Free Speech Presentation

Topics: Television, Television program, Religion Pages: 9 (514 words) Published: September 28, 2015
Free Speech
Presentation
HUM/176 Media and American Culture
Bryan Michelena

Duck Dynasty
Does this TV show have
the right to allow
characters to openly
and blatantly express
racist, misogynist,
and/or homophobic
opinions

Duck Dynasty
Duck
Duck Dynasty
Dynasty is
is an
an American
American
reality
reality television
television series
series on
on A&E,
A&E, it
it
is
is based
based on
on like
like life
life of
of the
the
Robertson,
Robertson, and
and their
their company
company
Duck
Duck Commander
Commander (A
(A company
company
that
that make
make duck
duck calls
calls for
for hunters).
hunters).
Phil
Phil Robertson,
Robertson, the
the creator
creator
invented
invented the
the duck
duck call
call back
back in
in
1972
1972 and
and the
the business
business took
took off
off
since
since then.
then. Since
Since first
first airing
airing in
in
March
March 2012,
2012, the
the show
show took
took off
off
with
with big
big rating.
rating. In
In 2013
2013 the
the show
show
it
it aa minor
minor bump
bump with
with some
some views
views
after
after aa 2013
2013 interview
interview with
with Phil
Phil
Robertson,
Robertson, for
for GQ
GQ magazine.
magazine.

The Robertson’s
The
The Robertson’s
Robertson’s are
are no
no like
like any
any
other
other reality
reality television
television series
series you
you
see
see on
on television,
television, even
even though
though they
they
have
have become
become millionaire
millionaire they
they still
still
life
life off
off the
the land.
land. They
They get
get together
together
with
with family
family in
in their
their dinner
dinner table,
table, hold
hold
hands
hands and
and pray.
pray. They
They attend
attend church
church
every
every Sunday
Sunday with
with their
their family
family and
and
believe
believe in
in their
their religious
religious beliefs
beliefs no
no
matter
matter what
what everyone
everyone might
might think.
think.
They
They express
express their
their beliefs
beliefs and
and what
what
they
they believe
believe in
in on
on the
the show,
show,
connecting
connecting with
with other
other family
family across
across
America,
America, making
making their
their family
family
relatable.
relatable.

The Interview
In
In 2013
2013 GQ
GQ Magazine
Magazine did
did and
and
interview
interview with
with Phil
Phil Robertson
Robertson (the
(the
famous
famous interview
interview photo
photo on
on right
right
side)
side) where
where Phil
Phil expressed
expressed his
his
belifes
belifes and
and where
where he
he said
said that
that
homosexual
homosexual behavior
behavior is
is sinful.
sinful. He
He
also
also made
made anti
anti gay
gay comments
comments
which
which led
led to
to an
an indefinite
indefinite
suspended
suspended from
from the
the American
American
reality
reality television
television series
series by
by A&E.
A&E.
Facing
Facing what
what was
was reported
reported as
as "a
"a
strong
strong backlash
backlash from
from Robertson's
Robertson's
supporters",
supporters", A&E
A&E lifted
lifted the
the
suspension
suspension after
after nine
nine days.
days.

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