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One of the hottest controversies of the recent days is the Duck Dynasty and the permanent hiatus of Phil Robertson over his comment regarding homosexuality. I have read so many articles regarding this topic but have paid little to no attention regarding the matter. Hollywood and media tend to hype certain situation for free publicity and attention. One article that I ran into one day was one from http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2013/12/20/Mark-Steyn-Slams-the-Bureau-of-Gay-Compliance-for-the-Duck-Dynasty-Backlash. In the article Conservative Speaker Mark Steyn goes as far as to compare this situation to Post World War II communism. “It’s like something out of Milan Kundera’s Eastern European novel about post-war communist Europe, The Joke, where you make one little comment and your life is over. And we’re getting to that stage,” Said Steyn in a radio interview Hugh Hewitt. In other words he is stating that the current society must be complacent with the Gay Lobbyist or simple they will destroy you. He provides examples like that of former Ms. California Carrie Prejean. She was asked a question regarding gay marriage at the 2009 Miss USA Pageant, and her answer not only lost her the completion, but pretty much destroyed her reputation. Did the gay lobbyist in Washington have anything to do with it? Probably, but to say that we either comply too them or be destroyed and compare that to Post World War II Communism is a bit extreme, furthermore he like many other who oppose homosexuality are calling this a violation of free speech. In the past comments like that of Robertson would have taken little notice, and the majority of society would have agreed with him. In today’s society, things like this have consequences, and when money is involved and sponsors then words can get you fired. We live in an era where we are just more tolerant, and this few stragglers that are still behind don’t like the change or simply do not want to accept it. Now, no one is arguing that one has the right to say what he pleases, but words can have consequences, and in this case it did. A&E is simply covering its own behind in regards to their image, and since they are a huge supporter of LGBT rights they had to take action. When you are a public image that is popular and are supported by hundreds of sponsors you in a sense are also the image and represent what they do. In other words you hold a contract and a responsibility to them. When you violate that, and create controversy, are out of hand; then you violate that contract. Society may then back away from the sponsors, stop buying their product, watching their shows, and so on. The sponsors then have no choice then to pull the plug. In responses to Mr. Steyn comparison to communism and being ousted by gay lobbyist if you don’t support them, I disagree. A&E as the main sponsor to the show, and supported did what any other agency would have done to make sure they preserve their image, and are not linked to his comments. Same goes when an athlete who cheats his/her way to 1st place. This sponsors would pull the plug to preserve image, and to send a message that cheating is not permitted. A&E is sending a message that they don’t condone his comments, and do not represent the company. He can say and talk to anyone he wants, he simply can do it on A&E’s time or money.…...

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