Bobby Jindal Calls ‘Duck Dynasty’ Star’s Suspension ‘A Messed Up Situation’

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) rushed to the defense of “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson after he was suspended from the reality show by A&E Wednesday for a series of remarks he made about gays and non-Christians in an interview with GQ Magazine.

Jindal issued a statement Thursday that suggested Robertson’s remarks should have been respected under the First Amendment and that they were less objectionable than the behavior of pop star Miley Cyrus. 

“Phil Robertson and his family are great citizens of the State of Louisiana. The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with. I don’t agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV,” Jindal said. “In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive. But I also acknowledge that this is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views. In fact, I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment. It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended.”

Duck Dynasty, which is primarily filmed in Louisiana, is one of cable television’s top-rated shows

(h/t Mike Warren

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R ) with “Duck Dynasty” star Willie Robertson standing together as the NRA endorsed Jindal in August 2013. Photo via Jindal’s Facebook page.

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