The cast members of Duck Dynasty may be in hot water after the family's patriarch made apparent homophobic statements in a recent GQ profile. Phil Robertson claimed in the interview that same sex relationships are a sin.
"It seems like, to me, a vagina-as a man-would be more desirable than a man's anus," the Duck Dynasty star said. "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."
The homophobic statements grew even stronger later in the GQ article. When Phil Robertson was asked for his definition of "sinful behavior," gay relationships were first on his list.
"Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there," Robertson continued. "Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men."
Phil Robertson then paraphrased a famous Bible passage from 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. Don't deceive yourself. It's not right."
The Duck Dynasty star did emphasize that he does not judge gay people. But, as Yahoo! noted, this part of Phil Robertson's interview also seemed homophobic, as he lumped gays together with criminals.
"We never, ever judge someone on who's going to heaven, hell," Phil Robertson concluded. "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?"
One of Phil Robertson's sons, Jep Robertson, claimed that he and his brothers held similar views. "We're not quite as outspoken as my dad, but I'm definitely in line," Jep Robertson said. "If somebody asks, I tell 'em what the Bible says."
UPDATE 1: Phil Robertson, has released a statement about the controversy surrounding his seemingly homophobic remarks. But, as EW.com noted, the Duck Dynasty star did not seem very apologetic for his comments.
"I myself am a product of the 60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior," Robertson said in the statement. "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."
UPDATE 2: According to EW.com, A&E will not feature Phil Robertson on Duck Dynasty for the time being. However the series will continue as scheduled with the rest of the Robertson clan.
"We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson's comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty," the network said in a statement. "His personal views in no way reflect those of A&E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely."
Watch video of Phil Robertson on Duck Dynasty below.
It is unclear if these anti-gay statements from the Duck Dynasty stars will impact the future of the popular A&E series. GLAAD swiftly condemned Phil Robertson and his homophobic remarks, though the organization did not call for a boycott.
"Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil's lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe," spokesperson Wilson Cruz said. "He clearly knows nothing about gay people or the majority of Louisianans — and Americans — who support legal recognition for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples. Phil's decision to push vile and extreme stereotypes is a stain on A&E and his sponsors who now need to reexamine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families."
Indeed, a recent Public Policy poll found that 56 percent of Louisiana residents supported same sex couples receiving recognition through marriage or civil unions. However, 63 percent of those respondents were against legalizing gay marriage.
But even if some Louisianans agree with Phil Robertson's sentiments, plenty of other Americans do not. While the reality star's recent anti-abortion sermon did not hurt the family's popularity, it's unclear if Phil Robertson's anti-gay beliefs will lead to bigger backlash.