Hollywood's "gay lobby" is to blame for the suspension of A&E TV's "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson, conservative media analyst Brent Bozell charged in an interview with Newsmax TV on Thursday.
"This is A&E making a decision because the single most powerful lobby in Hollywood is the gay lobby. It's a reality. They are hugely successful," Bozell, founder of Media Research Center, said in the exclusive interview.
In Hollywood, "If you are not supportive of the gay issue, there is something fundamentally wrong with you," Bozell said. "There is something fundamentally wrong with religion. This is why so many few people are practicing Christians in Hollywood. They don't believe in it."
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Robertson, the dad on A&E TV's wildly popular "Duck Dynasty" was dumped indefinitely for attacking homosexuality in a January GQ magazine interview.
"So you've got somebody who comes out – perhaps inarticulately – but he comes out expressing his Christian faith and he was banned from the network," Bozell said of Robertson.
The Duck Dynasty dad ruffled some feathers in an interview for the January issue of GQ, calling homosexuality a sin and equated it with bestiality and promiscuity.
Asked what, in his mind, is sinful, Robertson replied: "Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men."
Bozell acknowledged, "A couple of thing he said were inarticulate, but, on the whole, what he said was accurate."
Bozell said Hollywood has been successful in pushing a gay agenda.
"They have understood the power of culture far more than conservatives have ever understood it and they have been very effective. They put themselves onto the sets, literally onto the TV sets and production. They participated in deciding a quota system on how many gays were going to be in there, whether something was 'homophobic' or not. And how many gay characters are there now? How many times out of nowhere, for no reason, is there a gay scene? Why? Because they are pushing it.
"It's a very dangerous thing … do not be surprised if … the Christian belief on homosexuality is going to be branded as a hate crime," he warned.
"Why is Phil Robertson popular? Because he evinces a culture and a worldview. It's not because people are duck hunters. It's because they like him. They like the things he believes in. They like the things he says. That's why he is so popular. So why did they do this to him? Because it doesn't matter. He's unpopular to the people that matter.
"Bill Maher goes on HBO and says things far more offensive than this about people of faith. He is a radical atheist who loves to insult people. That is celebrated as tolerance. But have somebody do the opposite and express his faith and he's suspended.
A&E issued a statement on Robertson's suspension, "His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely."
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