If I have to see one more thing about the Duck Dynasty Dude, I’m going to punch someone in the head. Does anyone else feel the same way? I mean, I’ve never seen the Duck Dynasty show, never even heard the name Phil Robertson until last week, but now, it’s blowing up in the news, and my facebook wall is divided into the Pro Ducks and the Fuck a Ducks.
This post really isn’t about the duck guy at all, but really, just a quick comparison. Phil Robertson says shit that his employer (A & E) doesn’t like and gets fired from his job. People are all outraged, screaming about the 1st amendment. Much of what I’m seeing is “he should be able to say how he feels about something without losing his (reality tv) job.”
The interesting thing is that I just ran across the “tweet heard around the world”. Have you seen that? Some chick posted “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!” on twitter the other day. Holy shit did people get pissed off!
People were tweeting about her insensitivity and how offensive it was. I saw some of those exact same comments about Phil Robertson too. Just like Ducky Phil, she got fired from her job because her employer didn’t want to be associated in any way with her words or views.
The funny thing though is, no one is screaming that her 1st amendment rights need to be protected. People aren’t flooding facebook and the entire internet with support pages for her or saying we should boycott the company that fired her. What gives?
Either all statements and opinions, asinine or not, should be protected by the 1st amendment or they shouldn’t. How can you yell “1st amendment protection” when it’s something you agree with, and not yell for that very same protection if it’s something that offends you? But we aren’t hearing it for Twitter Girl, are we?
The truth is, both of these people had their 1st amendment rights protected. Both were able to say what they wanted. Neither of them landed their asses in jail. Both are free, because in this country people are allowed to say whatever they want to say.
Somewhere along the line, we’ve forgotten there are consequences for our actions. My kid throws a fit, he goes to his room. You speed, you may get a ticket. You tell your boss to “fuck off”, you may or may not be fired. If you work for a company that supports the LGBT community and you speak out against it, what would be a logical recourse? It’s not rocket science here, it’s basic cause and effect.