Posted: Dec 19, 2013 4:28 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Dec 19, 2013 4:28 PM
BATON ROUGE- Democrats slammed GOP governor Bobby Jindal for his references to Miley Cyrus and encouraging tolerance of differing viewpoints Thursday in response to a Duck Dynasty cast member being removed from the show.
Earlier in the day, the governor said "this is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views," in response to Phil Robertson being suspended because of comments he made about gay people.
"If we support an entertainer's right to freedom of speech - and we do - then we must also support a corporation's right to terminate the entertainer's contract and distance itself from his blatantly offensive comments," party Chair Karen Carter Peterson said in a statement.
Robertson, in an interview with lifestyle magazine GQ said it's a sin to be gay, discussed sex among men and women and compared gay intimacy to bestiality. A&E was not happy and called the comments disappointing then removed the family leader, and duck call company founder, from the show.
"I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment. It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended," the governor said.
"I am amused to hear that our governor is now urging tolerance of viewpoints that are unpopular. Former Secretary of Health and Hospitals Fred Cerise, former CEO of the Office of Group Benefits Tommy Teague and former chief of the Governor's Office of Elderly Affairs Martha Manuel all expressed opinions that differed from the governor - and they were all summarily dismissed for expressing those views," Peterson said.
"Excuse me governor, but your hypocrisy is showing."
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