The Times West Virginian

December 20, 2013

Locals weigh in on Robertson controversy

By Emily Gallagher
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — After Phil Robertson was suspended indefinitely from A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” for making disparaging remarks about gays in the January edition of GQ magazine, suddenly social media and other websites were buzzing.

Several public and non-public figures voiced their opinions and thoughts Thursday about Robertson getting suspended, whether it was through social media or interviews.

Local residents shared their thoughts on the situation.

Amber Fluharty said she watches “Duck Dynasty” and said that Robertson has his freedom of speech.

“He can say what he wants to; everyone has their own opinions and thoughts,” she said. “Everyone’s opinions are different.”

Fluharty added that she thinks the show might suffer because Robertson won’t be on it.

“(The show) will have a different feel,” she said.

Mackenzie Martin said that because Robertson is in the public’s eye, he should have watched what he said.

“Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and beliefs,” she said. “But being the public figure that Phil Robertson is, he should have never spoken out the way he did about homosexuality.”

Martin said the way he compared bestiality to homosexuality was uncalled for.

“In no shape or form is homosexuality even comparable to bestiality,” she said. “There is no difference in the love between two women and the love between a male and a female.”

Brian Reed said Robertson has his right to freedom of speech and should not have been suspended indefinitely.

“Last I heard we have freedom of speech in this country,” he said. “Someone shouldn’t lost their positions over something they said and believe.”

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