out later, you see what I’m saying?”
GLAAD immediately reached out to A&E and have asked the network to clarify where it stands on Robertson’s comments, which the LGBT organization called “some of the vilest and most extreme statements uttered against LGBT people in a mainstream publication,” noting the comments were “littered with outdated stereotypes and blatant misinformation.”
"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," said GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz. "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."