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Friday, December 20, 2013

An Open Letter to "Duck Dynasty" and Supporters

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Dear Duck Dynasty and Supporters (Sarah Palin, Bobby Jindal, etc.),

Today, two members of the all-woman band "Pussy Riot" are being freed from prison after serving over a year because they had the audacity to peacefully protest the Russian government and its oppressive policies.

That would never happen in this country. What we call--and you yell--"Freedom of Speech" is meant to protect the right of any citizen to say whatever they wish (within reason of public safety) without repercussions from the government.

Though it's certainly a heated debate, the spirit of freedom of speech is in protecting the opinion of the minority on an issue--whether that be a minority of background or population or power. It's meant to give everyone the chance to voice their opinion.

And although your opinion on homosexuality is now in the minority in this country, your privilege as straight folks to say things that perpetuate dangerous myths and hatred has helped keep in place laws that treat those in the LGBT community as second class citizens.

The First Amendment ONLY guarantees the government can't oppress you for your opinions, it does not dictate to private entities what they can and cannot do in regards to the words that come out of your mouth.

So, when you say stupid shit like "I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once." or "whether they're homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort 'em out later, you see what I'm saying?" or literally compare non-Christians to Nazis, a private company like A&E has every right to can your ass, regardless of who does and does not agree with them.

Further, I've noticed a strange absence of that much-heralded "let the free market do its job" commentary that was so prevalent when folks were boycotting Chick-fil-A for their anti-gay bigotry. Now, that A&E has literally made a decision in response to the market, you're crying foul. What happened to capitalism being a driving force for social equality?

You absolutely have freedom of speech, but you do not have the right to a guaranteed audience or freedom from criticism or freedom from private sector consequences.

So, please take your duck whistles and complaints to the nearest Chick-fil-A and let the rest of us celebrate the triumph of the human spirit and actual bravery in free speech with those women from Pussy Riot.

 

24 comments:

  1. Well said too bad you removed every part of what Phil said that invalidated your argument.

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    1. Unless what he removed was Phil saying "Just kidding" (which it wasn't) there was nothing in his rant that would have invalidated a civilized mans response such as this.

      Well said Charles :)

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    2. Actually, he mentioned the *only* part that would have possibly "invalidated" his argument, that being the "we let God sort 'em out" thing. I have a subscription to GQ and read the article. Everything he said was pretty duty stuff for evangelical regressives, except for maybe the talk about anuses and vaginas. He contradicts himself by saying "we love everybody" while judging gays, and calling sin "illogical" etc. Speaking of "illogical," I'm sorta surprised nobody mentioned his cited reasoning for voting Romney. Something about how "When I think of walking in a city late at night, I'd rather be in Salt Lake City than Chicago." ….uh, what?

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    3. "...what Phil said...invalidated your argument".
      It's just as easy to type, or speak, baseless assertions like you've done above as it is to express the truth (well, easy, that is, if you have no conscience, or are dumb as dirt). "Too bad" you give away the game by declining to quote these allegedly (and non-existent) redacted "part(s) of what Phil said that invalidated" Clymer's analysis.

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  2. Bravo! Trying to get people to understand the true meaning of freedom of speech is like pulling hen's teeth. Withing the parameters of public safety, a person can say what they want; 99 times out of 100 it isn't protected by the First amendment, but words do have consequences, and so if you flap your jaws irresponsibly be prepared for consequences.......and they may not be nice.

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    1. What are you talking about? If I were you, I'd rethink your statement, "Withing [sic] the parameters of public safety, a person can say what they [sic] want; 99 times out of 100 it isn't protected by the First amendment..."

      Are you talking about Iran? Why wouldn't 99% of speech, provided it doesn't pose a public hazard, be protected? That's the whole point of the article above; idiots like the Duck Whistlers (or whomever) can say what they wish, and it IS protected by the First Amendment. The rest of your statement, about consequences, is spot on. I think you'd better take a refresher course on the Bill of Rights.

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    3. Joel Durham. While I am not going to speak for him, I think what he meant is REPERCUSSIONS from 99% of what a person says is not protected under the bill of rights' freedom of speech provision. If I walk up to my boss and call him a moron, he is going to fire me. NOT protected speech. If I yell FIRE in a crowded movie theatre and I am arrested for inciting a riot, NOT protected. If I work in a public arena and say something offensive that puts off viewers and, much more importantly, SPONSORS, I am getting fired, NOT protected. If I stand outside the white house and say 'OBAMA IS A MUSLIM" it IS PROTECTED (and transcendantly moronic). See?

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  3. WHEN THE DIXIE CHICKS COMPLAINED ABOUT GW BUSH AND HIS WAR DECISION, THESE SAME FREE SPEECH ADVOCATES CRUCIFIED THEM. WHERE IS THERE SENSE OF BALANCE?

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  5. It is a truism that bigots do not recognize themselves in a cartoon that heralds bigotry. Psychologists have proven this. "Duck Dynasty" is the cartoon that heralds a redneck family's philosophy, including its outrageous bigotry. That's who they are. They deserve pushback from enlightened people who knew that Jim Crow laws were unconstitutional and had to be changed. We know that Blacks (and White supporters) fought those laws using nonviolent means. A fair number died in the process. But eventually they won. They changed the laws that now protect Blacks from racist conduct. And many former racists changed their opinions. This was true especially if interstate commerce was involved. It would be great if racism were a thing of the past. It isn't. We can't stop racist opinions. That's protected speech under the First Amendment. But when a person indulges in racist speech he/she takes the consequences. Phil's ignorance showed itself in his ridiculous comments that showed he knows nothing about the history and truth of slavery. Intelligence and understanding of racism in America are out of reach for the "Duck Dynasty" folks. There are books they could read to educate themselves. But if they don't want to be educated there is nothing that can help them to become enlightened. They are the sorry losers in our society.

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  6. #1 WHY would GQ interview a down-south, self-proclaimed redneck, bible thumper about sin?? Wake UP! Would you have him denounce his deep beliefs or lie? Is GQ usually asking about religious beliefs for rednecks? Were they looking for fashion tips?? What The Heck!!! Pawns is what you are. Suckers used for sensationalism..

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    1. Did he have to answer the question? No he did not.

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  7. It has now been revealed that Phil Robertson will be returning to Duck Dynasty on January 15. A&E said they have no plans to fire the star.

    It appears as though the war on Phil Robertson and his freedoms of free speech and religions aren’t quite so savage. Although A&E declared they were suspending the star “indefinitely, ” it was apparently only a façade for the gay community as sources say they still intend to air episodes featuring Robertson .

    The Duck Dynasty star came under fire after expressing his beliefs about homosexuality and how it conflicts his religion. In an interview with GQ magazine, he started off by saying, “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.”

    He went even further into explanation when he said, “It seems like, to me, a vagina – as a man – would be more desirable than a man’s anus.” Afterwards, he even went so far as to compare homosexuality to bestiality and terrorism, a point which made a select portion of the public outraged.

    (See also: Duck Dynasty Dad Causes Homosexual Controversy)





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    The point Robertson was trying to make here is that you can’t draw a line where “acceptable” sin is. Sin is sin, and the only line you can draw is where it is, not which sin is OK to commit.

    Being outraged by the comments members of the gay community went on a double standard rampage—because of course, straight people who don’t agree with homosexuality are labeled “homophobes” while they’re allowed to feel “offended.”

    Wilson Cruz, a spokesman for GLAAD,—a gay rights group—made a cry to the public saying, “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.” He went on to say, “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.”

    (See also: BREAKING: Phil Robertson Indefinitely Suspended From ‘Duck Dynasty’ Over Comments About Gays)

    The funny thing about his statement is that Louisiana is one of the majority 33 states that have an all out ban on same sex marriage. If there was a majority in support of the lifestyle then wouldn’t that show as either a majority in the states that allow it, or at least in the “majority” led Louisiana?

    Either way, A&E quickly moved to make a public statement where they said, “The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely,” and that, “His personal views in no way reflect those of A&E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community.”

    Well it turns out that this may just be a ploy to let heat cool down as they play out the rest of Robertson’s episodes. Apparently they are going to play the next season with episodes featuring Robertson as they have already filmed and edited them.

    (See also: ‘Duck Dynasty’ Family Announcing They Will Likely Quit A&E Network)

    But what about his suspension—is A&E going to stand by their statement?

    A source close to the situation stated that, “There’s no negotiation to have; we’re doing the show. We’ll figure out a solution. It’s just not going to happen overnight. Everybody will take a break for the holidays and regroup afterward. That’s probably the smartest thing for everyone to do. Time heals a lot of wounds.”

    Apparently they’re not done milking this money cow yet as once again, money has proven dominance over morals.

    There really shouldn’t have been any issue in the first place as it was Robertson’s right to express how he felt under his freedoms of speech and religion. But, hopefully A&E will be exposed for the greedy hypocrites they really are.

    What do you guys think of this?

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    1. I think you're right. It's always about the bottom line. And who know's what Phil really believes? He's rolling in dough and is more refined than he pretends to be on the show. (not that I watch that garbage.)

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  8. The women of pussy riot were violent, cowardly criminals.
    Several times there were arrested for sexual assault, videos of which exist online.

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    1. But that is not what they were arrested for, is it.

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  9. They sign a contract, for just this sort of thing so if he did not want to follow that contract he should not have signed it..

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  10. Response to the market? What market? They're show averages 2 million more viewers than the finale of Breaking Bad. It's the NUMBER ONE show on cable. A&E aired a marathon of the show. This was not response to the market, this was an emotional decision. One they are going back on. They will lose SOOOOOO much money if they cancel this show. Their 2nd highest rated show has ONE million viewers. Sponsors are supporting the Robertsons. How can you say the market has spoken? ALSO chick fil a didn't lose money. They made more. FROM ME for one. They make the best chicken sandwiches. They give scholarships to their young employees. Not everyone thinks like you, or lives in your gay bubble. The market would speak, if the show got poor ratings. But they're selling out of merch at walmart. WALMART is selling out. That's huge. So YES the market has spoken, and it supports the ROBERTSONS.

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  11. It's too bad Pussy Riot is actually a shit band. Thus, I'm sure, the origin for this Russian escapade of theirs. Gotta sell those ANTIFA types something, and when your music sucks there's nothing better than belonging to some sort of movement with a social agenda.

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