A&E's Duck Dynasty has made headlines for its record ratings, but now the family's patriarch is under fire for anti-gay comments he made in GQ.
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In the upcoming issue, on stands December 24, Phil Robertson opens up about faith, politics and homosexuality, which he views as a sin. "Everything is blurred on what's right and what's wrong... Sin becomes fine," Robertson tells the magazine. "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," he says.
Robertson expanded his thoughts further in one of his more explicit comments. "It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man's anus. That's just me," he said. "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."
Robertson, 67, also quotes the Bible during the article saying, "Don't be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won't inherit the kingdom of God. Don't deceive yourself. It's not right."
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In response to the feature, GLAAD wrote on their blog, "GQ Magazine's profile of Phil Robertson included some of the vilest and most extreme statements uttered against LGBT people in a mainstream publication. His quote was littered with outdated stereotypes and blatant misinformation." GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz added, "Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil's lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe. He clearly knows nothing about gay people or the majority of Louisianans — and Americans — who support legal recognition for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples. Phil's decision to push vile and extreme stereotypes is a stain on A&E and his sponsors who now need to reexamine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families."
A&E released a statement on Robertson's behalf Wednesday, and while he didn't back down from his stance, he said his comments were meant to disrespect anyone. "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," the statement reads. "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. 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."
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