It should surprise exactly no one that new bizarre, upsetting comments made by Duck Dynasty‘s Phil Robertson have surfaced in the wake of his homophobic, racist remarks in a GQ interview this month. This time, it’s Robertson’s thoughts on marriage and dating that have people hoping he’ll go back to the swamp where he came from.
Footage from a 2009 Christian retreat in Georgia has surfaced, and it shows The Voice Of Six Generations Ago advising men to marry “good, Christian girls”–girls being the operative word.
Make sure that she can cook a meal. You need to eat some meals that she cooks, check that out. Make sure she carries her Bible. That’ll save you a lot of trouble down the road. They got to where they’re getting hard to find, mainly because these boys are waiting ‘til they get to be about 20 years old before they marry ‘em. Look, you wait ‘til they get to be 20 years old the only picking that’s going to take place is your pocket. You got to marry these girls when they are about 15 or 16. They’ll pick your ducks.
Okay so some of this is getting lost in translation here, but apparently Phil Robertson’s dream girl is someone’s kid sister. The Huffington Post points out that Robertson married his wife when she was just 16, which is legal in Louisiana but requires parental consent.
In case you haven’t been following the larger story, Robertson was quoted likening homosexuality to beastiality, and clearly had some sort of stroke when talking about how black people have apparently never been the recipient of poor treatment in this country:
I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash. We’re going across the field …. They’re singing and happy. 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.
At first, A&E suspended Robertson after the interview came out, but then seemed to have misplaced its integrity when the country’s loudest and least informed rallied behind Robertson. Duck Dynasty is coming back, Robertson and all. Idiots the world over are calling it a victory for free speech. It’s definitely a victory for people who don’t know what free speech means.
It’s easy to write him off as a backwoods ignorant dumbass, and it’s not surprising that his ideal woman cooks, cleans, and maybe hasn’t started menstruating yet. I think this guy’s a lunatic, but I also know he’s a product of his culture and received exactly none of the privileged education that informs my liberal world-view. The fault here, in my opinion, lies with A&E. Sure, this ignorant guy is allowed to say whatever he wants. But A&E doesn’t have to give him a platform, and is more than allowed to impose standards for their programming. The fault also lies with educated public figures who rallied around Robertson (Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, for one), because in their blind fury to defend Robertson’s first amendment rights, they completely misinterpreted what the first amendment means, and instead just defended this guy’s sad, hateful world view.
It’s upsetting and vile but not shocking that Phil Robertson advised men to marry 15-year-old girls. I’m not arguing with his right to say so. This isn’t the last disgusting crap we’ll hear from Robertson–I give it a week before something even more horrifying comes out, because this is what happens with no education and a completely insular world full of hatred. I bet Robertson has some really interesting thoughts on The Holocaust.
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