GLAAD SLAMS 'DUCK DYNASTY' STAR FOR 'VILE' REMARKS
Dec. 18, 2013 at 6:18 a.m.
NEW YORK - GLAAD has condemned "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson in the wake of inflammatory remarks about gay people.
In January's issue of GQ, Robertson said that "homosexual offenders" will not "inherit the Kingdom of God" and unfavorably compared "a man's anus" to the vagina.
The gay rights group was quick to denounce his comments. In a statement, GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz slammed the Robertson family patriarch:
"Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil's lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe. He clearly knows nothing about gay people or the majority of Louisianans - and Americans - who support legal recognition for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples. Phil's decision to push vile and extreme stereotypes is a stain on A&E and his sponsors who now need to reexamine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families."
In a statement issued via A&E, the network that airs the hit reality series, to the Fox411 blog, Robertson qualified his comments.
"I myself am a product of the 60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior. 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," he said.
Robertson continued: "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."