When any TV show in recent times ever hits any loose connection to ‘unacceptable behaviour’, it usually signals the beginning of the end (or at least the end of an era) with media sources beginning campaigns that turn many viewers against the programme, though it appears as though current A&E format Duck Dynasty, in trouble on account of comments made recently by a cast member, could be preserved by one of the highest and most unusual possible sources.
The reality show, which follows a family of entreprenuers as they run a business supplying industry-specific products to duck hunters, is hanging in the balance after leading cast member Phil Robertson made homophobic comments during an interview with GQ.
The main phrase in question which has resulted in his current suspension from the show read from the question ‘what is, in your mind, sinful?’: “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.”
In spite of much of the show’s potential to fall apart with the network (despite their recent backtracking to half-defend the personality) and executives possibly wanting to distance themselves from Robertson’s statement, the ‘lieutenant governor’ of the state of Louisiana (where Duck Dynasty is set), Jay Dardenne, has surprisingly announced that he will be willing to use state support to help the cast find new personnel or networks if required in order to keep the popular 4-season-old show running (or shooting).
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Lieutenant Governor Dardenne summarised: “Regardless of one’s views on Phil Robertson’s statements, Duck Dynasty has been an important representation of the state of Louisiana, inspiring prospective visitors and investors since its debut. If the Robertson family cannot come to an agreement with A+E and wants to continue the show, Louisiana already has the infrastructure in place to maintain their record-breaking programme.”
While the next season is said to be almost completely ready to air (but awaiting its provisional 15 January premiere date), will it be back for more with its full supplement of politically-backed characters? If not, then some less homophobic duck hunters with reality TV experience are not all that hard to come by if you know where to look:
For Robertson’s current troubles, though (with which he is having to perform the natural rituals of defensiveness and apologetic public statements), his status may be compounded in the public eye with the fact that he has been called out for his actions by Charlie Sheen, a set of 8 words that would most likely let you know you have gone too far. Another thing that would not make positive reading would be Sheen’s comments on Twitter on the matter, which read in full:
“Phil Robertso! You have offended and hurt so many dear friends of mine, who DO NOT have the voice or the outreach that I do. Well news flash shower-dodger, I will speak loudly and clearly for ALL of them. Your statements were and are abhorrently and mendaciously unforgivable… Shame on you. You’re the only surviving brain donor I’ve ever known.”