Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

December 24, 2013
Duck Dynasty and much ado about fowl hunters

I’ve never watched Duck Dynasty.

In these parts, that’s unfathomable. When people are having family parties and the theme is Duck Dynasty, you know it’s striking a chord in Tooele County.

Well, maybe it would help if we had cable. And had gobs of time to watch TV reality shows instead of just reading reviews about them in the paper so that when I talk pop culture with my friends, I sound like I get out sometimes.

Earlier in the year, I did read Duck Dynasty Willie Robertson’s memoir. Which means I can at least lay claim to understanding the charm of the grizzled bearded men and their show. Or why their faces are all over merchandise in Wal-Mart.

Okay, I’m still scratching my head about that one. I mean, come on. Who buys matching Duck Dynasty towels, bedding, slippers and underwear? Oh, and your dog has to have a Duck Dynasty bed, too?

But I digress.

Duck Dynasty Patriarch Phil Robertson was suspended from the show because he said the following quote, among others, in a GQ Magazine interview:

“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. Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

This is hardly a shocker coming from a man whose “brand” was built on the fact that his family prays at the end of each episode. If he had said the opposite, someone would cry fowl and expose him for fraud.

And yet, gay activists are seizing upon it because they can. And they will, because they hate it when people actually take a stand against homosexuality. As if President Obama’s blessing on gay unions is enough to make it accepted by anyone that lives in America. If anyone disagrees, then they’re simply ignorant.

The sad thing is, it’s not just liberals taking potshots at conservatives anymore.

A few weeks ago in a local “conservative” Facebook group, someone said that a billboard along a Lake Point highway featuring a model in a bikini was offensive. Another person that found the billboard offensive wrote respectfully to the company to please change the picture. (The billboard has been taken down since.)

The replies were surprising. Not only for their content, but in the condemning tone they were delivered.

Someone said those who complain about “sexy” ads think about sex all the time. And what was wrong with a bikini? Everyone wears them. (Really? Maybe in Florida.) Someone said thank goodness the person didn’t live in Europe where nudity is the norm in ads or she’d really have something to complain about. (Thank goodness, alright.)

Why do foul-mouthed celebrities get air time while fowl-hunters like Phil Robertson, who say it like it is, get suspended? The same people who espouse free speech are bullying traditionalists into silence, that’s why.

Well, I say, way to go, Phil Robertson. I hope you and your family take your show somewhere else. You can make millions for some other TV channel.

Maybe, just maybe, I’ll even break down and watch me some Duck Dynasty.


Jewel Punzalan Allen is a memoir writing coach and an award-winning journalist who lives in Grantsville. Visit her website at

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