LAWTON, Okla._ Phil Robertson, the man at the top of ‘Duck Dynasty' and the Duck Commander empire has sparked controversy that has people in our area talking.
A&E, the cable network that broadcasts the duck-hunting series which garners about 14 million viewers a week, has indefinitely suspended Robertson from the show.
His opposition to same-sex marriages has sparked conversation, especially on social media. Many believe he has every right to speak his mind and others want him gone.
"He has a right to have his opinion just like everybody else," says one Lawton woman.
The show is the highest rated program in all of cable television. These anti same-sex marriage comments are coming from an interview in the January issue of GQ magazine, Robertson saying, "It's just not logical my man, it's just not logical" and
later adding "they won't inherit the kingdom of god, don't deceive yourself it's not right."
"He has the freedom of speech" says Lakecia Wilson. "I'm a Christian. I don't believe in gay and lesbian but that's them."
Mark Mozeik of St. John's Lutheran church in Lawton agrees with Robertson.
"God … created male and female and that's how he designed things to be (and) marriage to be," says Mozeik.
He says in our rapidly changing culture we are losing sight of traditional Christian values.
"It's everything, it's not just homosexuality, but all those things that just made their ways into our everyday lives," Mozeik says.
He feels as if
the suspension is a harsh punishment; but, others see the punishment as fair.
"The world is changing, the country is changing and even the state in which Mr. Robertson lives is changing," said Wilson Cruz, GLAAD. "He needs to get in line."
Gay rights activists, like Wilson Cruz, say there's been a growing acceptance of same-sex couples and his comments deserve punishment.
The starts of the reality show have also become a retail giant. They produced more than $400 million in retail sales this year. Walmart recently announced that this year's best selling apparel item for both men and women was the show's t-shirt.
No retailers have made a comment regarding Robertson's remarks.