'Duck Dynasty' Star Phil Robertson To Receive Free Speech Award

| by Michael Allen

"Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson, who famously compared homosexuality to beastiality, will appear at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this month and receive the "Andrew Breitbart Defender of the First Amendment Award."

Andrew Breitbart is the late founder of the conservative website Breitbart.com, which has published many dubious articles and false claims, noted MediaMatters.org.

The award is sponsored by Breitbart.com and Citizens United.

"A large part of Andrew Breitbart’s vision was that conservatives would take back modern pop culture, and the Robertson family have become some of the most popular and beloved media personalities today, while keeping God at the center of their family, business and their hit television show," Citizens United's David Bossie said in a statement, reports Bloomberg News.

"Phil has the guts to do and say what most politicians in Washington won’t," added Breitbart.com's Stephen K. Bannon.

Bannon and Bossie previously teamed up to produce a movie about the Occupy Movement. The film was described by The Nation as a "total fantasy" and a "deranged hodge-podge of bizarre memes, wild dot-connecting and unadulterated fury."

In the December 2013 issue of GQ, Robertson created a media firestorm when he said, “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 claimed that black people during the Jim Crow era were "happy" and "no one was singing the blues.”

Sources: Bloomberg News, GQ, The Nation, MediaMatters.org
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