Gov. Bobby Jindal waded into the controversy that’s arisen around Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson, issuing a statement this morning that does not exactly defend the comments that led to Robertson’s departure from the popular reality TV show but defends Robertson personally. “Phil Robertson and his family are great citizens of the State of Louisiana,” reads the governor’s statement. “The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with.” Robertson is indefinitely off the A&E show, the network confirmed Wednesday evening, not long after disparaging comments Robertson made about homosexuality in GQ garnered national attention. “I don’t agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV. In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive,” Jindal says. “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.” On the subject of sin, the 67-year-old Robertson told GQ for its January issue: “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.” —Staff report
Today’s poll question: Do you agree with A&E’s decision to take Phil Robertson off Duck Dynasty after his comments critical of homosexuality were published in GQ?