Talking heads seem excited over something called: “Duck Dynasty.” Apparently, the duckiest dynast, one Phil Robertson (who appears to need to stand closer to his razor) has (gasp!) expressed fundamentalist Christian views–bad enough– concerning homosexuality, putting him beyond the pale. Homosexuality is beyond politically correct, it must be loved and nonconformists, destroyed in the name of compassion and fairness. Duck Phil ignored the Lefty mandate and has been suspended, fired or whatever the truth is, by his show’s network.
The Lefty thought police have piled on, cheering for the Duck to be cut into small strips and sauteed until done while the clearly impressive audience of Duck watchers and the major Duck sponsor have risen up in defense of free speech and unsanitary-appearing facial hair. Pundits from all directions are quacking from this swamp of discord and one supposes, the TV show’s already stratospheric ratings will rise. What’s to believe from this adman’s fantasia?
We leave you to find your views as we’ve never seen the show nor listened to Mr. Robertson. Just to assuage your curiosity, we list our views on this situation as we understand it. First for the Constitutionalists, Duck Robertson has every right to his opinion on homosexuality as on anything else, whether or not anyone else agrees. Second, the network that delivers the Ducks to the public, has every right to choose which shows it delivers. Within that, there is undoubtedly a contract between the parties as to how these two sets of rights are to function. If either party believes that the contract is not being honored, that is what attorneys are for. The Ducks and their network are in other words, having a business disagreement and its settlement is in their hands, as it should be.
The fuss is a result of the public nature of the situation, multiplied by the typically Lefty politicization that they tend to inflict onto nearly everything. Duck Robertson is by appearances, not above such tactics himself, in his evangelistic efforts. Both sides here, in our view, are business entities doing their respective things in the American market. Bully for them, and may the best quacker win!