Douglas County Sheriff will not cooperate with A&E going forward

posted at 11:01 am on December 22, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

The Duckathon continues through the weekend, showing no signs of slowing down. In the wake of A&E’s somewhat suicidal business decision (more on that below), another voice has weighed in on the situation. The Sheriff of Douglas County – home to the Duck Dynasty crew – is no longer interested in doing any business with the network.

The suspension of “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson by the A&E Network after making controversial remarks in GQ magazine regarding homosexuality has been called a business decision. But now Douglas County Sheriff Phil Miller is making a business decision of his own.

Miller announced on his personal Facebook page Friday night that A&E would no longer be welcomed to film or produce any of its programs or series with the help of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or its facilities…

“I know it will not matter to A&E, but it will make me feel better. A&E has produced more than a half dozen programs with the assistance of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. They will not do any more with my assistance while I am sheriff. It is time for someone other than Hollywood and the news media to stand up for what is right!”

I’m not sure if it “won’t matter” to A&E that the Sheriff’s department will no longer cooperate with them. Assuming the show continues at all, reality series rely on that full range of “local flavor” to bring their stories to life. In the case of this show, just as with many other such series like Moonshiners, local law enforcement can be a part of that tapestry. It may not shut down production entirely, but it certainly doesn’t help. (And that’s not even going into questions about getting film permits or how much of a blind eye the law will turn to disruptions caused during filming, etc.)

From a broader perspective, a few offerings from Rick Moran at the American Thinker.

I don’t think we’ve seen this kind of backlash against the coercive imposition of public speech codes before. The opposition goes far beyond the evangelical community to become an issue with many other Christian churches.

Beyond the religious aspect, there is a cultural facet to the controversy. The GQ “profile” of Robertson was a hit piece – smarmy, snarky, and subtly dismissive. Many Americans are equally perturbed by the elitist and superior attitude found in the GQ article – holding Robertson out to be a typical ignorant red neck not worthy of being taken seriously by the smart folks in coastal America.

Hard to say what will become of this controversy. GLAAD is raising money hand over fist and is suffering no ill effects for its PC policing of speech. Perhaps the flap has awoken middle America and they will now begin to fight back against the stifling of free speech and freedom of religion that goes along with it.

On a more general note, I have to wonder what A&E is thinking about their decision at this point. They’ve surely noticed that their ratings – particularly for their last weekend marathon – have been down since this situation blew up. Curiously, I was seeing some of the most liberal people on Twitter – particularly ones who like to refer to Robertson as “hateful, homophobic, bigoted” etc. – crowing over the ratings drop. Seriously? They seem to think that a drop in viewers must reflect some sort of judgement by the audience rejecting Robertson’s opinions.

That’s the part which is so puzzling to me, and it’s something I believe A&E should have taken into account before acting. While I’m not sure there are any measurable metrics to check on this, I don’t think the people complaining about Robertson are Duck Dynasty’s target demographic which provided their record breaking ratings. Do you really imagine that there is an army of Pajama Boys out there, snuggling up in their Slankets with a cup of cocoa to binge watch a season of Duck Dynasty? To the contrary, if the ratings are falling I would imagine that it’s Robertson’s defenders turning off A&E in droves.

Either way, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department decision is only the latest in a string of bad press stories for A&E. This looks like short sighted, poor planning on their part, and it will likely hit them hardest over the long run right where it hurts the most… in the wallet. But hey, that’s just capitalism in action, folks.


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They gone.

Murphy9 on December 22, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Looks like the only question now is what the next Robertson clan reality show will be called when it airs on USA or The History Channel.

HitNRun on December 22, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Maybe the Robertsons should take their show online.

Count to 10 on December 22, 2013 at 11:08 AM

A&E is off the TV in this home for good. Phil is a good man. Even from an evolutionary perspective, sodomy serves no purpose and neither do it’s practitioners – gay AND straight.

abobo on December 22, 2013 at 11:11 AM

I think they will head to CMT. Heard Cracker Barrel bailed. Dumb business decision for them. Gladd meets at Starbucks not Cracker Barrel.

faol on December 22, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Count to 10 on December 22, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Yep. Can’t wait for The Blaze and Beck to make a big-time offer.

HomeoftheBrave on December 22, 2013 at 11:13 AM

I guess we keep on talking about these chuckleheads (on both sides of this dust up) because a lot of people watch and like the show. I saw a few minutes and made good use of my remote.

Aside from that, I see no issues here. A dude mouths off and gets fired for it. So what? If some dude who works for Trinity Broadcasting says gay is OK and gets fired, would anybody care?

MJBrutus on December 22, 2013 at 11:16 AM

These are scary times. The woman who sent the tweet heard round the world is just one example. No, it wasn’t racist. But every tabloid, lefty blogger, and moron with a computer can call for her to be fired, trashed, and even harmed. It’s ridiculous. GLAAD is demanding that everyone either agree with them or shut up.

Blake on December 22, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Good for them. I’ve never seen the show and don’t agree with much of Robertson’s expressed views in the GQ article, but I didn’t like the actions by GLAAD and A&E either. I’m a big boy and someone not agreeing with me or thinking I’m in eternal peril because I’m gay doesn’t bother me. I’m not a Muslim or Jehovah’s Witness either and don’t get upset about their condemnations on being gay as wells as not believing as they do about God, so why should I when it comes to this man’s faith (Berean Baptist I think)?

JohnAGJ on December 22, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Hey Jazz, I still haven’t received my elephant ornament from the NRCC. Just thought you should know.

Fallon on December 22, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Is Douglas County, Georgia, home to DD? I believe it’s West Monroe, LA, in Ouachita Parish. Douglas County is just west of Atlanta and has been a filming locale at times for some other A&E shows.

Laddy on December 22, 2013 at 11:19 AM

How to Win Friends & Influence People is obviously a book GLAAD never read. Or never understood.

platypus on December 22, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Here’s the REAL DEAL…
Some of these same people who are running Phil down are the same people who defend those POOR PALESTINIANS..

Yes,, those Palestinians are in dire straights,, downtrodden by the government of Israel…
We should demand that Israel treat Palestinians better!!!

We forget that the Palestinians are being treated exactly the way they have asked to be treated..
They are Blocked out of most areas of Israel due to the fact, that given a chance,,, they will commit terrorist attacks on the people of Israel..

What does this have to do with Duck Dynasty?
It’s a GREAT EXAMPLE of DOUBLE STANDARDS..

Being OPENLY GAY in America & Israel is a CHOICE..
Being OPENLY GAY in most Muslim controlled areas of the MIDDLE EAST is a DEATH SENTENCE…

Sure,, Phil Robertson says that being GAY is a SIN,, because the BIBLE says it is a SIN.. But so does the QUR’AN or Koran..
Muhammad said to KILL GAY MEN..
What does Nation of Islam leader LOUIS FARRAKHAN have to say about Gay People??
Might want to check that out..

Most Christians, Jews, Muslims, Religions,, say that Homosexuality if a SIN..

What is everyone focusing on Phil Robertson?
It’s not Phil that the attacks are being made on..
It’s a person’s ability to speak upon his or her’s beliefs..

Phil will be long gone in a few months, not because of anything A&E has done or will do..
Phil will be long gone because PHIL ROBERTSON is probably getting sick and tired of all the Attention and, being who he is,, will most likely turn his back on the whole fiasco..

News Flash,, Phil Robertson does not NEED FAME.. HE’s Already got the Fortune,, so why put up with all this crap he’s being asked to put up with?

If I know Phil and if I know people like Phil,, he’s going to take his bat, ball, bases, uniforms and pads and head back to the swamps.. Unlike some, Phil doesn’t need A&E, doesn’t need Hollyweird, Barbara Walters, the Gay & Lesbian Community, the NAACP, Washington D.C. or the Approval of the Powers that Be..

All Phil needs is his family, his Swamps, a few guns, ammo to hunt, and to be left alone..

Delta Wild Man on December 22, 2013 at 11:22 AM

The joke is on the effete post modern elitists who scorn those “ignorant rednecks” like the Robertsons. Since I never watched the show I didn’t know that Phil Robertson and his family are worth about $500 mil and the the Patriarch is a graduate of Louisiana Tech. The GLAADsters and Piers “the organ” Morgan types live in such a bubble that they don’t realize that there are wealthy and educated people out in flyover country not named Koch that aren’t slaves to bi-coastal fashion.

jerryofva on December 22, 2013 at 11:23 AM

If the show goes on, I would bring packed lunches to work if I were the crew for A & E. An entire town turning on you can get pretty ugly.

Flange on December 22, 2013 at 11:23 AM

(And that’s not even going into questions about getting film permits or how much of a blind eye the law will turn to disruptions caused during filming, etc.)

Having a little background in the industry…this is huge. It has the potential to shut down filming if the Sheriff “deems” any filming activity disruptive. If the Sheriff has a broad definition of disruptive, it’s over.

katy on December 22, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Is Douglas County, Georgia, home to DD? I believe it’s West Monroe, LA, in Ouachita Parish. Douglas County is just west of Atlanta and has been a filming locale at times for some other A&E shows.

Laddy on December 22, 2013 at 11:19 AM

No biggie. Only thing West Monroe got that Douglas County ain’t got — is ‘gators.

platypus on December 22, 2013 at 11:24 AM

“…It is time for someone other than Hollywood and the news media to stand up for what is right!” — The Sheriff of Douglas County

He’s identified the target — AND the problem — very well, right there.

It’s the Left’s strangelhold on media, with Hollywood at the forefront of that, that has created an over-aggressive, wrongly-assumed selfconfident rudeness among the Left. They “own” the voice, the sourcing, so they believe, so that means they, therefore, own the ‘truth’ or are in a position to determine what the truth even is, and so they do.

Speaking, acting, believing, professing anything contrary to that (the Left’s assertion of what is “truth”) upsets them to a point of war: they exhibit the need to destroy anyone who does and the internet has made that need of the Left’s much easier, what with social media used to destroy individuals more often than naught who are deemed contrary (“A THREAT”) to the Left’s ieas of “truth”.

The Sheriff has identified the problem quite well and more power to him.

Lourdes on December 22, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Perhaps the flap has awoken middle America and they will now begin to fight back against the stifling of free speech and freedom of religion that goes along with it.

I posted this on the 20th:

Conservatives are like that volcano under Yellowstone.

Conservatives are tired. Tired of being walked on, tired of being disrespected, tired of being mocked.

Some conservatives are afraid. Many are angry. All are concerned for the country.

Some are hinting at or outright warning of a civil war.

This A&E fiasco is a prototype of what is burning and boiling under the surface. Like a geyser, conservatives are venting. But what we are seeing here is just a small example of the anger, fear, and distrust that is churning underground.

The people who should be concerned about this is the leftists in this nation who are “fundamentally transforming” America.

I and others have been wondering what will be the trigger? What action will be the line in the sand? When will conservatives say, “This far and no farther”?

We are not afraid of taking up arms against enemies “both foreign and domestic.” We have done it in the past. We are doing it all around the globe today.

Yes. The left is mocking our response to A&E actions. But if they have any wisdom at all they will see this as a microcosm of a bigger issue and will proceed cautiously.

We will not suffer marxism in the United States. We will not go quietly into the night of America’s destruction.

davidk on December 22, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Delta Wild Man on December 22, 2013 at 11:22 AM

This is worthy of a display niche at the Commenters Hall of Fame.

platypus on December 22, 2013 at 11:29 AM

11:16 AM

If some moron says anything, does anybody care?

davidk on December 22, 2013 at 11:30 AM

I guess we keep on talking about these chuckleheads (on both sides of this dust up) because a lot of people watch and like the show. I saw a few minutes and made good use of my remote.

Aside from that, I see no issues here. A dude mouths off and gets fired for it. So what? If some dude who works for Trinity Broadcasting says gay is OK and gets fired, would anybody care?

MJBrutus on December 22, 2013 at 11:16 AM

.
How ’bout this:

“ATHEISM SUX”

.
Should anyone get fired for that?

listens2glenn on December 22, 2013 at 11:31 AM

I venture to estimate that there are more Americans — potential or active consumers in this nation, too — who identify WITH the very same beliefs shared by Phil Robertson (and family) (and audience of up-to-now DUCK DYNASTY) than those who use the internet to trash Christians, Christianity, Baptists, Conservatives, who trash people who read and regard the Bible as God’s Word…

…there are just more people who aren’t hanging out with frequency on the internet who ARE active in the same beliefs and organizations as is Phil Robertson (and family) than there are people in the US who are Leftmedia intensive.

Leftmedia’s still tootin’ it’s own horn and thinkin’ they’re out in front leading a parade. Delusions are hard to overcome.

Lourdes on December 22, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Last I heard, A&E had most of the next season in the can already. So unless they are total hypocrites (which we know they are), they cannot air the shows that have been taped.

Stupid, indeed.

RoadRunner on December 22, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Should anyone get fired for that?

listens2glenn on December 22, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Fired or fired up? It all depends.

platypus on December 22, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Leftmedia’s still tootin’ it’s own horn and thinkin’ they’re out in front leading a parade. Delusions are hard to overcome.

Lourdes on December 22, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Well, they are leading a parade. It’s just not a parade that very many people are still watching. And the number lessens every day.

platypus on December 22, 2013 at 11:36 AM

What I don’t get is where is the call by GLAAD, HRC and liberals for A&E to stop airing shows in which Phil appears? This suspension is supposed to be some type of punishment but Phil is getting residuals for all these airings and will continue to do as long as A&E airs repeats of the show. People are acting like Phil is an employee of A&E or something. He isn’t. A&E can insist on who and what is in Duck Dynasty before they buy it, the same way Phil can threaten to stop working on it if they do something he doesn’t like, but they can’t do crap about it once it’s in the can.

If this is all about principles for A&E why the heck have they not stopped airing the show, including repeats, and actually cut off the money going to Phil?

Rocks on December 22, 2013 at 11:36 AM

I lived in Luling in the 70′s.

Hey, A&E crew,, you may want to evacuate. Quickly as possible.

wolly4321 on December 22, 2013 at 11:36 AM

One detail made public by A&E that other Leftmedia and nearly all sources otherwise that’s been overlooked or suppressed shouldn’t be:

A&E made a public statement in the last few days (among it’s press releases about the DUCK DYNASTY: ban Phil movement) was that they “are a LGBT activist organization“.

Is that in their broadcast license anywhere? Who knew they were such an “activist organization” and not a broadcast network?

That admission by A&E shouldn’t be ignored. They’ve revealed their counter-purpose to broadcasting and it they should be held accountable as such.

Lourdes on December 22, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Leftmedia’s still tootin’ it’s own horn and thinkin’ they’re out in front leading a parade. Delusions are hard to overcome.

Lourdes on December 22, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Well, they are leading a parade. It’s just not a parade that very many people are still watching. And the number lessens every day.

platypus on December 22, 2013 at 11:36 AM

You’re right. I should have included:

Leftmedia’s still tootin’ it’s own horn and thinkin’ they’re out in front leading a parade that townspeople have any interest in or support. Delusions are hard to overcome.

Lourdes on December 22, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Sounds like a polite way of sayin’… your mudbug bait..

wolly4321 on December 22, 2013 at 11:39 AM

GLAAD is demanding that everyone either agree with them or shut up be destroyed.

Blake on December 22, 2013 at 11:17 AM


I think that’s more accurate. YMMV.

ExpressoBold on December 22, 2013 at 11:39 AM

A dude mouths off and gets fired for it. So what? If some dude who works for Trinity Broadcasting says gay is OK and gets fired, would anybody care?

MJBrutus on December 22, 2013 at 11:16 AM

“Mouths off”. Thanks for the insight.

At least you admit that both Trinity and A&E are religious based entities.

Mimzey on December 22, 2013 at 11:39 AM

If this is all about principles for A&E why the heck have they not stopped airing the show, including repeats, and actually cut off the money going to Phil?

Rocks on December 22, 2013 at 11:36 AM

If there’s anything “funny” about this — “funny” as in “drunk as a skunk on a hot highway at noon in heavy traffic” — it’s that A&E is making it’s statement by running a marathon of DUCK DYNASTY…

…what are they planning to do, blur out Phil’s face while he’s in his own home, eating meals with his own family, walking in his yard, etc.?

Lourdes on December 22, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Hard to say what will become of this controversy.

Not really. The popular culture is an unstoppable behemoth. It would thousands of Duck Dynasties decades to change anything. GLAAD cannot lose, in the sense of losing influence or clout or members. Those “pushing back” will maintain themselves within their enclaves, continually losing ground and rights and freedoms. The Robertsons will go back to doing what they do, probably on A&E, maybe someplace else. It doesn’t matter. They’re not cultural warriors, they’re reality stars and businesspeople and just want to live their lives well and make money like most everybody else not a Leftist.

rrpjr on December 22, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Yep. Can’t wait for The Blaze and Beck to make a big-time offer.

HomeoftheBrave on December 22, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Glenn already offered to host them on The Blaze. Might not have as much of a reach right now, but hopefully Directv will now make the Blaze available. Oh, and Glenn was only on the 9 O’clock hour on Thursday so he’s moving quickly.

Southern Family Robertson

Offered for free.

rbj on December 22, 2013 at 11:42 AM

A&E: “yeah, WE’LL show them, we’ll make our statement! We’ll show them, we’ll run a MARATHON OF DUCK DYNASTY episodes!! That’s show em.”

Lourdes on December 22, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Do they have big vans with a A&E logo on the sides driving through NW lusiana?

Mistake.

wolly4321 on December 22, 2013 at 11:44 AM

And A&E claiming Phil Robertson “damaged the brand” by his sharing just a few of his religions views with another company, GQ, is absurdly deceitful for the sheer fact that A&E actually beeped-out-some-comments during the DUCK DYNASTY episodes, AS IF there was anything cursive being said by the Robertson’s at any time. There WASN’T.

A&E added “bleeped out” words to the audio of some Episodes TO FALSELY CREATE THE APPEARANCE OF CURSING, while nothing offensive, objectionable, cursive, was actually ever said.

I mean, talk about “damaging their own brand.” A&E seems to have won the award in that category.

Lourdes on December 22, 2013 at 11:48 AM

When I was in the TV business, a cameraman friend used used to say,

“It’s just TV, we’re not curing cancer here.”

Wander on December 22, 2013 at 11:50 AM

A&E-LIB in the funeral pyre of (true) public opinion and decreased ad revenue.

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 22, 2013 at 11:50 AM

An even more puzzling business decision is Cracker Barrel’s decision to pull its Duck Dynasty and Phil Robertson merchandise from its stores. Don’t they know who their core customer base is?

Bitter Clinger on December 22, 2013 at 11:51 AM

…The GLAADsters and Piers “the organ” Morgan types live in such a bubble that they don’t realize that there are wealthy and educated people out in flyover country not named Koch that aren’t slaves to bi-coastal fashion.

jerryofva on December 22, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Well said.

Lourdes on December 22, 2013 at 11:54 AM

While I still believe what happened to tweet girl is wrong and I had no doubt she is a prog, it appears what happened to her she wished on others:

http://thepeoplescube.com/peoples-blog/when-the-progs-eat-their-own-t12661.html

Blake on December 22, 2013 at 11:54 AM

If some dude who works for Trinity Broadcasting says gay is OK and gets fired, would anybody care?

MJBrutus on December 22, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Yeah, I would, especially if Trinity broadcasting hired him KNOWING his beliefs.

melle1228 on December 22, 2013 at 11:55 AM

An even more puzzling business decision is Cracker Barrel’s decision to pull its Duck Dynasty and Phil Robertson merchandise from its stores. Don’t they know who their core customer base is?

Bitter Clinger on December 22, 2013 at 11:51 AM

They appear to be cowing to five-to-seven percent of their highway traffic and offending, intentionally, the ninety-five to ninety-three perceint.

Mystery is almost certainly explained by whoever it is in their ‘management’ who’se made such a decision. Must be near Disneyworld or something.

Lourdes on December 22, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Blake on December 22, 2013 at 11:54 AM

LOL-also, loved the “Ralphie” Obamacare-Pajama Boy thing on the right side. PC is a great site.

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If some dude who works for Trinity Broadcasting says gay is OK and gets fired, would anybody care?

MJBrutus on December 22, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Yeah, I would, especially if Trinity broadcasting hired him KNOWING his beliefs.

melle1228 on December 22, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Great answer!

Actually, I don’t get how Trinity stays on. Many of the folks I’ve seen on there over the years are the same kinds of charlatans my late grandfather (a minister) would get in a lather about from time to time.

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 22, 2013 at 12:02 PM

This is some interesting background on the deal between A&E and the Robertsons:

‘Duck Dynasty’: What the Reality Hit (and Phil Robertson) Mean to A&E

A&E’s deal seems to be with the entire family. A&E didn’t use the word “suspension” as opposed to firing for no reason. If they had fired Phil their only justification would have been a violation of some type of morals clause in the contract. Ironic given the fact that Phil was speaking about morals. This would have got rid of Phil but it would have also released the entire clan from any unfulfilled parts of their long term deal they just signed with A&E including exclusivity. A&E owns the name “Duck Dynasty” and any shows that are already shot but that’s about it. This ain’t Two and a Half Men. It ain’t like they can throw a beard on Ashton Kutcher and continue with the show. A&E breaks the deal and the Robertsons just move on somewhere else and make “Duck Empire” or something. Plus A&E still has to continue paying the Robertsons for their use of any past stuff. Does anyone think Duck Dynasty’s success is somehow predicated on the fact it airs on A&E and not somewhere else? What the heck exactly were the execs at A&E thinking here anyway?

Rocks on December 22, 2013 at 12:03 PM

In a ploy to increase their favorables:

http://tpc.pc2.netdna-cdn.com/peoples_resource/image/28200-Duck_Dynasty_Obama.jpg

Blake on December 22, 2013 at 12:03 PM

If there’s anything “funny” about this — “funny” as in “drunk as a skunk on a hot highway at noon in heavy traffic” — it’s that A&E is making it’s statement by running a marathon of DUCK DYNASTY…

…what are they planning to do, blur out Phil’s face while he’s in his own home, eating meals with his own family, walking in his yard, etc.?

Lourdes on December 22, 2013 at 11:41 AM

A&E’s really offended by what Phil said, they’ll have you know!

A&E’s decision-making shows the same kind of deep forethought the Preezy’s admin has during its rollout of Democrat/ChoomCare…

Anti-Control on December 22, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Hey Jazz, I still haven’t received my elephant ornament from the NRCC. Just thought you should know.

Fallon on December 22, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Shoot me an e-mail or on Twitter so I can get your info and I’ll ask them about it.

Jazz Shaw on December 22, 2013 at 12:05 PM

They gone.
Murphy9 on December 22, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Not so fast friend.

The A&E show Duck Dynasty.. may be gone, but the Duck Dynasty Crew are alive and well.

GUARANTEED: ANY 2014 politician that can get an endorsement from, and shoot a couple of political ads with the Duck CrewIS GOING TO BE ELECTED !!

Senator Mary Landreau (D-LA) knows this factoid already !

BigSven on December 22, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Lusiana in the 70′s. Hard to comprehend. I was one of three out of thirty in my gradeschool class that owned shoes.

Cottonmouths dropping out of the trees into the boat.

I got to where I hated fish, crabs, frogs, snapping turtle.

Now I miss it.

wolly4321 on December 22, 2013 at 12:08 PM

A&E is done in that county.

If their crews break any laws…a ticket.

Park illegally… A ticket…

Block traffic… A ticket…

Speed… A ticket

Litter… A ticket.

Noise ordinances…. A ticket..

Drunk Driving… the slammer

Public nuisance…. jail

Public intox… jail

Drug possession… jail

Fight back…. Jail time…

CMT – Here they come as soon as contractual restrictions expire

Oh Yeah, I’ve watched the show a couple times… Not a fan or enemy.

zdpl0a on December 22, 2013 at 12:11 PM

I guess we keep on talking about these chuckleheads (on both sides of this dust up) because a lot of people watch and like the show. I saw a few minutes and made good use of my remote.

Aside from that, I see no issues here. A dude mouths off and gets fired for it. So what? If some dude who works for Trinity Broadcasting says gay is OK and gets fired, would anybody care?

MJBrutus on December 22, 2013 at 11:16 AM

I pretty much had zero respect for you before, but I think we’re in the negative numbers now. No one really cares if you like the show or not. I personally don’t watch it. But to conflate “mouthing off” with talking about the tenants of Christianity is downright despicable. Forgive me if anything you have to say about how the Republican Party should proceed I consider absolute bunk.

NotCoach on December 22, 2013 at 12:14 PM

And A&E claiming Phil Robertson “damaged the brand” by his sharing just a few of his religions views with another company, GQ, is absurdly deceitful for the sheer fact that A&E actually beeped-out-some-comments during the DUCK DYNASTY episodes, AS IF there was anything cursive being said by the Robertson’s at any time. There WASN’T.

“A end E didn’t not need bleep out nothing. I don’t be understanding cursive, anyway, and I be a college graduate.” — Rachel Jenteal

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on December 22, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Yes,, they wore mirrored sunglasses.

wolly4321 on December 22, 2013 at 12:15 PM

An even more puzzling business decision is Cracker Barrel’s decision to pull its Duck Dynasty and Phil Robertson merchandise from its stores. Don’t they know who their core customer base is?

Bitter Clinger on December 22, 2013 at 11:51 AM

They caved an hour ago.

https://mobile.twitter.com/CrackerBarrel/status/414792199142772736

We made a mistake, we listened to you, and we apologize. #DuckDynasty products are back in our stores. goo.gl/zftvZe

Del Dolemonte on December 22, 2013 at 12:16 PM

GLAAD is demanding that everyone either agree with them or shut up be destroyed.

Blake on December 22, 2013 at 11:17 AM

It’s worse than that. If you do not actively support them you will be labeled a bigot and destroyed.

dogsoldier on December 22, 2013 at 12:18 PM

A & E did make a suicidal decision as not only will their ratings suffer, but that will lead to reduced revenue which will impact other shows and the several other stations they own such as Bravo. Hmm, did GLAAD realize that the very rednecks they have tried to silence are subsidizing their standard-bearing network? Time to put the “Here’s Your Sign” bumper sticker on the old Miata.

InTheBellyoftheBeast on December 22, 2013 at 12:19 PM

This is not the county Duck Dynasty films in. In fact it isn’t even the same state.
This a Georgia Sheriff saying A&E is no longer welcome in his county. They film other shows there.

A&E not welcome here

Curmudgeon on December 22, 2013 at 12:19 PM

My nextdoor nieghbors had a cast iron kettle hung on a tripod over a low fire all week.In the front yard. We dumped leftover seafood in it monday thru friday. Everything. plenty of crawdads.

Weekend gumbo.

wolly4321 on December 22, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Del Dolemonte on December 22, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Ouch! So will members of GLAAD now boycott Cracker Barrel?

dogsoldier on December 22, 2013 at 12:22 PM

An even more puzzling business decision is Cracker Barrel’s decision to pull its Duck Dynasty and Phil Robertson merchandise from its stores. Don’t they know who their core customer base is?

Bitter Clinger on December 22, 2013 at 11:51 AM

They caved an hour ago.

https://mobile.twitter.com/CrackerBarrel/status/414792199142772736

We made a mistake, we listened to you, and we apologize. #DuckDynasty products are back in our stores. goo.gl/zftvZe

Del Dolemonte on December 22, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Wow. Although I am not really surprised by this. Again, what were the execs at Cracker Barrel thinking? Their restaurants are already despised by those calling for Phil’s head. Why bother helping people who hate you?

Rocks on December 22, 2013 at 12:24 PM

An even more puzzling business decision is Cracker Barrel’s decision to pull its Duck Dynasty and Phil Robertson merchandise from its stores. Don’t they know who their core customer base is?

Bitter Clinger on December 22, 2013 at 11:51 AM

…guess I won’t be getting their onion rings…anymore!

KOOLAID2 on December 22, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Maybe most people knew this but I didn’t. This morning I discovered that A&E is owned in part by…wait for it…Disney.

Yep that LGBT supporting media corporation that brings your kids animated features with quick hits of pron inconspicuously inserted.

The entertainment group that sponsors “Gay Day” at its flagship park.

Yep that’s the one.

In 1992 Disney founded a hockey franchise in Anaheim based on their 1992 movie:

The Mighty Ducks.

You can’t write this stuff.

eyesky on December 22, 2013 at 12:24 PM

you should know.

Fallon on December 22, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Shoot me an e-mail or on Twitter so I can get your info and I’ll ask them about it.

Jazz Shaw on December 22, 2013 at 12:05 PM

….lol!

KOOLAID2 on December 22, 2013 at 12:25 PM

But to conflate “mouthing off” with talking about the tenants of Christianity is downright despicable. Forgive me if anything you have to say about how the Republican Party should proceed I consider absolute bunk.

NotCoach on December 22, 2013 at 12:14 PM

You’re right. The phrase, “mouthing off” is much too dignified and respectful of his rant.

MJBrutus on December 22, 2013 at 12:26 PM

NotCoach on December 22, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Well stated sir.

celtic warrior on December 22, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Shoot me an e-mail or on Twitter so I can get your info and I’ll ask them about it.

Jazz Shaw on December 22, 2013 at 12:05 PM

I just shot them an email using the address on the receipt. Thanks for offering to get involved, Jazz. I needed the ornament weeks ago for a fundraiser. The NRCC comes through again… /

Fallon on December 22, 2013 at 12:27 PM

You didn’t even need bait to catch crabs. They would attack a bobber, and you just netted them up.

wolly4321 on December 22, 2013 at 12:28 PM

They caved an hour ago.

https://mobile.twitter.com/CrackerBarrel/status/414792199142772736

We made a mistake, we listened to you, and we apologize. #DuckDynasty products are back in our stores. goo.gl/zftvZe

Del Dolemonte on December 22, 2013 at 12:16 PM

:)

I wonder how much of their business they’ve permanently lost.

Next apology for which I’m hoping: from Michelle Fields.

Anti-Control on December 22, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Lusiana in the 70′s. Hard to comprehend. I was one of three out of thirty in my gradeschool class that owned shoes.

Cottonmouths dropping out of the trees into the boat.

I got to where I hated fish, crabs, frogs, snapping turtle.

Now I miss it.

wolly4321 on December 22, 2013 at 12:08 PM

lol :)

Yes,, they wore mirrored sunglasses.

wolly4321 on December 22, 2013 at 12:15 PM

*quietly removes mirrored aviators*

Yes. Louisiana in the 70′s. Total hoot.

Axe on December 22, 2013 at 12:32 PM

….lol!

KOOLAID2 on December 22, 2013 at 12:25 PM

And, more LOL…

This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification.

Delivery to the following recipients failed.

store@nrcc.org

Fallon on December 22, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Mark Steyn took on the Human Rights racket in Canada and won.

Now he has to fight against the Managing Editor at National Review, who didn’t find his most recent column “civil.”

Steyn has responded at his Steynian best:

Re-Education Camp

I envision young Jason Lee Steorts sitting in his onesie and perhaps spilling his hot chocolate as he cries to Mom and Dad about the meanness of that nasty Steyn chap.

Drained Brain on December 22, 2013 at 12:34 PM

We must all rise and protest the war on Christianity by the Left in this country.

Hey, hey, Ho Ho, into the closet we won’t go!!

Sign the petition to have the President condemn the persecution of all Christians and Phil Robertson.

mustng66 on December 22, 2013 at 12:35 PM

When I was in the TV business, a cameraman friend used used to say,

“It’s just TV, we’re not curing cancer here.”

Wander on December 22, 2013 at 11:50 AM

It is more serious than curing cancer.

Worldviews are clashing here, and the outcome will determine if cancer and other physical ills do get cured.

The war of ideas being fought in popular media is serious stuff. People like GLAAD recognize this; that’s why they are so vocal.

Christians and conservatives are starting to wake up, but too many still have their heads in the sand.

davidk on December 22, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Exit question: What does Doug Matagayness over at OTB think of the sheriff’s decision?

Eph on December 22, 2013 at 12:36 PM

You’re right. The phrase, “mouthing off” is much too dignified and respectful of his rant.

MJBrutus on December 22, 2013 at 12:26 PM

You’re an arrogant, degenerate dumbass.

smoothsailing on December 22, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Anti-Control on December 22, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Translation of CrackerBarrel tweet:

WWAAAAAAAAHAAAHAAAWAAAAAA..PLEASE PLEASE NO MORE NO MORE !!
I GOT MY MIND RIGHT! I GOT MY MIND RIGHT! NO MORE NO MORE PLEEEZZEE SORRRRRYY!!

…and, it’s a beautiful thing..hahahahaha stupid corporates..hahahah

BigSven on December 22, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Dumb on Cracker Barrel for going the way they wanted, but smart on them for coming to their senses.

22044 on December 22, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Ok, so A&E thinks they damaged them ….. they should be cutting the contract up asap right?

I won’t watch them anymore on A&E but will tune in the very first day the Duck Dynasty folks re-appear.

RealMc on December 22, 2013 at 12:42 PM

You’re right. The phrase, “mouthing off” is much too dignified and respectful of his rant.

MJBrutus on December 22, 2013 at 12:26 PM

what rant? he didn’t seem angry. just because someone says something negative in a straightforward, non-sugarcoating way does not mean they are ranting. he was just being honest about what he believed, because he was answering a question someone asked.

Sachiko on December 22, 2013 at 12:42 PM

smoothsailing on December 22, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Let’s see if you can explain this bit of double dealing. The same people who are crying about how the gays are demanding that others accept and respect them are bitching because MJBrutus doesn’t accept and respect their brand of superstitious spew.

Or you could continue to spend your time calling me names.

MJBrutus on December 22, 2013 at 12:43 PM

I guess we keep on talking about these chuckleheads (on both sides of this dust up) because a lot of people watch and like the show. I saw a few minutes and made good use of my remote.

MJBrutus on December 22, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Then you must’ve missed one of Jase’s hilarious soliloquies. I never cared to watch the show but recorded a few episodes at friends’ urging. Jase sold me on it.

Kafir on December 22, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Kafir on December 22, 2013 at 12:46 PM

You’re probably right. There has to be some reason for the show’s undeniable popularity.

MJBrutus on December 22, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Drained Brain on December 22, 2013 at 12:34 PM

I am sorry my editor at NR does not grasp the stakes. Indeed, he seems inclined to “normalize” what GLAAD is doing. But, if he truly finds my “derogatory language” offensive, I’d rather he just indefinitely suspend me than twist himself into a soggy pretzel of ambivalent inertia trying to avoid the central point – that a society where lives are ruined over an aside because some identity-group don decides it must be so is ugly and profoundly illiberal. As to his kind but belated and conditional pledge to join me on the barricades, I had enough of that level of passionate support up in Canada to know that, when the call to arms comes, there will always be some “derogatory” or “puerile” expression that it will be more important to tut over. So thanks for the offer, but I don’t think you’d be much use, would you?

My emphasis. Steyn rocks. :)

Axe on December 22, 2013 at 12:49 PM

My favorite part was going out long after the catfish dinner and the head was still laying there, breathing, looking at me.

wolly4321 on December 22, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Squishies at National Review.
NRO used to be one of my first go-to sites in the late 90s-early 00s.
Pretty much before blogs took over the intertubes.

22044 on December 22, 2013 at 12:53 PM

As to his kind but belated and conditional pledge to join me on the barricades, I had enough of that level of passionate support up in Canada to know that, when the call to arms comes, there will always be some “derogatory” or “puerile” expression that it will be more important to tut over. So thanks for the offer, but I don’t think you’d be much use, would you?

“I’d rather have a German division in front than a French one behind me.”

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on December 22, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Conservatives are like that volcano under Yellowstone.Conservatives are tired. Tired of being walked on, tired of being disrespected, tired of being mocked.Some conservatives are afraid. Many are angry. All are concerned for the country.Some are hinting at or outright warning of a civil war.This A&E fiasco is a prototype of what is burning and boiling under the surface. Like a geyser, conservatives are venting. But what we are seeing here is just a small example of the anger, fear, and distrust that is churning underground.The people who should be concerned about this is the leftists in this nation who are “fundamentally transforming” America.I and others have been wondering what will be the trigger? What action will be the line in the sand? When will conservatives say, “This far and no farther”?We are not afraid of taking up arms against enemies “both foreign and domestic.” We have done it in the past. We are doing it all around the globe today.Yes. The left is mocking our response to A&E actions. But if they have any wisdom at all they will see this as a microcosm of a bigger issue and will proceed cautiously.We will not suffer marxism in the United States. We will not go quietly into the night of America’s destruction.
davidk on December 22, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Careful, some here will claim that you’re a traitor and a democrat for espousing a blowup. I say bring it on. This country is rushing full steam ahead towards perdition and if we don’t put the brakes on these progressives it is only a matter of time before we Christians in the US will be persecuted with the full weight of government behind it. As it was in the USSR, Germany, China or even thr caliphate.

AH_C on December 22, 2013 at 12:56 PM

WWAAAAAAAAHAAAHAAAWAAAAAA..PLEASE PLEASE NO MORE NO MORE !!
I GOT MY MIND RIGHT! I GOT MY MIND RIGHT! NO MORE NO MORE PLEEEZZEE SORRRRRYY!!

…and, it’s a beautiful thing..hahahahaha stupid corporates..hahahah

BigSven on December 22, 2013 at 12:39 PM

I’ll repeat what I did yesterday, I had not been to CB for over a year but bought a few items on Friday because I wanted a gift that I couldn’t find elsewhere. Saturday I returned $60 worth of gift(s), and I told them I was exercising my free speech.
During the time I was waiting for my credit. The manager recv’d a call from what the clerk said was “someone calling to talk to her about the DD thing.” I heard 1/2 of the conversation but it was clear from the “we are reviewing the situation” comments from the manager she was getting an ear full.

Perfect timing on my part.

MontanaMmmm on December 22, 2013 at 12:56 PM

If you were told you’d be paid $500 to do a day of backbreaking work clearing ground, paid at the end of the day, who would you more trust to keep their promise and actually pay you (whatever your race or sexuality): Phil Robertson or Jesse Jackson? Phil Robertson or Barak Obama? Phil Robertson or GLAAD? That’s what I thought.

tommyboy on December 22, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Lusiana in the 70′s. Hard to comprehend. I was one of three out of thirty in my gradeschool class that owned shoes.

Cottonmouths dropping out of the trees into the boat.

I got to where I hated fish, crabs, frogs, snapping turtle.

Now I miss it.

wolly4321 on December 22, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Ha, it sounds like Central Florida before Disneyworld ruined the place…

Lourdes on December 22, 2013 at 1:01 PM

The lefties have no principles. A&E loses revenue if it doesn’t air the show as planned. The network will not do that. It’s like Mike Tirico. He broadcasted a Monday night football game without mentioning “Redskins”. He referred to the team as. “Washington” the entire night. Were he a man of convictions, he would have declined to broadcast of the game. Simple as that.

Strike Twice on December 22, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Caught a great comment in an LATImes article:

Michael Smith12 at 7:05 PM December 21, 2013

Non-compete clauses are easily challenged, depending on circumstances of termination of employment. A&E probably limited it’s claims by arbitrarily benching the main guy from the #1 show in cable history as it could tend to hurt the Duck Commander brand, which is not a part of A&E’s control. It’s clear that the act of benching Phil from production is punitive in nature, because A&E is still showing Phil on TV and thereby intending to continue to profit from his image. That’s how you know it’s not about hurting the A&E brand. Simply put, it’s intended as punishment. This is an untenable business relationship situation created solely by A&E’s short-sightedness, and I don’t see a judge allowing an NCC under those circumstances. I smell a buyout, though. A&E should punt.

He nails it. Phil could not be causing damage to the image, or they would not still be showing programming with Phil

In other words, Phil owns them. They just don’t know it yet

IMHO they did try to set up Phil, so they could purge the program and still keep the money rolling in. But this crowd isn’t too bright in the headlights

Not only did they shoot themselves in the foot, they spread the word of Phil’s defiance of Imperial Rome across the nation. Phil said the Emperor has no clothes, and he still lives. And people who buy Duck stuff still live. If they didn’t already know, they now know there are a lot of people on the same side. The frenzy at Walmart proved it.

So thanks to Phil, the baloney boat took a direct hit and the masses got a good education in exercising the options that come with liberty.

I love the guy. He ain’t stupid. No, no, no

entagor on December 22, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Perfect timing on my part.

MontanaMmmm on December 22, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Heh.

davidk on December 22, 2013 at 1:03 PM

MJBrutus on December 22, 2013 at 11:16 AM

…you’ve become a “pinhead” !

KOOLAID2 on December 22, 2013 at 1:04 PM

An even more puzzling business decision is Cracker Barrel’s decision to pull its Duck Dynasty and Phil Robertson merchandise from its stores. Don’t they know who their core customer base is?

Bitter Clinger on December 22, 2013 at 11:51 AM

They caved an hour ago.

https://mobile.twitter.com/CrackerBarrel/status/414792199142772736

We made a mistake, we listened to you, and we apologize. #DuckDynasty products are back in our stores. goo.gl/zftvZe

Del Dolemonte on December 22, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Well, OK. And thanks for posting that apology from CrackerBarrell. For about thirty hours, they were looking very, very stupid.

Lourdes on December 22, 2013 at 1:04 PM

There are many I’d like to take for a ride in a flatbottom.

wolly4321 on December 22, 2013 at 1:08 PM

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