Duck Dynasty: A Conversation about the Conversation
I'm neck-high in my dissertation chapter devoted to Duck Dynasty (and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo), so it was fortuitous that the news broke about Phil Robertson's GQ interview and the racist, homophobic comments he made therein while I'm still writing. I have more to say, but it needs to go into the dissertation first. For now, I'm going to post a link round-up of the conversation about the conversation. Later, I hope to write here about how that conversation is actually diverting our attention from the stakes of Robertson's quips and the power structures supporting him.
First, Phil's homophobia wasn't a secret to either fans who'd followed him before Duck Dynasty nor the significant portion of his new fans who also looked for, and found, evidence of his right-wing extremist political agenda masquerading as bible study.
The GQ article containing the interview Drew Magary did with Phil Robertson in which Phil said everything he said
The LA Times article that made the social media rounds before the GQ article it talks about did
US Weekly covered A&E's suspension decision, "Phil Robertson Suspended from Duck Dynasty Following Anti-Gay Comments"
A quick response piece by The Superficial that received some decent circulation, "Why 'Suspending' Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty was a Brilliant, Cynical PR Move"
The Robertson Family's official statement released on their business' website
Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote an article for The Atlantic on Phil Robertson's twisted, willfully inaccurate worldview, "Phil Robertson's America"
On the other side of things, Adrienne Royer held it down for The Federalist with, "Why Duck Dynasty Threatens the Left"
US Weekly covered Phil Robertson's comments made at a bible study group following A&E's suspension
Brittany Cooper wrote about Robertson's mostly ignored racism for Salon, "Evangelical church's ugly truth: 'Duck Dynasty' and Christian racists"
What am I missing? Let me know.
UPDATE: A&E welcomes Phil Robertson back to the network.