Jindal: "It's a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh and Phil Robertson gets suspended."
UPDATED: Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 10:47am
Waco, Texas (KWKT) — "The Duck Commander." and patriarch of the Robertson family, Phil Robertson, as well as Louisiana governor, republican, Bobby Jindal, have released statements after it was announced, Wednesday, Robertson would be suspended indefinitely from A&E's number one show, "Duck Dynasty."
According to A&E, Robertson was suspended from the show for making "anti-gay" comments in a one-on-one interview he did with GQ Magazine for their January 2014 issue.
When asked what what he believed was sinful, Robertson allegedly responded:
"Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men. It seems like, to me, a vagina -- as a man -- would be more desirable than a man's anus. That's just me. I'm just thinking: There's more there! She's got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I'm saying? But hey, sin: It's not logical, my man. It's just not logical."
The suspension caused an uproar from fans of the hit show who are blaming A&E's discipline of Robertson on "political correctness," instead of the network protecting the freedom of speech by Americans.
Jindal released the following statement after learning one of the most beloved stars in America has been snubbed by the network:
"Phil Robertson and his family are great citizens of the state of Louisiana. 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. In fact, I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment. It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh and Phil Robertson gets suspended."
Robertson, defending himself, issued a statement, as well:
"I myself am a product of the '60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior. My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together," he says. "However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other."
Season five of "Duck Dynasty" is set to premiere January 15, 2014. According to A&E, its fourth season premiere, in August, drew nearly 12 million viewers to become the number one nonfiction series telecast in cable history.