Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has come to the defense of embattled Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson, after the latter's homophobic and racist comments to GQ magazine got him suspended from his family's hit A&E reality program. Perry tweeted on December 22nd, "So what do you think about this 'Duck Dynasty' hoopla? More crackin' down on Freedom of Speech in the US or what?"
The guitarist later added, "Seems to me people have a right to express their opinions & religious beliefs. But that doesn't mean we have to agree."
- Robertson was suspended after saying in an interview with GQ magazine, "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."
- He also claimed that he never saw the mistreatment of any black person growing up in Louisiana before the civil-rights era.
- Although a new season of Duck Dynasty has already been filmed, it is not clear yet how the network and program will proceed following the current flap.
- Meanwhile, Perry has also revealed that he will publish his autobiography next year, adding that it will arrive on October 5th, 2014.
- Titled Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith, Perry says the book will contain "a fair amount about me and Steven (Tyler), considering I’ve spent a good part of my life with him and three other guys."
- Aerosmith vocalist Tyler and drummer Joey Kramer have already published their own memoirs, with bassist Tom Hamilton also working on one.
JUST OUR OPINION: Like a lot of people who have come out in Robertson's defense, Perry is making a major mistake. No one is denying Robertson his Constitutional right to free speech -- only if the government did it, would it be unconstitutional. But while Robertson is free to say what he wants, he's not free from the repercussions of it, which could very well include losing his TV show. A&E is a private company and it has the right to fire Robertson -- a highly visible employee of that company -- over his comments.
WHAT DO YOU THINK??
- What do you think of the whole Duck Dynasty controversy?
- Does A&E have the right to suspend or fire Robertson, just as he has the right to say what he wants and deal with the reactions to it?
- We understand that homosexuality may not agree with his religious beliefs, but is suggesting that it leads to bestiality really a good way to express that?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth -- agree or not?
John Cat wrote: "Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequence. He said what he wanted. He can say it again. On the other hand, A&E is a private company and have the full right to suspend him for his comments. If you disagree, go to work, call your boss a horse-f***ing drunk a*****e and tell me how that goes for you."
Jason Desjardins wrote: "Nobody took away the guy's right to free speech. He still has his freedom. A&E has a right to do business with who they please. The government has in no way impeded on this guy's right to free speech. Nor have they taken away A&E's right to do business with who they want."
Gregory Rhys Evans wrote: "He didn't really say anything that offensive and it's obvious to most people he's just a harmless old man, but the company will have decided this wasn't in keeping with their corporate image and their record on inclusiveness and diversity, and so he had to go."
Natasha wrote: "Pardon me for not wanting to be compared to people that f*** animals. How do you feel about the idea of become compared to animal f***ers just for who you love? How do you think it makes a bullied gay teen feel? Hateful comments like that can send teens over the edge. Lesser statements almost drove me to suicide."
Chris Brock wrote: "I personally feel his statements on race were far more insulting. No blacks were unhappy with Jim Crow laws? Seriously? Only an extreme racist would go so far into denial to think that blacks were happy with separate drinking fountains, seats on the bus, schools, etc."
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