BATON ROUGE, La., Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is supporting Phil Robertson after the A&E cable channel suspended the "Duck Dynasty" star for inflammatory remarks about gays.
A&E said Wednesday Robertson is indefinitely suspended from further filming on its biggest hit show, after he drew fire from gay-rights advocates for telling GQ in an interview "homosexual behavior" is a sin and homosexuality is "not logical, my man."
"It seems like, to me, a vagina -- as a man -- would be more desirable than a man's anus," he said. "That's just me. I'm just thinking: There's more there! She's got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I'm saying?"
In a statement Thursday, Jindal said Robertson and his family "are great citizens of the State of Louisiana."
"The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with," Jindal said. "I don't agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV. In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive. But I also acknowledge that this is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views. In fact, I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment."
Jindal compared the Robertson dust-up to the controversy over singer Miley Cyrus' raunchy performance in an MTV show.
"It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended," he said.
TMZ reported more than 35,000 people have signed an online petition demanding A&E end Robertson's suspension, arguing he has the right to speak his mind.