Aerosmith’s Joe Perry Tweets ‘Freedom of Speech’ Defense of Duck Dynasty

Michael W. Chapman | December 26, 2013 | 12:52pm EST
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Aerosmith lead guitarist Joe Perry, right, and singer Steven Tyler. (AP)

( – Joe Perry, lead guitarist for the rock band Aerosmith, which is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and who with front-man Steven Tyler is in the Songwriters Hall of Fame, tweeted a defense of the Duck Dynasty controversy concerning anti-gay behavior saying, “More crackin’ down on Freedom of Speech in the US or what?”

In a follow-up tweet, Perry said, “Seems to me people have a right to express their opinions & religious beliefs. But that doesn’t mean we have to agree.”

Duck Dynasty, with about 12 million viewers per episode, is a reality-TV show on the A&E cable channel about a Christian family in Louisiana who built a mega-successful business making duck-calls for hunters. The head of the family, self-described Bible-thumpin’ Phil Robertson, was suspended indefinitely from the program on Dec. 18 by A&E  because of comments he made in the latest GQ magazine explaining why he thinks homosexual behavior is unnatural and sinful.

Tweet by guitarist Joe Perry on Dec. 22 about the Duck Dynasty controversy. (@JoePerry)

A&E’s actions and Robertson’s comments sparked nationwide news coverage and commentary, in part because Duck Dynasty is the highest-rated reality-TV show in cable history.

In a Dec. 22 tweet, Joe Perry sent a message to his 250,000-plus followers at 1:46 PM: “So what do you think about this Duck Dynasty hoopla? More crackin’ down on Freedom of Speech in the US or what?”

Four minutes later, 1:50 PM, Joe Perry tweeted, “Seems to me people have a right to express their opinions & religious beliefs. But that doesn’t mean we have to agree.”

Tweet by Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry on Dec. 22. (@JoePerry)

Not unlike the Robertsons in Louisiana, Joe Perry, his wife Billie Perry, and their children hunt and eat wild game. In a Dec. 23 tweet, Perry said, “Spending Christmas at the hunting lodge with the family & learning survival skills. We only shoot what we eat. No trophy hunting.”

Billie Perry tweeted, on Dec. 25, a photo of her and Joe and the family packing rifles and wearing camouflage. In the tweet, she said, “Christmas Day getting ready for the big game (food) hunt! Hello Poppa Hemingway.” She later tweeted a 4-horned ram she had killed, noting that “not only have we awesome meat for curry but a nice warm throw [rug].”

Joe Perry has had a long hard-rocking and hard-partying yet successful career since the 1970s, and was ranked 84th in Rolling Stones’s list “The Top 100 Guitarists of All Time.” While Perry is not known for having outspoken controversial political views, he apparently is good friends with 2nd Amendment defender, survivalist, and fellow rock guitarist Ted Nugent.

Twitter picture posted by Billie Perry, second from left, wife of Aerosmith lead guitarist Joe Perry, far left with rifle, and their family, before their "big game (food) hunt" on Christmas Day. (@BilliePerry, retweeted by Joe Perry))

On Oct. 28, Perry re-tweeted a picture of Nugent with a freshly-killed deer, and on Dec. 13, Perry tweeted, “Hey @TedNugent Happy Birthday man. Wishing you all the best this year. Have a great day. Love ya brother, Joe and @BilliePerry.”

Last September 2012, Perry gave an interview to the online music site, Noisecreep. In talking about politics, Perry said, “I’m a Republican, but I’m a Republican from the old school. I was taught that you get what you put into it. You can be anything you want to be if you work hard enough at it, and you can earn your place. That’s the old way. Now, it’s all meshed together and you can barely figure out one side from the other.”

Perry said he really liked former presidents Dwight Eisenhower, a Republican, and John F. Kennedy, a Democrat. “I don’t think we’ve had anyone like those guys since Reagan, but you need somebody you can believe in,” said Perry.

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