There has been a backlash against the comments made by Duck Dynasty‘s patriarch, Phil Robertson, but not the backlash A & E or GLAAD might have wished for. GLAAD, or Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, is getting quite a bit of well deserved criticism for their efforts to silence dissenting viewpoints. I read about it at Yahoo News.
In the fallout over Wednesday’s suspension of “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson by A&E for anti-gay and racist remarks, GLAAD is experiencing record levels of backlash.
“In the five-and-a-half years I’ve worked at GLAAD, I’ve never received so many violently angry phone calls and social media posts attacking GLAAD for us speaking out against these comments,” the media watchdog organization’s vice president of communications Rich Ferraro told TheWrap.
He said those reactions range from those who simply believe as Robertson believes to those who feel that GLAAD and A&E’s actions limit the reality star’s free speech.
“I don’t think this is about the first amendment,” Ferraro said. “I feel it’s more about the America we live in today. That is one where Americans, gay and straight, are able to speak out when people in the public eye make anti-gay and racist remarks.”
I don’t think their representative really gets it. No one is questioning their speaking out against comments they find offensive. The problem is that GLAAD and similar organizations are unwilling to extend that same courtesy to others. Speaking out is one thing. Trying to silence people by trying to prevent them from making a living quite another. And, make no mistake about it, this is precisely what GLAAD is trying to do. The Robertson family are wealthy enough that they don’t really need the income from their reality show. The next person GLAAD targets might not be so fortunate. This whole affair is meant to serve as a warning.
Robertson’s supporters have started petitions, called for boycotts and include Sarah Palin, Sean Hannity and Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal. Currently, more than 70,000 people have signed the online petition asking A&E to drop the suspension.
“It just means we still have a lot of work to do,” Ferraro said.
Meaning that not everybody is cowed by their bullying.
GLAAD spoke with A&E representatives on Wednesday morning to discuss why people would be offended by the comments and calls to action. ”They took this very seriously, as soon as the news broke,” Ferraro said.
After the meeting, GLAAD issued its statement on Robertson’s comments. A&E initially released a statement from Robertson in which he said he would “never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me.” But the network declined to comment itself until Wednesday night, when it announced the suspension, which GLAAD applauded.
Mr. Robertson has made it clear, in the GQ inerview and in statements afterwards, that he would not treat anyone with disrespect, even if he believes their lifestyle to be sinful. But that is not enough for GLAAD.
“We believe the next step is to use this as an opportunity for Phil to sit down with gay families in Louisiana and learn about their lives and the values they share,” the spokesman said.
The organization is also currently researching companies who use Robertson as a spokesperson.
“Silence is agreement in this case,” he said. “With such egregious anti-gay and racist comments, those companies that choose to be affiliated with this family need to speak out.”
It is not enough to simply agree to disagree, or simply be neutral, as far as GLAAD is concerned. Everyone must be an active supporter of their agenda, or else. GLAAD and like organizations are being bullies in pushing their agenda and suppressing anyone opposed to them, and it is about time that they are stopped.
- ‘Duck Dynasty’ Fallout: GLAAD Reeling From Biggest Backlash in Years, Says Rep (thewrap.com)
- GLAAD May Target ‘Duck Dynasty’ Advertisers Despite Backlash (breitbart.com)
- Michelle Malkin: GLAAD: Lethal enforcers of the left’s tolerance mob (conservativeread.com)
- A&E Executives Suspended Duck Dynasty Patriarch After Call with GLAAD (breitbart.com) I wonder if A&E executives would be so quick to suspend a person who offended Christians? Do I even have to ask?
- GLAAD: Must ‘End This Pattern’… (truthrevolt.org)
- ‘The Kelly File’: GLAAD, Family Research Council spokesmen talk ‘Duck Dynasty’ firestorm (bizpacreview.com)
- GLAAD: Lethal Enforcers of the Left’s Tolerance Mob (michellemalkin.com)