Jindal issued a statement Thursday that suggested Robertson’s remarks should have been respected under the First Amendment and that they were less objectionable than the behavior of pop star Miley Cyrus.
“Phil Robertson and his family are great citizens of the State of Louisiana. 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,” Jindal said. “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.”
I really wish PBJ had someone on his staff who could write at above the 4th grade level draft his statements. Of course, it has to be at that level for most Robertson fans to understand. I wonder what “Bobby” thinks about this overlooked quote about the “good old days” in the Gret Stet:
I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once. 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.
That makes me want to sing Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dahand watch a bootleg copy of Song Of The South. Or maybe I should watch Gone With The Wind and find the bit where Ashley Wilkes reminisces about the happy darkies singing in their palatial cabins…
I’m never surprised when Southern whites of a certain age talk about the good old days before desegregation: I’ve heard it before and will hear it again, alas. It’s part of their genetic code. At least you can say that Phil Robertson is an equal opportunity hater.
PBJ won’t be the only one defending Phil Robertson based on his First Amendment right to be an idiot. We’ll be hearing a lot of that in the coming days, but Robertson’s OTT bigotry is bad for business, which is why A&E has suspended the bearded bozo. How long it will last, nobody knows but for now A&E is ducking and covering…
I’ll give Ray Davies the last word. Quack: