BRISTOL, VA. - The Duck Dynasty television show is one of the most popular programs on cable. 14 million viewers tune in to A&E every week to watch the exploits of the Robertson family.
Phil Robertson is the patriarch of the family and is now in the middle of a controversy after his opinions were printed in GQ magazine. "Start with homosexual behavior, and just morph out from there," said Robertson in the article. "Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and those men, it's not right."
Gay rights advocates hit back hard with a social media campaign. A&E, the network that airs Duck Dynasty, suspended Robertson and put him on indefinite hiatus. Wilson Cruz, a spokesman for GLAAD, says the suspension was warranted. "The world is changing, the country is changing and even the state in which Phil Bobertson is living is changing, and he needs to get in line," he said.
Our crews stopped at a shopping center in Bristol, Virginia to gauge some local reaction.
"I don't think A&E should have suspended Phil. It's a fun show to watch and everyone has a right to their opinion," said Valerie Morphew.
"I think Phil did the right thing. It's his freedom of speech and he should be able to say what he wants to," said Kenneth Lester.
Fans of the TV show wonder what effect this will have on the future of the series.
In response to the controversy, Robertson released the following statement: "My mission today 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. However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me."