Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson was suspended by A&E Network after making inflammatory comments about homosexuality and African Americans during a highly-publicized interview with GQ, but that isn’t enough for Reverend Jesse Jackson.
Jackson wants to meet with A&E executives and the CEO of Cracker Barrel to discuss Robertson’s future and what is to become of Duck Dynasty memorabilia and content.
During the GQ interview in which Robertson claimed homosexuality was a sin, he also said he never saw the mistreatment of African Americans while growing up in Louisiana before the Civil Rights era. He went so far as to say that in the "pre-entitlement, pre-welfare" era, "no one was singing the blues."
“These statements uttered by Robertson are more offensive than the bus driver in Montgomery, Alabama, more than 59 years ago,” Jackson said in a statement. “At least the bus driver, who ordered Rosa Parks to surrender her seat to a white person, was following state law. Robertson’s statements were uttered freely and openly without cover of the law, within a context of what he seemed to believe was ‘white privilege.’”
In the statement dated Dec. 23, Jackson requested a meeting with the executives within 72 hours and requested that A&E uphold Robertson’s suspension.
Robertson has categorically defended his remarks on homosexuality and said that the he was simply quoting from the Bible. “I didn’t think much of it at all, but it seems a lot of other people did,” he said.