Duck Dynasty

I might remove my life ban on attending arts events for this

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Regular readers will know that I despise the arts, and especially the arts luvvies who are sustained by a bludging culture.

Excuse me while I channel New Zealand’s most prolific arts, travel and lifestyle blogger for a moment.

I haven’t attended a show willingly in many a year, probably decades.

But I might consider my lifetime ban on attending the arts for this.

In what The New York Times is calling ?one of the more audacious theater projects in years,? the Robertson family is working with influential Broadway producer Michael David to create a Las Vegas musical based on the story of the family?s rise to fame. But before rehearsals have even begun, the show is causing a stir among some LGBT advocates. The Times reports that some of David?s fellow producers, are ?aghast? at the idea of one of Broadway?s own working with the controversial Phil Robertson.

?The show will end up challenging the views and assumptions of people across the political spectrum, more than most theater does,? said David. ?The Robertsons are so unusual, their story so juicy, and theater shouldn?t be limited to telling stories about people you resemble or revere.? ?? Read more »

Herald “Nude Selfies” article publishes Cam Slater photo (proceed with caution)

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Hunt or be Hunted

Blogger Cameron Slater, aka WhaleOil, who has a sharp eye for a target, is also a keen hunter of the animal kind of prey. And speculation is mounting that next month he will be joined by America’s most famous duck hunter, Phil Robertson, the controversial patriarch of hit TV show?Duck Dynasty.

The pair are said to be going on safari in the central North Island.

For Kiwis not familiar with Robertson and his clan, GQ magazine fills in the blanks. In an article entitled “What the Duck?” it asked how the squirrel-eating, Bible-thumping, catchphrase-spouting duck hunters have become the biggest TV stars in America.

Robertson made international headlines for homophobic comments in the interview, which resulted in a tumultuous end to the show’s fourth season.

So what have the blogger and the man from Louisiana in common? Politics, of course. Since enchanting the US far right, Robertson is a favourite of many Republicans, and was a speaker at their Leadership Conference
last month.

Luckily, the nude selfies portion doesn’t involve me.

The culture of “shut up”

Jon Levett writes at The Atlantic about modern society’s propensity to shout down those who we don’t agree with.

A recent example is the ostracisation of the Mozilla CE for daring to democratically put his money where his personal beliefs lay, and for daring to support one side of a democratic argument.

Then there is the case of Phil Robertson and Duck Dynasty being bullied off air, and the moves by the media and the pro-warming crowd to silence skeptics on global warming who dare to challenge their views on the matter.

Teacher unions and scientists use this technique all the time…”Shut up, when was the last time you were in a classroom teaching”…as if that is a valid argument for the right to have a say on education. “Shut up, what is your science degree in relation to? Was it in climate science” using the same childish argument to silence critics.

Homer Simpson once said that alcohol is the cause of, and solution to, all of life?s problems. And I kept thinking: That?s actually a pretty good description of the Internet and how it?s changing our discourse. It?s basically the cause of, and solution to, everything that plagues our culture.

That?s an exaggeration, of course. The Internet didn?t cause Donald Trump, and it certainly can?t solve Donald Trump. The way you defeat Donald Trump is by getting the ring of power into the hands of a pure soul, a hobbit, say, and that hobbit must journey to Mount Doom and release the ring into its fires. But the Internet: Did you know that every single day, the Internet produces more speech than was created between the dawn of civilization and the year 2006? You didn?t know that, because I just made it up. But it feels true. We are all bombarded. We are drowning in information. It?s no longer thrown on our doorstep each sunrise, or even just broadcast into our living rooms; it?s in our hands every waking hour; the endless stream of talking, as we spend all day moving our eyes from screen to screen to screen; it?s the first thing we see each morning and the last thing we see before we go to bed. The shower is the last safe space, which is why it?s the only place where we have decent ideas anymore.

In many ways this is good and getting better: We have unlocked the gates and we are removing the gatekeepers. We aren?t beholden to the views of the three green elders in the village. (See, I tied it back.) But what happens next?how we face the downside of so much connectedness?will determine whether or not this revolution empowers us, or once again empowers those gatekeepers. And I don?t want that to happen, because those gatekeepers suck. They?re arrogant and easily swayed by big, nice-sounding dangerous ideas; they?re ambitious and careerist and forgetful and unimaginative and shortsighted; they?re subject to groupthink, beholden to corporate interests, and enamored of fame and power.

I don?t want those voices to drown out the diverse and compelling voices that now have a better chance of making it in front of us than ever before?even as we still have a ways to go. And what I think we have to do, then, to protect this new wonderful thing of ?a good idea can come from anyone anywhere??is we need to stop telling each other to shut up. We need to get comfortable with the reality that no one is going to shut up. You aren?t going to shut up. I?m not going to shut up. The idiots aren?t going to shut up.

We need to learn to live with the noise and tolerate the noise even when the noise is stupid, even when the noise is offensive, even when the noise is at times dangerous. Because no matter how noble the intent, it?s a demand for conformity that encourages people on all sides of a debate to police each other instead of argue and convince each other. And, ultimately, the cycle of attack and apology, of disagreement and boycott, will leave us with fewer and fewer people talking more and more about less and less.? Read more »

“Duck Dynasty” launches its own line of guns

Duck Commander is launching a branded family of shotguns, semi-auto rifles and a semi-auto pistol.

The gunmaker Mossberg has teamed with Duck Commander, the company owned by “Duck Dynasty’s” Robertson clan, to release nine different shotguns, as well as two semiautomatic rifles and a semiautomatic pistol.

Mossberg has begun shipping some of the shotguns to distributors, according to spokeswoman Linda Powell. She declined to name specific retailers that will carry them.? Read more »

Phil’s back, A+E caves to Duck Dynasty fans

Phil Robertson is back on Duck Dynasty. A+E has decided to cave.

“Duck Dynasty” family patriarch Phil Robertson will be back on the popular A&E reality show when new episodes begin filming in 2014, the network said in a statement on Friday. A&E had previously?suspended Robertson?after he was?quoted in GQ magazine?discussing homosexuality.

“A+E Networks’ core values are centered around creativity, inclusion and mutual respect,” the statement read. “We believe it is a privilege for our brands to be invited into people’s home and we operate with a strong sense of integrity and deep commitment to these principles.”

The statement went on to “reiterate that (Robertson’s personal beliefs) are not views (the network) holds,” but to note that ” ‘Duck Dynasty’ is not a show about one man’s views.” It noted that the Robertson family often is seen on the show coming together “to reflect and pray for unity, tolerance and forgiveness.”? Read more »

Mark Steyn on ‘eating gay crow’

Mark Steyn weighs into the debate over the dumping of Phil Robertson and the actions of gay activist group GLAAD.

Having leaned on A&E to suspend their biggest star, GLAAD has now moved on to?Stage Two:

?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.

Actually, ?the next step? is for you thugs to push off and stop targeting, threatening and making demands of those who happen to disagree with you. Personally, I think this would be a wonderful opportunity for the GLAAD executive board to sit down with half-a-dozen firebreathing imams and learn about their values, but, unlike the Commissars of the Bureau of Conformity Enforcement, I accord even condescending little ticks like the one above the freedom to arrange his own social calendar. Unfortunately, GLAAD has had some success with this strategy, prevailing upon, for example, the Hollywood director Brett Ratner to submit to GLAAD re-education camp until he had eaten sufficient gay crow to be?formally rehabilitated with a GLAAD ?Ally? award. ? Read more »

Support for Duck Dynasty star from Camille Paglia

Camille Paglia would be the last person I would have expected to support Phil Robertson, being openly gay and a militant feminist…but she has more integrity than many other and calling the ban for what it is….Stalinist.

The suspension of Phil Robertson from A&E?s Duck Dynasty is outrageous in a nation that values freedom, according to social critic and openly gay, dissident feminist Camille Paglia.

?I speak with authority here, because I was openly gay before the ?Stonewall rebellion,? when it cost you something to be so. And I personally feel as a libertarian that people have the right to free thought and free speech,? Paglia, a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, said on Laura Ingraham?s?radio show?Thursday.

?In a democratic country, people have the right to be homophobic as well as they have the right to support homosexuality ? as I one hundred percent do. If people are basing their views against gays on the Bible, again they have a right of religious freedom there,? she added. ? Read more »

Gay CNN anchor defends ?Duck Dynasty? star, Piers Morgan outraged

Piers Morgan wrong again…typical liberal bansturbator. Nice to know that Piers Morgan doesn’t believe in free speech unless it is for him.

?Duck Dynasty?s? Phil Robertson got an unlikely boost Wednesday when CNN anchor Don Lemon ? who is gay ? told Piers Morgan he disagrees with Robertson?s ?indefinite suspension? from the A&E television network over his anti-gay remarks.

An outraged Morgan repeatedly slammed Robertson and his corporate affiliates in the strongest terms, clearly hoping Lemon would jump on the bandwagon. But the CNN anchor took a more measured view:

MORGAN: Final question to you, Don. Should he be allowed back? Should he just be fired from the show for this? And what is the corporate, responsible reaction from Wal-Mart, who sells so much ?Duck Dynasty? products?? Read more »

Andrew Sullivan supports Phil Robertson

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Andrew Sullivan is one of the world’s best bloggers, he is certainly an inspiration for some of my work. He is also gay.

He as written a piece at The Dish supporting Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty.

I have to say I?m befuddled by the?firing of Phil Robertson, he of the amazing paterfamilias beard on Duck Dynasty (which I mainly see via The Soup). A&E has a reality show that depends on the hoariest stereotypes ? and yet features hilariously captivating human beings ? located in the deep South. It?s a show riddled with humor and charm and redneck silliness. The?point?of it, so far as I can tell, is a kind of celebration of a culture where duck hunting is the primary religion, but where fundamentalist Christianity is also completely pervasive. (Too pervasive for the producers, apparently, because they edited out the saying of grace to make it non-denominational and actually edited in fake beeps to make it seem like the bearded clan swore a lot, even though they don?t.)

Now I seriously don?t know what A&E were expecting when the patriarch Phil Robertson was interviewed by GQ. But surely the same set of expectations that one might have of an ostensibly liberal host of a political show would not be extended to someone whose political incorrectness was the whole point of his stardom. He?s a reality show character, for Pete?s sake. Not an A&E spokesman. So here?s what he said ? which has now led to his indefinite suspension (but he?ll be in the fourth season, apparently, which has already wrapped):

?Everything is blurred on what?s right and what?s wrong ? Sin becomes fine. 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 ? ?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 ? ? ? Read more »

Phil Robertson banned from Duck Dynasty

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Phil Robertson has been chucked off Duck Dynasty:

When a media figure gets suspended for making an offensive statement, the tricky thing often is figuring out which?part?of it he or she got suspended for.

Star and duck-call mogul Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty, for instance,?was indefinitely suspended by A&E?Wednesday?after an interview with GQ in which he called homosexuality sinful ? like, in his words, drunkenness, bestiality, promiscuity, and?terrorism?? and in specifically anatomical terms saying why he thought being gay was ?illogical.?

But which was the actionable part? Was he suspended for?believing?that being gay is a sin? For?saying?it out loud? For saying it?in those terms?

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