The ever controversial Phil Robertson, patriarch of Duck Dynasty, has not always found favor with other celebrities. Often times, for the things he would say publicly.
Rev. Jesse Jackson (source: TIME.com)
Back when people got upset about Phil’s remarks published in GQ, one such celebrity spoke out about his disapproval of the comments. Phil’s remarks included his beliefs on homosexuality.
“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there,” Phil said. “Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.”
He later clarified his statements. But Rev. Jesse Jackson, the well-known American civil rights activist, held a press conference in response.
Jackson said Phil’s words were more offensive than the comments made by Rosa Parks’ bus driver.
“At least the bus driver, who ordered Rosa Parks to surrender her seat to a white person, was following state law,” Jackson said. “Robertson’s statements were uttered freely and openly without cover of the law, within a context of what he seemed to believe was ‘white privilege.’”
source: Life 88.5
In his clarifying statement, Phil seemed to show humility.
“I don’t worry too much about people hating or insulting me,” he told Us Weekly. “I’m a sinful man, and I’ve made a lot of mistakes. People have reason to hate me.”
However, probably to Rev. Jackson’s (and a lot of other people’s) dismay, Phil stood by his original statements.
“All I did was quote a passage of scripture from antiquity,” he continued. “They’re mad at me, but I’m really just quoting what God said, so He’s the one they have a problem with.”