Unless you live under a rock I’m sure you’re familiar with Duck Dynasty. While I don’t watch the show I occasionally see bits and pieces as I channel surf past, looking for something more to my taste. Recently I, as well as millions of other people around the world, have been inundated with articles, TV interviews, videos, etc.. In short, more about Duck Dynasty than I ever cared to know, leading me to write this.
The family patriarch, Phil Robertson, during an interview for a leading magazine, spoke his mind about topics which almost always lead to controversy when uttered out loud in this country. Topics such as homosexuality and civil rights, when verbalized, will inevitably increase media coverage and comments by folks like me.
Being the cynic that I am, my first thoughts were that Mr. Robertson had used this controversy to stimulate media activity and thus increase the Duck Dynasty market in this holiday season. It follows that A&E, the network, could have done the same thing for the same reason. Remember the old adage, there’s no such thing as bad publicity.
Taken at face value and not as a publicity stunt, Robertson’s comments define a man who has strong opinions and is not embarrassed to publicize them. In this country he has the right to express himself and we, as fellow Americans, have the right to agree, verbalize counter comments, ignore him, or express ourselves in similar fashion. While my beliefs are not important to this article I will say that I find nothing of value in anything he said. I question how he could have been raised in the South and think that African Americans were better off under Jim Crow laws. As to his comments regarding gays, he’s a product of his religious beliefs. But these are topics for another time.
Back to the idea that this is all a publicity stunt, dreamed up by the network and/or the Robertson clan. Consider this, Phil Robertson was a teacher early in his career and has a Masters in education, hardly the ignorant poor white trash millionaire portrayed on the series. It seems unlikely that the comments were made without careful consideration of the resulting media frenzy.
To my point-We live in a country that allows us the freedom to have diverse opinions. A country that gives us forums for this expression, such as this blog. A country where we can all choose our own path, our own lives, a free country. These freedoms come with a cost. All opinions, whether or not we agree, are free to be expressed here.
Robertson is free to express himself. A&E is free to fire him. Viewers are free to support him or stop watching the show if they choose. The media is free to make this a circus or to let it die quietly.
As a veteran, I treasure this country and the rights afforded citizens here. I believe that we have the right to our own opinion. I only wish that mass media would let things like this just die and not make it headline news for weeks on end.
Having said all this, it’s obvious that the publicity stunt worked. I, having never seen the show, wrote this article, didn’t I?
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!!!