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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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thomas    

I'm gay and i'm sick with all this PC apology BS. The point of most of these reality shows is to give stupid people a platform and entertain us with their stupidity. The same with Brandi, Snooki and all the other reality stars. If you start telling them "you can be stupid this way, but not that way", what's the point ? They're not political representatives, they're supposed to be real people that somehow comfort our intellectual superiority, or that's how their producers play it. Who would watch a reality show with people that read, go to school or work boring jobs 9 to 6 then wash their dishes before tuning on the news ? If you like these shows, you've got to accept the rules.

224 days ago
32.

Spacechk5    

Bring him back! Where's freedom of speech?

224 days ago
33.

BobbyC    

I don't think his opinion is based on hate, just (stupid) religious dogma. That said, public figures are held to a different standard.

A&E could have done something more constructive than suspending him, but they had to do something. Ignoring his comments was not an option.

224 days ago
34.

BOHOE    

Looks like he just got f**k up the A** by A&E

224 days ago
35.

pattin    

he needs to issue out an official apology to the gay community and make a 500,000-1,000,000 donation to GLAAD or any other LGBT organization.

224 days ago
36.

Rush Limbaugh    

Freedom of speech doesn't mean immunity to whatever you say.

224 days ago
37.

nyc44th    

This is BS . . . no one took away his right to free speech . . . he can say whatever he wants / whenever he wants and A & E has a right to do what they want in return. Obviously he is just another bigot right wing nut.

224 days ago
38.

BbWimm    

HE SIGNED A CONTRACT! HE IS THEIR FACE FOR THEIR BRAND, AND NAME. HE SIGNED HIS RIGHTS AWAY. SHAME ON HIM FOR DOING SO, JUST FOR A QUICK BUCK!

224 days ago
39.

OH NO!    

Religious nutjobs can go **** themselves. He can say whatever he wants, but using some religious BS to backup your argument shows a lack of intelligence. Religion is a man made device to control the masses. Bunch of brain washed *******s. Drink this 'holy water' mother****er.

224 days ago
40.

candi    

It's not hundreds of fan....it's hundreds of THOUSANDS of fans supporting him. Just look at facebook. It's gone viral. With good cause. TEAM PHIL!!!

224 days ago
41.

Phoenixrising    

Freedom of speach means you cannot be punished by the government. It does not mean that you can say what you want without consequences or repercussions. No one's saying he can't say what he believes (he said it didn't he), but that doesn't mean his employer has to keep him or that he is free from the judgement and opinions of others. That is the problem with so much in society today...instead of taking responsibility for our actions we cry discrimination or tout some amendment we don't know jack about and expect that we should get away doing whatever we want without consequences. That's not how the real world works folks.

224 days ago
42.

karen    

People are so ill-informed! He doesn't want to be on the show. He said he was retiring last year. He's not interested.

224 days ago
43.

My Name Is Mud    

I have said it before i will say it again. A&E are nothing but a bunch of GLAAD handing, Nonsensical, Doucheybaggy yes men. Who think they can trample over Free speech and freedom of opinion.

224 days ago
44.

Mike    

The Robertson family might be old fashioned and kind of hillbilly but I hear they are pretty darned rich. Probably a heck of lot richer than people on TMZ who are looking down on them. They seem like genuinely good people too.

They were rich BEFORE they got this reality show on A&E. They're not like the girls on "Teen Mom" or "Honey Boo Boo". They are going to be just fine financially no matter what happens here with this stupid scandal over Phil saying that vagina is more desirable than man ass.

Come on. Let's face it, vagina is EXTREMELY popular. God did a fantastic job creating vaginas. It's a mega smash hit. It's never going to go out of style. If it ever does and the world goes mostly gay I want to get off the planet and colonize Mars or something. Maybe I could make the ratio of women to men 20 to 1 or something. Vagina heaven. :)

224 days ago
45.

Mista steal yo hoe    

I cant believe the amount of **** stirred up with phil simply stating his own beliefs and opinions. What about people who call their show nothin but a bunch of red neck hillbillys from Louisiana? Thats their opinion. I feel the same way as phil, being a heterosexual male, a vagina is much more desirable than a mans ass, thats not saying anything disrespectful to a gay. And phil is saying it is a sin if gay people share the same religion he believes in. If your gay and you claim your a christian, it is considered a sin, if your gay and have no beliefes, as agnostic, than no need to feel a shame of anything.

224 days ago
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