Phil Robertson

Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson shares his views on religion, faith, politics and homosexuality

Willie Robertson appeared on Larry King Now and shared his views on religion, politics and homosexuality…plus gives us some insights into the family business.

One year after “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson was blasted for graphically discussing his controversial views on homosexuality in GQ, Larry King grilled his son Willie on the family’s beliefs.

“We stood by our father. We stood by him as a family again,” Willie Robertson said on “Larry King Now.” “What I want people to know and what we’ve said over and over and over is that we love everybody.”    Read more »

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 liberal thought police versus freedom of speech

I have blogged previously of the liberal/left-wing desire to silence those who will speak their mind on things they disagree with.

They want dissent silenced. If it isn’t threatening and abusing Phil Robertson over his views then it is trying to silence skeptics on global warming or climate disruption as they prefer to call it now that the warming has failed to materialise.

The left-wing has become exceedingly intolerant and bully like in their question to silence opponents.

Kirsten Powers writes at USA Today:

Welcome to the Dark Ages, Part II. We have slipped into an age of un-enlightenment where you fall in line behind the mob or face the consequences.

How ironic that the persecutors this time around are the so-called intellectuals. They claim to be liberal while behaving as anything but. The touchstone of liberalism is tolerance of differing ideas. Yet this mob exists to enforce conformity of thought and to delegitimize any dissent from its sanctioned worldview. Intolerance is its calling card.

Each week seems to bring another incident. Last week it was David and Jason Benham, whose pending HGTV show was canceled after the mob unearthed old remarks the brothers made about their Christian beliefs on homosexuality. People can’t have a house-flipping show unless they believe and say the “right” things in their life off the set? In this world, the conservative Tom Selleck never would have been Magnum, P.IRead more »

If Phil Robertson was President…get the ducks lined up first

What would happen if Phil Robertson was president?

Wonder know more…listen to Phil Robertson explain what would ahppen if he was President

“Bibles, Shotguns and Duck calls in the White House”

Now isn’t that a better proposition than the Internet Party.

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 »

Double standards in US media on ‘no poofters’ comments by TV celebs

Phil Robertson was vilified for his personal comments about the gay lifestyle as he saw it. Outrage ensued and A+E turned into a pack of cowards and pulled him from the show.

Of course Robertson was a redneck hillbilly conservative christian and so was an easy target.

Now in the US another star of a show has said pretty much the same thing and possibly worse and there is nary a murmur.

‘Duck Dynasty’ star Phil Robertson was vilified for bashing gays. Why didn’t ‘Bachelor’ star Juan Pablo Galavis warrant the same fate for similar comments?

The Bachelor star Juan Pablo Galavis made some horrible comments about gays on Friday that were arguably worse than those uttered by Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson. However, we haven’t seen the same type of media firestorm over Galavis’s statements. Why? In large part because Galavis, unlike Robertson, is neither a self-identified Bible-thumping conservative nor does he look like one.

So what did Galavis say? First, when asked if there should be a gay “Bachelor,” he responded, “No… I respect [gay people] but, honestly, I don’t think it’s a good example for kids …” (This coming from a guy on a reality show where he gets to pick one women to “marry” from a harem of 20.)   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 »