[UPDATE: See end of article.]
You heard Phil Robertson has been “fired” from A&E’s Duck Dynasty for speaking out graphically against homosexuality. By now every conservative spokesperson in the world has commented on it. So far, the only one I have seen blame Phil is Al Mohler. Geesh.
I don’t blame Phil. Let me first say, that in regard to what he said against homosexuality, I stand with Phil, totally. In fact, I would go further.
Let’s remember one thing: Phil and all the Duck Dynasty crew have a contract of some sorts with A&E. I would like to see it, but I assume it deals with certain issues like this. I would like to see how.
Nevertheless, I knew A&E would respond, but I was actually surprised just how quickly and definitively it did.
Everyone should have seen this coming for a long time. We all knew A&E was in a pickle. Here is a group of hard-core conservatives who in many ways embody the American conservative in raw form: God, family, country, guns, business, fun. Anything that outright glorifies these values, and yet is produced by Hollywood, is a values clash just waiting to explode. And that explosion would reveal where each side really stands.
And now it has exploded. What we have learned is A&E clearly sides with the liberal mainstream, and that it is more afraid of backlash from the liberal public, and the sodomite community, than it is from mainstream conservative America’s potential boycott.
Indeed, the LGBT community is unified, vocal, and has a tremendous PR arm—far disproportionate to its actual numbers. The mainstream conservative world of consumers is not unified as a front. They must vote, en masse, with their consumption, or lack thereof, for them to have any adverse effect on A&E. Advertising agencies will give A&E the same treatment they did FOX over to Glenn Beck. The mainstream conservative users would have to boycott A&E as a large enough block to send anything like as significant a threat. Boycotts have been called for, but unless they are effectively unified enough, and disciplined enough to stick with it, they will not have anywhere near the same effect. I suspect that many conservatives, unfortunately, will continue to watch anyway. It’s the nature of the beast called the mainstream. There are few real convictions, and even fewer people who will act upon those convictions—even so much as to stop watching their favorite TV show. They all still send their kids to public schools, after all.
In short, A&E has chosen to lose some viewers, and thus some ratings, as opposed to a widespread threat from advertisers. It’s a calculated decision. And it will work, unless. . . .
Unless, Duck Dynasty ceased to exist altogether, outside of A&E’s control. And this threat can be made real, and it will be effective. Here’s how:
What we have not learned from this yet is just how seriously the rest of the Duck Dynasty clan will stand with Phil. So here’s my proposal for the best reaction that could be made against A&E.
They are all stuck in a contract to finish the show. If they back out, they would probably incur financial penalty. They could probably afford it, but this is not the best course.
Instead, every member and friend of the Duck Dynasty family ought to come out publicly in support of Phil’s comments, and make their own comments of the same nature, opposing homosexuality as unnatural and unbiblical, as sin, as perversion, and unhealthy, and even deadly. Pull out all the stops and say what you really believe. Every single member. Publish it everywhere.
This will put the ball right back in the court of A&E. They fired Phil for these comments, but plan to continue with the show, raking in the revenue anyway. A united family stand would force A&E to fire the whole cast, and then lose their revenue entirely. It would leave the company with no way to profit from Duck Dynasty as long as it maintained its anti-Christian, pro-homosexual stance.
Don’t let the liberal advertisers, the LGBT front groups, and the spineless liberal executives at A&E win, while continuing to profit from DD. Force A&E to choose: either Phil comes back, or we all go for good. This can be done, and it should be.
Willie, Jase, Si, Jep, Martin, Godwin, Mountain Man, Miss Kay, Korie, Missy, Jessica? Let’s hear it.
As for the rest of us, if we’re truly serious about boycotting pro-homosexual powers, then that kind of rules out all TV and film, doesn’t it? How serious are you.
[UPDATE: The Robertsons have strongly hinted this is the route they will take. From the family’s official statement: “We are disappointed that Phil has been placed on hiatus for expressing his faith, which is his constitutionally protected right.We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm. We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of Duck Dynasty.”]