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Sunday night’s Super Bowl ad for Time Warner Cable’s new online streaming service included a brief appearance of some Duck Dynasty cast members: Willie Robertson, Si Robertson and Jase Robertson.
However, Phil Robertson, who caused a firestorm last December with his controversial anti-gay comments, was the missing one.
Super Bowl ad for Time Warner Cable’s new online streaming service included a brief appearance of some Duck Dynasty cast members
The commercial features such celebrities as P.Diddy, Jimmy Fallon, Drake, and True Blood‘s Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin welcoming customers “to the new world of Time Warner Cable,” which features “super-fast internet” and television streaming options for tablets, phones, and computers.
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Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson revealed he might have faith in something a bit more supernatural.
“Once upon a time a long time ago, I was in the dark woods and I heard this sound,” Phil Robertson told his granddaughters in effort to scare them to sleep during a sleepover.
“It sounded like a big animal and I could growls and grunts.”
“Was it Bigfoot?” Miss Kay Robertson interjected.
“I didn’t know at the time but whatever it is it sounds very, very bad,” Phil Robertson continued.
“So I get my gun ready and you know what it was? It was Uncle Si.”
Although the story frightened the girls, they refused to go to bed and it wasn’t long until Phil Robertson dozed off himself.
Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson revealed he might have faith in something a bit more supernatural
In true redneck spirit, Miss Kay Robertson and her granddaughters, Mia and Priscilla, sprayed whip cream all over their sleeping grandfather.
While Phil Robertson was able to forgive the girls for their prank, he was upset to see them painting their nails.
“That’ll rot your brain,” he told Mia and Priscilla.
“You’ve ever seen a dead animal in the road? That’s the way your brain looks.”
“Don’t call our grandkids road kill please,” Miss Kay Robertson said.
“When you have a chemical concoction that you’re putting on your fingernails, I would be a little suspect of moving that fingernail towards a booger.”
While Phil and Miss Kay Robertson had their hands full with restless grandchildren, Willie and the Duck Commander crew were preparing for an all-nighter to fill a shipment order at the warehouse.
Sources close to Duck Dynasty cast revealed that family patriarch Phil Robertson is jealous of his brother Si’s popularity.
“Phil is just plain fit to be tied that Si has become the most favorite Robertson with fans of the show, and it’s driven a wedge between them,” a Robertson family friend told the National Enquirer.
Tensions brewed when A&E executives floated the idea of Si Robertson getting his own spinoff TV show – and he decided to think it over.
“When SI didn’t immediately reject the idea, Phil blew a fuse because he’s got plans to ditch A&E altogether and do his own show where he can preach the gospel all he wants without producers interfering,” said the source.
It appears Phil Robertson is jealous of his brother Si Robertson’s popularity
“Phil’s already rich and not interested in money, he just wants to have more control over his message. But now Si is throwing a monkey wrench into his plans by considering A&E’s idea of him doing his own show.”
Si Robertson, 65, wasn’t even supposed to be on Duck Dynasty in the first place.
“He tagged along to one of the meetings with A&E producers and they really liked his personality,” said the source.
“So they decided to sign him up. Then his popularity just took off, and that got under Phil’s skin. The feud is actually quite troubling to both of them. Phil is Si’s big brother and has always looked after him. When Si came out of the Army after 20 years and really didn’t have any direction, Phil hired him to work for his Duck Commander business.
“For now, everyone’s just hoping they can make peace.”
One Direction’s Liam Payne lashed out at some journalists and bloggers over the weekend, calling them “bastards” for twisting a friendly tweet he sent to Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson into Phil Robertson anti-gay scandal.
Liam Payne tweeted Willie Robertson in praise of his “family values” and to inform him he was a fan of his business prowess and of the Duck Dynasty reality show
The dustup began when Liam Payne tweeted Willie Robertson in praise of his “family values” and to inform him he was a fan of his business prowess and of the Duck Dynasty reality show, prompting some to presume the pop star was endorsing dad Phil Robertson’s famous anti-gay view.
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Duck Dynasty returned to lower viewership than its previous two premieres after Phil Robertson controversy in December.
Duck Dynasty Season 5 premiere had 8.5 million viewers. That’s huge for a cable reality show, but down 28% from its record-setting fourth season debut in August (11.8 million). It’s also slightly down from the show’s Season 3 premiere in February 2013 (8.6 million).
A&E notes the number up slightly from the fourth season finale on October 23.
Duck Dynasty returned to lower viewership than its previous two premieres after Phil Robertson controversy
Duck Dynasty provoked a heated controversy in December after Phil Robertson criticize gays during a GQ magazine interview, as well as made inflammatory comments about blacks during the Civil Rights era.
Last night’s episode and most of the rest of the current season was shot before the controversy. Presumably because of the controversy, the Robertson clan and producers were not made available for media interviews to promote the new season.
Duck Dynasty came back the same night as Fox’s American Idol, which was also down.
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Duck Dynasty Season 5 premiered last night on A&E with two episodes.
Viewers were introduced to Rebecca Robertson, a Taiwanese foreign exchange student that Willie and his wife Korie adopted 10 years ago.
Rebecca Robertson, 24, studied fashion in LA, but then came back to Louisiana for what Willie thought was a visit. But when Rebecca brings a million suitcases and a French bull dog, it’s clear that this isn’t a two-day trip. Rebecca, however, is welcomed home with open arms and a planned out surprise party — the Robertson men bought a banner that says “Congratulations” instead of “Welcome Home” because it was on sale.
Rebecca Robertson studied fashion in LA and came back to Louisiana
The other new character is a family member of Korie Robertson. John David is Willie’s new assistant who Jase Robertson said only got hired because: “He just wanted someone heavier and hairier so that he would look better by comparison.”
At first there’s tension in the workplace — John David wears flip flops, brings lukewarm donuts, and doesn’t know how to blow a duck call — but he makes up for it after he buys the team a new basketball.
John David won a place in Willie’s heart because he can recite Nacho Libre ad nauseam.
Uncle Si Robertson is sick, so he has planted his “microbe” infested body on Phil’s couch to be taken care of by Miss Kay.
Si Robertson has also brought every single movie in the Air Bud franchise.
“Look, I’m a connoisseur when it comes to animal sports movies – Air Bud is an epic classic,” Si Robertson says.
“It blows Rudy out of the water … it makes Field of Dreams look like Rookie of the Year.”
Phil Robertson can’t agree because it’s too unrealistic. A dog just can’t dunk a basketball! He prefers the Bourne series.
There was also a lot of talk of microbes throughout the two episodes. Phil Robertson thinks Uncle Si is a hypochondriac who has claimed to have everything from bird flu to sausage fingers.
In the second part of the show, Phil Robertson has his own bizarre microbe philosophies.
Jep Robertson says his father used to expose them to microbes all the time to build up immunities. Phil Robertson suggests Jep do the same for his kids by having them go outside and throw dung at each other.
Meanwhile, Uncle Si organized an age-inappropriate treasure hunt for Jep’s kids that was as confusing to its participants as it was to the audience. It culminated in digging up candy buried in what appeared to be a grave site.
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Duck Dynasty’s Alan Robertson says his family isn’t going to back down from defending their biblical principles and, if anything, they plan to be even bolder than before after a series of controversies surrounded his father Phil since last month.
In a recent interview with The Christian Post, Alan Robertson said: “We basically stood with dad, and I think he has the right to express his biblical views, as well as his opinions.
“Obviously now, I think A&E is on board with that as well. They reinstated him, which is a good thing. I say now we just try to make a great television show and move forward. We’re going to continue to talk about the Bible and try to help people, like we always have. That really never was in danger of not happening, and all this does it make us more bold to talk to people.”
Alan Robertson says his family isn’t going to back down from defending their biblical principles
Last month, after A&E announced that Phil Robertson was suspended indefinitely due to pressure from LGBT activist groups for anti-gay comments he made during GQ magazine interview, the family stood together and announced that they were unwilling to continue Duck Dynasty reality show without the family’s patriarch. Nine days later, A & E announced that Phil Robertson was back on, with Season 5 set to air on January 15, and taping for Season 6 to get underway.
Alan Robertson also said: “Dad is a good, solid Bible man, and so are the rest of us. His views of sharing that haven’t changed and ours haven’t either. The biblical message is not always a popular message. There have been many people throughout history who’ve stood up for God and said what God needed them to say, and it didn’t always mean they were popular because of it.”
Duck Dynasty family has launched their own line of guns in collaboration with gunmaker Mossberg.
Mossberg has teamed with Duck Commander, the company owned by Duck Dynasty family, to release nine different shotguns, as well as two semiautomatic rifles and a semiautomatic pistol.
The gunmaker has begun shipping some of the shotguns to distributors, according to spokeswoman Linda Powell. She declined to name specific retailers that will carry them.
Phil Robertson founded Duck Commander 40 years ago.
The Duck Dynasty patriarch was recently suspended – and then reinstated – by A&E network after making controversial remarks about gay people and African-Americans during GQ magazine interview.
Phil Robertson and his sons are featured prominently in four video ads for the new guns on Mossberg website. He narrates one of the spots saying: “Do you know what makes me happy ladies and gentlemen? To blow a mallard drake’s head smooth off.”
Duck Dynasty family has launched their own line of guns in collaboration with gunmaker Mossberg
The Robertson family business in Louisiana sells duck calls as well as hunting DVDs and clothing through Wal-Mart and other retailers. Duck Dynasty brand has already been affixed to everything from action figures and door mats to wine, (produced by the Trinchero Family Estates) as well as books about cooking and religion.
Mossberg says the Duck Commander guns will come in a “waterfowl pattern” camouflage design, though not all of them are intended for duck hunting. They also bear the Duck Commander logo, of a duck in flight.
The pistol and one of the rifles have military-style designs with large capacity magazines holding at least 25 rounds. The rifle has some of the features of an assault rifle, but with a relatively low .22 caliber.
Mossberg’s website says its .22-caliber pistol is “perfect for small game, plinking, target shooting – or clearing cottonmouths out of your duck blind.”
The firearms will all come with an American flag bandana like the one worn by Willie Robertson.
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Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson chose not to quack back during his appearance Tuesday night on Fox News’s All-American New Year special.
In one of his first chances to comment on the controversy surrounding his father and co-star Phil Robertson, Willie Robertson had only kind words for the A&E network and New Year’s wishes for the nation.
“We’re just glad to be back to work, and A&E and us are fine,” Willie Robertson said in a live appearance with his wife Korie Robertson from Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Hosts Bill Hemmer and Elizabeth Hasselbeck gave Willie Robertson several chances to address the firestorm surrounding the suspension of his father over anti-gay comments, but without quite ducking the question, the rsality star chose not to take the bait either.
Willie and Korie Robertson had only kind words for the A&E network and New Year’s wishes for the nation on Fox News’s All-American New Year special
“We’re looking forward to getting back to making some funny shows. It’s a New Year so we’re ready to break in a New Year and start it all over again,” Willie Robertson said.
“We’re ready to move on, you know. I think we all learned a lot and we’re just ready to move on, and the family’s happy, and we’re ready to go. I’ve got to make sure my guys are back there building duck calls.”
Asked her thoughts on the suspension by Hasselbeck, Korie Robertson took the same conciliatory tone.
“Hey, I’m just glad the family’s all together, the best thing about the show is we get to do it as a family,” she said.
“We’re all happy, happy, happy.”
A&E reinstated Phil Robertson on Friday, nine days after suspending him over the anti-gay comments made to GQ magazine.
Phil Robertson’s suspension sparked brought out legions of defenders who felt he was being censored by A&E.
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Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson is back in the headlines for a newly surfaced video.
The 2009 footage, which was posted on YouTube, shows Phil Robertson speaking at a Christian retreat in Georgia. During the speech, the Duck Dynasty patriarch tells a story about advising a young man to find a good Christian girl and marry her.
“Make sure that she can cook a meal. You need to eat some meals that she cooks, check that out. Make sure she carries her Bible. That’ll save you a lot of trouble down the road,” Phil Robertson said.
Phil Robertson married Miss Kay when she was just 16-year-old
Phil Robertson then went on to say that men should wed girls who are young.
“They got to where they’re getting hard to find, mainly because these boys are waiting ‘til they get to be about 20 years old before they marry ’em,” he said.
“Look, you wait ‘til they get to be 20 years old the only picking that’s going to take place is your pocket. You got to marry these girls when they are about 15 or 16. They’ll pick your ducks.”
Phil Robertson married Miss Kay when she was just 16-year-old. In the state of Louisiana, such unions are legal with parental consent.
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Duck Dynasty’s Willie and Korie Robertson will appear on Fox’s New Year’s Eve special to talk about Phil Robertson.
Willie and Korie Robertson will appear live from Steamboat Springs, Colorado, to discuss the recent nine-day suspension of Phil Robertson following his anti-gay comments in GQ magazine. A&E Networks reinstated Phil Robertson, 67, on Friday.
Willie and Korie Robertson will appear on Fox’s New Year’s Eve special to talk about Phil Robertson
The Fox News All-American New Year will be hosted by Bill Hemmer and Elisabeth Hasselbeck from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. E.T.
Duck Dynasty books written by four members of the A&E reality show’s Robertson family have continued to rise in sales during the holiday season despite the recent controversy surrounding Phil Robertson.
According to a book poll from USA Today, Phil Robertson’s memoir Happy Happy Happy jumped from No. 56 to No. 46 last week, making its way into the media outlet’s “Top 50” bestselling titles of the week ending on December 22. Additionally, Miss Kay’s cookbook, Miss Kay’s Duck Commander Kitchen, jumped from No. 30 to No. 19, while Pastor Alan Robertson’s The Duck Commander Devotional now sits at No. 23, up from No. 35 and Uncle Si Robertson’s Si-cology at No. 28 from No. 33.
Phil Robertson’s memoir Happy Happy Happy jumped from No 56 to No 46 following controversy surrounding him
In addition to heightened book sales, Billboard reported last week that Robertson family’s Christmas album, Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas, was on track to sell 125,000 copies in the week ending on December 22. The album, which features cameos from famous country musicians like George Strait, has sold a total of 575,000 copies since it was released in late October.
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Duck Dynasty and Phil Robertson’s supporters have found a new way to duck the halls this holiday season.
The Mail The Duck campaign is sending A&E thousands of tiny yellow rubber ducks to show their support for Phil Robertson.
Conservative Christians are showing solidarity with embattled ‘Duck Dynasty’ patriarch Phil Robertson by sending thousands of tiny rubber ducks to A&E’s New York offices.
The first cardboard box jammed with 1,500 ducks will be sent to the channel’s CEO Nancy Dubuc, according to Janet Porter, the founder of the conservative group Faith2Action.
Janet Porter said she was looking for a “tangible” way to show A&E that thousands of people support Phil Robertson’s views on homos**uality.
Phil Robertson’s fans planned to mail A&E CEO Nancy Dubuc thousands of yellow rubber ducks
Rick Scarborough, president of the partner organization Vision America, came up with idea to organize a “Mail The Duck” campaign. The goal is to fight back against a “homos**ual agenda” that conservatives believe is “steamrolling” over their rights to freedom of religion and free speech.
Janet Porter, president of Faith2Action, said she plans to send the ducks in several batches. She’s already gotten at least 1,500 requests.
The campaign was launched on December 23 and Janet Porter says she’s already gotten thousands of requests to sponsor ducks and send free postcards.
Each duck sets supporters back $7. The squeaky creatures will be labeled with a sponsor’s name, city, and state, along with the message: “We cry fowl-Reinstate Phil!”
Phil Robertson, 67, was suspended from Duck Dynasty show after making anti-gay remarks during an interview with GQ magazine.
A&E Networks decided to reinstate Phil Robertson after a week of controversy.
The Robertson family is ready to move on from the controversy surrounding Duck Dynasty’s patriarch Phil Robertson’s racist and homophobic rants, according to a new report.
A source close to Phil Robertson and his family told People magazine A&E’s announcement that the hit show will return for another season came as a relief.
“The family is happy that they can put this behind them,” the source said.
The Robertson family is ready to move on from the controversy surrounding Duck Dynasty’s patriarch Phil Robertson’s racist and homophobic rants
Phil Robertson caused a firestorm of outrage last week after making anti-gay remarks during an interview with GQ magazine.
He also said black men in Louisiana during the Jim Crow era weren’t “singing the blues” and were “godly” and “happy”.
“It got a little out of hand,” the source told the magazine.
“Phil has never been disrespectful to anyone and treats everyone with kindness. He made some comments off the cuff that he shouldn’t have made, and he knows that.”
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As Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson was reinstated on the show Friday following his suspension over anti-gay comments, fans and foes of the move made their views known.
Advocacy group Faith Driven Consumer, which campaigned vigorously that Phil Robertson’s suspension be dropped, issued this statement: “Today’s decision by A&E to reinstate Phil Robertson to Duck Dynasty is in direct response to the powerful and engaged voices of millions of Faith Driven Consumers, as highlighted by more than 260,000 signers of the IStandWithPhil.com petition.
“However, the question remains, has the Faith Driven Consumer community truly been heard?
Phil Robertson was reinstated on Duck Dynasty reality show
“Despite our celebration, we remain uncertain of A&E’s true intent. Today, in the network’s statement of their core values – centered on <<creativity, inclusion, and mutual respect>> – Faith Driven Consumers are left wondering whether A&E considers us to be a part of America’s rich rainbow of diversity. Do they also now embrace the biblically based values and world view held by the Robertson family and millions of Faith Driven Consumers?”
GLAAD, the advocacy group whose vocal condemnation of Phil Robertson’s controversial comments to GQ magazine contributed to A&E’s decision to suspend him, warned both the network and its reality star that they were none too pleased, and would be watching carefully the show’s next steps.
“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,” GLAAD 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.”
Duck Dynasty reality show is a huge money making enterprise for A&E which is co-owned by Walt Disney Co. and Hearst Corp.
According to Forbes magazine, Duck Dynasty has generated $400 million in merchandise sales and $80 million in ad sales for the first nine months of this year.
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A&E has announced today that Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson can continue with the reality show despite his anti-gay comments in GQ magazine interview.
The network is reversing its suspension of Phil Robertson, which was imposed last week after his inflammatory comments about gay and black people made. The network’s decision clears the way for the entire Robertson family to resume filming the highly lucrative program this spring.
“While Phil’s comments made in the interview reflect his personal views based on his own beliefs, and his own personal journey, he and his family have publicly stated they regret the <<coarse language>> he used and the misinterpretation of his core belief based solely on the article,” A&E executives said in a statement.
“But ‘Duck Dynasty’ is not a show about one man’s views. It resonates with a large audience because it is a show about family … a family that America has come to love.”
Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson can continue with the reality show despite his anti-gay comments
The network said it consulted with “numerous advocacy groups” and would soon air public service announcements that would promote “unity, tolerance and acceptance”.
A&E executives did not make themselves available for media interviews and it was not known whether any of the Duck Dynasty stars would participate in the announcements.
Before the holidays, the furor surrounding Duck Dynasty reality show exposed wide political and social rifts in the country and stocked cable news programs for days. Conservative commentators argued that Phil Robertson was being punished for exercising his right to free speech and adhering to his Christian principles. A Christian group called Faith Driven Consumers collected more than 250,000 signatures in an online petition that demanded that A&E reinstate Phil Robertson.
On Friday, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, one of many conservatives to speak out in support of the TV family after the suspension, said he was pleased with the network’s about-face.
“I am glad to hear that the folks at A&E came to their senses and recognized that tolerance of religious views is more important than political correctness,” Bobby Jindal said in a statement.
“Today is a good day for the freedoms of speech and religious liberty.”
GLAAD officials released a statement Friday evening but would not comment on whether the gay rights group had participated in talks with the network about its decision to bring back Phil Robertson.
“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. 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,” GLAAD said.
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Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson gave his wife Miss Kay a special Christmas present – a wedding ring.
“After 50 years of marriage Papaw Phil finally gave Mamaw Kay a wedding ring for Christmas ??” their granddaughter Sadie Robertson tweeted.
Phil Robertson gifted Miss Kay a wedding ring as a Christmas present
Phil Robertson, 67, gifted Miss Kay a wedding ring as a Christmas present – the first such band she’s apparently gotten from her husband since they were married in 1966.
A&E Networks executives are privately acknowledging they could have better camouflaged the indefinite suspension of Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson, according to RadarOnline.
“Network bosses now recognize they should have just taken the show off the air for two weeks, since reruns were just airing anyway,” the insider said.
A&E Networks executives are privately acknowledging they could have better camouflaged the indefinite suspension of Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson
“The fallout wouldn’t have been strong and everyone could have just moved on.”
Instead of blacking out the show, which draws about 12 million viewers per episode, A&E has scheduled a Duck Dynasty marathon in which 25 consecutive episodes will air beginning at 3:30 p.m. Christmas Day.
Civil rights activist and Baptist minister Jesse Jackson Sr. has jumped into the controversy surrounding anti-gay comments made by Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson.
Jesse Jackson Sr. compared Phil Robertson’s recent comments about African-Americans, gay people and women to comments made by the driver of Rosa Parks’ bus.
“At least the bus driver, who ordered Rosa Parks to surrender her seat to a white person, was following state law,” he said in a press release.
“Robertson’s statements were uttered freely and openly without cover of the law, within a context of what he seemed to believe was <<white privilege>>.”
Jesse Jackson Sr. has jumped into the controversy surrounding anti-gay comments made by Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson
Jesse Jackson’s human rights group, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, has demanded meetings with A&E and with Cracker Barrel regarding the two companies’ treatment of Phil Robertson.
His group, along with LGBT group GLAAD and the National Organization for Women, urged A&E to keep Phil Robertson on an indefinite hiatus from the show, which the network started following the star’s comments in GQ magazine.
Cracker Barrel removed Duck Dynasty items from its shelves and then put them back Sunday after customers protested, according to a Cracker Barrel news release.
Jesse Jackson Sr. and the leaders of the other groups are demanding a sit-down meeting with Cracker Barrel and A&E in the next couple of days.
“It is unacceptable that a personality who has been given such a large platform would benefit from racist and anti-gay comments,” Jesse Jackson Sr. said in the release.
Twitter apologized for mistakenly blocking IStandWithPhil.com and restored pro-Phil Robertson users’ ability to link to the website.
Phil Robertson’s supporters had accused Twitter of censoring the site, which hosts a petition for reinstating him in Duck Dynasty show that has received 200,000 signatures.
Those who tried to link to IStandWithPhil.com on Monday received a message saying: “Oops! A URL in your Tweet appears to link to a page that has spammy or unsafe content.”
Twitter later lifted the block.
Twitter apologized for mistakenly blocking IStandWithPhil.com and restored pro-Phil Robertson users’ ability to link to the website
“The URL IStandWithPhil.com was mistakenly flagged as spam tonight, by an outside organization that tracks spam sources. We have restored access and apologize for the error,” Twitter said in a statement to news site Marketing Land.
Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson was suspended from his A&E show last week after making anti-gay remarks in an interview with GQ magazine.
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Although A&E suspended Phil Robertson from future episodes of Duck Dynasty last week, the network is still welcoming him home for holidays.
A&E Networks is celebrating Christmas with a staggering 25 consecutive episodes of Duck Dynasty, beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Christmas Day and running until the wee hours of December 26.
A&E Networks is celebrating Christmas with a staggering 25 consecutive episodes of Duck Dynasty
According to the schedule on the networks website, the Robertson family will take over the channel until 4 a.m., and then paid programming – meaning infomercials – will kick in.
Phil Robertson, 67, will not be left out of the Christmas Day airings as he is a key character in plenty of the episodes scheduled to air, including Quack-O-Lantern and Drag me to Glory.
The Duck Dynasty patriarch came under fire last week when GQ magazine published his anti-gay comments. He was subsequently suspended from the series indefinitely, and the family has stated they are hesitant to continue with the show if Phil will not be part of it.
Duck Dynasty Season 5 will premiere on January 15 and Phil Robertson is slated to appear in several episodes that have already been filmed.
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People tweeting IStandWithPhil.com, the website created in support Duck Dynasty ’s Phil Robertson, have been blocked by Twitter.
It appears that those who type IStandWithPhil.com receive the following message: “Oops! A URL in your Tweet appears to link to a page that has spammy or unsafe content.”
The Christian group Faith Driven Consumer, which is behind the IStandWithPhil.com page, said a petition at the site has yielded 200,000 signatures in less than four days.
The group said Twitter has also shut down two other pro-Phil Robertson social media accounts.
Twitter has blocked people from tweeting IStandWithPhil
“Despite Twitter’s shut down of iStandWithPhil.com, we are surging through 200,000 supporters. In recent days, iStandWithPhil.com is among the top trending hash tags on Twitter,” said Chris Stone, founder of the group.
“We’re encouraging supporters to be heard, Tweet the @support or @twitter account, and use their other means of communication to get iStandWithPhil.com back online.”
The group notes that a Google page diagnostic of the site indicates it “is not currently listed as suspicious” and that “this has not hosted malicious software over the past 90 days”.
When it complained to Twitter, the group said, it received a boilerplate message saying Twitter “has systems that blocks [sic] the posting of suspected harmful URLs in order to make Twitter safer and more secure for our users. … Even if Google’s diagnostic report of the URL is clean, we may decide to continue blocking the URL on Twitter as potentially harmful”.
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Sarah Palin’s daughter, Bristol Palin, entered the Duck Dynasty controversy saying that gay activists are “hypocritical” to take offense at Phil Robertson’s remarks.
“I think it’s so hypocritical how the LGBT community expects every single flippen person to agree with their life style,” Bristol Palin said in a blog post.
“I hate how the LGBT community says it’s all about <<love>> and <<equality>>,” she continued.
Bristol Palin entered the Duck Dynasty controversy saying that gay activists are “hypocritical” to take offense at Phil Robertson’s remarks
“However, if you don’t agree with their lifestyle, they spread the most hate. It is so hypocritical it makes my stomach turn. They need to learn how to respect others’ opinions and not just jump to the conclusion that everyone who doesn’t support homos**uality and gay marriage is homophobic.”
Bristol Palin has denied in the past that she is herself “a homophobic.”
“I like gays,” she said in July 2012.
“I’m not a homophobic and I’m so sick of people saying that. Just because I’m for traditional marriage doesn’t really mean I’m scared or anything of anyone else, and I don’t hate anybody.”
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Louisiana’s Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne says Duck Dynasty reality show is important to state tourism and he could help connect the Robertson family with new producers if they cannot reach agreement with A&E Networks.
A&E Networks suspended Phil Robertson last week over anti-gay remarks during GQ magazine interview.
“Regardless of one’s views on Phil Robertson’s statements, Duck Dynasty has been an important representation of the state of Louisiana, inspiring prospective visitors and investors since its debut,” Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne said in a statement emailed Saturday.
Duck Dynasty is produced around the Robertson family’s home base in Ouachita Parish. KNOE-TV of Monroe reported in February that the show was bringing people from around the country who wouldn’t otherwise stop in northeast Louisiana. The Duck Commander warehouse has become a tourist attraction, said Alana Cooper, director of the Monroe-West Monroe Visitors and Convention Bureau.
A&E Networks suspended Phil Robertson last week over anti-gay remarks during GQ magazine interview
Jay Dardenne, whose job includes running the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, said the audience of tens of millions is eager to visit Louisiana.
“If the Robertson family cannot come to an agreement with A&E and wants to continue the show, Louisiana already has the infrastructure in place to maintain their record-breaking program,” he wrote.
Jay Dardenne, who authored the state’s film and TV tax credit program, said he would use his influence in the state’s industry to help the Robertsons.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said Thursday that everyone is entitled to express their opinions.
More than 1.7 million fans have liked an impromptu Facebook page titled Boycott A&E Until Phil Robertson Is Put Back On Duck Dynasty – one of numerous pages with similar names, though none of the others has even 1 percent as many “Likes”.
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Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson broke his silence after the controversial interview with GQ magazine and subsequent suspension from the A&E’s reality show.
Phil Robertson, 67, said during a Bible study group in West Monroe, Louisiana, on December 22: “I will not give or back off from my path.”
“We are a bunch of rednecks from Louisiana, but I am not uneducated. I have a degree from Louisiana Tech. But this week I have been called an ignoramus,” Phil Robertson shared with the group, as reported by The Daily Mail.
Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson broke his silence after the controversial interview with GQ magazine and subsequent suspension from the A&E’s reality show
“This week I have been asked, <<Is this the first time you have brought up sin?>>” the Duck Commander recalled during the religious meeting.
“I said, <<Are you kidding? I have been traveling to and for spreading this message>>. Then he said, <<Well, do you invite yourself to go and get your Bible and tell people what you are now sharing with us?>> I said, <<No, they are inviting me>>.”
The Robertson family patriarch added: “I love all men and women. I am a lover of humanity, not a hater.”
He then led the group in prayer and shared: “I will not give or back off from my path because you conquered death, Father, so we are not worried about all the repercussions.”
Phil Robertson made no direct mention of A&E Networks, which placed him on hiatus from filming “indefinitely”.
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