Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

"Duck Dynasty" Re-Ducks

The A&E Network has reversed itself on the decision to suspend Phil Robertson from the "Duck Dynasty" television show. Mr. Robertson will return to the program in the new season.  A&E had suspended Mr. Robertson over comments concerning gays and African-Americans he had made in an interview with GQ magazine.  A&E took the position that the comments were at variance with its corporate policies. 

A&E's reversal of the Robertson suspension seems to be an acceptance of fan reaction, which was swift and substantive, and manifested itself powerfully through social media. However, A&E has indicated that it will issue PSAs to promote "unity, tolerance and acceptance among all people."

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