US reality TV star Phil Robertson from A&E's reality TV hit Duck Dynasty, has shocked with his comments recently made in an interview with GQ magazine.
The show, which centres on Phil, his brother "uncle Si" and his four sons, has taken the US by storm and regularly brings in 14 million viewers, that's over two million more than watched their rival TV Breaking Bad's final ever episode.
The Louisiana native, founded the Duck Commander company in 1972, which became wildly popular. Leading to duck hunting videos and finally the outrageous Duck Dynasty TV show. Explaining to GQ about the family's transformation to reality TV stars he said: “We’re Bible-thumpers who just happened to end up on television."
Phil might be outspoken but he isn't naive when it comes to his new found fame and claimed he knew it wouldn't last forever.
“Let’s face it,” he said. “Three, four, five years, we’re out of here. You know what I’m saying? It’s a TV show. This thing ain’t gonna last forever. No way.”
While the show might be popular, Robertson has caused outrage with he views on sin, homosexuality and segragation which he candidly referes to in the interview.
The cast of hit US show Duck Dynasty (WENN)
He said: “You put in your article that the Robertson family really believes strongly that if the human race loved each other and they loved God, we would just be better off. We ought to just be repentant, turn to God, and let’s get on with it, and everything will turn around.”
Sharing his own view on sexuality, he explained: “It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”
Robertson also touched on civil rights and in comments sure to cause controversy said: "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.
"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.”
The GLAAD has already made a statement on Robertson's comments in the article, saying they're "vile".
GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz said: "Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil's lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe. He clearly knows nothing about gay people or the majority of Louisianans — and Americans — who support legal recognition for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples.
"Phil's decision to push vile and extreme stereotypes is a stain on A&E and his sponsors who now need to re-examine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families."