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Ladies and gentlemen, as you are undoubtedly aware by now, the A&E network, which stands for Arts & Entertainment, has put the patriarch of Duck Dynasty, Phil Robertson, on indefinite hiatus. I think they’ve essentially fired the guy, and in the process, they have thrown away the largest audience on cable television. They’ve just thrown it away. They’ve thrown away all that advertising. I want to get into that aspect of this as it relates to what a free market is in a moment.
But first, it is obvious that Robertson’s goose is cooked. The Duck Dynasty goose is cooked at A&E. I don’t know how long it’ll be, but some other network will pick up this show. Some other network at some point will pick up this program. Look, strictly in terms of numbers, the gay population, which supposedly is offended here, is max 2%. The Christian population is 250 million people. So the market is going to reflect that at some point in regards to this program.
Now, Phil Robertson, I don’t know him, and I never heard of Duck Dynasty until the reports not long ago about what a great ratings success it was. I downloaded some episodes from iTunes. I’ve been watching them periodically, helter-skelter, here and there. And you know what’s clear to me? Now, Robertson’s apologized, by the way. I’m a little bit surprised given what I think Robertson is all about, but he did apologize. It’s not gonna do him any good, and it’s probably even too late to do a tirade against unfettered capitalism. I was thinking if he maybe did that, he could turn around some of this hate that the left has for him and turn it into love.
It’s a popular thing to do today. If you want love and appreciation from the left, you attack capitalism in America. But I think even that might be too late. It may even be too late for my help. I was even thinking I could possibly save his career if I launched into an attack on the guy. It’s probably even too late for that. I doubt that that would do the trick, at this stage. But I do love what the gay rights group, GLAAD, did. GLAAD wrote to A&E commending them for firing Robertson, they said. And I quote, “By taking quick action and removing Robertson from future filming, A&E has sent a strong message that discrimination is neither Christian nor an American value.”