GLAAD Responds to Phil Robertson's GQ Comments Regarding Homosexuality; Duck Dynasty Star Issues Statement

Duck Dynasty star comes under fire for promoting stereotypes and spreading "lies" about the LGBTQ community

By Zach Johnson Dec 18, 2013 2:26 PMTags
Jase Robertson, Si Robertson, Willie Robertson, Phil Robertson, Duck Dynasty Art Streiber/A & E

Shortly after Phil Robertson's GQ interview was published online on Wednesday, Dec. 18, a GLAAD spokesperson issued a statement regarding the Duck Dynasty star's controversial comments about gay men.

"It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man's anus. That's just me," the 67-year-old A&E reality star said in the feature, which appears in the magazine's January 2014 issue. "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."

Robertson—who described his family as "Bible-thumpers who just happened to end up on television"—cited his strong religious faith with shaping his views about homosexuality.

The duck hunter also linked homosexuality to bestiality and rattled off a number of other stereotypes.

"Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil's lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe," GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz tells E! News in a statement. "He clearly knows nothing about gay people or the majority of Louisianans—and Americans—who support legal recognition for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples."

Cruz adds, "Phil's decision to push vile and extreme stereotypes is a stain on A&E and his sponsors who now need to reexamine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families."

GLAAD has also reached out to the network regarding Robertson's comments.

The Robertson family resides in the state of Louisiana, which passed a constitutional amendment banning marriage equality. Still, according to public policy polling released in August, 56 percent of its residents support some sort of legal recognition, marriage or civil unions for gay and lesbian couples.


UPDATE: Robertson issued a statement to E! News on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 7:31 a.m. PT. "I myself am a product of the '60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior. My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together," he says. "However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other."