Not only has the “Duck Dynasty” stars been exposed as racists and homophobic backwood rednecks who out of touch with reality, they are also nasty.
At a Christian retreat in Georgia in 2009, patriarch Phil Robertson actually advised young men to marry girls when they are 15 or 16 years old.
“Make sure that she can cook a meal. You need to eat some meals that she cooks, check that out. Make sure she carries her Bible. That’ll save you a lot of trouble down the road,” Robertson, 67, said.
The beleaguered reality TV star then continued, saying men should marry girls when they are in their mid-teens.
“They got to where they’re getting hard to find, mainly because these boys are waiting ‘til they get to be about 20 years old before they marry ‘em,” Robertson said. “Look, you wait ‘til they get to be 20 years old the only picking that’s going to take place is your pocket. You got to marry these girls when they are about 15 or 16. They’ll pick your ducks.”
Despite “Duck Dynasty’s” enormous mainstream popularity, garnering upwards of 11 million viewers every episode, the Louisiana-based reality show was mostly an unknown commodity among urbanities — until Robertson unloaded with a diatribe against homosexuals and blacks in a GQ’s magazine interview.
In the article, he claimed that black people were happy before the civil rights movement and that he never “saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once.”
After the published comments created a mushroom cloud of controversy, A&E suspended Robertson indefinitely.
But, my, how things change. With A&E execs looking at that 11 million viewership and the ad dollars that come with that, they have since changed their tune. The network now says Robertson will appear when filming returns Jan. 15.