Like Father. Like Son.
While the Duck Dynasty marketing machine steamrolls every one into submission, you may have forgotten Phil Robertson’s rant on gay people when he said the following back woods, country witticism:
“It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus,” he said. “That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying?
And then he followed that gem up with a little rebel-flag-waving ignorance about Jim Crow laws:
“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person,” Robertson is quoted in GQ. “Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash. We’re going across the field…. They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’—not a word!… Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”
And now, his son decided it was his turn at the Roberston
Klan … clan lectern.
Before I share this never-ending #PRFail, if my father was in trouble or was at the receiving end of an ess-sandwich, I would defend him without reservation. However, if my father expressed his affinity for female genitalia by quashing what other people prefer that forcefully, I may have to defend him in privacy of my own home. Willie Robertson decided he had an entire network at his disposal, and considering the 10-million duck acolytes out there, he figured, “Meh!”
On an interview with CNN, he stood by dear ol’ dad, and the haters have screamed, “What the flock!” (Get it? Duck … flock … ah well, you can’t win them all.)
Willie Robertson did not repudiate his father remarks in the interview that was aired on Wednesday, but accused GQ magazine of having an agenda. “Phil just said what he thought, you know, what was on his heart,” the younger Robertson said, noting that his father “did some paraphrasing” of the book of Corinthians. “I believe what the Bible says,” Willie Robertson insisted, comparing LGBT people to drunks and thieves. “And that’s what he says to put those in. And for him and for you, the Bible is literal, that’s how it is. That’s how it was said,” Willie Robertson said.
Now, if you have a problem with free speech, there’s the door. However, for those exercising free speech, don’t be surprised with people offering their own views about your presumed ignorance. And Willie isn’t a fan of people talking about his daddy. Well, since he doesn’t call him that (…wait, what?), he isn’t a fan of people talking about his Phil (euphemism, much?).
Recently, Willie and his bride Korie were currently featured in the Christian indie film “God’s Not Dead.” In a behind-the-scenes interview, he said, “I think we should use any type of media we can to get the message of the Lord out,” adding that their A&E show helps them “get Christ out there.”
As a seminarian, I applaud the temerity to get a message out there. It’s happened since the beginning of time. From the Jews and the Gentiles who witnessed the work of Jesus, to the Greeks and the Romans proselytizing about philosophy and morality, messages get out there because people have passion and believe in sharing it. (We are in PR after all.)
However, when you are feeding people your message, you may want to consider passing the salt. Why? Because when you hurl the aforementioned s#!t sandwich down someone’s gullet, it has to taste good for them to indulge in your words. Otherwise, it’s a little throw-up in their mouth.
Huh? I’ll use a better known philosopher to enhance that point:
O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. ~ Psalm 34:8 KJV
Moral of the story: If you are serving something without a little seasoning, it’s just going to taste like crap.