Support swells for 'Duck Dynasty' star reinstatement petition
December 26th, 2013
05:01 PM ET

Support swells for 'Duck Dynasty' star reinstatement petition

Some "Duck Dynasty fans are flocking to get the show's star reinstated.

E! online is reporting that as of Thursday an online petition for A & E to reinstate Phil Robertson on the hit show was just shy of its goal of gathering 250,000 signatures. Robertson was suspended over controversial remarks he made about gays and black people in a magazine interview, and has stood by his statements.

His family, who costar with him in the reality show about their lives, have rallied around their patriarch, as have those who took Cracker Barrel to task for removing "Duck Dynasty" merchandise from its shelves. The restaurant chain quickly reversed its decision after complaints.

The #IStandWithPhil petition is written in the form of a letter to A & E and states that "Mr. Robertson’s comments in GQ Magazine are simply reflective of a Biblical view of sexuality, marriage, and family – a view that has stood the test of time for thousands of years and continues to be held by the majority of Americans and today’s world as a whole."

The petition asks that the network "immediately reinstate Mr. Robertson to Duck Dynasty, and to formally apologize to him, his family, and the millions of viewers who tune in every week, stand by him, and share his worldview."

Twitter blocked the #IStandWithPhil hashtag after it was deemed as containing spam. The site later apologized and removed the block.

Meanwhile, another of Robertson's most vocal supporters may not have totally known what she was supporting. Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has admitted that she didn't actually read the GQ magazine interview containing the remarks.

Politico reported that when pressed during an appearance on Fox News about the Robertson article, Palin said “I haven’t read the article. I don’t know exactly how he said it.”

Rev. Jesse Jackson has reportedly demanded a meeting with A & E after stating that Robertson's comments about African Americans on the story were "more offensive" than the actions of bus driver who ordered Rosa Parks to move to the back of the bus in 1955. That event was galvanizing to the Civil Rights Movement.
“At least the bus driver, who ordered Rosa Parks to surrender her seat to a white person, was following state law," Jackson said. "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.’”

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  1. Ritalu

    Happy Duck is boring, crude and a millionaire because so many people don't have an interesting life and watch this ridiculous reality show. There are so many more great heros in the world to admire, writers, artists, working women, cancer survivors, pro bono lawyers, etc. that these men who kill ducks for a living are definately NOT worthy of one more mention.

    December 30, 2013 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. tom

    Can anyone look at that gross disgusting man and be surprised that he's bigoted, hate mongering bible thumper who would judge others who are not like him? Take it for what it's worth....he's one of millions of intolerant ignoramuses crawling on all fours around this world.

    December 30, 2013 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • no, actually

      You're the ignoramus here. It's obvious you have not watched the show for yourself. You're just a parrot, repeating words you heard someone else say. There is no hate in Phil's heart or on the show.

      December 30, 2013 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. Peter Griffin

    Why doesn't GLAAD protest AMC's The Walking Dead??

    December 30, 2013 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
    • I dunno...

      Why don't they? Your point?

      December 30, 2013 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      Because as far as im aware noone went iin GQ magazine to deny black slavery and let everyone know he thinks gay people should b urn in hell because that's what he read in a 2000 year old book. Idiort.

      December 30, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. SKY

    FACT; EVERY FAMILY ON THIS EARTH HAS A PHIL.....SO WHO CAN THROW THE FIRST STONE?

    December 30, 2013 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Menlo

      You made this comment already, back on the 28th.

      December 30, 2013 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • no, actually

      You're right. I'm sure your family has cut you a LOT of slack over the years.

      December 30, 2013 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. Susie

    So proud that Phil made us realize that everyone does not support the sinful gay life style

    December 29, 2013 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yeah

      We had all forgotten this until the almighty genius (and godlike) Phil Roberton, reminded us of it, right Susie? Hardline right wing social conservatives had completely forgotten about it, but the PHIL spoke up!

      December 30, 2013 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  6. Yoo Suk

    Why would they buy Everclear and sit at CFA when they can make their own mooshine and stay in the woods where you won't bother them?

    December 29, 2013 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Wow..you can copy and paste...you've mastered at least one skilll, troll

    now if you could only learn to spell, and write above the kindergarten level...that's probably a lot to ask from a fking stupid troll like you. Stupid fking troll and nothing else; that's all you will ever accomplish.

    December 29, 2013 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  8. nakedtruth

    God bless the man who gets it right and isn’t afaid to stand up and be counted in spite of political correctness

    December 28, 2013 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. nakedtruth

    Look again palintwit. These are salt of the earth people who raised themselves from poverty by virtue of hard work creativity, and innovation. The also educated themselves and did all this without probably one red cent of public subsistance. I suspect you may be a little envious. You and liberal left people like you will never achieve this with your hand out always looking for something for nothing. You will forever be in the bonds of dependence. Good luck loser!

    December 28, 2013 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. VtFarmboy

    The only people who were enraged by his comments was the media seeking to make a mountain out of a mole hill. He has a right to his opinion and those who do not like who he is or what he stands for can simply switch the show off. If it really matters then more people will stop watching than watches the show. If you are offended by his comments you are the one with the problems not him. He simply spoke his mind. I personally believe you are reading way to much into what he has said and are just to sensitive to the idea that someone may say something that offends you. Get over yourselves and move on.

    December 28, 2013 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. no, actually

    You are wrong again, showing your hatred and prejudice while showing what a dum bass you are.

    December 28, 2013 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kate

    A racist, bigoted TV show watched by rednecks. How A&E allows this type of crap on TV is beyond me. Then you have idiots like Sarah Palin supporting this guy? No wonder you will never get elected to the office of President. God forbid it ever happens!

    December 28, 2013 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • and yet another..

      ill-informed leftist who has never watched the show nor read the interview for themselves. Phil is an American success story, who designed a superior product and is living the dream on his own terms. At the end of the show, they sit down for a family meal, giving thanks to their Creator for His blessings. I have never heard a racist or anti-gay word on the show. All you haters are full of it.

      December 28, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • casualsuede

      I wonder the same when I land on the Bravo channel.

      It's called business Kate. Rednecks and rural folks watch a lot of TV and tend to be more loyal (re:spend money) than city people. No wonder that duck dynasty is their highest rated show and makes the most money on merchandising.

      December 29, 2013 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • The Rock

      Know your roll....shut your mouth...if you smeelllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll....what the Rock is coookin.....beeyotch!

      December 30, 2013 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  13. Truth is..

    Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are 2 of the biggest racists on the planet. They keep stirring up s#it because if we all learn to get along, they have no income.

    December 28, 2013 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Good Ole Jesse still trying to be relevant. He went from being MLK's errand BOY to being a self appointed spokesman for our race just because he was close to the true leaders. I am not so thin skinned that I can not take a few negative comments thrown my way by a redneck like Phil R. This political correctness bull is getting in the way of everything in our country these days. Our government can't do it's job because both parties are trying to outdo the other. We have a President and is so worried about the polls that he allowed people to die at our mission in Africa 9/11/12 and has lied to our faces about this healthcare mess. Sorry but I really don't give a damn what someone is supposed to have said to some magazine that I have never read and don't really care to anyway.

      December 28, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • @Jason

      Why did you capitalize the word BOY?

      December 28, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. SKY

    FACT: EVERY FAMILY ON THIS EARTH HAS A PHIL....TRUE....
    AND WE JUST LOVE THEM....WE KNOW WHAT TO ASK
    AND WHAT NOT TO ASK....

    THEY ARE BACK....WATCH THE RATING.....WOW!

    December 28, 2013 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Menlo

      FACT: SKY IS THE PHIL OF HER FAMILY. OR, MORE LIKELY, THE RUPRECHT OF HER TROLL CLAN.

      December 28, 2013 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
  15. Mary Ann

    Only white trash would watch Archie Bunker of the Bayou.What more can be said The Dumbing of America!

    December 27, 2013 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Redneck Gal

      Guess I'm white trash then, since I love the show and the family. And I have a Master's Degree .....

      December 28, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sunscreen Neck

      A Masters in White Trashery?

      December 28, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Walter White

      Mary Ann....you need to rinse your mouth out with Summers Eve.

      December 30, 2013 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Clete

      A masters degree in scratching yourself really doesn't count for much.

      December 30, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • what now

      And your degree is in what? Oh yeah, Rhinoticulation.

      December 30, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  16. SKY

    FACT; WE GOT OUR SHOW BACK...WE WANT TO BE UNITED...THERE IS SO MUCH GOOD IN
    US, WOW

    December 27, 2013 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  17. A'eron Blackman

    So there I was, Christmas day and 10lbs of lower Cascadian ducks breast and no idea how to cook it. So I went to the Duck Dynasty website. There was ONE RECIPE. I would think that with a duck hunting industry so large, the family would have a duck recipe for each and every holiday... I froze the duck breast...

    December 27, 2013 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  18. An American

    Jesse Jackson demanding a meeting!!! Really what the hell does he have to do with this!! Maybe he should have demanded more time with his son!!! He did a GREAT job there!!

    December 27, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  19. paul heinz

    jesse needs to knock-up another aid

    December 27, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Come on now people

    What I find infuriating is the number of people who call Phil a hater even though they have not watched even one episode or read the article for themselves. Free speech is not just for the left.

    December 27, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark Anderson

      Did you marry a girl at 15, if you wait until their 20 it's too late, according to Phil. Such genius deserves to be recognized.
      Happy blacks before civil rights, evil gays, you can't beat this stuff.

      December 27, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nunya Bidness

      Another ill-informed comment by a hater. Get to know your subject before you speak. All you have shown so far is that you parrot what other haters have said without finding out first hand what is really going on.

      December 28, 2013 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  21. thinkkoolaid

    who cares? does anyone really watch this garbage? Sad day in America with the continued dumbing-down of the people with mindless "reality" shows like this. There is NO Reality when there are cameras rolling folks! Enough already!

    December 27, 2013 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • kasey

      People who do not believe as you are not necessarily bigots or racist. Gays wants the right to say they are gay. Everyone wants their agenda to be the legally and politically correct opinion. But, free speech gives us all the right to voice our opinions whether anyone else agrees or not! .... Accept each other, let us all be who we are...what a sad boring world when we all become the same. That's the point.

      December 27, 2013 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      #1 cable show. Says it all. Love it.

      December 27, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Albert

      Rob, what is right is not always popular, and what is popular is not always right.

      December 27, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  22. skinnymac

    Why is ok for a black person to joke about whites,but it is racism when a white person jokes about a blackperson.If there was a white music award,that would be considered racism. Also if there was a White Entertainment Television{WET} that would be considered racism also.Jesse if you want equal rights you got to give equal rights. My personal opinion,I am getting sick of old Jess anyway. So I am turning channels every time I see him.

    December 27, 2013 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
    • @skinnymac

      You're talking about equality from the perspective of someone in the racial majority. If you were a minority, particularly one that's often been persecuted by the majority, then equality means something more.

      For example, to black Americans, the big three TV networks and most of the cable networks could easily be lumped under the umbrella of "WET" (white entertainment television), as nearly every show features white-only casts. Is it so wrong for them to want just a little something of their own?

      December 27, 2013 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Last time I checked, Whites were no longer the majority.

      December 27, 2013 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • jimmy

      in my job I work for one of the biggest employers in americia, white people get fired daily for stuff that black people do daily and never get fired for it. I witness it daily. companies are scared to fire them cause they afraid of law suits on their rights..

      December 27, 2013 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • @jimmy

      You could always quit McDonald's and get a job at Burger King. BK is good about hiring the mentally handicapped for menial duties.

      December 27, 2013 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Sorry, Frank, but you're mistaken.

      Caucasians still hold the edge in racial majority here in the good old U.S. of A., according to the most recent U.S. Census. Experts project that majority will slip sometime in the 2040s. Perhaps you're thinking about your own neighborhood, and projecting that onto the entire country?

      December 27, 2013 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Cindy

      Guess you were outraged with what happened with the Dixie Chicks when they exercised their right to free speech huh? Oh wait, that was liberal free speech, so that was different right?

      December 30, 2013 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  23. jenn

    Here we go again, Jessie needs attention. Free speach, free

    December 27, 2013 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Yeah...

      Jesse, utilizing his right of free speech...damn him!

      December 27, 2013 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Hcalla

      He's just looking for a payday and saw an opening. Maybe A&E will learn that he and GLAAD are just bullies

      December 27, 2013 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Yeah...

      You social conservatives know all about bullying...you invented the concept.

      December 27, 2013 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  24. SKY

    FACT: THE ROBERSON WERE SET UP. WHOEVER INTERVIEW HIM, KNEW HE WOULD EXPRESS HIMSELF IN A
    HONEST WAY...I THINK WE ALL NEED TO REGROUP.....THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO THINK ONE WAY AND
    AND SOME WHO THINK OFF THE CHARTS.... ABOUT THE RACE STATEMENT....FIRST HE SAID HE WAS
    WHITE TRASH...AND PICK COTTON AND THE BLACK PEOPLE SANG SONGS...THIS IS WHAT HE SAW...
    GET OVER IT..COUNTRY PEOPLE SAY WHAT THEY FEEL, AND MANY DO LOVE GOD...IN THEIR WAY.
    I JUST THINK IF PAPA WAS INTERVIEWED WITH ONE OF HIS SONS THEY WOULD HAVE SAID, DAD
    NO KEEP THAT TO YOURSELF...JUST LIKE WE MANY TIMES TELL OUR PARENTS TO SHUT-UP.
    LEAVE THIS MAN AND HIS FAMILY ALONE....HE A COUNTRY MAN WHO LOVES HIS FAMILY AND
    READS THE BOOK HE CALLS THE BIBLE.....
    JUST WHEN AMERICA GETS A FUNNY SHOW, WHERE ALL PEOPLE OF ALL RACES AND SIT DOWN
    AND ENJOY...THE NEWS MEDIA FINDS A WAY BREAK US UP........

    THE SHOW WAS FUNNY, FRESH, AND JUST DOWN TO EARTH ....

    December 27, 2013 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
    • @SKY

      WHAT IS THE DEAL...WITH ALL...THE ELIPSES (YOU KNOW, THE THREE LITTLE DOTS) THAT YOU OVER USE...AND MISUSE...IN YOUR RAMBLING...AND NONSENSICAL POSTS? DO YOU NOT...UNDERSTAND BASIC ENGLISH WRITING?

      December 27, 2013 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
    • lol

      I still think Sky is the nonsense troll. She and the troll both use all caps. They both talk gibberish. It would make sense. Or maybe Tracie, could be her, too.

      December 27, 2013 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Menlo

      You may be onto something. I'm not convinced it's the same woman, but there does seem to be a connection of sorts. You get a way different reaction when you taunt SKY than from the rant and rave troll.

      December 28, 2013 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
  25. Donna Nelson

    I like Phil and believe he has the right to his opinion. He only quoted from the Bible what God had said....that was not his words, but God's words. Jesse Jackson..;why are you sticking your nose in this situation...I never see you come to the aid of a white person being raped, or killed by a black...but you sure can open your mouth when a black is involved in a story, first thing you do is scream prejudice.; that is just B.S.

    December 27, 2013 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
    • @Donna

      The Bible is Man's words, not god's. God is a fictional character in that book, which, again, was written by mortals, not a magic being in the sky. Magic is not real, FYI.

      December 27, 2013 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Elvis

      God is real, Bubba. I know. I sing in His choir.

      December 27, 2013 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Sure he is, Elvis

      And so is Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, etc.

      December 27, 2013 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Victoria

    Um, does Jessie know that Phil has an African American grandson whom he loves?

    D
    Shouldn't Jessie be more concerned about his own son,currently serving time in federal prison?

    December 26, 2013 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Pedro

    I've watched Duck Dynasty from the beginning, and I've come to the conclusion that Phil Robertson is gay. He's one of those self-loathing conservative gays that hides behind his faith, hoping that no one will notice.

    December 26, 2013 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • PhDAAA

      Well, I am so glad you are so blessed to be able to tell who is gay or not...

      December 27, 2013 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • tchdance

      You can tell he s Gay from watching the show?REALLY! I ve been watching the the show as long as you have n DUDE YOU ARE SO OO WRONG!! Maybe you should watch again! And this time wear some eye glasses.

      December 27, 2013 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Love it when gays says you must be gay if you don't believe in their agenda. Does that me an arsonist if I am against arson. Your logic sucks.

      December 27, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Willard

      No, Rob, what Pedro was likely doing was picking that one thing you detest the most, and accusing you of being that. It used to be called teasing or 'getting your goat.' Nowadays it's generally called trolling.

      December 27, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Mallard Duck

    *QUACK!

    December 26, 2013 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  29. paul cox

    The South has a new “General Lee”

    December 26, 2013 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  30. jujubeans

    shut up, Jesse!

    December 26, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Charlotte Brontë

    “Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education; they grow there, firm as weeds among rocks."

    December 26, 2013 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • jag51

      Having grown up in the south, I find your comment to be the stupidest quote I have ever read in my life. Prejudice is not "loosened or fertilized by education", but by real life experience and relationships formed early in life and later on as adults. There is good and bad to be found in any race. The only way to eradicate prejudice is to reach out to one another based on individual merit and ignore those who preach otherwise.

      December 26, 2013 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  32. internet volunteer militia

    Hey. Go away troll. Watch your mouth.
    The rest of you, im watching you. Theres a new sheriff in town.

    December 27, 2013 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  33. internet towns folk

    are you anything like the new sheriff in Blazing Saddles?

    December 27, 2013 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  34. Black Bart

    The new sheriff is a pansy. Meet you on main street at high noon, muthaphucka.

    December 27, 2013 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  35. ^ TROLL ALERT ^

    REPORT ABUSE ON THE FILTHY TROLL

    December 27, 2013 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  36. TOCLARIFY

    Looks like you need a scriptwriter as well, THETRUTH.

    December 27, 2013 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  37. Elkchatter

    I do not agree with you, but by your spelling I guess you do not know better.

    December 27, 2013 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  38. Timme62

    Or help putting together coherent sentences.

    December 27, 2013 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  39. Teresa Scott

    Huh? That is the most unintelligible statement I've read thus far. Oh my, we definitely need to get on the school systems if this is what they are putting out. At least Phil can make a declarative sentence you sound like a kindergartner. Go get some Jesus, then take an English class.

    December 27, 2013 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  40. Willard

    It's almost as incoherent as another blogger who goes by the handle SKY. And that's a FACT.

    December 27, 2013 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Bubba "Red" Neckerson

    How bout I just bend you in half and snap your spine? That way you can give yourself a BJ.

    December 28, 2013 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  42. Really?

    "I told me not to push me..."
    – The Rant 'n' Rave Troll

    Brilliant quote, lady. Further proof that this blithering idiot has serious mental issues, the least of which is talking with/arguing with herself.

    December 29, 2013 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  43. No, no, no...

    It's "YOU bribe YOUR..." you illiterate twät.

    December 29, 2013 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  44. YOUR MOTHER KNOW SHE FAILED AS A PARENT?

    And raised a mentally deficient emotionally defective and unstable troll like you? Someone needs to smack your momma for that.

    December 29, 2013 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  45. M.A.P.

    LOL! Some things never change. like the smell of poo

    December 30, 2013 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  46. troll ^

    If you dont quit whining about your hacker and your busted machines, we are going to have them all busted.

    December 31, 2013 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  47. Shoo -- go away now, nuisance troll

    Your comments will all be scrubbed very soon.

    December 31, 2013 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  48. No, its the other way around you smelly twāt

    FCUK you and your troll 'friends,' beyotch.

    December 31, 2013 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |

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