Truth from Dare: ‘Duck Dynasty’ drama
BY DERIN DEREGO / Special to the Star-Advertiser
Unless you’ve sworn off social media and aren’t a fan of watching or reading the news, you’ve probably heard about the drama unfolding around reality show “Duck Dynasty.”
In a nutshell, conservative family patriarch and duck call inventor Phil Robertson paralleled homosexuality to acts of bestiality, adultery and prostitution. He also claimed African Americans were content before the advent of America’s civil rights movement.
I’m definitely someone who believes everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and I’m actually fine with Robertson having the beliefs he does. Not a popular sentiment, I know, but I have to respect the fact he’s entitled to his thoughts on the matter if I want people to respect that I’m allowed to feel the way I do.
The problem isn’t so much Robertson’s opinion as is it is that he’s on a television show airing on a cable network that makes its revenue from advertising. It’s fine to have an opinion, but if you’re in the public eye you have an understood responsibility to be politically correct. It may not be right, but it is what it is in an industry ruled by the almighty dollar.
You can have your beliefs Mr. Robertson, but if those beliefs are controversial, there are often consequences — as was the case when A&E suspended him from “Duck Dynasty” earlier this month.
I don’t watch the show, so I don’t know if he’s an inherently good or bad person. It could be a generational thing; older people grew up in a different time where they didn’t think certain things were wrong. As we’ve progressed as a nation, we’ve learned the value of humanity and equality. While that doesn’t make ignorant beliefs okay, it does put them into perspective.
On a happier note, if you’re looking to cure your holiday hangover, there’s lot going on this week. The highlight for me will be seeing Pepper play live on Saturday, Dec 28. The Big Island boys are back and slated to put on a high energy show to close out 2013.
The last time I saw them was five years ago, so I’m definitely looking forward to this concert. Back then, they played for two hours and kept the crowd rocking out the whole time. Since that show, Pepper has racked up quite a few more hits, so this weekend should be stellar.
Speaking of wrapping up 2013, next week I’ll recap my favorite things that happened during this whirlwind of a year.
When he’s not out and about at the hottest parties and other events in Honolulu, Derin “Dare” Derego works as an account executive at a local radio station group. Reach him via email at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter.