’Duck Dynasty’ Star Defends Anti-Gay Remarks As Ratings Continue to Drop
"Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson, who made international headlines last year when he made anti-gay and racist remarks in an interview with GQ magazine, is continuing to spew homophobic rhetoric while defending his controversial statements.
The Huffington Post reports the reality TV star spoke at the Rock the South festival in Cullman, Ala., over the weekend and defended his comparisons to homosexuality to bestiality. In this latest rant, Robertson said he was simply "trying to help those poor souls and turn them to Jesus."
Robertson also urged his listeners to register to vote, saying, "Alabama, whatever you do, register to vote for this presidential election! Go vote for the House and Senate, too. Vote this ungodly bunch out of Washington D.C.!"
The Robertson patriarch’s comments come as the audience for his top rated A&E reality program continues to diminish. According to the Christian Post, the second episode of season six that aired Wednesday, June 18 attracted 3.9 million viewers which was down from the 4.6 million who watched the series premiere on June 11. The series five premiere was watched by 8.5 million viewers.
The duck master made his original comments in December 2013, where he said:
It seems like, to me, a vagina -- as a man -- would be more desirable than a man’s anus," the reality star told GQ. "That’s just me. 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.
Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong. Sin becomes fine," he went on to say. "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. 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.
It was later revealed that Robertson had made anti-gay remarks as far back as 2010.
This isn’t the first time Robertson defended his remarks. Shortly after his 2013 statements, he said he was trying to "save" gay men and women with his QG comments.
Nevertheless, he delivered an anti-gay Easter sermon in May, which you can read here.
Watch Robertson’s latest speech below: