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article imageRev. Jesse Jackson chimes in on Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson

By Scott Tuttle     Dec 26, 2013 in Entertainment
In light of the recent controversy surrounding comments made by Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson, the Reverend Jesse Jackson has demanded a meeting with A&E executives adding that the star of their hit show is "more offensive" than Rosa Parks' bus driver.
Duck Commander Phil Robertson, 67, recently polarized the nation and made international headlines following a series of comments he made in an interview with GQ claiming both that homosexuality is a sin and that black people were happy before the Civil Rights Movement.
"Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I'm with the blacks, because we're white trash. We're going across the field.... They're singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’—not a word!... Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues."
Though Robertson was suspended from his hit TV program for his comments, Jackson has called for a meeting involving his Rainbow PUSH Coalition and GLAAD of whom he wants to have sit down with A&E executives and the CEO of Cracker Barrel to discuss what will be done in the future with Duck Dynasty merchandise and memorabilia.
Cracker Barrel had initially pulled its Duck Dynasty merchandise, but later made a statement apologizing to fans and reversed its decision due to massive boycotts and angry customers who sided with Phil Robertson.
Jackson also urges A&E to continue its suspension of Phil Robertson arguing that "it's not right" for someone with such a big platform to be allowed to benefit from comments such as the ones he made. In an interview with ABC News, Jackson equated Phil Robertson's comments with white privilege.
"These statements uttered by Robertson are more offensive than the bus driver in Montgomery, Alabama, more than 59 years ago. At least the bus driver, who ordered Rosa Parks to surrender her seat to a white person, was following state law. Robertson’s statements were uttered freely and openly without cover of the law, within a context of what he seemed to believe was 'white privilege.'"
The controversial Duck Commander has thus far stood his ground and offered no apology for his comments. When asked about what he said, Robertson responded that “I didn’t think much of it at all, but it seems a lot of other people did.”
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