Duck Dynasty Patriarch: ‘I’m As Much Of A Homophobe As Jesus Was’

Phil Robertson, the patriarch of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” reality TV show, appeared on “Good Morning America” on Tuesday to promote his new book, which is partially a response to the flack he received for offensive comments last year.

Robertson was criticized after he denounced homosexuality as a sin in a GQ article that was published in December. In his interview with the ABC program, Robertson explained his comments.

“The only place I know of that I could have gone to answer that question would be a Bible,” Robertson said. “The dictionary wouldn’t have explained it. An encyclopedia wouldn’t have explained it, whether it was a sin or not. So I went to the only source I had to answer his question.”

Robertson balked when GMA’s Ryan Owens asked him whether he considered himself a homophobe.

“I’m as much of a homophobe as Jesus was,” Robertson said. “People who are participating in homosexual behavior, they need to know that I love them.”

Robertson also addressed the criticism he fielded for saying he’d never seen a black person mistreated in pre-civil rights Louisiana.

“There is one race,” Robertson said during his GMA appearance. “One race. On this planet. It’s called the human race. We’re all the same. To me there is absolutely nothing that has color to do with it.”

Watch the video below, courtesy of ABC News:

h/t Mediaite

Dear Reader,

When we asked recently what makes TPM different from other outlets, readers cited factors like honesty, curiosity, transparency, and our vibrant community. They also pointed to our ability to report on important stories and trends long before they are picked up by mainstream outlets; our ability to contextualize information within the arc of history; and our focus on the real-world consequences of the news.

Our unique approach to reporting and presenting the news, however, wouldn’t be possible without our readers’ support. That’s not just marketing speak, it’s true: our work would literally not be possible without readers deciding to become members. Not only does member support account for more than 80% of TPM’s revenue, our members have helped us build an engaged and informed community. Many of our best stories were born from reader tips and valuable member feedback.

We do what other news outlets can’t or won’t do because our members’ support gives us real independence.

If you enjoy reading TPM and value what we do, become a member today.

Latest Livewire
Comments
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Reporters:
Newswriters:
Director of Audience:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: