Phil Robertson, head of the Robertson family business featured in the show Duck Dynasty, has been suspended from the show for not being left-wing enough. He made some statements in an interview with GQ that apparently made the A&E network upset. It seems they weren’t prepared to accept that this duck hunter from Louisiana is, in fact, a real-life Southern White Christian and not simply a source of entertainment:
“Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong… Sin becomes fine,” he said. “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.”
Paraphrasing Corinthians he added: “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.”
That’s a pretty normal Christian perspective, one that Robertson shares with millions of the other Vaisyas who watch his show. None of what he said is unusual except to the progressive Brahmins who see him not only as a foreigner but as morally inferior and in need of correction. Have a look at the show’s hashtag on Twitter and you’ll see a level of hatred towards Robertson and his thede that one rarely sees towards homosexuals. Or take this response, for instance:
The gay and lesbian rights group GLAAD was quick to criticize Robertson for his comments and called on A&E to take action.
“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 rep 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.”
Why should Phil Robertson, A&E, or anyone else give a damn about what GLAAD think? What place has a representative of a gay activist group to talk about “what true Christians believe”? He may disagree with Robertson’s notion of sin, but that isn’t enough to allow him to redefine Christianity as something less offensive to gays. Robertson’s words show him to be in line with millions of other Americans, not to mention thousands of years of religious tradition. Only a Brahmin, divorced from the cultural past, would suggest that quoting 1 Corinthians VI:9-11 is a “decision to push vile and extreme stereotypes”. It takes a special kind of arrogance to think that feeling offended qualifies you to pass judgement on age-old conventions that have stood the test of time.
Progressives, in their insistence on lockstep adherence to their ideology, are no less religious than Phil Robertson. And because they form the media-academic circuit that runs the United States, they often have the power to humiliate those who don’t at least pay lip service to progressivism. The “gay rights” issue is not about helping the three-and-a-half percent of the population who are actually gay, it’s about keeping the nonprogressive half of America in line. Perhaps Robertson knew this quite well and wanted to prove the point; this certainly isn’t the first time A&E has tried to regiment him to fit their image. You can hear him in this video discussing how the network wanted to add bleeps to the audio of the show, which did not actually contain profanity, to add “spice”, and how they removed the words “in Jesus’ name” from the family’s prayers.
Clearly, Duck Dynasty is not produced or broadcast by people who have much appreciation for the culture of the people the show is about. It may be a record-setting series in cable television, but that’s not enough for A&E. They don’t just want money; they want rigid ideological conformity. This is yet another example of how Brahmins will pass up massive amounts of money when doing otherwise would make them seem too friendly to the people they hate. In Sweden, it’s even worse; there are shows like Troll Hunters that actually target nonprogressives for humiliation. There are too many conservative Vaisyas in the United States for there to be an equivalent program here, but networks like A&E would surely enjoy being able to market one. What’s to be done when “American culture” is actually two cultures at war with one another?