Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.) has come forward to support Phil Robertson, the Duck Dynasty star who was suspended indefinitely from the Louisiana-based reality show after making anti-gay comments in a magazine interview.
Jindal said the West Monroe family “are great citizens of the State of Louisiana.”
“The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with,” Jindal said in a statement.
“I don’t agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV,” he said. “In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive. But I also acknowledge that this is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views. In fact, I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment.”
“It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended,” he added.
Jindal is presumably referring to a comment the 21-year-old made in October about how she wants full control over the direction of her career: “It can’t be like this 70-year-old Jewish man that doesn’t leave his desk all day, telling me what the clubs want to hear.”
The pop singer has not made anti-gay remarks. In fact, she was photographed wearing an anti-homophobia pin in June.
Jindal’s statement echoed the same sentiment heard from Fox News host Gerald Rivera Wednesday morning.
Rivera called the suspension “ridiculous” and the results of “political correctness that’s gotten malignant.”
Fans of Phil Robertson have taken to Twitter under the hashtag “IStandWithPhil” to show their support.
“Freedom of speech is not just for liberals,” one woman wrote. “Let me rephrase...freedom of speech isn’t suppose [sic] to be just for liberals.”
“Why are minorities opinions and feelings the only ones protected...? #IStandWithPhil” wrote another.
One A&E advertiser said they pulled their commercials from the network.
“We just cancelled all our ads on A&E until they apologize to Phil Robertson! #IStandWithPhil” tweeted Gilbert’s Collision of Cleveland, Tenn.
Others riffed on the hashtag posting Phil Collins album covers and stills of Phil Connors, Bill Murray’s character from “Groundhog Day.”