GLAAD says they have never gotten more angry phone calls and emails than they have since they decided to launch their attack on Phil Robertson, and escalated their speech and thought war against Christians at the same time.
But Yahoo reports that they’re not apt to learn anything. The group still wants to re-educate Phil Robertson.
After the meeting (between A&E executives and GLAAD), GLAAD issued its statement on Robertson’s comments. A&E initially released a statement from Robertson in which he said he would “never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me.” But the network declined to comment itself until Wednesday night, when it announced the suspension, which GLAAD applauded.
“We believe the next step is to use this as an opportunity for Phil to sit down with gay families in Louisiana and learn about their lives and the values they share,” the spokesman said.
The organization is also currently researching companies who use Robertson as a spokesperson.
There is no veil over that threat: GLAAD still wants Robertson to do exactly what they say, or they will try to deprive Robertson and his family of their livelihood. GLAAD would be called a McCarthyist group if they weren’t among the media’s favorite go-to activist cells. GLAAD has no intention of meeting with the Christians it wants to persecute.
GLAAD’s a strategy that is bound to fail. They made the classic mistake of overreaching (cf. Napoleon’s invasion of Russia).
Two of Duck Dynasty’s sponsors, Under Armor and Skyjacker, have already said they’re sticking with the show. Cracker Barrel, on the other hand, may have forgotten who its customers are. The Robertsons’ home town is solidly behind the family. Walmart and Academy, two of the Duck Commander/DD brands’ largest outlets, show no sign of dropping either. The merch is flying off the shelves. GLAAD’s overreach has made them subjects of mockery and derision, not fear. A&E now looks duplicitous and cowardly, because they are, and the channel is likely to lose its most profitable show. Duck Dynasty could thrive on literally any broadcast outlet. The Robertsons, those rednecks that A&E’s suits expected to mock, don’t even need the show to remain rich. The swamp folks hold all the cards.
Update: Cracker Barrel does an about face.