At the Core of Phil Robertson’s Firing

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Willies-Father-Duck-Dynasty-624x352The firing of Phil Robertson by A&E over his remarks in GQ Magazine have less to do with his Bible-based beliefs, Christianity or women’s vagina vs. man’s anus. It’s about waking up in a country run by a Lord of the Flies council. The media, entertainment industry, Academia and government are riddled with unsupervised little brats who throw tantrums and ruin people’s lives when they don’t get their way.

Do they not see the end of this road when they deny conservative or religious Americans The Rights which afford them their fantastic lifestyles in the first place or do they just not care? Is the agenda worth dismantling the framework of the country? I’ve been trying for the past couple days to put some thoughts together in a bigger context while watching (in delight) while the rest of the nation goes Phil-Tilt over this controversy of the century.

I feel compelled to mention that GQ is owned by Hearst who also owns: Wait for it.. A&E.

Now before your hand reaches through the interwebtubes and grabs my throat, I’m not saying Phil and the rest of the Duck Dynasty are not genuine. They are awesome and a phenomena whose time has come. But please dial back for just a second and ask yourself a question: Did not A&E know what Phil was going to say when he consented to the GQ interview?

Come on, the whole thing stinks. Somebody is being played and I don’t pretend to know who is in on it and not my point anyway. But I must say something about the very large probability that this is a ruse. Some background:

It’s Reality TV, friends and there’s only one rule in Reality TV: There is no reality. If you’re thinking about arguing with me, stop because if there’s one thing that’s certain in Hollywood – it’s money, friends. Figuring out what to do and say and pointing a camera at it is cheap. But actual reality is expensive – and boring, by the way.

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I’m outrageous, you know.

The odds of pointing a camera at any family for more than five episodes and getting something interesting is a billion-to-one. Or you have to point a camera (and crew, and lights, and hotels, and editors, etc.) at them for months at a time to glean a half-hour of mildly interesting stuff. That’s why all “Reality TV” is contrived – except for the first few episodes (even your Uncle Art has a couple good shows in him).

Sorry everybody. Honey Boo-Boo gets put up to all those shenanigans. The American Chopper Boys were only genuine the first season. “It’s a Miracle” is really, “It’s a Coincidence.”

All your favorite dating shows are cast with actors and actresses. The Kardashians, believe it or not, are acting. Yes, they’re really that bad that it seems real. But there is God’s work at work here – which is cool.

I’m hoping what comes out of this Phil firing is way bigger than a TV show and if it does – I’ll be applauding this unlikely bearded hero named Phil Robertson, believe me. I’m torn on what to think, only because it’s coming out of a Hollywood press release for the most part and you can’t ignore that. You just can’t, no matter how much you want to believe it’s real.

It’s not real. It’s Reality.

Instead, read what Camile Paglia has to say – she’s a dying breed of intellectually honest people in America, and as liberal as you get. It’s important to note that she’s also gay and has been out of the closet since before it was fashionable. Like Phil Robertson, she doesn’t care if standing up for her beliefs hurts her – and it has.

Hat tip to Daily Caller and the Laura Ingraham Show, where Ms. Paglia points out that while an atheist, she respects religion and has been frustrated by the intolerance of gay activists:

“To express yourself in a magazine in an interview — this is the level of punitive PC, utterly fascist, utterly Stalinist, OK, that my liberal colleagues in the Democratic Party and on college campuses have supported and promoted over the last several decades. This is the whole legacy of free speech 1960’s that have been lost by my own party.

If people are basing their views against gays on the Bible, again they have a right of religious freedom there.

I think that this intolerance by gay activists toward the full spectrum of human beliefs is a sign of immaturity, juvenility. This is not the mark of a true intellectual life. This is why there is no cultural life now in the U.S. Why nothing is of interest coming from the major media in terms of cultural criticism. Why the graduates of the Ivy League with their A, A, A+ grades are complete cultural illiterates, etc. is because they are not being educated in any way to give respect to opposing view points.

There is a dialogue going on human civilization, for heaven sakes. It’s not just this monologue coming from fanatics who have displaced the religious beliefs of their into a political movement and that is what happened to feminism, and that is what happened to gay activism, a fanaticism.”

Well put.

I don’t know what we’re going to do about the lack of cultural illiteracy in this country, but it’s going to have to start by offering tolerance to everyone in this society, not just part of this society. But don’t get played in the meantime.

This whole thing might just be about Reality and Money.

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Rodney Lee Conover

Rodney Lee Conover is a writer, producer and Senior Editor at JoeForAmerica.com

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