Well, y’all know I can’t NOT speak about a controversy.
Let me preface this by saying, I was a HUGE Duck Dynasty fan, still am. My lanyard with my school ID on it is Duck D, along with a plethora of other things.
(Uncle Si is my spirit animal, y’all)
I always knew that when it came to politics and social equality, I would disagree with the Robertsons, but it was never something that came up on the show, so I didn’t have to think about it. They could go on about their personal business, and I could go about mine.
However, earlier this week, Phil, the patriarch of the family, made some very racist and anti-gay statements. A&E has since suspended Phil indefinitely from the show for violating his contract.
And every “Christian” (and I use that word loosely in this post) on my timeline has shouted from the rooftops about the injustice done to a “great Christian man” who was “simply exercising his first amendment rights.”
Oh honey please.
This is NOT a case of free speech. Free speech is not being able to say whatever you want without being reprimanded, it’s being able to say whatever you want without going to jail. So yeah, Phil was within his rights to make the statements he made, but so was A&E when they suspended him.
So obviously, free speech is not the issue here. Phil is not in jail, he is simply suspended from the show. (And I thought he was leaving anyway, so what’s the big deal?)
The second piece of the puzzle, which has caused me to consider unfriending people on Facebook today, is that this is such a big deal to all of these “Christians.”
But my friends, Smith and Todd sleep on the streets tonight, not knowing where their next meals are coming from.
And no one is shouting from the rooftop for them.
Last night, I posted this on Facebook.
“While some of my sweetest friends sleep on the streets and struggle to find their next meal, I open Facebook to see people ranting about a TV show. Many people are saying this is a sign of the downfall of America, but I think the real travesty is that people who claim to be “Christians” are more concerned with a celebrity violating his contract than their brothers and sisters in need.”
Later, one of my friends shared it on her own page, and someone commented on it.
He said something to the extent of I was wrong because without those first amendment (!) rights my friends would not be heard or fought for.
I politely commented back that they aren’t being fought for now, so even if it were a case of free speech, nothing about their living conditions would change.
See, this is my problem.
People in the church are all too focused on their cliques and their “own” people.
They only think of helping others around the holiday time that they want to claim as theirs and theirs alone.
IT KILLS ME, y’all.
There is such an uproar over a man on the TELEVISION, but I have friends who have lived on the streets for upwards of thirty years.
This is WRONG.
So yeah, I’ll probably keep watching Duck Dynasty, because A&E is smart enough to not alienate anyone in their programming.
And I’ll probably hate being a not-so-conservative in the south, but in the interest of “free speech” my voice is just as valid as the majority’s.