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'Duck Dynasty' network A&E under fire from GLAAD

GLAAD issues statement slamming A&E for allowing Phil Robertson to return with next season of "Duck Dynasty."
Posted By DANIELLE HAYNES, UPI.com   |   Dec. 28, 2013 at 4:42 PM   |   Comments

Dec. 28 (UPI) -- The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Saturday slammed A&E's decision to allow Phil Robertson back on air in reality series "Duck Dynasty" after he made comments offending the gay and African-American communities.

Robertson, 67, had been suspended from the series after he made the comments in a magazine interview, but many fans rushed to defend his right to express his opinions and his family said they would not return to the show without him.

A&E announced Friday it planned to resume filming later this spring "with the entire Robertson family."

" 'Duck Dynasty' is not a show about one man's views. It resonates with a large audience because it is a show about family ... a family that America has come to love," a statement from the network said.

GLAAD issued a statement Saturday, slamming the decision, saying A&E has "chosen profits over African-American and gay people."

"Phil Robertson should look African-American and gay people in the eyes and hear about the hurtful impact of praising Jim Crow laws and comparing gay people to terrorists," the organization said in a statement. "If dialogue with Phil is not part of next steps then A+E has chosen profits over African American and gay people -- especially its employees and viewers."

[ABC News]
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