December 19th, 2013
09:48 PM ET

'Duck Dynasty' star's comments lead to new skirmish in America's culture wars

'Duck Dynasty' is a reality TV show. Unlike reality, it is a carefully-produced, semi-scripted and heavily-promoted entertainment vehicle. The stars appear as carefully produced versions of themselves. So when Phil Robertson made controversial comments to GQ magazine about gays, African Americans and non-Christian religions plenty of people took notice. That led to A&E suspending him from the hit show. Anderson takes a closer look at the fallout.

Anderson discussed the uproar over Phil Robertson's comments with social pundit and author Dan Savage, along with New York TImes op-ed columnists Charles Blow and Ross Douthat.

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  1. John

    So this is great. Now people are allowed to make bigoted remarks and it will be fine if it's their beliefs. Does that mean the next time the press gets all over someone like Paula Dean, they'll just give them a pass?

    December 27, 2013 at 12:39 am |
  2. ¨ray

    hes a good man keep the show running,proud of him

    December 25, 2013 at 12:02 pm |
  3. Pat McClure

    I appreciated the thoughtful discussion around the Duck Dynasty controversy. A&E had the *right* to take the guy off the air and not give him a platform but unless the rest of the family goes on without him (thereby tacitly distancing themselves from his statements) that's more likely to stir up anti-gay (or anti-liberal) fervor than quell Robertson's influence. Everyone wanted to know more about the man, now they know and what are they going to make of it? Too bad we couldn't just let him be who he was until we got sick of it and turned him off ourselves. A&E's GLBT support was all well and good, but what does it say about them that they didn't even comment on the ignorance of "blacks were all happy in the old days," and if that's a statement of opinion that they can let ride, why not the other?

    December 20, 2013 at 5:36 am |
  4. Donald

    I'm actually very proud of him. He's not afraid to say what he believes.

    December 19, 2013 at 10:35 pm |
  5. Kelley Hudson

    I guess now we are resigned to watch Honey Boo boo....God help us all.

    December 19, 2013 at 10:18 pm |
  6. Jared illingworth

    American troops have been fighting sence 1776 so americans can have freedom of speech among other things for a&e to suspend phil for saying what he believes is sicking shame on a&e.

    December 19, 2013 at 10:02 pm |

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