Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the popular A&E TV show Duck Dynasty, was dissed by civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, following his homophobic rant in GQ Magazine. Jackson says Robertson’s rant was more offensive than what the bus driver during Rosa Parks’ moment in history said to her.
According to a report from TMZ, Jackson is outraged by Robertson’s remarks.
“These statements uttered by Robertson are more offensive than the bus driver in Montgomery, Alabama, more than 59 years ago,” Jesse Jackson said. “At least the bus driver, who ordered Rosa Parks to surrender her seat to a white person, was following state law. 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.'”
Jackson is demanding to meet with both A&E, the network that produces Duck Dynasty, as well as Cracker Barrel, the restaurant and gift shop chain that refuses to discontinue selling Duck Dynasty products, immediately. He is urging A&E to uphold their suspension of Phil Robertson from the hit TV show.
While it’s unclear what A&E will decide to do with regard to Robertson and Duck Dynasty, it’s intriguing to see Jesse Jackson acting within a different facet of civil rights. It will certainly be interesting to see what–if any–impact he has with the network or anyone else involved in this situation.
Do you think A&E and Cracker Barrell will honor Jesse Jackson’s demands for a meeting?
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