1. A&E is not a government entity and is within its rights to make insanely stupid, bigoted decisions.
2. Phil Robertson doesn’t need A&E but, judging by his show’s popularity, A&E needs him.
3. GLAAD is a fascist organization. A friend of mine who was watching CNN caught a GLAAD advocate said that the world is changing and Robertson needs to “…get in line.” In other words, my friend accurately notes, GLAAD is saying that Robertson is guilty of thought crimes. How very Orwellian.
4. As others have noted, and contrary to the Drudge headline, Robertson did not go on a “rant,” nor did he compare homosexuality to bestiality. What he said was (1) that, physically and emotionally, the homosexual act makes no sense to him; (2) that the Bible characterizes homosexual acts as a sin, as it does several other sexual behaviors, including adultery; and (3) that, while he’s bewildered by homosexual acts, it’s God’s responsibility, not his, to decide whether and what consequences sinful acts deserve.
5. Nobody knows what the contract is with the other members of the Robertson clan, so it’s still up in the air whether they will be allowed to leave or to speak of Robertson’s beliefs when they start filming next year’s season. (This year’s episodes are already filmed.) It’s also unknown whether, contract or not, the other members will nevertheless stage a walk-out or something.
6. You can boycott A&E if you want, but they’ll never know unless you’re a Nielson household. The better thing to do is to boycott companies that advertise on A&E. Indeed, the best thing to do is to copy GLAAD and other “queer rights” organizations, and to make the advertisers completely miserable. Remember — always follow the money.
7. It amazes me that our “first gay president” hasn’t yet waded in this matter. It is, after all, the only issue that seems to stiffen his backbone.
8. One wonders if there are enough people left in America who care enough to push back against these attacks on speech and faith. I know there are people who care, of course. I’m just wondering whether there are still enough of them, and they are exercised enough, and powerful enough, to make a difference.
For more on this, I recommend Noisy Room’s take.