Phil Robertson has been suspended from A&E's "Duck Dynasty" after his anti-gay remarks to GQ magazine went public earlier this week.
I'm sure no one over there is enjoying the publicity or how this will likely send every one who shares Robertson's beliefs out to buy up DVD sets in a pre-Christmas show of support.
But never mind the cynicism. Here's what the network had to say in a statement, according to E! News: "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. 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."
The 67-year-old founder of the Duck Commander Co. shared a number of views that, according to E! News, may have shocked fans of the show, who watch it for the family's hijinks. The website said family members are generally congenial, which allegedly makes Robertson's remarks that much more surprising.
"Everything is blurred on what's right and what's wrong," Robertson told GQ. "Sin becomes fine. 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," he continued, going on to paraphrase Corinthians, from the seventh book of the New Testament.
"It seems like, to me, a vagina -- as a man -- would be more desirable than a man's anus," Robertson said. "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."
There's not a lot about this whole fiasco that is logical.
Phil's son Jep Robertson told the men's mag: "We're not quite as outspoken as my dad, but I'm definitely in line. If somebody asks, I tell 'em what the Bible says."
This would be a great place to revive "Don't ask, don't tell."
Understandably, GLAD wasn't pleased, issuing a statement saying, "Phil's lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe."
Previous reports apparently left out the part of the interview in which Robertson also talked race issues.
Regarding growing up near black farmers in the Jim Crow South, Robertson reportedly said, "I never heard one of them, one black person, say, 'I tell you what: These doggone white people' -- not a word!... Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say, 'Were they happy?' They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues."
Right. No black people in the South sang the blues ... I think the blues actually came from Scandinavia.
"I myself am a product of the '60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior," Robertson said. "My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the Bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together. However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other."
Wasn't that a Three Dog Night song?
Duck Dynasty's fifth season is scheduled to premiere Jan. 15.