GLAAD calls comments in GQ article 'vilest and most extreme statements' made against LGBTI people in a mainstream publication
GLAAD is slamming Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson for making ‘vile’ comments about LGBTI people – including comparing homosexuality to bestiality – in an article in GQ magazine.
Robertson is one of the stars of the A&E reality series about a family that has made a fortune from its duck hunting products.
In the GQ profile he says: ‘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.’
It’s later in the article that he makes the bestiality comment: ‘Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.’
Then he paraphrases Corinthians from The Bible saying: ‘Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.’
Media watchdog and advocacy group GLAAD called the statements ‘some of the vilest and most extreme’ ever uttered against LGBT people in a mainstream publication.
They claim the quotes are ‘littered with outdated stereotypes and blatant misinformation.’
GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz said in a statement: ‘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.’
‘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,’ Cruz added.
Robertson responded to the criticism Wednesday afternoon.
‘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 said in a statement sent to FOX411. ‘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.’