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It’s the quote that seems to have millions of duck calls crying out.
Incase you haven’t heard, Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson had an interview with GQ, where he has made what some people are calling “offensive and controversial quotes”.
The quotes are as follows:
When asked about what is sinful: "Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there — bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men."
When asked to elaborate (he paraphrased Corinthians): "Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won’t inherit the kingdom of God," he warned. "Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right."
Then he gave his honest opinion: "It seems to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus," he explained. "That’s just me. I’m just thinking, ‘There’s more there! She’s got more to offer.’ I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical."
GLAAD jumped on the interview, calling for A&E to fire Robertson and condemn his opinions.
A&E spent no time, and have suspended the patriarch from future episodes of their ONLY hit show.
So how does this come back to journalism? Well, Mr. Phil Robertson has never been shy about his views. This is the same man who recently opened up on “I Am Second,” about his drug taking, alcohol abusing, womanizing days and how he was able to set himself straight through the Church and The Bible. This is the man who, on Duck Dynasty, tried to woo his wife into bed citing Scripture. This is the same man who has made KNOWN that he is a God-Fearing Christian and that he follows the Word of God.
Which is how I came to this conclusion: responsible journalism is quickly coming to an end.
I believe GQ baited Robertson with those questions, knowing that he would say exactly what he believes. That it would be controversial.
Knowing that it would be so controversial, it would sell magazines.
As anyone who has worked in the print industry knows, selling magazines is the main goal. As online news and blogs start taking their market share, glossies have been trying to count their losses and try new tactics in order to get copies off the shelf.
They’ve thrown away real stories, for shock value.
The biggest example of this comes back to Rolling Stone’s cover story of Tsarnev - with a close up picture that made him look more like a rock star than someone who killed four people and terrorized a city. Whether or not people agreed with the article, they flocked to get a copy of the “controversial” magazine.
Rolling Stone posted a record number of copies sold of that particular issue.
I, in no way, agree with Mr. Phil Roberston’s views, but many people do. Are they bad people for subscribing to a certain set of beliefs, and sticking to them? I don’t think so. My grandparents are staunch Roman Catholics, and I have heard the same thing from them many times - “Judge the Sin, Not the Sinner”.
Wait, isn’t that exactly what Mr. Robertson said momentarily after GLAAD condemned him?
"My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the Bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together. However, 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."
But, the damage had already been done.
In a world where mainstream views seem to be the only views that can be talked about, Robertson had caught himself up in a media plan that he couldn’t even see coming.
While GQ profits from web hits and copies sold, Mr. Robertson might be left wondering what just happened. After all, he was answering the questions a sales person, disguised as a journalist, was asking him.
I would ask for the duck calls to ring out today, to mark the end of responsible journalism, and to ring in a new day - where selling magazines is more important that sharing a persons story. Where causing controversy is more important than educating and teaching each other about things we don’t know about.
An appropriate response should have been, to cite The Big Lebowski: "Yeah, well, you know, that’s just, like, your opinion, man."
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal also added his voice. “Phil Robertson and his family are great citizens of the State of Louisiana. The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with. I don’t agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV,” Jindal said in a statement reported on the Fox News website. “In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive. But I also acknowledge that this is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views. In fact, I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment. It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended.” - http://tv.yahoo.com/news/duck-dynasty-star-suspended-anti-gay-comments-004857988.html?soc_src=mediacontentstory
Sunday, June 30th, marked the last day of the One Run for Boston relay. The relay had started 3 weeks ago in LA and had made its way through 14 states and was making it’s final way to Boston.
I had the amazing chance to have been part of this experience. Having been just a few blocks…
From my other blog… but I just wanted to share my experience with the rest of you over here, in case you aren’t following my other blog
This Sunday I will be participating in the New England Yogathon, put on by Yoga Reaches Out. Proceeds from this will go to benefit Boston Children’s Hospital (where children victims of the Boston Marathon bombings were taken and are recovering), Children’s Tumor Fund and other healing through yoga programs.
Let’s help each other heal. If you have a dollar or two and would like to donate, please follow the link. It would mean the world to me.
Spartan Race was really the turning point for me. It was hard, it forced me to confront failure head on and got me moving. That was the point of creating this blog -was to document my struggles and triumphs and hopefully get a couple more people to get off the couch.
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Dear Ann Coulter of the Day: After Ann Coulter referred to President Obama as a retard in a tweet during Monday night’s presidential debate, Special Olympics athlete and global messenger John Franklin Stephens penned her this open letter:Dear Ann Coulter,
Come on Ms. Coulter, you aren’t dumb and you aren’t shallow. So why are you continually using a word like the R-word as an insult?
I’m a 30 year old man with Down syndrome who has struggled with the public’s perception that an intellectual disability means that I am dumb and shallow. I am not either of those things, but I do process information more slowly than the rest of you. In fact it has taken me all day to figure out how to respond to your use of the R-word last night.
I thought first of asking whether you meant to describe the President as someone who was bullied as a child by people like you, but rose above it to find a way to succeed in life as many of my fellow Special Olympians have.
Then I wondered if you meant to describe him as someone who has to struggle to be thoughtful about everything he says, as everyone else races from one snarkey sound bite to the next.
Finally, I wondered if you meant to degrade him as someone who is likely to receive bad health care, live in low grade housing with very little income and still manages to see life as a wonderful gift.
Because, Ms. Coulter, that is who we are – and much, much more.
After I saw your tweet, I realized you just wanted to belittle the President by linking him to people like me. You assumed that people would understand and accept that being linked to someone like me is an insult and you assumed you could get away with it and still appear on TV.
I have to wonder if you considered other hateful words but recoiled from the backlash.
Well, Ms. Coulter, you, and society, need to learn that being compared to people like me should be considered a badge of honor.
No one overcomes more than we do and still loves life so much.
Come join us someday at Special Olympics. See if you can walk away with your heart unchanged.
A friend you haven’t made yet, John Franklin Stephens Global Messenger Special Olympics Virginia