Fans Go Online to 'Bring Back Phil Robertson'
Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson has been suspended from the reality program but his fans are taking action.
A&E suspended Robertson following remarks he made in the January issue of GQ magazine where he says homosexuality is a sin along with bestiality and promiscuity.Fans have turned to the social media to oppose the suspension, there are at least seven variations of “Bring Back Phil Robertson” pages on Facebook. The most popular among them had 300,000 likes as of early Thursday morning.
The leading “Bring Back Phil Robertson” Facebook page features a link to a Change.org petition calling on A&E networks to “end the wrongful suspension of Phil Robertson”; the petition had over 32,000 supporters early this morning.
GQ magazine asked Robertson what he thought was sinful, the 67-year old replied: "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."
Robertson also made other comments about homosexuality in the interview, which brought him under fire from GLAAD.
The organization called the religious reality star’s comments 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 their families.”
Last evening A&E announced it was suspending Phil Robertson.
"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 network said in a statement.