Duck Dynasty Hits Close to Home

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.

43 comments

    • Michael Silver says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

        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.

  1. Rick Day says:

    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 says:

      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.”

  2. Dave Bearse says:

    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.

  3. saltycracker says:

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

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

  4. NoTeabagging says:

    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.

  5. John Vestal says:

    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…..

  6. seenbetrdayz says:

    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.

    • benevolus says:

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

      • Harry says:

        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?

            • Max Power says:

              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.

  7. MattMD says:

    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.

  8. David C says:

    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 says:

      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.

  9. Ed says:

    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.

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