I know…you’re shocked.
FoxNews.com summarizes the situation…
Reverend Jesse Jackson has weighed in on the controversy surrounding Duck Dynasty, comparing Phil Robertson to the driver who had ordered Rosa Parks to sit in the back of the bus.
The 67-year-old Robertson family patriarch and star of the mega-hit A&E reality show has unleashed a firestorm earlier this month after making anti-gay remarks in a interview with GQ.
In the wake of the scandal, A&E had suspended Robertson from the show and Cracker Barrel restaurants briefly pulled some of his merchandise from their country stores.
But less than 48 hours after that decision was made, the chain of restaurants was met with flurry of negative comments from customers and has since decided to restock Robertson’s products.
For Reverend Jackson and his Rainbow PUSH Coalition, as well as for the LGBT organization GLAAD, these attempts at damage control have been insufficient.
‘These statements uttered by Robertson are more offensive than the bus driver in Montgomery, Alabama, more than 59 years ago,’ Jackson said in a statement obtained by ABC News.
‘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.”’
In his statement, the 72-year-old civil rights leader demanded to meet within 72 hours with A&E executives and Cracker Barrel’s CEO to discuss the future of Duck Dynasty memorabilia.
Jackson also urged the network to uphold Robertson’s indefinite suspension from the popular program.
Rev’ruuund Jacksuuun (as Rush refers to him) made his name in the 1960’s as a “Civil Rights Advocate” who was often seen in the company of Drs. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Ralph Abernathy. However, as is always the case with ol’ Jesse, things weren’t quite what he made them out to be, as discoverthenetworks.org reports…
…Jesse Jackson Sr. clashed with Martin Luther King Jr. on a number of occasions during the Sixties, and he has often overstated the closeness of his relationship to King—even claiming to have been the last person King spoke to after he had been mortally wounded by an assassin’s bullet on April 4, 1968. Specifically, Jackson claimed that he was on the balcony with King immediately after the latter had been shot, and that he had cradled the dying civil-rights leader in his arms as he took his final breaths. But in fact, at the moment King was shot, Jackson was actually in a nearby parking lot talking to a group of musicians. [A fact also testified to by Dr. Abernathy on the Phil Donahue Show.] Kenneth Timmerman describes what happened next:
“When the shots rang out, he [Jackson] fled and hid behind the swimming pool area and reappeared 20-30 minutes later when the television cameras arrived on the scene. That’s when Jesse Jackson told other Southern Christian Leadership Conference staffers, ‘Don’t you talk to the press, whatever you do.’ … Nobody had given him that job. He took that job. Call it ‘entrepreneurial instinct’ if you wish, but on the spot he realized that he had an opportunity to spin the events to create his own persona and create a possibility for him to become a leader in the black movement. He had no prospects at that point.”
The next morning, Jackson flew to Chicago to make a guest appearance on the NBC Today Show. In the few hours that had passed between the King assassination and Jackson’s flight to the Windy City, Jackson had already hired a public-relations agent to accompany him as he was transported from interview to interview in a chauffeur-driven car. Before a national television audience on the Today Show, Jackson donned a shirt that he claimed was smeared with the dying Dr. King’s blood. “He died in my arms,” Jackson lied.
…SCLC [The Southern Christian Leadership Conference] appointed King’s close associate, Dr. Ralph Abernathy, to succeed the slain leader as head of the organization. This move angered Jackson, who had hoped to be the heir to King’s civil-rights mantle. Soon thereafter, a black Chicago Tribune reporter named Angela Parker discovered that, Jackson, in the aftermath of King’s assassination, had embezzled money from Operation Breadbasket. Parker went to Atlanta and presented the evidence to Abernathy, who publicly confronted Jackson with the charges. Abernathy suspended Jackson for sixty days beginning on December 6, 1971, and SCLC board chairman Joseph Lowery charged Jackson with “administrative improprieties and repeated acts of violation of organizational policies.”
As one half of the “Justice Brothers” [with Rev. Al Sharpton], Jackson has become a legend for being able to weasel his way in front of a camera, even if there is just a hint of some perceived racial intolerance…and, even if there is not any racial element to the newsworthy situation, Jackson will make one up.
In the case of the A&E Vs. Duck Dynasty Saga, Jackson’s cries will, hopefully, fall on deaf ears. As Cracker Barrel found out, to their chagrin, the overwhelming majority of average Americans support Phil Robertson, and stand by his right to speak his mind. Heck, even Joe Perry of the Legendary Rock Band, Aerosmith, came out yesterday in support of Commander Phil.
Jackson’s unwelcome intrusion, if it is entertained by the Liberal idiots at A&E, will only succeed in further alienating the cable channel from the American viewing audience, which has sent Duck Dynasty’s ratings through the roof, making A&E tons of money in the process.
I don’t believe that A&E will play the Rev’ruund’s well-practiced game of extortion.
Because, if there is one thing that always trumps Liberals’ hypocritical public self-righteousness, it’s their unabashed private avarice.
Until He Comes,