The A&E Networks headquarters has received death threats after its decision to suspend "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson for statements that he made in a GQ interview about homosexuals and black people.
According to Deadline.com, the A&E Networks office in New York City had to increase its security following a wave of death threats triggered by the suspension of Robertson from the show.
In the GQ interview, Robertson compared homosexuality to bestiality, made a graphic comparison between anal and vaginal sex, and claimed that black people were "happy and singing" back in the days of Jim Crow laws.
Robertson also took shots at the Japanese and Muslims:
All you have to do is look at any society where there is no Jesus. I’ll give you four: Nazis, no Jesus. Look at their record. Uh, Shintos? They started this thing in Pearl Harbor. Any Jesus among them? None. Communists? None. Islamists? Zero. That’s eighty years of ideologies that have popped up where no Jesus was allowed among those four groups. Just look at the records as far as murder goes among those four groups.
The Robertson family released a statement yesterday that strongly implied they would not do a fifth season (the fourth season has completed shooting) without the outspoken patriarch:
We are disappointed that Phil has been placed on hiatus for expressing his faith, which is his constitutionally protected right.We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm. We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of Duck Dynasty.
'Duck Dynasty' reality TV star Phil Robertson recently explained his graphic opinions about homosexuality to GQ Magazine.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Robertson has been placed on "indefinite hiatus" by A&E, which airs "Duck Dynasty."
"We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson's comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty," A&E said in a statement.
"His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community," added A&E. "The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely."
"It seems like, to me, a vagina - as a man - would be more desirable than a man's anus," Robertson told GQ.
He also compared homosexuality to sex with animals.
"Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there," stated Robertson. "Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men."
The reality star then likened gay people to terrorists: "We just love ’em, give ’em the good news about Jesus—whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ’em out later, you see what I’m saying?”
Robertson's statements were condemned as "vile and extreme stereotypes" by the pro-LGBT organization GLAAD.
Starnes did not state specifically who was an "anti-Christian hater" or an "anti-straight group."
Also defending Robertson on Twitter was the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer:
Phil Robertson is a new American hero. He said exactly what the great majority of Americans believe. Phil Robertson is right. It’s a simple matter of plumbing. Easy to figure out what is supposed to go where. And where not.
For his part, Robertson told Fox News: "I myself am a product of the '60s. I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and 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."
"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," added Robertson.
A new Lifetime series that has yet to make it on the air is already sparking controversy. Created by “Desperate Housewives” mastermind Marc Cherry and produced by Eva Longoria, “Devious Maids” has some saying people that the show does not do much except continue Latina stereotypes.
Cherry is not surprised the show is already stirring the pot.
“I always knew there would be controversy with the show, but I also knew that working with Eva Longoria, we were going to treat these characters like gold,” he said. “I think we’ve done five super positive portrayals of Latina women who are both devious and smart but have dreams of their own and are pursuing them with all the gusto in the world.”
Longoria said the show does not shy away from the stereotype issue, The Inquisitr reported.
“The only way to break a stereotype is to not ignore it," Longoria said. "The stereotype we are grappling with here is that as Latinas, all we are is maids. And yet, this is a show that deconstructs the stereotype by showing us that maids are so much more.”
Carmen, a maid and aspiring singer in the series, is played by actress Roselyn Sanchez.
“I know many people who haven’t seen it that have a preconception or were annoyed already because of the title and [when they see] the show and they go, ‘Oh my God. It’s very pleasant and very funny, and we enjoyed it,’” she said. “So I would like for people to give it a chance, first of all. And I appreciate that this is a first time that a network and a producer takes a chance at saying, ‘I’m gonna write something for Latinas, I don’t care what the profession is. They’re the leads.’”
She added: “It’s about the stories. Forget about we’re maids. We’re human beings and we’re incredible women and the stories are deserving. They’re beautiful stories.”
A preview of the show is below:
Alec Baldwin could be the newest addition to NBC’s late-night lineup, according to a new report.
The “30 Rock” star is said to be in early talks for a half-hour show in the 1:35 a.m. timeslot, which is currently occupied by “Last Call with Carson Daly.”
Baldwin currently hosts his own WNYC podcast, “Here’s The Thing,” where he tackles news issues and interviews stars.
A source close to the situation tells Gossip Cop that “people have been impressed with his radio podcast series and have thought about him for these opportunities.”
But there’s “nothing to discuss right now,” insists our insider.
NBC’s late-night schedule has been in a state of upheaval, with the recent announcement that Jimmy Fallon will take over “The Tonight Show” and replace Jay Leno next year.
That leaves a spot open on Fallon’s “Late Night,” which reportedly could be filled by “SNL” star Seth Meyers.
The Baldwin development was first reported by The New York Times.
A rep for Baldwin declined to comment.
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The FCC implements its profanity policy by heavily fining networks that break the rules. They are continually challenged by the networks they fine, but usually the networks have to pay up.
Two incidences, including one where Nicole Richie cursed during an awards ceremony on Fox and a scene showing a woman and child's buttocks on ABC's NYPD Blue, were dismissed by the Supreme Court.
The infamous incident involving Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction at the Super Bowl was also dismissed, after the FCC tried to fine CBS for $550,000.
Other than that, challenges to the fines are normally disregarded.
They are allowed to fine broadcasters who violate the rules up to $325,000 per incident. This includes showing nudity or using profanity between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.
But because their rules are so broad, they have been suffering from a backlog of obscenity reports and have only been able to tackle the larger violations.
They've ignored more than one million reports of obscenity and are focusing only on "egregious cases," allowing their case load to drop by 70 percent.
Now, they are considering changing their policy on nudity and profanity.
"We now seek comment on whether the full Commission should make changes to its current (egregious cases) broadcast indecency policies or maintain them as they are," they said.
They are also asking if they should "treat isolated (non-sexual) nudity the same as or differently than isolated expletives."
Many people in the television industry have criticized the FCC for being inconsistent over the years, allowing movies like Schindler's List to include nudity but fining other shows or movies that show similar nude scenes.
President of the American Family Association, Tim Wildmon, said he hopes that they do not loosen up their guidelines as he fears for the children and families of America.
"We're urging the FCC to uphold high decency standards in entertainment in order to protect America's children and families," he said.
Annette Funicello, the most popular Mouseketeer on “The Mickey Mouse Club” has died at the age of 70 from complications from multiple sclerosis.
The actress, who went on to have a successful career in beach movies and music, died peacefully at Mercy Southwest Hospital in Bakersfield, California.
Funicello shocked her fans in 1992 when she announced she was suffering with multiple sclerosis. She remained upbeat despite her illness.
Annette Funicello was just 13-years-old when she shot to fame on Walt Disney’s television show.
Her devotion to Walt Disney remained throughout her life, with her stating, “He was the dearest, kindest person, and truly was like a second father to me. He was a kid at heart.”
After the “Mickey Mouse Club” show ended, Annette was the only member of the series to remain under contract.
Funicello appeared in Disney movies including “The Shaggy Dog”, “Babes in Toyland”, and “Johnny Tremain”.
Annette Funicello also had a singing career, with hit singles such as “Pineapple Princess” and “Tall Paul”.
Annette teamed with Frankie Avalon in a series of movies aimed at the teenager demographic.
She and Avalon had a reunion in 1987 with “Back to the Beach.” As they filmed, Annette realized she was having problems walking and found out she had MS.
Her symptoms were relatively mild at first, but gradually she lost control of her legs and worried people might think she was drunk.
The phrase refers to households without cable and satellite television service. They instead watch television online through sites like Hulu and Netflix.
Currently, there are five million households with no television service in America, a number that has risen from two million in 2007.
Nielsen Co. came up with the name "zero TV" households because they require their own category, as they are falling outside of traditional definitions of a television home.
In a national broadcasters meeting called NAB, many will discuss the zero TV group and address it as one of their main issues.
And it is quite a big issue, as broadcasters only get paid when they relay shows and movies through traditional ways. Show creators and networks, on the other hand, don't have to worry as much, as they are still paid through deals with online video providers and advertising on websites and apps.
"Getting broadcast programming on all the gizmos and gadgets - like tablets, the backseats of cars, and laptops - is hugely important," Dennis Wharton, spokesman for the National Association of Broadcasters, said.
While there are 130 television stations broadcasting live signals to mobile devices, not many people know about them or have the tools to make them work. Many phones require an add-on device to retrieve the signals.
But even if more people knew about the add-on, it is unlikely they'd be willing to purchase it as they already seem to have everything they need with Netflix, Hulu and similar sites.
Jeremy Carsen Young, a 30-year-old graphic designer, said he will probably never purchase a cable package. He has a working antenna sitting on his back porch, unplugged.
"I don't think we'd use it enough to justify having a big eyesore on the house," he said.
He is currently subscribed to Amazon and Netflix, costing him a total of $15 a month combined, significantly less than even the cheapest cable package would cost him.
Though a traditional television setup would allow him to watch up-to-date shows, he said he is fine with being behind on his episodes, which are often uploaded online much later than when they originally air on television.
Even when his friends accidentally spoil the ending of an episode or series, he is not worried.
"By the time it gets to me to watch, I've kind of forgotten about that," he said.
Cynthia Phelps, 43, said she has been TV-free for the last 10 years and doesn't expect to go back to cable anytime soon.
"I feel absolutely no social pressure to keep up with the Joneses in that respect," she said. "I don't want someone else dictating the media I get everyday. I want to bin charge of it. When I have a TV, Im less in control of that."