Governor PBJ stuck his finger in the air and decided to support the bearded bigot:

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:

6 thoughts on “Predictable

  1. “The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with.”
    Says someone who’s anti-choice, anti-divorce, who insists on overt displays of Protestant Christianity in public places, and demands the right to push fake science like “intelligent design.”
    Oh, and let’s not forget Booby insisting the Jena scandal was overblown by “outside agitators.” Yeah, I’m sure all would’ve been fixed without the large outcry from all over the country…

  2. You know you are in trouble when any 4th grade student has a better understanding of the Bill of Rights than the governor of a state.

  3. I’m waiting for David Vitter to chime in on this one. Should be worth a snigger or two.
    But, I’m still amazed at this continual conflation of the First Amendment and commercial speech–which certainly goes back to Laura Ingraham getting on her high and bigoted hobby horse. Most advertisers (well, except for the handful still showing up on Limbaugh’s show)don’t like being associated with controversy, and if producers can’t keep advertisers, nobody makes any money, which, if I’m not mistaken, is the whole fucking point of commercial programming.
    Let’s not forget that these selfsame rabid defenders of free speech hounded Dan Rather out of the business for a story that was true, even if his source was set up.
    There are still morons in this country–and I include PBJ in that estimation–who think that only right-wing dickheads deserve to be heard.

  4. I’m old enough to remember when being a jerk on TV wasn’t a winning stratagery.

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