Duck Dynasty Phil Robertson Suspension: Sarah Palin and Governor Bobby Jindal Defend Homophobic Remarks
Phil Robertson has many Duck Dynasty fans, gay rights activists and even A&E in an uproar, but he still has people on his side. Politicians Sarah Palin and Bobby Jindal have stepped up to support Robertson's decision to make what some consider offensive homophobic statements in a recent interview with GQ.
A&E "indefinitely suspended" Robertson after his interview. In response, Jindal, Governor of Louisiana, released a statement to help support Robertson, who is a Louisiana native.
"Phil Robertson and his family are great citizens of the State of Louisiana," Jindal said in his statement. "The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with. I don't agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV. In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive. But I also acknowledge that this is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views."
Jindal continued by pointing out what he feels is hypocrisy that attacks the First Amendment.
"In fact, I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment," Jindal continued. "It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended."
Meanwhile Sarah Palin, former Governor of Alaska, took to social media to express her feelings on Robertson's treatment since the interview.
"Free speech is an endangered species," Palin said in a caption of a photo with "Duck Dynasty" stars as well as on Twitter. "Those 'intolerants' hatin' and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us."
According to E! News, Palin became close with Robertson when she stopped at West Monroe, La. for her Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas book tour.
"To our GOP leaders in Washington, especially -- this is what Americans desire and deserve; we're not rooting for your social truces. As Phil so rightly asks, 'What in the world has happened to us?,'" Palin continued on Facebook. "Kudos to these 'Duck' dudes for speaking their minds, and for their boldness in living the American dream of LIFE, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness-reminding us all that it's only with freedom that anything is possible."
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