The Duck Commander is back on the job. Ducks 1, Dicks 0
GLAAD responds: “Phil Robertson should look African American and gay people in the eyes and hear about the hurtful impact of praising Jim Crow laws and comparing gay people to terrorists. If dialogue with Phil is not part of next steps then A+E has chosen profits over African American and gay people – especially its employees and viewers.”
I support LBGT rights, same-sex marriage AND freedom of speech. Most of my life I’ve been a supporter of sin, too. Tolerance does not mean approval. Tolerance means letting people you disapprove of do their own thing.
Protestant churches (especially the ones in the South and Midwest) have a long list of stuff they consider to be sinful. I’ve made hobbies out most of the things they are against. Needless to say that has caused my fundamentalist family members to disapprove of my lifestyle. They believe that if I don’t repent I am going to Hell.
But I am still part of the family. When we get together I don’t pretend to be something I’m not and they don’t pretend to approve. Somehow we manage to get along just fine.
I don’t like groups like GLAAD. More specifically, I don’t like their business model. It’s one shared by many groups and individuals in the Grievance Industry. This is how it works:
1. Find a reason to be “outraged”. Seize on a statement or action of a group or individual and claim to be offended.
2. Start a PR campaign against your chosen target. Demand the firing or contract termination of the individual. Use the attention you receive to fund raise.
3. Threaten the target and his/her employers and/or sponsors with economic sanctions.
(Here’s the really nasty part)
4. Sell indulgences. Some targets have money, or the people employing/sponsoring them do. You can scare them into buying you off. The legal term for this is “extortion”.
They don’t care if they destroy lives. Remember Carrie Prejean? All she did is give an honest answer and they tried to ruin her career.
There is a theory out there that this recent fauxrage was an elaborate publicity stunt designed to boost the ratings of Duck Dynasty. I don’t believe it. A&E would not have risked their cash cow and they already had the highest rated show on cable television. Besides that it would have required Phil Robinson to be in on the scam. This was just plain old bad judgment by the network.
At its core the original suspension was about power. The NYC-based executives at A&E wanted to bring the Robertson family to heel. If it was really about principles they would have taken the show off the air. Instead they ran Duck Dynasty marathons.
But A&E misjudged both the Robertsons and their own audience. They lost the power struggle and they nearly lost their cash cow. In the end, it was all about the money.
Some people say that GLAAD still won because they got money and publicity out of it. I disagree. Extortion won’t work if your victims aren’t afraid of you. GLAAD is exposed as a paper tiger.
That’s why they are so pissed off.