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Don Lemon Tells Piers Morgan 'Duck Dynasty' Star Shouldn't Be Fired: VIDEO

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Piers Morgan spoke last night with GLAAD's Wilson Cruz and CNN's Don Lemon, both gay men, about the suspension of Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson for anti-gay remarks he made in a GQ interview.

Lemon, a Louisiana (where Duck Dynasty is filmed) native, said he believes that Robertson should not be fired but that "the market should decide" his fate and that though he believes Robertson's remarks were "deeply offensive" he believes in free speech.

Wilson said that Robertson's remarks "do not reflect the true Christians out there" and said "it's just not who we are as Americans anymore."

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  1. More like Uncle Tom Lemon

    Posted by: litper | Dec 19, 2013 8:13:38 AM


  2. like the conciliatory thomas roberts, don lemon doesn't seem to understand that the war is far from over.

    Posted by: ascanius1 | Dec 19, 2013 8:16:16 AM


  3. The market did decide his fate Mr. Lemon. A&E, as a brand, has more concerns than the tune-ins on one reality show. They are in the position of gauging the market for their brand like all corporations.

    Posted by: Markt | Dec 19, 2013 8:26:02 AM


  4. The market did decide his fate Mr. Lemon. A&E, as a brand, has more concerns than the tune-ins on one reality show. They are in the position of gauging the market for their brand like all corporations.

    Posted by: Markt | Dec 19, 2013 8:26:02 AM


  5. Robertson considers himself a true christain, ego; this is exactly what a true christian believes. I don't believe in his mythical hell but he's just one Putin away from denying me my rights and having me jailed or stoned to death for being gay. His perverted idea of what it means to be gay, even though it has no impact on his life drives his hate. It is not his christain views that are warped it's religion as a whole. It abhors reason and thus encourages stupidity and bigotry.

    Posted by: terry | Dec 19, 2013 8:34:38 AM


  6. Mr. Lemon must has a short memory when it comes to bigotry and intolerance.

    Civil rights leader Bayard Rustin said it best;

    "...The job of the gay community is not to deal with extremists who would castigate us or put us on an island and drop an H-bomb on us. The fact of the matter is that there is a small percentage of people in America who understand the true nature of the homosexual community. There is another small percentage who will never understand us. Our job is not to get those people who dislike us to love us. Nor was our aim in the civil rights movement to get prejudiced white people to love us. Our aim was to try to create the kind of America, legislatively, morally, and psychologically, such that even though some whites continued to hate us, they could not openly manifest that hate. That's our job today: to control the extent to which people can publicly manifest anti-gay sentiment".

    From Montgomery To Stonewall 1986

    Posted by: Dearcomrade | Dec 19, 2013 8:37:28 AM


  7. Religion, like being a drunk, shows your true inner self. If you're basically a nice person, you'll show that love through religion; conversely if you're a mean, spiteful, bigot, you'll use religion to back up your venality. BTW, when I was growing up, religion was something that you kept to yourself...to better yourself, because you can't save anyone else unless your spirit and soul were clean, humble and in harmony with God. Evangelicals of all faiths have the most putrid souls and yet they force their superstitions on everyone.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Dec 19, 2013 8:42:47 AM


  8. @ Terry - you're painting with too broad of strokes. There are many Christians who do not believe that. There were many Christian churches who worked to defeat the marriage amendment here in Minnesota. Of course, many churches worked to pass the amendment. I agree that religions have done much damage to a lot of people, but that's because the religions are made up of people, and people can be downright nasty.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Dec 19, 2013 8:44:45 AM


  9. The title of this article is somewhat misleading. If you don't watch the video to the end, it seems as though Don Lemon disagrees with A&E's decision. A&E's statement isn't read until the end and Lemon appears to agree with its decision.

    Is it just me, or are things getting sloppier and more 'sensational' around here?

    Posted by: Will | Dec 19, 2013 8:45:43 AM


  10. The "free speech" Lemon talks about is freedom from the government censoring an individual's speech. Freedom of speech says nothing about your employer's reaction or the reaction of other individual's to the content of your speech. The government hasn't taken any action against Robertson. So, his free speech rights remain fully intact.

    Other individuals calling for Robertson to be reprimanded is their use of their freedom of speech.

    And, Robertson's employer making a business decision to suspend Robertson, is exactly what Lemon has called for, a Free Market decision based on who and what they want associated with their brand.

    Posted by: anon | Dec 19, 2013 9:01:47 AM


  11. Hey,
    Robertson is dead wrong but he is American and has a right to his opinion. I'm gay and find him offensive but so what. Also we need to let reasonable people see that this kind of ignorance exists and how far we have to go yet.

    Al Pryor

    Posted by: Al Pryor | Dec 19, 2013 9:11:48 AM


  12. Stupid comment, the market DID decide his fate. His employers don't want that reflecting on their business. He's "free" to spew whatever ignorance he wants, just not as part of that company. That's "their" free speech rights.

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Dec 19, 2013 9:16:55 AM


  13. This has absolutely nothing to do with free speech. Phil Robertson is able to say whatever he wants without the government sanctioning him or arresting him for saying those lies. However, a private company can suspend and fire someone if they feel as if it will impact their bottom line just ask Alec Baldwin. Don Lemon being a journalist should know the difference.

    Posted by: THurts | Dec 19, 2013 9:27:03 AM


  14. Don Lemon is a moron of the 1st order. Does he not grasp the concept of free speech? Clearly not.

    Wilson Cruz is a moron of the 2nd order. Does he not graasp that hatred and division is just as christian as love and kindness. As christianity is based on believing that a badly written work of fiction is the word of a supernatural sky fairy then evil and division is as valid as christian view as love and kindness is.

    Posted by: MaryM | Dec 19, 2013 9:34:55 AM


  15. "Religion, like being a drunk, shows your true inner self."

    Woodroad34D, you have just posted my new favorite quote. Great!

    Posted by: DrunkEnough | Dec 19, 2013 9:39:18 AM


  16. I like Don Lemon, bit if he has a point here at all, it seems very disjointed. Yes, this bigot has free speech rights, but so what? No one has suggested he doesn't or has said the government should step in and make his statement illegal.
    "The market should decide." Yes, but that's what happened. The network that was marketing him by sticking a microphone in his face decided that they were not planning to keep sticking that microphone in his face.
    As a parallel, if I invite someone to dinner one time and he insults all my friends, I might very well decide he won't be invited to next week's dinner at my house. And someone I consider a cynical jerk may invite him over to their house instead. That's "the market" deciding who wants to listen to him. He still has freedom of speech but that doesn't mean I have to keep inviting him to talk.

    Posted by: GregV | Dec 19, 2013 9:58:06 AM


  17. http://fablog.ehrensteinland.com/2013/12/19/why-a-dynasty/

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Dec 19, 2013 10:09:52 AM


  18. Don lemon, what a lemon.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Dec 19, 2013 10:17:13 AM


  19. Lemon either suffered some sort of brain injury in 2013 or he’s trolling the center-right for money.

    Posted by: Carlie | Dec 19, 2013 10:19:02 AM


  20. A&E made a business decision, not a moral one.

    Posted by: anon | Dec 19, 2013 10:28:28 AM


  21. Sure,let the market decide. If A&E figures that this guy is good for their bottom line despite the criticism, by all means keep him employed. If they figure that in the end the ratings aren't worth the headache, then they should dump him. Free speech meets free market, and both can do as they please. He doesn't owe A&E his silence, but they don't owe him a job either.

    Posted by: Yeek | Dec 19, 2013 10:36:23 AM


  22. It is great that we have such thoughtful and articulate out gay men like: Don Lemon, Thomas Roberts and Anderson Cooper in the media today. I can only imagine how much easier it would have been for me, as a teen and young man, in dealing with my own homosexuality to have had such role models.

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 19, 2013 12:18:20 PM


  23. Thanks, Andrew. I needed to read a positive thought today.

    I was getting ready to go after you-know who for that first stupid comment on this thread, but you saved me.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Dec 19, 2013 12:27:08 PM


  24. he made deplorable comments about every minority group and no mainstream network should cosign paying millions to someone like that!

    Posted by: Kortez | Dec 19, 2013 2:05:12 PM


  25. no, the market did not decide this one since his removal was premature to capitalist reaction of this show's market. when the show's market reacts with purchasing power, or lack thereof, that's how the market decides. not from pressure from voices outside of that market.

    cruz and glaad really overplay the rhetoric with their "no true scotsman" arguments and utopian delusions of "how the country really is". people laugh at things like that. and then glaad's efficacy is diminished.

    Posted by: Jaker | Dec 19, 2013 3:05:38 PM


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