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12/18/2013

Turns out comparing gays to terrorists, sheep schtuppers not good way to sustain cable TV success

by Jeremy Hooper

Unknown-17Just in from the A&E network, which did the right thing and acted quickly on today's "Duck" fiasco:

“We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series ‘Duck Dynasty,’” the company said. “His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”
FULL: ‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Phil Robertson Suspended Over Anti-Gay Comments [The Wrap]

You're going to hear all of the usual cries of "free speech" from those who so fully misunderstand and/or misconstrue the concept. Don't give it any mind. A&E is a company, and companies make business decisions based on their employees' performance.

Phil Robertson's comments were truly beyond the pale, and now he is paying the price for that. Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from blowback.

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