The gay adovcacy group GLAAD put out a statement Friday that it is disappointed that A&E Networks is allowing Phil Robertson to returned to “Duck Dynasty” despite his anti-gay and racially charged remarks in a recent GQ interview.
GLAAD, formerly the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, accused the network of erring on the side of profit.
"Phil Robertson should look African American and gay people in the eyes and hear about the hurtful impact of praising Jim Crow laws and comparing gay people to terrorists," the group said in a statement. "If dialogue with Phil is not part of next steps then A+E has chosen profits over African American and gay people – especially its employees and viewers."
“Duck Dynasty is not a show about one man's views,” network executives wrote in a statement this week. “It resonates with a large audience because it is a show about family … a family that America has come to love. As you might have seen in many episodes, they come together to reflect and pray for unity, tolerance and forgiveness. These are three values that we at A&E Networks also feel strongly about. So after discussions with the Robertson family, as well as consulting with numerous advocacy groups, A&E has decided to resume filming Duck Dynasty later this spring with the entire Robertson family.”
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The show will continue with the entire Robertson family, who runs a duck hunting charter in West Monroe, La. Filming of the show’s next season will resume in the spring.
“We will also use this moment to launch a national public service campaign (PSA) promoting unity, tolerance and acceptance among all people, a message that supports our core values as a company and the values found in Duck Dynasty,” A&E added. “These PSAs will air across our entire portfolio.”