Man on the Edge: Celebs and Politics

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It’s called “shattering the illusion”.  That moment when somebody says or does something that totally changes your opinion of them.  It’s a special concern for celebrities, who spend a significant amount of their career carefully cultivating an image.  But Wednesday might have been the breaking point for Duck Dynasty.

One of the good ole boys from A&E’s hit reality show really put his foot in it this time.  And he’s paying for it.  Phil Robertson did an interview with GQ Magazine (not exactly a conservative rag) with some non-camouflaged words about homosexuality.

“It seems like, to me,” he said, “a vagina would be more desirable than a man’s anus.  Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there… they won’t inherit the Kingdom of God.  Don’t deceive yourself.”  As the content of the article spread, Phil released another statement saying, “I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me.”  But added, “Men and women are meant to be together.”

That wasn’t enough for A&E, which suspended Robertson from the show.  Still, some media observers have pointed out that his original statements may not offend much of his fanbase.  But it certainly has angered gay-rights activists, who may have also enjoyed his show until this.

But it’s certainly not the first time a celebrity has opened his mouth to spit out a heaping helping of socio-political poo.  Alec Baldwin comes to mind.

So when is enough enough?  Our Man on the Edge, Robert Wilder, hit the streets to ask, “Should celebrities simply shut up and celeb?”