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Social: 'Duck Dynasty' fallout justified?

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Less than 24 hours after the A&E Network announced the 'hiatus' of "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson, fans and concerned viewers have overtaken social media with reaction. Robertson, 67, was removed from the hit show after comments he made during an interview with GQ Magazine. 

In a matter of hours, more than 5,000 comments were logged from viewers on our FOX 5 Facebook page. Click here to join the conversation on our FOX 5 Facebook page.

In addition, fan support pages began to emerge across Facebook, created by viewers.

Comments to our FOX 5 page include:

Angela Suits Bradford: "Im a lesbian and i love God.. i think A&E has flipped their wig! i believe he has a right to express his views. Just because he was speaking against my lifestyle doesnt make him a bad person! HE HAS HIS RIGHT TO HIS OPINIONS AND BELIEFS, JUST AS WE ALL DO! Its really sad that we have been reduced to hiding how we feel just because someone doesn't share our opinions. HE DIDN'T SAY I HATE GAY PEOPLE .. he gave his opinion and belief.. IM OK WITH THAT"

Sherry Reed "NO absolutely NOT!!!! Miley Cyrus can twerk or whatever else she wants but Phil Robertson cannot share from his heart!!! What happened to freedom of speech!!! Ridiculous!!!"

Randy Witt "However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other." Regardless of his opinion, he still said the above too."

Benjamin Mcclary- Keller "NO! AS AMERICANS WE HAVE FREEDOM OF SPEECH! THE MAN WAS ASKED QUESTIONS AND HE GAVE ANSWERS! A&E WILL BE HEARING FROM ME! I would also like to throw out there that I'm a gay man and I view this as wrong"

Scott King "Freedom of Speech" is a constitutional protection that prevents the GOVERNMENT from infringing on your rights. A&E is not the government and if this man's statements do not align with his EMPLOYER'S, then the employer has every right to do what it wants with him. Just as your employer has a right to terminate or suspend your employment if you do or say something it does not approve of."

Thursday afternoon, the National Action Network Executive Director Janaye Ingram issued this statement: 

"National Action Network is pleased with the swift response of A&E Network to put "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson on indefinite hiatus. While we believe in the first amendment right of free speech, we also recognize that giving some thoughts and misguided, obtuse beliefs a microphone that can be voiced to millions of people is irresponsible. We applaud A&E for taking the necessary steps to not further breed hate and misconceptions among minority groups who are continuing to fight to be seen as equal in all aspects of society."

In some cases, fans of the television show are encouraging each other to call the network, or have the channel removed from their cable lineup.

FOX5 is taking a closer look at this story today. Tune in to FOX 5 News at noon, 5:00 and 6:00 for the latest.

 

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