Friday, December 20, 2013

What A&E should have said about Phil Robertson's comments

A&E made this statement concerning Phil Robertson's comments:

"We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson's comments in 'GQ,' which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series 'Duck Dynasty.' His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely."

Here's what they should have written:

"We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson's comments in 'GQ,' which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series 'Duck Dynasty.' His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. But because of A+E's commitment to diversity and inclusion of all viewpoints—even those with which we strongly disagree—we have decided to continue filming and production of 'Duck Dynasty' as scheduled. A+E Networks recognizes that Mr. Robertson's personal views may be offensive to some, but A+E Networks welcomes all viewpoints in an environment of inclusion. We hope Mr. Robertson retracts his statements, but we stand by our pledge and commitment to diversity."







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