The Free Market Giveth, And the Free Market Taketh Away


Thank God it’s Thursday and American Culture has finally spit up a hairball that will effectively distract us all from real problems like expiring unemployment benefits, minimum wage and Republicans newest threat to blow up the global economy if they can’t have their Canadian pipeline.

Evidently the crusty old patriarch of the Duck Dynasty had a few colorful thoughts to share with a GQ interviewer recently (WTFGQ?) on the illogic of being gay and the “good times there are not forgotten” cheerfulness of Louisiana’s black tenant farmers in pre-civil-rights days:

“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person,” Robertson is quoted in GQ. “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.”

I’m thinking Duck Daddy went to the wrong nightclubs and somehow missed “strange fruit” season on the Bayou. 

Anyway, what he had to say about gays was pretty inflammatory, too, with the usual references to sin, hellfire and bestiality.

None of that would have attracted much notice on the Right, until A&E decided that they didn’t much care for Duck Daddy’s representations to the media, whereupon A&E disowned the old boy with a strongly worded press release and an indefinite suspension from his $200K/episode gig.

And suddenly, it’s Culture War. Boom.

Sarah Palin’s weighing in, as usual, with “Free Speech” but, to the best of my knowledge, A&E has not been taken over by Big Gubmint yet, so, sorry, Ms Sary this just isn’t a First Amendment issue.  And Erick Erickson’s eyes are popping out again and he’s frothing about The Secular Left and “evil . . . seeking to silence good.”

Somebody please give Erick a hug and reassure him that The Secular Left doesn’t give a good ding-dong what the eff the Religious Right is up to.  This is the war that nobody came to, Erick.

What it is—and I’m really surprised that conservatives don’t seem to get it—it’s a free market issue.  See A&E is a capitalist business.  When it decided that it really needed to tell the Duck Dynasty “story” it wrote some contracts with the members of the dynasty and, I suspect, somewhere in the midst of all the small print that gets ignored there are some clauses regarding what the Duck Family will and will not say to people like media interviewers.

I’m sure that most A&E executives would defend Duck Daddy’s right to his homophobic and Jim Crow opinions but they are also perfectly within their rights to fire the old bird if he causes them problems with their very diverse market.  That’s how the free market works and that’s—theoretically—what conservatives love about it.

It’s also a free market issue when people who don’t like gays decide to discriminate against gay clients and customers.  In most states, it’s illegal, pure and simple.

Religious freedom is important but, in this country, religious beliefs don’t make it acceptable to break the law by discriminating against prospective customers.

Insisting that upholding such laws is War on Christianity is just preposterously silly.  All of us are entitled to hold whatever religious beliefs we choose but, if those religious beliefs lead one to break the law, religious belief does not bestow immunity on the lawbreaker.  Ergo, if you want to do business in this country, but your religious beliefs “force” you to discriminate against others, you should look for another line of work.

And if Duck Daddy wants to keep getting those big paychecks from A&E, he should probably pay attention to what will make his employer happy.  Like the rest of us have to do . . .

As they say in LA—that’s show biz!

Furthermore . . . New Mexico now recognizes gay marriages.

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As they say in LA—that’s show biz!

I especially like how this is an abbreviation for both Los Angeles and Louisiana.

And I’m even happier I’ve never had any desire to see that show.  “Arts & Entertainment”—as if.

Duck Dickhead’s homophobic statement is even more startling for its sheer misogyny- he basically said that the value of a woman is strictly due to the quality of her orifices.

He should have kept his quackhole shut.

This show has always had the reality TV combo of trashy and creepy, with the usual icing of fake, fake, fake.  What made this one popular is every poor redneck could watch people who look like their tribe, but have enough money for every ATV, pickem’ up truck and gun they could ever want, and godly too!  Truly their ultimate fantasy; poor wingnut slash fic. 

B4, excellent observation!

So he never heard the black guys talking shit about whitey? WTF? did he think they spoke their minds around a white guy like him? And I seriously doubt he ever chopped cotton.

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