I know. I am a little late. But this is still sticking in my craw (sp?). (What is a craw anyway?) Many do not find the show Duck Dynasty itself appealing because those people may not see below the surface of hunting and fishing, and eating Ms Kay's cooking. I don't hunt or fish but I certainly eat. I love the show largely because of the values that exude through the interactions of the family. They love each other, they have good solid family values (for REAL). I personally love to see/hear the dinner prayer, the family gatherings, the respect (sometimes playful) they have for each other, the particular respect the men have for their women, the respect and honor the kids are expected to have toward their elders. It is so refreshing!!
Phil is a lively personality who speaks his mind. He is the patriarch of the family, and the cornerstone of the show. If you interview him, expect him to answer honestly because that is who he is. He is not necessarily politically correct nor does he particularly care how people see him. He is who he is and that is why we love him.
Ask him a loaded question, you will get a loaded answer. Specifically, the comments he made about gay marriage. You know, it really irks me that people of other beliefs, of other ways of life, of other "persuasions" can say and do whatever they want and I am supposed to like it. But when a conservative/Christian viewpoint is voiced, all of a sudden it is homophobic---whatever the heck that is. I have every right to express my beliefs and my feelings as long as I am not inciting violence or threatening anyone. Phil very respectfully told the truth of what the Bible says. He has every right to do that. And---AND--- Christianity is not the only persuasion to have moral codes and standards that do not agree with liberal thinkers. But Christians always seem to be the ones targeted and picked at for their beliefs.
I have a dilemma. I love to watch Duck Dynasty but find myself not wanting to support A&E, either through supporting their programming or through buying Duck Dynasty stuff the puts proceeds in A&E's pocket. So ---to watch or not to watch---that is the question. And make sure you are buying Duck Commander products to support the Robinson family.
If the numbers of viewers were down for the new season opener, it was probably for the same reason I did not watch. I have to settle this in my mind. A&E acted stupidly and disrespectfully and I have a problem supporting that. They tried to take away God-given rights to individual beliefs of a Christian.
So, Phil, I love you, man. If you find yourself in the proverbial foxhole, I will be right there next to you.