Phil Robertson became a national figure two weeks ago when his comments against gays and civil rights became public. A&E suspended him, then rescinded the suspension before it mattered even one bit— perhaps to drive sales of merchandise during Christmas.
In his wake three more people were named Asshole of the Day for their ridiculous responses:
Ian Bayne, for calling Phil Robertson the “Rosa Parks of our generation”
Geraldo Rivera, for excusing the use of any slur if it was used when he was growing up, regardless of how mean or hurtful
Sarah Palin, for defending Phil Robertson’s comments without actually reading his comments
And now more comments have come out. These ones saying girls should be able to cook, carry a Bible, and marry at age 15. Really.
“Make sure that she can cook a meal, you need to eat some meals that she cooks, check that out,” he said. “Make sure she carries her Bible. That’ll save you a lot of trouble down the road. And if she picks your ducks, now, that’s a woman.”
“They got to where they’re getting hard to find,” Robertson remarked. “Mainly because these boys are waiting until they get to be about 20 years old before they marry ‘em. Look, you wait until they get to be 20 years old, the only picking that’s going to take place is your pocket.”
The Duck Commander company founder added: “You got to marry these girls when they are about 15 or 16, they’ll pick your ducks. You need to check with mom and dad about that of course.”
For a man who professes to love like it says to in the Bible, he really doesn’t seem to understand Jesus’s commandment to do unto others as you would have them do unto you, unless he thinks it’s fine for one of his granddaughters to get married to an older man at 15 and be relegated to cooking. Or is he one of those assholes like Rob Portman who opposes gay marriage until it turns out his son is gay? In this case he’d change his mind if it’s HIS 15-year-old relative. In any event, I’m tired of bigots and sexists hiding their prejudice behind the Bible. Time for assholes like this to accept that they live in the modern world and deal with it.
It is Phil Robertson’s 2nd time being named Asshole of the Day. His previous win was for his anti-gay and racist comments to GQ magazine.