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Remarks about gays prompt suspension of ‘Duck Dynasty’ star

By Holly Yan and Dana Ford, CNN
Thu December 19, 2013
 
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Phil Robertson has been suspended “indefinitely” from A&E’s “Duck Dynasty”
  • Sinful behavior can start with homosexuality and morph into things like bestiality, he tells GQ
  • He also says black people he saw in pre-civil rights Louisiana were “singing and happy”
  • Several websites are calling for Robertson’s return, while other groups denounce his comments
 

(CNN) — Is this man simply expressing his beliefs or spewing bigotry?

Either way, Phil Robertson, the patriarch in A&E’s “Duck Dynasty,” won’t be duck calling on air anytime soon. The network suspended him after he made controversial remarks about gays in a magazine interview.

In the January issue of GQ, Robertson says homosexuality is a sin and puts it in the same category as bestiality and promiscuity.

“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,” he’s quoted as saying.

“Duck Dynasty” star on homosexuality

Ben Ferguson: I’d fire Phil Robertson

Lemon: Comments are deeply offensive

When asked what he thought was sinful, Robertson replied: “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.”

But homosexuals aren’t alone, Robertson said. “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.”

A&E said it was troubled by Robertson’s statements.

“We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty,” the network said in a statement Wednesday. “His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”

In addition to his comments about homosexuality, Robertson also spoke about race and growing up in Louisiana before the civil rights era.

“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once,” he told GQ. “Where we lived was all farmers. 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!

“Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues,” GQ quoted Robertson as saying.

Outrage and support

The NAACP and the Human Rights Campaign wrote a joint letter to the president of A&E expressing “outrage and deep concern about the recent racist, homophobic, and ill-informed remarks made by Phil Robertson.”

“Mr. Robertson claims that, from what he saw, African Americans were happier under Jim Crow. What he didn’t see were lynching and beatings of black men and women for attempting to vote or simply walking down the street,” the letter states.

“And his offensive claims about gay people fly in the face of science. In fact, it’s important to note that every single leading medical organization in the country has said that there is absolutely nothing wrong with being LGBT — it’s not a choice, and to suggest otherwise is dangerous.”

But by early Thursday morning, more than 19,000 people had signed a change.org petition calling for A&E to bring Robertson back.

“Homosexuals have their convictions and Christians respect them,” the organizer of the petition wrote. “There is a difference between respecting someone rights to exercise free will and imposing on others what we believe. Phil has done nothing more than state what he believes in. Just because homosexuals do not agree, does not mean Mr. Robertson needs to be suspended.”

Similarly, the Facebook page “Bring Back Phil Robertson” had more than 35,000 “likes” by early Thursday morning.

Robertson responded to the brouhaha in a statement late Wednesday.

“I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me,” he said. “We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity.”

“Duck Dynasty” follows a Louisiana bayou family that has “made a fortune on duck calls,” as A&E puts it.

Robertson founded the Duck Commander company, “which sold a line of custom-made duck-hunting calls that quickly became popular among avid hunters for their uncanny accuracy in replicating the sound of a real duck,” the GQ article states. Videos of his family’s duck hunts led to a show on the Outdoor Channel and eventually A&E, the article says.

Season 5 of is set to premiere on January 15. According to A&E, its fourth season premiere in August drew nearly 12 million viewers to become the No. 1 nonfiction series telecast in cable history.

One Of The NFL’s Best Teams Is Going To Miss The Playoffs Because Of The Archaic Division Format

One Of The NFL’s Best Teams Is Going To Miss The Playoffs Because Of The Archaic Division Format

No matter what happens in the final two weeks of the regular season, one of the best teams in the NFL is going to miss the playoffs thanks to the archaic playoff system still used by the league.

As it stands right now, the five best teams in the NFC, based on both record and point differential, all come from either the NFC South (Saints, Panthers) or the NFC West (Seahawks, 49ers, Cardinals) divisions.

But because of the four-division structure of the conferences, only four of those teams can make the playoffs.

As a result, there is a very good chance that one team in the NFC will go 11-5 and miss the playoffs. And that would most likely be either the Arizona Cardinals or the Carolina Panthers.

Even if the Cardinals win their final two games to go 11-5, they would still be in third place in the NFC West as they would lose the tie-breaker to the 49ers (division record). At that point, Arizona’s only hope would be that the Carolina Panthers would lose one of their final two games*.

If the Cardinals and Panthers finish tied, Arizona would win the tie-breaker (head-to-head record) and the Panthers would miss the playoffs despite being 11-5.

Leagues still want to reward teams that win their divisions. But that is silly when NFL teams only play a little more than one-third of their schedule (6 of 16 games) against divisional foes and good teams are not making the playoffs.

* There is also a possibility that Carolina, Arizona, and New Orleans would all finish 11-5. Arizona would lose the tie-breaker in that scenario as Carolina would win the divisional tie-breaker in the NFC South and New Orleans would then win the Wild Card tie-breaker over the Cardinals (head-to-head).

The current NFC standings:

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/nfl-division-format-playoffs-2013-12#ixzz2nkPbUdA0

Edward Snowden’s Open Letter To The People Of Brazil

Edward Snowden’s Open Letter To The People Of Brazil

On Tuesday morning, the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper in Brazil posted the following “open letter to the people of Brazil” from Edward Snowden.

 

On Tuesday morning, the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper in Brazil posted the following " open letter to the people of Brazil " from Edward Snowden.

The Guardian / Reuters

In the letter, Snowden says he’s been impressed by the Brazilian government’s criticism of the massive National Security Agency.

This is the English version of the letter in full:

“An open letter to the people of Brazil, from Edward Snowden

Six months ago, I stepped out from the shadows of the United States Government’s National Security Agency to stand in front of a journalist’s camera. I shared with the world evidence proving some governments are building a world-wide surveillance system to secretly track how we live, who we talk to, and what we say. I went in front of that camera with open eyes, knowing that the decision would cost me family and my home, and would risk my life. I was motivated by a belief that the citizens of the world deserve to understand the system in which they live.

My greatest fear was that no one would listen to my warning. Never have I been so glad to have been so wrong. The reaction in certain countries has been particularly inspiring to me, and Brazil is certainly one of those.

At the NSA, I witnessed with growing alarm the surveillance of whole populations without any suspicion of wrongdoing, and it threatens to become the greatest human rights challenge of our time. The NSA and other spying agencies tell us that for our own “safety”—for Dilma’s “safety,” for Petrobras’ “safety”—they have revoked our right to privacy and broken into our lives. And they did it without asking the public in any country, even their own.

Today, if you carry a cell phone in Sao Paolo, the NSA can and does keep track of your location: they do this 5 billion times a day to people around the world. When someone in Florianopolis visits a website, the NSA keeps a record of when it happened and what you did there. If a mother in Porto Alegre calls her son to wish him luck on his university exam, NSA can keep that call log for five years or more. They even keep track of who is having an affair or looking at pornography, in case they need to damage their target’s reputation.

American Senators tell us that Brazil should not worry, because this is not “surveillance,” it’s “data collection.” They say it is done to keep you safe. They’re wrong. There is a huge difference between legal programs, legitimate spying, legitimate law enforcement — where individuals are targeted based on a reasonable, individualized suspicion — and these programs of dragnet mass surveillance that put entire populations under an all-seeing eye and save copies forever. These programs were never about terrorism: they’re about economic spying, social control, and diplomatic manipulation. They’re about power.

Many Brazilian senators agree, and have asked for my assistance with their investigations of suspected crimes against Brazilian citizens. I have expressed my willingness to assist wherever appropriate and lawful, but unfortunately the United States government has worked very hard to limit my ability to do so — going so far as to force down the Presidential Plane of Evo Morales to prevent me from traveling to Latin America! Until a country grants permanent political asylum, the US government will continue to interfere with my ability to speak.

Six months ago, I revealed that the NSA wanted to listen to the whole world. Now, the whole world is listening back, and speaking out, too. And the NSA doesn’t like what it’s hearing. The culture of indiscriminate worldwide surveillance, exposed to public debates and real investigations on every continent, is collapsing. Only three weeks ago, Brazil led the United Nations Human Rights Committee to recognize for the first time in history that privacy does not stop where the digital network starts, and that the mass surveillance of innocents is a violation of human rights.

The tide has turned, and we can finally see a future where we can enjoy security without sacrificing our privacy. Our rights cannot be limited by a secret organization, and American officials should never decide the freedoms of Brazilian citizens. Even the defenders of mass surveillance, those who may not be persuaded that our surveillance technologies have dangerously outpaced democratic controls, now agree that in democracies, surveillance of the public must be debated by the public.

My act of conscience began with a statement: “I don’t want to live in a world where everything that I say, everything I do, everyone I talk to, every expression of creativity or love or friendship is recorded. That’s not something I’m willing to support, it’s not something I’m willing to build, and it’s not something I’m willing to live under.”

Days later, I was told my government had made me stateless and wanted to imprison me. The price for my speech was my passport, but I would pay it again: I will not be the one to ignore criminality for the sake of political comfort. I would rather be without a state than without a voice.

If Brazil hears only one thing from me, let it be this: when all of us band together against injustices and in defense of privacy and basic human rights, we can defend ourselves from even the most powerful systems.”

Charlie to Denise Get Ready for a HUGE PAY CUT!

Charlie to Denise Get Ready for a HUGE PAY CUT!

12/17/2013 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Charlie Sheen
vows to hit Denise Richards where it really hurts — in the child support department, because he says he’s going to court to get a judge to slash the amount she gets.

Charlie is telling friends … a judge has NEVER signed off on his current child support agreement with Denise — it was all agreed to privately.

Denise currently gets $55,000 a month in support for their 2 kids.  He’s enraged that he’s been so generous, and not just with child support.  Charlie says he shelled out $9 million for the home he bought for her — specifically so their 2 girls could be close to him.

So Charlie is telling his buddies … Denise is epically ungrateful because he says she’s denying him the right to have XMAS morning with the girls.  He says she’s actually taken away the girls’ phones so they can’t call him.

So Charlie’s going to court.  Not only does he want child support reduced, he wants the judge to establish his iron-clad right to see his kids on specific holidays.

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Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2013/12/17/charlie-sheen-denise-richards-child-support-judge-daughters/#ixzz2nkLF64Ht

The Best And Worst Moments Of The 2013 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

Because no one wants to see Taylor Swift flail about like a crazy person when models are involved. posted on December 11, 2013 at 8:53am EST

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The Best And Worst Moments Of The 2013 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

BEST: When Candice opened the show with the million dollar bra.

The Best And Worst Moments Of The 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

Bold move VS.

Oh yeah and Fall Out Boy was casually there too.

Oh yeah and Fall Out Boy was casually there too.

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Seriously pulling off that kilt Pete Wentz…

WORST: When Cara Delevingne wore this…

WORST: When Cara Delevingne wore this...

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Is this supposed to be like a sexy fairy butterfly? Very confused…

And did this…

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Are you trying to give a high-five or are you having a seizure? I’m concerned.

BEST: When Adriana opened “Parisian Nights” like this…

BEST: When Adriana opened "Parisian Nights" like this...

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Just giving us a second to prepare for what was about to happen….

And gave us THESE bedroom eyes.

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Does this ever NOT work for her?

BEST: When Candice pulled of this turn

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Be more of a flawless human.

WORST: When Taylor Swift came out wearing this…

WORST: When Taylor Swift came out wearing this...

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THE HAT. oh the horror.

And blew this kiss…

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You’re not an angel. Just stop.

BEST: When Adam Levine was the most supportive fiancé ever.

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Like EVER.

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*SWOON*

WORST: The entire PINK theme

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Tweens + emoticons + lingerie…something is just not adding up.

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Just remember that DADS watch this show.

I’m sorry but WHO is “Neon Jungle?”

I'm sorry but WHO is "Neon Jungle?"

Was the Spice Girl tribute band unavailable or something?

BEST: When Alessandra and Pete Wentz walked in perfect harmony.

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Well, she’s a perfect human.

WORST: ALL of Taylor Swift’s dance moves.

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Girlfriend needs to cool it with the arm flails and head jerks.

DO.LESS.

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LIKE SO MUCH LESS.

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PLEASE STOP TOUCHING THE MODELS.

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BEST: Doutzen being fierce.

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WORST: Cara making this face…

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This isn’t cute.

and when she did this…

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Stop trying to make Cara happen, she’s not going to happen.

BEST: When Karlie pulled of this body suit.

BEST: When Karlie pulled of this body suit.

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Karlie might be a rando, but girl can rock a body suit.

BEST: When Lily somehow managed to rock this grunge look…

BEST: When Lily somehow managed to rock this grunge look...

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Only you, Lil. Only you.

The.Most.Fierce.

The Best And Worst Moments Of The 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

WORST: When Lindsay’s “Birds of Paradise” outfit became all to real…

WORST: When Lindsay's "Birds of Paradise" outfit became all to real...

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BEST: When Lily was a perfect “Snow Bunny.”

BEST: When Lily was a perfect "Snow Bunny."

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BEST: And so was Adriana.

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TOO FABOOSH.

WORST: A Great Big World….

WORST: A Great Big World....

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Austin Powers, get off the VS stage.

BEST: When Izabel Goulart stopped time and space with this kiss.

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WORST: This outfit…

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I’m sorry but how does this translate to “British Invasion?”

BEST: When Alessandra was an ACTUAL angel.

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BEST: When four of the most perfect humans were in this shot together…

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The wink.

WORST: When Taylor Swift was annoying about getting in the group picture.

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“OMG you want me in it?”

Classic Taylor…

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BEST: The VS Holiday Commercial

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WORST: When Taylor and Cara couldn’t stop slapping each other’s ass…

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Somewhere in the world Harry Styles is not impressed.

And the craziest ex-girlfriend awards go to….

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BEST: When Lais didn’t fall…this time…

BEST: When Lais didn't fall...this time...

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“If I fall again, I will use my wings to fly.” Preach.

WORK BITCH.

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WORST: Taylor Swift’s bangs.

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BEST: When Behati did this…

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And Adam did this…

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I. CAN’T.

WORST: When it was over.

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NEVER FORGET.

NEVER FORGET.

Ex-Napster COO Killed In Cycling Crash Struck By Cop Car

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Ex-Napster COO

Killed In Cycling Crash

Struck By Cop Car

12/9/2013 6:27 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

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The former COO of Napster was killed Sunday during a bike ride in L.A. when he was struck by a Sheriff’s patrol car on Mulholland Highway.

65-year-old Milton Olin Jr. — who worked at the famous music-sharing site from 2000 to 2002 — was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash occurred around 1pm and witnesses say Olin was in the bike lane when he was struck.

As for the Sheriff’s deputy — he was hospitalized for cuts to his face and eye stemming from shattered glass from the windshield of the patrol car.

Cops are investigating — and so far, officials say neither drugs nor alcohol appear to be involved.