Saturday, December 28, 2013

A late Christmas gift: GLAAD finally told to shut up.

Well, for now, it's over. Phil Robertson wouldn't roll over for GLAAD, nor would his family, and instead of getting another trophy to mount on its wall GLAAD has experienced a high-profile backlash that we haven't seen since the Chik-fil-a fiasco.

A&E, of course, capitulated in the sort of two-faced way you'd expect them to - basically, begging for forgiveness on Phil's behalf:
While Phil’s comments made in the interview reflect his personal views based on his own beliefs, and his own personal journey, he and his family have publicly stated they regret the ‘coarse language’ he used and the mis-interpretation of his core beliefs based only on the article. He also made it clear he would ‘never incite or encourage hate.’ We at A+E Networks expressed our disappointment with his statements in the article, and reiterate that they are not views we hold.
The problem is, of course, that GLAAD sees saying anything like what Phil said - 'coarse language' or not - to be an incitement and encouragement of hate. Which means that if Phil can say what he did and it is NOT either of those things, then GLAAD is wrong. So was their interpretation.

Of course, A&E is still in GLAAD's corner, and is trying to offer everything it can offer in order to, if not pacify GLAAD, then pacify its supporters:
We will also use this moment to launch a national public service campaign (PSA) promoting unity, tolerance and acceptance among all people, a message that supports our core values as a company, and the values found in Duck Dynasty. These PSAs will air across our entire portfolio.
Unity, tolerance and acceptance among all people. Christians too? Conservative Christians? I suspect not. But hey, they'll make commercials.

GLAAD, of course, will have none of this. Unless there is a 'dialogue' with Phil - notice how, in context, that word is practically stripped of all meaning - then they will denounce A&E for abandoning gays and also African-Americans, because Phil said he didn't see any mistreatment or complaint among blacks in the past. Which also means that GLAAD is not about to let this one die if they can. Because if this fiasco fades in a month, what will have been established is that the premiere LGBT jackboot organization can be stood up to, that they can make a demand and that demand can be denied. Even if it's exceptional, even if it's just for Phil, it's the start of something that terrifies them.


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