Okay, so everyone has their opinion on this guy and what he said, and how A&E handled it, and most everyone has apparently been letting that opinion be known, so I figured I’d add mine. What he said obviously offends me (hello, lesbian here!), but there’s more going on here than him offending gay people. For one, he also makes it sound like in his view African Americans were better off before any of the civil rights movement. That’s just ridiculous. Wrong. Crazy. Outright idiotic. A lot of the coverage I’ve seen of this has focused on his view of us gays, so if you haven’t seen his odd views on race, you can do so Here.
Another irritating thing about this is all the people saying that Mr. Roberton’s first amendment rights are being violated. No, no they are not. Um… not even close. Not remotely, not possibly, not maybe, and not sorta. The first amendment reads:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
So where in that text do these people see that his first amendment right was being violated? He can say whatever he wants, and clearly has, but A&E has a right to take action against someone who is in their employ when that person does something that makes A&E look bad. If I stood outside my employer’s office and told everyone that the people there liked to torture puppies with feather dusters and mint-flavored toothpicks (This is an example only, and in no way is meant to imply that my employers actually do or would torture puppies or any other living being–especially with feather dusters. That’s just cruel.), my company would have every right to suspend (or fire) me. This is no different.
I for one think this makes the extremist on the right look bad. What happens every time some nut says something like this is that the ultra-conservative part of the U.S. rallies behind them. But I think that’s a good thing. Every time they do this there is a few in their group that can’t bring themselves to support what the others are saying any longer, and they open their eyes just a tiny bit. Each one of these controversies that the ultra-conservatives play up causes them to lose a few more supporters. One day they will be nothing more than a tiny little, meaningless, petty, puny, ignorable fringe group. Their days are numbered, and things like this are helping that along. So thank you, Phil Robertson, for helping in your little way to get rid of this hate-filled group of people.