Phil Robertson's suspension from "Duck Dynasty" has led to widespread backlash
toward A&E from his fans, after the network announced he would be indefinitely suspended following his remarks about homosexuality.
Robertson's fans used the hashtags #BringPhilBack and #StandWithPhil in tweets to A&E, voicing their opinions.
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The tweets, compiled by Twitchy.com,
are just a small sampling of the outrage by some after Robertson's dismissal on Wednesday, stemming from an interview the 67-year-old gave to GQ magazine in which he referred to homosexuality and bestiality in the same thought
Robertson's granddaughter, Sadie Robertson, who appears on the show, also subtlety weighed in on the controversy on Wednesday.
A&E has yet to react to the online protests and appears to be standing by its decision to put Robertson on an indefinite hiatus.
In his interview with GQ, Robertson's anti-gay comments included a paraphrasing of biblical passages that opposed homosexual behavior.
"[You] 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," Robertson told GQ
"It seems like, to me a woman would be more desirable [than a man]. ... That's just me," Robertson added in the interview. "She's got more to offer," he continued. "I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I'm saying? But hey, sin: It's not logical, my man. It's just not logical."
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The comments were met with immediate criticism from the gay rights organization GLAAD, a spokesperson for which said that Robertson's remarks were not reflective of how "true Christians" view gays, considering "Phil and his family claim to be Christian."
Robertson subsequently issued a statement through A&E, in which he said he "would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me," however his "mission ... is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the Bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together."
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