Let's give the topic a different issue. Say it is politically correct to believe everyone should carry a gun. Would it be right (right, not legal) would it be fair if any time you sated your opinion publicly you lost your job or were blackballed? Or if you lived back in the day that it was not politically correct to believe in interracial marriage, speaking up against it or believing it could get make you loose your job and really cramp your future. Right now public opinion is on your side with this issue, but do you really want it to be that any time you have a non politically correct opinion you are black balled? Because there is going to come a time when you have an opinion that is not politically correct.
Say I was against guns (and I pretty much am) and I was working as a salesperson for a gun manufacturer (say Smith and Wesson) and I go around saying how dangerous they can be. S&W has every right to fire me for hurting their business. A&E feels this hurts their business.
I can't say whatever I want at work. It's my opinion that some of the people I deal with are snotty jerks but if I said that to them I would be, at the very least, written up if not fired. It's not without repercussions.
Mom to Elizabeth (6) and Corinne (4)
Have any of you read the full article?
I was offended by what he said at first until our friends from church brought over the actual article, and then explained why they are not offended (they are a gay couple) Still not sure how I feel about what he said, his manner of speech is hard to understand anyways, and this article is a little all over the place. I will say for sure that the media has copied and pasted the quotes out of context.
Molly, Morgan, Mia and Carson
I knew I'd find this topic here!
Here's what I think: I think the whole reason they hired him, the reason that show is successful, is because of who the Robertsons are. His views can not possibly be a surprise to A&E. The Robertsons are speaking and preaching in churches all over the country these days.
They can't fire him anyway, he's a member of the family and THEY'RE not firing him. So how are they going to shoot around that? It's his home!
And bottom line, all A&E had to do was to hold tight to their cash cow and distance themselves not from him, but from his opinion. They can tell the world that they think he's wrong and that they don't agree, and they can keep those views off the air. But all this uproar is silly and they way overreacted. Who is surprised by this opinion? They're billionaire rednecks, that's how the show is billed.
So I think it was silly of them to claim that he's suspended from filming, he's all over the new season anyway. It doesn't mean anything. By the time the new season airs (after the one coming that's already shot & edited) this will have died down.
Bad choice of a reaction. Dumb business move. These guys are making a ridiculous amount of money for that network and the reason they're popular is precisely because of who they are!
eta: When I first began supporting gay marriage, the majority of Americans were against it. It's not about what is popular or "politically correct." It's about what is right.
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However, the people will be the ones who decide because they either will continue to watch the show or they will not in this situation. I do not however, think there is a difference between being fired for saying you believe homosexuality is wrong and being fired for saying you do not believe in Christianity. Both are being fired for a belief.
He did say some really awful things and the smart thing for A&E to do is to distance themselves from his opinions, clearly and strongly. But he's a redneck hick! That's his thing! Of course he is bigoted when it comes to homosexuality. He said ridiculous things about black people too! (I figured the Jews were next but it didn't come up.) He's not a sophisticated person. That's why he's so popular. Still, people relate to his family because they really are a loving group who care about each other and are who they are, no matter how silly the plots of the show get. Again, I don't understand how A&E could have been surprised by any of this. I used to work there and they all knew he was a hick.