You know, after reading the comments, it makes you wonder. How much of his off the wall statements are omitted from the series? I wouldn't be shocked if cutting room floor footage surfaces in the near future.
If we're talking about my personal opinion I think someone is born a certain way. Some people can be skinny without any work, others have to work at staying in shape. Some are born to be alcoholics, others can go years without drinking, and not miss it at all.
Here's the part where I have a problem. I clearly want to see everyone treated equally, a person should be allowed to say they don't agree with homosexuality, due to their beliefs. At the same time, that doesn't give them a right to abuse a gay man.
Believe what you want, but treat everyone equally.
"Now when I go to the bathroom I find out who my friends are." - Jake Scott after both broken hands were in casts following the 1972 season
Now me, I don't care what two men do in a bed together, but give me to decent looking women? I want them to live in a glass house.
Follow the money. That's the only thing at play here. Now why would A&E care that this guy made some ignorant remarks? Because advertisers are going to pull their ads from the show, which means A&E is losing money. People think it's A&E being liberal, or anti-Christian, or blah blah blah. It has nothing to do with any of that. Very few companies want to be identified as being in support one way or another on partisan issues. The second someone publicly declares a position on something like this, then anyone who is advertising with them is also considered in support of that view, rightly or wrongly. You'll gain some and lose some customers depending on what your views are, or you can put out the illusion of neutrality and leave yourself open to the entire customer base. It's as simple as that. This guy said something divisive, A&E knows that by not doing they are de facto agreeing with him, so they take swift action. Now A&E remains neutral, their advertisers can continue paying for their spots on the channel, and the money is more or less untouched. It's as simple as that. Capitalism baby...
That's not the context most people use it in. Even in the post I quoted, you phrased it like "a person should be allowed to say they don't agree with homosexuality, due to their beliefs". I'm assuming you like don't girls just because the Bible told you to.
It is a 'blow softener' as you put it, but not for "I'm not gay" (which is not offensive). It's simply a softer phrase for "I don't like gays".
Sums it up.
I would add that vagina is awesome by the way.
"Politics is the Art of Looking for Trouble, Finding it Everywhere, Diagnosing it Incorrectly, and Applying the Wrong Remedies"
What I don't get is why people don't realize that A&E has the right to let his ass go whenever they want to. Rights are rights.
I mean really.....who cares what a redneck, deer hunting wearing, duck call maker, thinks about gay people??
Unless he's the president of GLAAD, I really don't see the connection or the reason to be fired besides political correct BS. By firing him A&E will only make this show even more popular and add even more ratings (Wait a minute).