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Before I quote facts I will first say that I think that Duck Dynasty is one huge contradiction to what the United States wants to project to other nations but are laws were written to guard freedom of Speech. The world is already shaken its head how we have treated our own president because in other countries people get jailed, murdered, etc for disrespecting their presidents, kings, queens, emperors or empress.  The one of the worse presidents we ever had which was Bush wasn’t disrespected like Obama. You see the contradiction? 

LA Gov. Bobby Jindal releases statement on ‘Duck Dynasty’

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal released a statement following the reinstatement of Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson by A&E on Friday.

"I am glad to hear that the folks at A&E came to their senses and recognized that tolerance of religious views is more important than political correctness. Today (Friday) is a good day for the freedoms of speech and religious liberty," the statement said. 

"The left is going to have to get accustomed to the fact that it does not have a monopoly on free speech and is not the only group who is permitted to voice its opinion in the public square. The left may Hollywood, but they don’t control the hearts and minds of a majority of Americans."

A Majority Of Americans? Who is Jindal to speak for the majority of Americans and was this way of trying to win future presidential votes? I am sure he is leaving the stomachs of many Asian Americans sour in the way that Clarence Thomas does for African Americans. 

Duck Dynastys ratings have dropped by 22% from 14 million viewers to 11.8 million viewers so lets see how this play out. The show has 400 million is merchandise. Crazy huh..

I can personally tell you as a person who comes from Louisiana that this is embarrassing to me especially to the multi cultural communities which mostly consist of Cajuns, Creoles, Native Americans, Latinos and Vietnamese. The cast of Duck Dynasty only represent maybe 25 % to 33 of the total population of Louisiana if that.

Here is A & E’s statment

Here’s A&E’s official statement, in full:

As a global media content company, A+E Networks’ core values are centered around creativity, inclusion and mutual respect. We believe it is a privilege for our brands to be invited into people’s home and we operate with a strong sense of integrity and deep commitment to these principals.

That is why we reacted so quickly and strongly to a recent interview with Phil Robertson. While Phil’s comments made in the interview reflect his personal views based on his own beliefs, and his own personal journey, he and his family have publicly stated they regret the “coarse language” he used and the mis-interpretation of his core beliefs based only on the article. He also made it clear he would “never incite or encourage hate.” We at A+E Networks expressed our disappointment with his statements in the article, and reiterate that they are not views we hold.

But Duck Dynasty is not a show about one man’s views. It resonates with a large audience because it is a show about family… a family that America has come to love. As you might have seen in many episodes, they come together to reflect and pray for unity, tolerance and forgiveness. These are three values that we at A+E Networks also feel strongly about.

So after discussions with the Robertson family, as well as consulting with numerous advocacy groups, A&E has decided to resume filming Duck Dynasty later this spring with the entire Robertson family.

We will also use this moment to launch a national public service campaign (PSA) promoting unity, tolerance and acceptance among all people, a message that supports our core values as a company, and the values found in Duck Dynasty. These PSAs will air across our entire portfolio.

Here is the contradiction. This Wikipedia link will show the long list of people who were Black Listed for expressing themselves. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollywood_blacklist

It’s no secret that A&E, Cracker Barrell and other associated businesses chose to bow down because money would be lost from the revenues ( advertisers ) . After all the franchise and cast of the show has made their money. They chose to dismiss all evidence of homophobia and racism because of money but if you look at who viewing the show it becomes obvious why the show has become to successful in the same reason why American Idol, The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and other shows have succeeded. Its all about demographics and economics. 

Now with that being said what does that say about the future of television. If every ethnic reality TV show decided to do the same thing how would people react to that? 

Lets no forget the incident that occurred at Cracker Barrel just some years ago. If you need a reminder click here. 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/16/troy-dale-west-man-beats_n_289136.html

Here are more facts on Freedom of Speech. 

Freedom of speech is the political right to communicate one’s opinions and ideas using one’s body and property to anyone who is willing to receive them. The termfreedom of expression is sometimes used synonymously, but includes any act of seeking, receiving and imparting information or ideas, regardless of the medium used. In practice, the right to freedom of speech is not absolute in any country and the right is commonly subject to limitations, as with libelslanderobscenitysedition(including, for example inciting ethnic hatred), copyright violation, revelation of information that is classified or otherwise.

The right to freedom of expression is recognized as a human right under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and recognized in international human rights law in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Article 19 of the ICCPR states that “[e]veryone shall have the right to hold opinions without interference” and “everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice”. Article 19 goes on to say that the exercise of these rights carries “special duties and responsibilities" and may "therefore be subject to certain restrictions" when necessary "[f]or respect of the rights or reputation of others" or "[f]or the protection of national security or of public order (order public), or of public health or morals".

Freedom of speech may be legally curtailed in some jurisdictions (including some religious legal systems) where it is found to cause religious or racial offence, such as by the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006 in the United Kingdom.

Concepts of freedom of speech can be found in early human rights documents. England’s Bill of Rights 1689 granted ‘freedom of speech in Parliament’ and is still in effect. The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, adopted during the French Revolution in 1789, specifically affirmed freedom of speech as an inalienable right. The Declaration provides for freedom of expression in Article 11, which states that:

"The free communication of ideas and opinions is one of the most precious of the rights of man. Every citizen may, accordingly, speak, write, and print with freedom, but shall be responsible for such abuses of this freedom as shall be defined by law."

Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in 1948, states that:

"Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers."

Today freedom of speech, or the freedom of expression, is recognized in international and regional human rights law. The right is enshrined in Article 19 of theInternational Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, Article 13 of the American Convention on Human Rightsand Article 9 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.  Based on John Milton's arguments, freedom of speech is understood as a multi-faceted right that includes not only the right to express, or disseminate, information and ideas, but three further distinct aspects:

  1. the right to seek information and ideas;
  2. the right to receive information and ideas;
  3. the right to impart information and ideas

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