As you all know by now, Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson made some remarks about religion and sin in a published article in GQ Magazine (January 2014).
“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,” he tells reporter Drew Magary. “Don’t be deceived. 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.”
As a result, A&E suspended Robertson indefinitely. The rest of the Dynasty retorted by saying they may not be returning either. Lots are outraged, many are happy. Many are spouting “Freedom of Speech”. But here’s something nobody has approached:
It’s the obvious strategy by GQ and parent company Conde Nast. Let me break it down for you:
GQ is owned by publishing conglomerate Conde Nast. A&E is part-owned by another publisher, Hearst Corporation. These two houses are direct competitors.
Think Montagues and Capulets. Or Starks and Baratheons. They are competitors.
Conde Nast knew FULL WELL that publishing an article that puts a face of A&E into a not-so-flattering light would have backlash. Not on them, but on their competitor. And that would affect Hearst financially – just look at your Facebook feed and see how many are boycotting A&E. By the way, if you are boycotting A&E, you may as well boycott Disney and NBC because they or the other owners of the station along with Hearst.
So Conde Nast has sold millions of magazines, gotten millions of website hits, and A&E & Hearst might effectively lose their #1 money-maker (t-shirts, memorabilia, even Duck Dynasty Garden Gnomes are all licensed by A&E and Hearst Corp). Who wins here? Hey GQ – Christmas bonuses for everyone!!
So whether you agree with Phil or not, know that although his views are not socially acceptable, they were published purely for greed. So if you want to be mad at someone, be mad at GQ and Conde Nast.
*incidentally, I am not saying he was right or wrong in his views and quotes. I am not saying A&E should or shouldn’t have suspended him – that’s not the point of this article. I am not here to debate religion. I am merely presenting another view of the issue.