Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Ignorance Is Only Bliss If You Keep It to Yourself

It's been a rough year for public figures as our quest for equality forces people to think, act and speak differently. They're used to being able to insult and abuse the LGBT Nation without challenge. We've been the focus of jokes and slurs for so long that we even insult each other as a matter of course. Standing in front of a camera and voicing opinions that all LGBT people are evil and going to hell wasn't cause for public upset in the past. I'm happy to say those days are over. 

For many people this new way of thinking has a very steep learning curve. Some have shown true remorse for their homophobic behavior. Some have chosen to offer a half-assed apology that sounds nothing like an apology.  For example, Phil Robertson's (of Duck Dynasty fame) empty words after a bigoted tirade that GLAAD called "vile and extreme".

“...I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other.”

It's a bizarre statement from a guy who equated homosexuals to terrorists in his rant. There's not a scrap of remorse in it but why would there be when he's not actually sorry. The network leaned on him to say something in light of the stir his ignorant remarks created and he chose to pretend he's next in line for sainthood rather than admitting he should have kept his opinions to himself.

Aside from being a stereotypical example of a faux Christian, it's obvious he doesn't know the definition of bestiality nor have any clue what it means to be gay. Somebody needs to buy this man a dictionary!

It's a shame because I honestly enjoyed Duck Dynasty and its silliness but I take this kind of cold-hearted condemnation seriously. If Mr. Robertson favors harsh judgment over simple respect then he's going to end up on my boycott list like everyone else with that mentality. I'm not asking him to approve of homosexuality just to treat people the way he would like to be treated. Until he can manage that, I don't intend to support his career.

I doubt the Robertsons will notice and I'm sure it won't affect their 2014 income statement but they just lost a fan. Adios boys. This isn't the grade six playground. Contact me when you gain a few decades of maturity.

Read more of the story at Huffington Post: Ducks, guns and bigotry


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