Duck Dynasty Hits Close to Home

December 20, 2013 21:25 pm

by Jon Richards · 43 comments

Unless you have been hiding under a rock for the last few days, you know the A&E Television Network has suspended Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson for his comments in GQ magazine.

In the past, some A&E shows have been filmed in Douglas County, including Beyond Scared Straight. But, not anymore. Douglas County Sheriff Phil Miller says his office will no longer offer any assistance to the network. He posted the following on his personal Facebook page, according to Douglasville and Douglas County for Civic Action.

Phil Miller statement on A&E

Georgia has become known for its welcoming of TV and film productions. Right move? Wrong move? Discuss below.

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@jwells69 December 20, 2013 at 9:33 pm

#GA Sheriff will no longer provide assist to #AETV while filming other shows n Douglas Co. #PhilRobertson

benevolus December 20, 2013 at 10:07 pm

So is he anti gay?

Rick Day December 21, 2013 at 12:57 am

Who, the Christian?

benevolus December 21, 2013 at 10:34 am

The sherriff.

Chris Huttman December 20, 2013 at 10:13 pm

No he thinks blacks were better off with Jim Crow.

Michael Silver December 21, 2013 at 9:19 am

Jim Crow? Where did you get that?

If you are so concerned about Jim Crow, why are YOU not at the Capital demanding a repeal of Georgia’s gun laws? They were written by white supremacists with the stated intent of disarming black Georgians.

Lea Thrace December 21, 2013 at 9:23 am

Robertson made the following comments also:

“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person,” said Robertson, discussing his childhood in Louisiana. “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.”

He continued: “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.”

Jon Lester December 22, 2013 at 12:37 pm

I don’t think I have anything to add to the current controversy, because it’s my view that the show has about run its course already. Sure, it had 11 million viewers for the current season’s premiere episode, but that doesn’t mean it can remain consistently good into the future.

Thomas Adams (@GeorgiaCRE) December 20, 2013 at 10:23 pm

Duck Dynasty Hits Close to Home – Unless you have been hiding under a rock for the last few days, you know the A&E…

xdog December 20, 2013 at 10:35 pm

I doubt it’s his decision whether to assist TV production or not. Anyway, he should stand up on his own time.

mountainpass December 21, 2013 at 8:32 am

The office of Sheriff is a Constitutional one. He works for the people of Douglas County and answers only to them.

Chris Huttman December 21, 2013 at 7:14 pm

Obama got 51% and Barnes got 47%. The people may disagree with him.

mountainpass December 21, 2013 at 7:38 pm

My info is the sheriff won by 10 points.

2g Strategies (@2gstrategies) December 20, 2013 at 11:25 pm

From @peachpundit Duck Dynasty Hits Close to Home – Unless you have been hiding under a rock for the last few days…

Rick Day December 21, 2013 at 12:56 am

this would mean something noble if the good constable was anything other than a ‘conservative christian’ himself.

Also, I’m sure he will be getting a call from City Hall reminding him of the fee’s, permits and overtime the network paid to film in Douglas County, not to mention that thing called…what is it…”positive economic impact?” “Budget cuts for the Department?” Something like that…

After all, we all know that money trumps Jesus, when all is said and done, can I can an amen?

mountainpass December 21, 2013 at 7:41 pm

City Hall can call him but he does not answer to them.
They can still film in the county, but will need to pay for the “support.”

Dave Bearse December 21, 2013 at 1:27 am

Like the cooperation of the Douglas County Sheriffs office was the reason for filming in Douglas County in the first place, when it was a 30% tax credit.

They’re so mad in Douglas County that they’ll use tax dollars to subside Hollywood to produce pictures in other Georgia Counties.

saltycracker December 21, 2013 at 9:56 am

Dumb (A&E) and dumber (Douglas Co. sheriff)

If it is Anderson Cooper or Phil Robertson …..Have Remote, Will Follow

NoTeabagging December 21, 2013 at 10:17 am

This trivial PR mess is another example of “the media” taking something out of context creating a sound byte and then relentlessly “copy and paste”-ing it everywhere without anyone reporting the complete facts.

The media latched on to two comments in the article but failed to copy and paste his important final quote, “We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell. That’s the Almighty’s job. We just love ’em, give ’em the good news about Jesus—whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ’em out later, you see what I’m saying?” put it all together and I don’t see any anti gay hate speech working here. He’s not going all Westboro Church on anybody. Obviously, A&E nor any other media reports read this article or has bothered to put this in context. They put real people, with real history and real opinions on a scripted reality show and then deny them the right to express their opinions in other media? Read the article folks (see link at top), I was more offended by the d-bag writer’s self deprecating whining than his interview subject’s quotes. GQ did not have to print the potentially offending statements in their interview. This is GQ people! The rag that perennially tries to stay straight yet goes borderline homoerotic, soft gay porn in their photo layouts. Reality (show) check needed.

Dave Bearse December 21, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Yeah, that “important final quote” that equated gays with drunks and terrorists put it all together.

Chris Huttman December 21, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Do black people get the EZ pass to heaven or will they also have to get sorted? Unclear.

Raleigh December 22, 2013 at 9:53 am

Obviously all black people will go to heaven because a well-known Methodist minister has already said all white people will be going to hell.

@TcotAudrey December 21, 2013 at 11:58 am

Duck Dynasty Hits Close to Home — Peach Pundit

John Vestal December 21, 2013 at 12:23 pm

I’m thinking you’re probably more likely to be hit by a train in Douglas County than to find someone who actually cares what the sheriff thinks of A&E.

So yeah, sadly, there’s a chance…..

seenbetrdayz December 22, 2013 at 1:01 am

I think they should find and interview the one gay guy in the whole country who watches Duck Dynasty and see what his opinion is on this whole matter. A&E cared enough not to want to lose his viewership, so I think it’s important we hear what he has to say.

Richard December 22, 2013 at 10:21 am

My guess is GLAAD is comprised primarily of Hysterical Opinionated Myopic Outliers. (‘s)

Harry December 22, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Why I Cannot Blame Russia and India for Taking on the Gays
Some of you will raise objection to this; I would like specific criticism of the piece.

benevolus December 22, 2013 at 1:22 pm

OK, first paragraph… I doubt the New Yorker or The Guardian are ‘celebrating’ men sodomizing boys.

Harry December 22, 2013 at 2:58 pm

I could argue that’s effectively the reality, but let’s move it up a step. Do you not agree that many countries are and should be concerned about public health not to mention protection of minors? Let’s say you were sodomized as was the case with the author. Would you not wish that better preventive controls had been in place? In the name of PC and under pressure from a small group, is the West on the wrong side of the issue? Are we digging our own grave?

benevolus December 23, 2013 at 7:18 am

I don’t see how protection of minors is in any way connected with gay.

Harry December 23, 2013 at 8:32 am

Read the article.

Max Power December 23, 2013 at 9:12 am

Well I did and it was a waste, it conflates having a relationship with a young but legal person with pedophilia. It deliberately mischaracterizes Michelangelo Signorile’s piece in the Huffington Post. It does not mention or worry about the thousands of older men that marry or have relationship with younger women. In other words it’s a homophobe fantasy piece concocted by someone who simply doesn’t like gays. Very sad.

MattMD December 22, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Wow, what horrible syntax in that Facebook post. Did the good Christian Sheriff happen to be a few beers deep?

I have seen more than a few people make jackasses of themselves on Facebook after imbibing.

Anyhow, I doubt this matters much. I had to look up exactly where Douglas County was located and my county evidently shares a border. Geography win.

Dr. Monica Henson December 22, 2013 at 3:45 pm

“If you don’t want to know what a 67-year-old man from backwoods Louisiana thinks, maybe you shouldn’t ask him.”

David C December 22, 2013 at 4:41 pm

Irony: People saying that a private media company suspending an employee is a violation of the 1st amendment, while cheering a sheriff denying public service because of a constituent’s political beliefs, which is an actual 1st amendment violation.

MattMD December 22, 2013 at 7:12 pm

I like where you went with this as that is a good point. Let’s dispense with the fact that we are dealing with some ignorant, blowhard Georgia sheriff from some random outer metro county.

Do you really think A&E would try to take this to court under some establishment clause issue? I think they would just go over to some other rural county. If anything the sheriff/hick is doing more damage to the Georgia film industry than anything else.

Harry December 22, 2013 at 7:31 pm

Do you think Putin is a hick?

xdog December 22, 2013 at 10:22 pm

You misspelled Palin.

MattMD December 23, 2013 at 3:24 pm

I think he’s worse.

We should nuked them when we had the chance. I hate Russians. I have never met a more paranoid and duplicitous people in my life.

Harry December 23, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Well I disagree. Russians are sweet people, especially the less wealthy. Also they have an ironic, appealing sense of humor. You should learn to love every culture…admittedly some individuals are less than ideal.

Harry December 22, 2013 at 10:31 pm

Once seen, cannot be unseen.

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@GoDahlys December 23, 2013 at 1:59 am

Duck Dynasty Hits Close to Home. Douglasville, GA sheriff says no more assistance to A&E— Peach Pundit

Ed December 23, 2013 at 8:30 am

1) I don’t care about “Duck Dynasty” or what that guy said (only found out about the premise of the show a few weeks ago).
2) Only idiots make up proper nouns to highlight how much you dislike them.
3) Only idiotic public servants would jeopardize the money from filming a serialized television show so they could have a few minutes of fame.
4) Not saying the sheriff is an idiot. Just that he’s doing idiotic things.