I‘m still scratching my head over the ongoing Phil Robertson uproar. The star of TV’s “Duck Dynasty” made some blunt, tasteless, ignorant remarks about gays several days ago. And the media can’t stop talking about it.
Well, duh. What did they expect from a man like that? A poorly educated redneck living in the backwoods of Louisiana. An ultra conservative, take-the-Bible-literally kind of guy.
Okay, that’s my own snooty, elitist inner bigot speaking. I’ll be the first to admit it. I’ve never watched the show and know nothing about Robertson. I figured two kinds of people would watch that show — those who are like Robertson, and those who watch so they can point, snicker, and ridicule people like Robertson. I’m not in either category, and it’s disappointing to me that the show is the most viewed reality show on the air right now.
But come on. What’s with all the faux shock and outrage? Of course it’s the politically correct response, but enough already. Surely the man’s opinions don’t come as much of a surprise to anyone. Sudden wealth and stardom do not automatically confer good taste, social awareness, education, or open-mindedness. They don’t erase bigotry and ignorance.
Like it are not, there are millions of Phil Robertsons in this country. So let’s stop acting like we didn’t know it until now, and move on. Obviously we still have a long way to go.