The Extremist Right has its panties in a twist once again.
Just once I wish they would actually think through their objections and place them side by side their other objections and make sure all that shit lines up. Cuz it never does you see, for the Extreme Right have brains that are rather odd. Cognitive Dissonance is well, their best friend.
See in the Extreme Right mind, beliefs and ideas are fairly free-floating. They may bump into each other, but they are like tea cozy meetings–a blind teapot meeting a blind tea-pot. They politely say “S’cuse me” and careen off to bump into another idea, unaware that these two ideas are in grave conflict and by rights they should throw off the cozies and fight it out. And this would be a war to the death, since both cannot co-exist in the same mind without craziness creepin’ into the skull and reducing the occupied persona to a pile of whimpering snot.
Since having some thirty million or so folks collapse into whimpering piles of snot would be messy, unattractive and a huge drain on the psychiatric community, happily such realizations do not often happen to the Extreme Right brain. Lucky for them. Unlucky for the rest of us folks who have to contend with people WHO MAKE NO FREAKIN’ SENSE.
Case in point.
The Duck Dynasty. I won’t bore you with the history. Suffice it to say there are four relatives of some sort or other, who designed a duck caller that swept the nation and resulted in them becoming millionaires. Never heard of it? Well in fairness, it seemed to have only swept those establishments that cater to duck hunters. How that could give rise to anyone being a millionaire is beyond my comprehension, but apparently there are more nasty quacker shooters that I thought.
Any the ways, one of the relatives, the so-called patriarch of the family (such things being amusingly relevant to these types of folk), one Phil Robertson, was interviewed by GQ, a magazine you wouldn’t immediately think of when you think of duck hunters to be sure. But they did. And Phil talked his little sad brain off. And he talked about things having zero to do with duck callin’ which was a sure mistake if he had the brains to think of it.
But he talked about things he has no familiarity with, by his own admission: gay folks and Black folks. And well, he said things like this:
When asked what he thought was sinful, Robertson replied: “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.”
But homosexuals aren’t alone, Robertson said. “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.”
“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once,” he told GQ. “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,” GQ quoted Robertson as saying.
Now, A & E, the network that shows Duck Dynasty, replied by puttin’ old Phil “on leave”, claiming that Phil’s remarks are not at all in line with A & E’s corporate morality.
Well the old Extremist Right blew a teabag, screechin’ at the top of Sarah perky lungs: How DARE they do that. Why they are discriminating against Phil’s religious rights and that free speech thing too!
“Free speech is an endangered species. Those ‘intolerants’ hatin’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us, . . .”
So, what we have here is a dilemma, at least to this brain of mine which regularly alerts me when two of my ideas collide in a nuclear explosion of contradiction.
Let me put it this way.
Ms. Palin and others of her ilk deny the right of the corporation A & E to register its moral shock at an employee of theirs by placing him on suspension, whereas the corporation Hobby Lobby is perfectly within its right to register its moral shock at employees of their by imposing a financial burden upon them. In both cases, the corporation has moral views dissimilar to the employee.
But Ms. Palin and other Extremist Right think it just terrible that corporations like Hobby Lobby should be forced to allow their insurance carrier to do what it wishes (cover contraceptive care) and demands it be stripped out of the policies because Hobby Lobby is offended by this for religious reasons.
According to the Extreme Right, the corporate sensibilities of A & E do not count, while those of Hobby Lobby do.
I can but scratch my head in confusion.
Now, that is not to say that I agree with A & E here. And that should make even the most hardened of Extreme Right folk pass out from the vapors. I’m not alone in claiming that A & E are wrong.
Phil has every right to spout his odious ideas publicly and GQ has every right to print them. However, the proper (IMO) way for A & E to respond is to put out a statement that Mr. Robertson’s beliefs and opinions are not reflective of A & E, and in fact are contrary to their moral position. However, A & E recognizes the right of people to believe what they choose, and they will be motivated by their customers desires in watching the show or not in determining future contractual obligations with the Duck folk.
In the same vein, Hobby Lobby “corporate feelings” can be whatever they are, but they are not allowed to force them on their employees. They do not extend making their employees live under their religious strictures.
That’s the way I see it.
knikked/vikki ryan said:
I agree that he has the right to say whatever come into that small mind of his. I also think pulling him from the show was a sure-fire way to rile the wing-nuts and give them yet another stupid thing to spout off about rather than real issues. They can run around, flapping their NRA card carrying wings until they’re overcome with the vapors then pass out on their camo covered fainting couches all they want. They still come off short-sighted, close-minded and selfish. I don’t get the fascination with this show or most reality shows for that matter. If I hear one more time who won’t inherit God’s Kingdom from folks who claim to be Christian, my head will explode!
well said Vickki. These people are so selective in what they read in the bible is boggles the mind…all that stuff about not judging.—well they just ignore it…obviously it’s their christian duty to tell others of their failings…if anybody is gonna have trouble with the commbination lock in heaven…I suspect it may be them…!END
Yep, it’s pretty much all hypocritical clap trap.
yeah it sure is, but try explaining their contradictions to them…..lol..!END
Gosh, the things I miss by not having a TV! 😉
The extreme right always has its panties in a twist. That’s what happens when your head is up your ass!
Snoring Dog Studio said:
I’m with you, Sherry. But I think A&E has a right to can anyone they want to. It’s a business after all. My workplace can let me go if I spout crap to the press and believe me they would. I’m sick of the hypocrisy that flows from the right on these issues. It’s not even laughable any more. And it’s not laughable because a ton of the people living in the south really scare me.
I can’t deny that you are right Jean. A & E certainly had the right to do what they did, but I fear that this kind of thing gets out of hand when used like this. I’d rather A & E decide that the numbers following his bigotry result in a good reason to cancel the show. That may not have happened of course since I suspect that the people who watch it probably would agree with him. They are such frauds as I now understand it, having grown their beards when they got the show and then adopted the redneck persona to capture that audience. !END
I fail to understand why anyone is “shocked” by his opinion, and why anyone is “grieved” over the outrage. I should like to have a ticket to get into whatever special world they’re living in.
If I have learned anything from interacting with staunch conservatives, it would be the sheer volume of the hypocrisy they radiate. And that’s not far from the mentality of how close they are to their God, who is a God no one else would want.
I agree with Jean…. A&E is maintaining a ‘brand’…whatever it maybe. If I hire someone who significantly damages that brand, it is within the rights of the employer to discipline the offender. As far as Sarah goes, and I will exercise my free speech…she is still a bird brain…and a multigratuitus attention whore WHOSE OWN TV show was canceled due to lack of…..well, everything. The Ducky’s have run their course by any standards. Reality shows are cheap to produce, compared to studio fare… A&E will find a new cheap show to replace them. Maybe, say, something about a Congressman who spends so much time under a tanning lamp he turns orange and fries his brain. “Mango-The Next Generation”
Jim I very much agree with you, however, it just seems to me that A & E could have accomplished the same thing by merely making it very clear they don’t agree with his position. I mean we have to allow some latitude for people to express their opinion, no matter how odious it is…I don’t think A & E was wrong, so much as they provided all that ammo to the far right who is so motivated to make some much more out of it than it warrants. These people, like the gun crowd are rabid. They write letters, the organize boycotts etc. Cracker Barrel took their merchandise off their shelves and they are being threatened now by the extreme right with boycotts…these people are nuts…A & E gave them a platform…this is not about his religious beliefs…these are NOT Christian beliefs…they are fundamentalist beliefs…quite a different thing…!END
A Pondering Mind said:
The right wing circle jerk, keeps going around, and around, and…
yep, they would not understand if you patiently explained it to them using simple words. !END
The Blithering Idiot said:
What does one expect from a ‘ducking’ idiot whose sole fashion statement is camouflage and an aversion to razors.
well, you do have a point about that….that just about says it all doesn’t it? !END
1 Corinthians 11:14 clearly states that long hair on men is “shameful.” It seems to me that if you’re going to take the bible literally, you have to take ALL of it literally- not just the parts that apply to other people.
that would be the argument Thomas…but fundamentalists are not literalists except in the places that they wish to be. !END
I actually had a coworker that went off on the mistaken belief that since to him it was suppression of speech, it must be the government doing it. When it was pointed out that this was “Mr. Duck’s” employer, an entertainment corporation, taking action against an employee he was very confused for a little while. Then he finally had it- the government must have told A&E to kick him off the show.
Yeah, this co worker watches the show, sigh.
When you are dealing with cognitive dissonance, all conflicts are resolved in favor of retaining the desired belief…that’s a rule that is never violated. Obviously your co-worker could not deal with thinking any more deeply than, “it’s Obama’s fault”…lol…thanks for the anecdote…they are precious aren’t they? But such minds should be locked away in padded areas….!END