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04/16/2014

It seems when you equate gay folk with those who sleep with animals, it sticks; funny how that works

by Jeremy Hooper

The Lansing Board of Water and Light in Lansing, Michigan, was planning on running a Duck Dynasty lookalike contest. However, once a local customer wrote to tell the board about Phil Robertson's disturbing comments equating homosexuality with bestiality, the folks in charge quickly changed their plans:

After receiving [a local's] email, “it took about a minute to decide to drop the contest,” BWL spokesman Steve Serkaian said in an interview. “We didn’t want any controversy from this matter to detract from what has been a longstanding, family-friendly event whose proceeds are donated to charitable causes.”
FULL: 'Duck Dynasty' contest dropped from Lansing BWL event [Lansing State Journal]

Because words have consequences. Mr. Robertson had every right to say what he said (or the many things he has said), and the A&E network has the right to keep him in the cast. But no one is free from scrutiny. Phil Robertson's words have forever marred that show's light, fun, family-friendly vibe. Mr. Duck Dynasty has, on several occasions, given voice to animus—and that animus will keep many decision makers from getting in bed with controversy (even those who might personally agree with him). When Mr. Robertson, on his own accord, chose to turn a press opportunity into a condemnatory act, he chose to connect his valuable property to harsh controversy. That's on him.

Of course Fox News' resident anti-gay shit-stirrer, Todd Starnes, is trying to run this his the latest "we're the real victim" routine. Which should tell the Lansing BWL that it absolutely, without a doubt, 100% made the right choice here.

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