’Duck Dynasty’ Star Defends Anti-Gay Remarks As Ratings Continue to Drop
"Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson, who made international headlines last year when he made anti-gay and racist remarks in an interview with GQ magazine, is continuing to spew homophobic rhetoric while defending his controversial statements.
The Huffington Post reports the reality TV star spoke at the Rock the South festival in Cullman, Ala., over the weekend and defended his comparisons to homosexuality to bestiality. In this latest rant, Robertson said he was simply "trying to help those poor souls and turn them to Jesus."
Robertson also urged his listeners to register to vote, saying, "Alabama, whatever you do, register to vote for this presidential election! Go vote for the House and Senate, too. Vote this ungodly bunch out of Washington D.C.!"
The Robertson patriarch’s comments come as the audience for his top rated A&E reality program continues to diminish. According to the Christian Post, the second episode of season six that aired Wednesday, June 18 attracted 3.9 million viewers which was down from the 4.6 million who watched the series premiere on June 11. The series five premiere was watched by 8.5 million viewers.
The duck master made his original comments in December 2013, where he said: