- We live in a country where free speech is a right protected by the Constitution.
- Phil Robertson has the right to express his opinion.
- We live in a country where freedom of the press and other media is protected by the Constitution
- GQ magazine has the right to publish Phil Robertson's comments.
- A&E has the right to set their programming schedule or discipline, hire and fire whomever they want, within contractual or regulatory requirements.
- Citizens and residents of our country have these same rights to express their opinions on Phil Robertson, A&E or whatever.
- With every right comes a corresponding responsibility. In this case one of the responsibilities is to respect others' rights and to express opinions in a manner showing consideration of others' rights in a mature manner.
- Duck Dynasty is a reality show, with "reality" defined by the producers, directors, editors and network. A&E did not like Phil Robertson's "reality" so they're trying to change it to suit their business needs.
- A&E is owned by The Hearst Corporation and Disney, who's job it is is to make money for their shareholders. Entertainment is a means to an end. Own any Hearst or Disney stock?
- Are you willing to forego a trip to Disney to support Phil Robertson? Are you willing to subscribe to Hearst publications or watch other A&E programs to support A&E? Put your money where your mouth (or keyboard) is.
- Is A&E's beef with Phil Robertson about his opinions or that these opinions were expressed in a GQ interview, which is owned by Conde Nast, and not a Hearst Corporation publication?
Saturday, December 21, 2013
I've never seen the show Duck Dynasty so I speak as an observer, not as a fan or combatant. Since I live in a country where free speech is still allowed, here are some of my random thoughts on the topic: