‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Phil Robertson Reveals How His Christian Faith Helps Him Take On Cancel Culture
Phil Robertson of "Duck Dynasty" fame feels that cancel culture has "gone too far," and he's using his Christian faith to fight it.
In a new interview, former “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson is opening up about how his Christian faith has helped him take on cancel culture. It’s no secret that cancel culture has completely taken over our society making it challenging for a public figure to say anything these days without risking being “cancelled.” The Duck Commander might just be one of the first “cancelled” celebrities.
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In a 2013 interview with GQ Magazine Robertson was asked, “What, in your mind, is sinful?”
Robertson replied, “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,” He went on to paraphrase Corinthians from the Bible, saying, “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.”
This interview directly resulted in “Duck Dynasty” being suspended by A&E, much to the outrage of fans everywhere.
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“They put me on what they called an indefinite hiatus,” Robertson recalled this week. “I said, ‘I think I may be getting fired, right?’ Hiatus says you’re not part of the program anymore. After nine days they reinstated me, but we had all kinds of sponsors that just took off.”
“They had made a mockery of what I said,” he continued. “All I did was quote a Bible verse. And as a result, they tried to cancel me. But it didn’t cancel me at all. I still love them. I don’t hate anyone. The Bible teaches us to love thy neighbor even with their mistakes.”
Robertson Sounds Off On Cancel Culture
Robertson, 75, has opened up about how Christianity is the perfect antidote to cancel culture in his new book “Uncanceled: Finding Meaning and Peace in a Culture of Accusations, Shame, and Condemnation,” which was released today.
“The ones who attacked me, I didn’t hold it against them,” Robertson told Fox News while promoting his book. “They asked me a question about a particular sin, homosexual behavior. And they asked if I believed it was a sin. I thought to myself, that’s a weird question to ask someone, but I just quoted a Bible verse… I quoted what God had to say about that sin and nine other sins, but it was in the list of sins… As we were doing ‘Duck Dynasty,’ the upper crowd at A&E decided to drop the ax on me without first looking into what went down.”
The “Duck Dynasty” series ended in 2017 after 11 seasons.
He added that he’s turning the other cheek to his cancellation critics because the “Bible teaches us to love thy neighbor even with their mistakes.”
Robertson Has ‘No Regrets’ – Feels Cancel Culture Has ‘Gone Too Far’
Despite the backlash, Robertson has “no regrets at all” about doing the interview that got him suspended. Nearly a decade later, Robertson feels that cancel culture has “gone too far,” and that it directly goes against the teachings of the Bible.
“I hope that people would quit accusing each other,” Robertson said. “We’re all guilty of sin. We all make mistakes. Therefore, you have no excuse to pass judgment on someone else. That’s what people do. They find a mistake you made when you were 18 years old or something you said on the internet long ago. Then they go after you with a vengeance.”
“You’re condemning yourself by passing judgment on others,” he added. “Do you think you’ll escape God’s judgment? In a culture of accusations, shame and condemnation, I’m just trying to speak out about the word of God… Just forgive each other and move on for crying out loud.”
For Robertson, faith has been an important part of his life – in good times and in bad.
“The Apostle Paul told Timothy that whoever lives a godly life in Christ will be persecuted,” he said. “So we take persecution as a badge of honor. It doesn’t bother us at all. We just take it in and say, ‘I don’t hold anyone against it.’ Instead, we focus on telling others about Jesus and keep moving.”
Robertson penned, “Once we go down the road of calling others out in public, we are guilty of doing the same thing. Everyone winds up getting burned because everyone falls short—all of us are guilty of saying things we shouldn’t say or being insensitive to the feelings of others.”