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Rev. Al Sharpton fires back at ‘Duck Dynasty’ star’s racist, homophobic comments

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“Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson went from beloved southern reality TV star to one of the most controversial bigots and homophobes in entertainment in the span of a day after a new GQ interview hit the web in which he claimed black people were happier before the Civil Rights Movement and that gay men are ungodly and have strange sex practices. Since then, famed civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton has spoken up about the controversy and is challenging Robertson’s closed-minded ideologies.

In his GQ interview, Robertson spoke about black people, saying, “I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person [in the pre-civil rights era South]. Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash. We’re going across the field…. They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’—not a word!… Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy and no one was singing the blues.”

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And about gay people, he said, “It seems like to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on dudes! But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and those men … they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. It’s not right.”

After Robertson’s interview hit the web, Janaye Ingram, a rep for Sharpton’s National Action Network sent a statement to RadarOnline, and chastised Robertson for his racist and homophobic comments.

“The comments made by Phil Robertson represent ignorance in its highest form,” said Ingram.

“His narrow-minded delusions about the state of happiness felt by black people during the 50s and 60s civil rights era are some of the same arguments spewed by the proponents of Jim Crow laws at that time and obviously are contrary to the truth. He is not an authority on the Black experience, no matter how many Black people he has known, seen, or heard sing,” she said.

Ingram also defended the LGBT community, saying that Robertson’s words breed ignorance and homophobia.

“As for his comments about homosexuality,” Ingram said, “it is the type of cretinous beliefs he has that breed homophobia and fail to see the humanity in people within the LGBT community. For him to utter in the same sentence homosexuality and bestiality leads to fear mongering that further alienates people who identify as gay, lesbian, or transgendered. His comments reflect the onerous amount of work that still has to be done to change opinions and attitudes about minority populations like blacks and individuals within the LGBT community.”

After receiving a fury of backlash, Robertson tried to backtrack, saying, “I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different than me.” Still he insisted, “women and men are meant to be together.”

However, “Duck Dynasty’s” home channel, A&E, announced that he is on “indefinite hiatus” from the show.

Kudos to NAN and A&E for handling the ignorant statements so well. – nicholas robinson


  1. Trevor on December 20, 2013 at 5:13 am

    This is what’s wrong with journalists. They put in what they want to. There is so much left out and if anyone actually read the full interview they would realize just how wrong Ingram is. Also, the LGBT community preaches tolerance. They want to have their parades and tell everyone about how happy they are, but as soon as someone says they don’t agree with that they’re labeled a homophobe. I have the same exact views as Phil yet I, and as Phil stated (not backtracked) we still love them. My aunt is gay; she knows what I believe and we accept each other because that’s what tolerance is. You can’t preach tolerance and then get mad and call a person a homophobe because they don’t agree with you on some topic, that’s straight up hypocrisy.

    • Chunterosa on December 22, 2013 at 9:53 am

      your aunt is a good person for tolerating such a hateful nephew

  2. smsavoy on December 22, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Shake Down! Rev Al is are only after Phil Robertson money I use to play with a
    little black girl till she move away in sixty and she was happy What Phil said
    wasn’t racist at all you low life’s black know what racist is . The only
    racist’s person is Rev Al and the blacks that believe what Phil said are the ones that are racists SOB

    • Rootsmaster on December 23, 2013 at 9:49 pm

      You sir (or madam) might be considered a “low life”, as its apparent you cannot write nor punctuate a sentence in a proper grammatical form. Furthermore, you are “not” an expert on the historical experiences and current reality of Black people in Amerikkka.

  3. smsavoy on December 22, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    All you Yankees blacks are racists just trying to make a fast buck off white people are government. The black slaves narratives were all lies they stole the white slave history.And white slaves were made to sleep with blacks because the slaves owner were trying to make white men stronger like black men the slave owner didn’t sleep are rape the black women every night and do you think the black house maid wern’t sex mulattos mammies do you think the wife would let her husband keep a sex slave I don’ think so House maids were strong and the nurse maid were big women with big breast to nuse the babies not racists Hollywood movies.Blacks stole the white slaves history.

    Black racists Yankees

    • Rootsmaster on December 23, 2013 at 9:57 pm

      After seeing another ignorant comment from you, I have concluded you are indeed a racist moron of the highest (or, is that “Lowest”) caliber.

  4. smsavoy on December 22, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Phil did’t say that Rev Al quit your lies are you will be in court.