Anyone with a profile on social media, access to a computer, television or newspaper knows that a man named Phil Robertson recently made some ignorant comments about homosexuality. I tried to ignore it. I had never heard of Phil Robertson or the show he was affiliated with. Frankly, it sounds mind-numbingly stupid. I looked it up and confirmed that it is, in fact, incredibly stupid and I don’t know why anyone would watch it. It’s quite literally a show about a guy who made a duck call back in the 1970s. Who cares?
Robertson used his celebrity to espouse his opinions about homosexuality in the January 2014 issue of GQ, an honor he was clearly undeserving of to begin with. Robertson cited his Christianity as the reason for his ignorance about gay people, claiming that the homosexual lifestyle was sinful. Okay, Phil, your God has clearly expressed his disdain for homosexuals, but to say that being gay is “not right” and “not logical” is about as logical as a guy who has a show on TV about making duck calls. I don’t care how many people watch the show. It doesn’t change the fact that it’s stupid.
Let’s be clear, I’m not a proponent of censorship. However, the first amendment protects free speech, but it does not protect stupidity, and for good reason. You can say whatever you want. I can write whatever I want about it. In the end, there could still be a price to pay. Robertson went on record as a bigot. He lost his job for it because his employer’s reputation and business is at stake as a result of his expression of intolerance and hatred toward an entire population of people. That's the great thing about freedom. When your exercise of freedom is damaging to the freedom of another, you can face repercussions. Freedom is a two-way street. Robertson did not lose his citizenship. He didn’t even get arrested. Why, you ask? Because free speech is alive and well and Robertson, stupid as he is, did not break the law. So why the outcry from conservatives? Because it’s Thursday and the sun came up this morning. If it weren’t for stifling progress, conservatives would have nothing to do. It’s the lifeblood of their existence. Without their bitter hatred for everything, they would cease to exist altogether.