by B. Christopher Agee, Western Journalism
Following cable network A&E’s impetuous suspension of reality star Phil Robertson, fans of Duck Dynasty and free speech advocates sprang to his defense. Robertson was placed on an indefinite hiatus after expressing a biblical view of homosexuality during an interview with GQ Magazine.
Public response was swift and overwhelmingly in support of the Louisiana preacher and founder of hunting supply manufacturer Duck Commander. The Western Center for Journalism sent more than 40,000 petitions directly to network executives in the days following the controversy.
In an about face announced Friday, A&E rescinded Robertson’s suspension and has welcomed him back to the most popular reality program on cable television. Of course, the huge groundswell of support likely played a pivotal role in the decision.
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