Duck Dynasty: 3 Million Tune Out After Anti-Gay Remarks, But What About The Other 8.5 Million?

Duck Dynasty's patriarch, Phil Robertson.

Duck Dynasty isn’t doing so well after all. Perhaps A&E has forgiven Phil Robertson’s bigoted, anti-gay rantings, but viewers definitely have not.. Photo promo from A&E.

The verdict is in and more than one quarter of viewers rejected Duck Dynasty on Wednesday as ratings fell significantly for the fifth season opener.

Over 3 million views decided not to tune in to Duck Dynasty on Wednesday night.

Five months ago, 12 million people tuned in to watch the season four premiere of Duck Dynasty. Since then, Americans have witnessed another side of the Robertson family that is having repercussions for the newest season. The season five premiere of the A&E program dropped by 28 percent, or just over 3 million viewers.

The ratings drop follows Phil Robertson’s anti-gay and racist comment in GQ Magazine.

The ratings plunge comes in the wake of anti-gay and racist comments that family patriarch Phil Robertson made during an interview with GQ Magazine in December 2013. In the rant, the Duck Commander founder compared homosexuality to bestiality and put his religious right-wing fundamentalism on full display. Robertson said:

“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men. Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right. It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”

It only got worse from there as Robertson also decided to put his racism on display as well, claiming that African-Americans had a great time living in the Jim Crow South before the Civil Rights Era.

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“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person, Robertson claimed. “Not once. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash. We’re going across the field …They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’ —  not a word! They were godly; they were happy. No one was singing the blues.”

A&E suspended Robertson but reinstated him shortly after because conservatives went nuts.

Not long after, A&E suspended Robertson and the right-wing went nuts. Conservatives across the country rushed to defend him and his show, claiming that his freedom of speech and religious liberty had been violated. Of course, conservatives were committing high hypocrisy considering that they’ve called for the firing of those who have criticized them. The queen of the hypocrites, Sarah Palin, had no problem with Martin Bashir being canned for exercising his own freedom of speech. In the end, A&E relented and re-instated Robertson shortly after.

Phil Robertson also advocated for marrying teen girls.

The controversy didn’t end there, however. Near the end of December, shocking video surfaced of Robertson telling men that they should “marry girls when they are 15 or 16.” According to Robertson, women who marry in their twenties are only gold diggers. But if men marry teen girls, they can be shaped to submit to their husband’s will. Advocating for marrying minors should have been enough to force A&E to reverse his re-instatement but the network ignored the sick revelations.

Duck Dynasty suffered a ratings blow, but most viewers apparently have no problem with hateful beliefs.

But viewers weren’t as forgiving on Wednesday night’s Duck Dynasty premiere. It would seem that racism, homophobia, and pedophilia were too much for over 3 million people to stand. Unfortunately, 8.5 million still tuned in to the show. As good as it is to see that millions of Americans are repulsed by such beliefs, it’s tragic that millions had no problem with them at all.