The suspension of Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson represents everything that's wrong with this country's culture. Rather than swallow up the media's convenient framing as 'hateful' and 'unacceptable', let's examine exactly what he said:
"It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man's anus, 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? But hey, sin: It's not
logical, my man. It's just not logical." He was then asked what else he considers sin, and bestiality and promiscuity both made the list.
So, would someone like to call ME a bigot for also preferring a vagina to another man's ass? Unlike him, I don't expect all males to have my preferences, nor do I judge them if they don't. But that's because I'm EDUCATED and realize those preferences are controlled by hormones that are different in some people. Robertson, on the other hand, is a deeply religious 67-y-o redneck from rural Louisiana who sells duck calls for a living. What about his ignorance is so goddamn shocking?
The only reason Robertson is a celebrity is that A&E realized US audiences find that ultra-conservative subculture entertaining. And they were perfectly fine milking it until the sudden exposure of its connection to widespread homophobia. They unintentionally ruptured a collective delusion and now they're desperately trying to avoid the blame for bursting the bubble. Well homophobia is on every corner; and people who believe it isn't are every bit as ignorant as Robertson who thinks homosexuality is a choice. That puts silencing it to get rid of it on par with attempts to ban open homosexuality for the same purpose, a la Russia or Iran. Trying to instill values by silencing expression of non-conformity top-down isn't only futile, it's dangerous. It creates the illusion that intolerant and destructive views driven by ignorance don't exist, and renders us incapable of countenancing them in a productive way.