On the heels of A&E’s decision to end Phil Robertson’s “Duck Dynasty” suspension, GLAAD says the reality TV star should meet face-to-face with gays and blacks to hear how his words have hurt them, The Wrap reported Saturday.
“Phil Robertson should look African American and gay people in the eyes and hear about the hurtful impact of praising Jim Crow laws and comparing gay people to terrorists,” the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation said.
“If dialogue with Phil is not part of next steps then A+E has chosen profits over African American and gay people – especially its employees and viewers,” the group added.
A&E suspended Robertson from “Duck Dynasty” — cable’s top reality show — after a GQ interview in which Robertson said homosexuality is “not logical” and immoral from a biblical sense. He also said blacks in Louisiana before civil rights were “godly” and “happy” and “no one was singing the blues.”
For more details on the GQ interview, read TheBlaze’s initial report here.
A&E announced on Friday that it would reinstate Robertson without the “Duck Dynasty” patriarch missing a single episode. An A&E source told the Hollywood Reporter the family and network plan to work together to promote “tolerance” in the future.