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'Duck Dynasty' Fans

BRING BACK PHIL

A&E's Denying Him Freedom of Speech

12/19/2013 9:29 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Thousands of "Duck Dynasty" fans are on a mission to end Phil Robertson's network suspension over his anti-gay comments -- 'cause they say A&E is denying him his human rights.

Over 35 THOUSAND people have signed a petition -- which fired up yesterday on Change.org -- demanding A&E end the suspension.

Even worse for the network ... it's being ROASTED on social media by DD fans -- hundreds of people are accusing A&E of not allowing Phil Robertson his basic right to freedom of speech.

One fan put the network on blast saying, "As a gay male, is what he said wrong and not educated about how gay people really are? Yes it was. Does he have the right to speak on what he thinks YES HE DOES!"


The fan adds, "Was I offended NO I WASN'T he is a smart man and could learn the truth about things he has no idea about. He's old school you can't hate on him for his beliefs DO NOT GET RID OF PHIL ON THIS SHOW! KEEP HIM!! I will no longer watch if he's gone!!!"

So, we gotta ask ...

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firebaby    

once again, the media creates problems that never existed.... remember, yesterday your headline was "homophobic rant"; seems like unless you are enjoying gay sex (whether you're gay or not) you're labelled 'homophobe'...

287 days ago
17.

Jeems    

The Robinsons need to tell A&E to hit the road. Go to another network and call the show Duck Commander. I am sure they can get a better deal and A&E can run marathons of that Storage Wars crap. My brother is gay and he is not upset what a 67 year hillbilly says about his life style. He thinks Phil has beliefs like he does. Come on America, get it together

287 days ago
18.

tgrfan42069    

when there are two opinions one can have on a subject.and one sides opinions get punished.while the others do not.that becomes nothing more than trying to force someone to think a certain way.its like " you see he got fired for it.so you better change your view on it or else you will have the same fate".stuff like that is what this country was founded against.

287 days ago
19.

jill    

no one is stopping his free speech, he can say whatever he wants. just as a & e have every right to not use him on the show.

287 days ago
20.

BB not bb    

A&E is so pompous. Arts & Entrainment, yeah right. It is more like propaganda and mind control. Is this the beginning of the end? Is quoting the Bible now hate speech? What in the world? Is this Saudi Arabia or the USA?

Did you ever think that one of the most popular Christian figures in the country could be arbitrarily cast out from his position because he quoted the Bible and praised it as logical???

How godless is A&E. It must really be the Atheist and Egomaniacs Network. Probably even some atheists are against this.

Sometimes I wonder where is Westboro Baptist when you need them. They usually only picket dead people but they make their point and their are all lawyers who win in cases like this time after time.

287 days ago
21.

LisaL    

He has a right to voice his opinion no matter what it is. I don't agree with it, but he's also not hurting anyone by it. He's not some Westboro church member going around to funerals with "God hates ***s" posters. Just b/c he doesn't get it, just b/c he sees it as a sin doesn't mean he hates anyone.

287 days ago
22.

Liveonthesunset    

If he got put in jail for his comment, then it would be a violation of Freedom of Speech. Since he's working for a business, they have every right to suspend him if he says something that could hurt the company. Two Words: Paula Deen. You can tell that to an idiot all day but they'll still yell "FREEDOM OF SPEECH!!!111!!" because they'll never understand what that even means.

287 days ago
23.

The King    

This says it all....

http://www.kingsays.com/2013/12/19/phil-robertson-suspended-duck-dynasty-voicing-opinion/

The King has the final say.

287 days ago
24.

Marie    

What the hell happened to freedom of speech! Everyone doesn't have to support gay rights. He was simply asked a question, and in return answered it. As a gay woman, I did not find what he said offensive but more amusing!

287 days ago
25.

King Beef    

If they are going to suspend Phil for what he said, then they need to suspend those Storage Wars guys for talking about how great and tight men's a**holes are too. It's only fair. I don't see how saying a vagina is better than man ass is any worse than talking about how much tighter man ass is than vagina.

287 days ago
26.

kitnplayn    

To the fan who thinks it is okay for Phil Roberson to exercise his freedom of speech, would it be okay if his freedom of speech included raping babies? It is not freedom of speech if it targets a specific group or individual; it then becomes a violation. A&E did the responsible thing for their station, and the responsible thing for their viewers. He thinks he is the lead in the show and can't be replaced, but hey, wasn't charlie sheen replaced on 2.5 men.

287 days ago
27.

SoManyIdiots    

Would someone please explain what exactly Phil is "ignorant about" in regards to the gay community? When someone says something you don't agree with, it doesn't necessarily make them "ignorant". It makes them a person with an opposing viewpoint. Why does that freak people out?

287 days ago
28.

BB not bb    

Did he breach the contract by saying these things? If not they are out of line and they owe him money.

287 days ago
29.

Kelly    

Yea give Oprah Winfrey the Nobel Peace Prize even tho she said people who don't agree with Obama are racist and should be killed...but suspend him for stating his beliefs?? I don't watch the show but I want my constitutional right of free speech whether I agree with him or not.

287 days ago
30.

wow ew    

Shoot this makes me actually want to watch Duck Dynasty! White trash tv is a guilty pleasure.

We forget that men can have anal with women and uh... I guess he doesn't do it with his wife. lol either that, or he doesn't talk about it.
I am all for being pc but at what point does it mean, never talk about anything cause it might offend anyone? How many gays are out there that hate the thought of having sex with a woman? Yea. It's possible.

287 days ago
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