People across the United States are supporting Phil Robertson, the “Duck Dynasty” star, after his suspension from the show.
“Phil Robertson and his family are great citizens of the State of Louisiana,” Lousiana Governor Bobby Jindal said in a statement. “The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with. I don’t agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV. In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive. But I also acknowledge that this is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views. In fact, I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment. It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended.”
Sarah Palin and other conservatives have also voiced their support.
“Free speech is endangered species; those ‘intolerants’ hatin’ & taking on Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing personal opinion take on us all,” she said via Twitter.
Others have called for boycotts of A&E and of Hearst publications and television stations, using the hashtag #IStandWithPhil on Twitter.
A Facebook page “Stand with Phil Robertson” has quickly gotten over 629,000 likes. The page includes a phone number at A&E, and urges people to call the network to protest.
Conservative commentator Glenn Beck also said that if A&E doesn’t want to keep the show, then his Blaze television network would host it.