Mar 7, 2014
‘Duck Dynasty’: Network Caves, Unsuspends Robertson
Posted on Dec 27, 2013
After declaring homosexuality the origin of sin (followed by bestiality), reality TV redneck Phil Robertson has been un-reprimanded by the Arts and Entertainment network.
“Duck Dynasty” is A&E’s biggest show, one of the highest rated programs on TV, let alone cable. The network suspended its star, nonetheless. Until Friday, when it un-suspended Robertson, who was on hiatus anyway. As The New York Times points out, A&E made the grovelling announcement “at close of business on Friday of a holiday weekend on the slowest week of the year in the entertainment business.”
So was it the conservatives who rallied behind Robertson that did the trick? Probably not. As the Times notes:
Forget principle and politics, this is television. No one at the network was going to risk ending a hit show over a little innocent bigotry.
—Posted by Peter Z. Scheer
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