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Michelangelo Signorile, Russell Moore Debate 'Duck Dynasty' Star's Remarks on CNN: VIDEO

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SiriusXM radio host Michelangelo Signorile debated Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore about the suspension of Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson over anti-gay remarks he made in which he compared gays to terrorists and drunks, said they were going to Hell, and likened homosexuality to sex with animals.

Said Signorile: “I don’t remember Governor Jindal putting out a statement calling for Martin Bashir of MSNBC to keep his job after he made what were seen as disrespectful statements against one woman, Sarah Palin....This man has attacked an entire group of people with horrific defamation. There should be ramifications. There should be outrage.”

Moore argued that millions of religious people across the U.S. agree with Robertson's POV, adding, "A&E didn’t hire the Robertson family to be Charlie Rose or George Will...they hired them to talk in an unfiltered sort of way."

CNN host Carol Costello interjected that Robertson's remarks were damaging to kids across the country who are bullied by the same types of remarks.

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  1. "Moore argued that millions of religious people across the U.S. agree with Robertson's POV"

    The question is, do they agree with Robertson's POV that homosexuality is a sin, or that we are no better than horse fuckers, drunks, and terrorists?

    And what does Moore himself think?

    Posted by: Ben in Oakland | Dec 19, 2013 5:51:38 PM


  2. The old days of demeaning gay people and getting away with it are over.

    Posted by: Me? I'mALWAYSRIGHT | Dec 19, 2013 6:00:20 PM


  3. @BEN IN OAKLAND,

    Agreed. And apparently millions of religious people across the US (in other words, Southern Baptists) think that blacks were happy to live in the Jim Crow south. You go Moore! Represent!

    Posted by: Steven H | Dec 19, 2013 6:00:44 PM


  4. Well done, Carol Costello. Free speech is your right but it's not without consequences when it's hate speech. Yes, you have a right to say it and society has a right to tell you your views are warped, unwanted, & hurtful.

    How quickly Southern Baptist asshat Moore was willing to embrace Muslims when it came to hating LGBT.

    Posted by: SERIOUSLY | Dec 19, 2013 6:01:13 PM


  5. Meh..those duck people look like they'd stink.
    The real sin here is having as much money as they do and still looking that bad.

    Posted by: Rob | Dec 19, 2013 6:03:33 PM


  6. And those millions of Christers are idiots too. For almost 2000 years, they have tortured, murdered, oppressed and silenced countless people and groups they've hated. Now people are finally standing up to them and saying "no more" and they freak out at their loss of privilege and power.

    Posted by: Steve | Dec 19, 2013 6:04:54 PM


  7. I'd rather have religious people keep their *opinions* about gay people in the closet than have them *demand* through violence and the law, that gay people lead their lives in the closet.

    Posted by: Me? I'mALWAYSRIGHT | Dec 19, 2013 6:05:19 PM


  8. there is no comparison between a redneck reality star's religiously regressive comments in a magazine article and a broadcaster saying on air that a public figure should be shat in the mouth. that's stupid.

    moore is right about getting what you hired for to market to an audience who agrees with this point of view.

    here's what will happen: the market of duck dynasty will go full steam with protests and boycotts against, who will decide to bring him back because money. he will become a martyr/hero to the right and the lgbt community will take a black eye and a setback in the court of public opinion as being whiny totalitarians. the pc left overplaying its hand of outrage again. should've responded with mocking critique, not demands for silence and firing.

    Posted by: Jaker | Dec 19, 2013 6:18:50 PM


  9. it's also interesting that al the focus is going on the anti gay comments, not the condescending ones about black people in the pre civil rights era.

    glaad, signorile and others ignoring this to the detriment of uniting black and gay people. just terrible strategies all around.

    Posted by: Jaker | Dec 19, 2013 6:24:39 PM


  10. And while the Duckwad lovers are trying to defend his free speech rights, which were never in any way violated, New Mexico now has gay marriage, which shows you that the Christofarians can't concentrate on 2 things at once.
    And the reason this is blowing up, Jaker, is because A&E knows that the sponsors are the ones that are going to bear the brunt of the anger, and that means major revenue loss all around for the network if major boycotts are begun, and not only on the Duckwad show. Phil Robertson is a loose cannon who has said things like this before, and this is not 1983 anymore. I do agree, though, that his comments on black people were just as offensive, but I think that is going to hit the fan next. He can try to use his Bible excuses for his gay hatred, but his racism is going to do him in for good.
    BTW, has anyone heard anyone else from that family saying anything to defend him? Or are they trying to protect the brand? I guess they learned a lesson from the Paula Deen slavery incident.
    Oh, and when are these free speech stalwarts of the right going to demand the reinstatement of Martin Bashir, and finally apologize - on their knees, preferably - to the Dixie Chicks?

    Posted by: dommyluc | Dec 19, 2013 6:39:45 PM


  11. @Jaker please go back to your right wing cave!

    Posted by: litper | Dec 19, 2013 6:57:56 PM


  12. Its 2013…do we still have to be offended every time some fool says something mean about us? Who gives a s*@t what this white trash thinks about anything?!?! I'm certain when he was talking about the ugly male anus, he was referring to his own!

    It's hard to take us seriously as equals when we insist that no one can harbor ill feelings about us. I don't really mind if you dislike gay people…I only draw the line at laws that create inequality. Other than that, think whatever the hell you want.

    Posted by: Brian | Dec 19, 2013 7:03:39 PM


  13. He's about as much martyr material as the New Mexico cake bakers. Zero. Less than zero. He'll have no more appeal than he had before, he may even in fact lose some because not all southerners support his racist, homophobe views.

    Jindal & Palin jumped on the bandwagon because they're both ignorant press whores. They know that no matter how ridiculous they look with their misappropriated claim of 'free speech' violation that their support base won't care. Anyone with an conscience knows full well they're not championing free speech. They want a racist bigot to be able to say anything he wants and not suffer any consequences because his views are their views.

    We didn't get the rights we've won by placating morons like these. We won them by standing up to these idiots and pointing out when they cross a line of decency. No LGBT group sought this trash out and provoked him. He made these statements because in his (white, hetero, male, faux-christian) privileged ignorance he thought they were perfectly fine. The only way he'll grow as a human being is being made to face the fact that his views of vaginas, morality, & civil rights are not everyone else's truth.

    Robertson & this developing situation is a case study of most of the social ills in America today. Ignorance, racism, & bigotry championed by zealots & fundamentalists as a right of personal conscience.

    Posted by: SERIOUSLY | Dec 19, 2013 7:11:19 PM


  14. Frankly, I don't care and don't think he should have been punished. He was hired for a redneck show and if people are learning manners and talking points from him they have bigger problems. Most people like this do a fine job of sinking their own ships. I'm tired of being overly sensitive to insensitive comments from people who really don't matter (like members of government)

    Posted by: calpoidog | Dec 19, 2013 7:30:37 PM


  15. I meant "unlike" members of government. TV personalities come and go and aren't the sharpest tools in the shed.

    Posted by: calpoidog | Dec 19, 2013 7:31:37 PM


  16. Is any of this about us and our rights at all, or is it REALLY just about selling all those piles of Duck Dynasty merchandise ?

    I mean, come on, for all the effort people are putting into this controversy, you could have actually DONE SOMETHING that matters.

    If this whole thing doesn't seem obviously contrived to you, then you're a friggin' rheatahd.

    Posted by: JustSayin' | Dec 19, 2013 7:40:07 PM


  17. We don't really need to worry about being demeaned, because hey, we're significant enough to be manipulated into helping corporations sell useless crap that nobody needs, just like every other moronic pawn.

    Suckers.

    Posted by: CrackerPlease | Dec 19, 2013 7:42:21 PM


  18. homophobia has no place in the arts...or entertainment

    Posted by: r | Dec 19, 2013 7:45:51 PM


  19. @litper. lol. i'm a liberal who can see clearly when the left goes off the rails and overplays its hand.

    we would get so much more respect and props if we recognize his right to his opinion while coolly and calmly pointing out the absurd regressivism of his comments instead of "omfg outrage! silence him! fire him!" we're trying to win the middle, remember, who will have a more nuanced vuew of this instead of knee jerk outrage, which will push them away from us. it's not very smart.

    instead we get carrie prejean part deux, when support for our cause took a dive.

    he will rejoin the show as victor. just watch.

    Posted by: Jaker | Dec 19, 2013 8:27:06 PM


  20. Yes, it's all about freedom of speech. I can't wait for A&E to start a reality show featuring the Rev Phelps and his KKKlan.

    I would like to see the right defend their freedom of speech to be pathetic on a national TV show week after week. Especially while they are picketing at a military funeral.

    Posted by: Twitdude | Dec 19, 2013 9:08:04 PM


  21. "here's what will happen: the market of duck dynasty will go full steam with protests and boycotts against, who will decide to bring him back because money. he will become a martyr/hero to the right and the lgbt community will take a black eye and a setback in the court of public opinion as being whiny totalitarians. the pc left overplaying its hand of outrage again."

    Yes, you said it so well I can't really add much to it. GLAAD needs to learn how to apply a "long term consequences" filter to their actions. Every time some inbred old racist hillbilly confirms the fact that he's an inbred old racist hillbilly, it doesn't need to be a national gay rights crisis. Now the right has another lucrative cause-celebre.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Dec 19, 2013 9:16:06 PM


  22. Can you image replacing Signorile with Dan Savage. There would have been sparks flying and headlines across the nation today. I can't wait for Savage to weigh in. The Bible is a piece of crap and those who adhere and rely on it are absolute fools.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Dec 19, 2013 9:39:48 PM


  23. "@litper. lol. i'm a liberal who can see clearly when the left goes off the rails and overplays its hand"

    See: Chik-Fil-A, Stoli vodka for just two recent examples.

    But hey, the Professional Left only cares about getting their press releases and spokespeople in the latest 24 hour news cycle, not doing hideously boring work such as running for every office there is (remember how quickly Howard Dean's successful 50 state strategy got dismantled once he left the DNC?), standing outside of supermarkets in the freezing cold to get petitions signed and so on because that's not sexy, that's not going to get the idiot cable news channels to pay attention to you.

    This shit has been going since I've been involved in politics (ca. 1978) and it's maddening. It's why the right wing still has such power, because they take the long view, that having the local school board packed with (R) people helps, having the local planning commission packed with (R) people helps etc.

    Plus it gives grifters like Bob No Eyebrows a steady paycheck.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Dec 19, 2013 10:43:17 PM


  24. What kind of bird's nest on Signorile's head?

    Posted by: Wilberforce | Dec 19, 2013 10:51:11 PM


  25. Im sure these duck people have been eating crab,shrimp and crawfish their entire lives...now what does it say in Leviticus about eating shell fish is an abomination?

    Posted by: MAP | Dec 20, 2013 1:51:40 AM


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