Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne recently wrote an open letter of support to the Robertson family of A&E's Duck Dynasty following the anti-gay and false claims about black people made by Phil Robertson.
According to RawStory.com, Lt. Gov. Dardenne promised "to use his influence among Louisiana’s growing motion picture industry to seek out alternative production options" if Duck Dynasty is canceled by A&E.
Lt. Gov. Dardenne claimed his open letter was not an endorsement of Phil Robertson’s statements on homosexuality or race.
In an interview with GQ, Robertson compared homosexuals to terrorists and drunks, He also graphically described what he saw as the difference between heterosexual and homosexual sex.
When asked about black people in Louisiana during the Jim Crow era, Robertson claimed they "were happy; no one was singing the blues."
Lt. Gov. Dardenne simply ignored Robertson's statements in his support of the TV show.
"Regardless of one’s views on Phil Robertson’s statements," stated Lt. Gov. Dardenne. "Duck Dynasty has been an important representation of the state of Louisiana, inspiring prospective visitors and investors since its debut. Their show draws tens of millions of viewers each year, reaching an audience eager to visit Sportsman's Paradise."
"If the Robertson family cannot come to an agreement with A&E and wants to continue the show, Louisiana already has the infrastructure in place to maintain their record-breaking program," added Lt. Gov. Dardenne.
In more Duck Dynasty fallout news, GLAAD, a pro-gay group that opposed Robertson's remarks, is experiencing record levels of backlash.
"In the five-and-a-half years I've worked at GLAAD, I've never received so many violently angry phone calls and social media posts attacking GLAAD for us speaking out against these comments," the media watchdog organization's vice president of communications Rich Ferraro told TheWrap.com.
"I don't think this is about the first amendment," added Ferraro. "I feel it's more about the America we live in today. That is one where Americans, gay and straight, are able to speak out when people in the public eye make anti-gay and racist remarks."