A&E, the network that runs the hyper-popular Louisiana reality show Duck Dynasty, suspended its star Phil Robertson following comments he made in a GQ profile. Writer Drew Magary talked to an off-camera Robertson, who made self-described "Bible-thumping" and "controversial" statements including: "a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus," black people "were happy" during Jim Crow, and being gay is sin similar to bestiality.
In a statement, A&E representatives said they are "extremely disappointed" in Robertson's comments, adding, "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."
Today, Gov. Bobby Jindal weighed in:
“Phil Robertson and his family are great citizens of the State of Louisiana. The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with. I don’t agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV. In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive. But I also acknowledge that this is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views. In fact, 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."
Duck Dynasty's fifth season airs 9 p.m. Jan. 15.
Spin reported that 56 Hope Road — the company run by deceased reggae icon Bob Marley's children and widow Rita — filed a lawsuit in Massachusetts U.S. District Court against Louisiana-based chicken tender empire Raising Cane's.
Raising Cane's has used the slogan "One Love" on its promotional materials, from merchandise to menus to ads, since the early 2000s. The company trademarked the phrase.
"One Love" also happens to be one of the most popular songs of all time, on Marley's 1977 landmark album Exodus.
Hope Road also has used "One Love" on its merchandise — from T-shirts, hats and bumper stickers to college dorm decorations worldwide. The family has charged Raising Cane's with trademark infringement, among several other allegations related to the usage of "One Love" on the company's gear.
In a statement to Gambit, Todd Graves, founder of Raising Cane's, wrote that the company "denies the Marleys' allegations and will continue to defend our rights as we have done with the Marleys in related proceedings concerning the ONE LOVE mark before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board since 2010."
Graves said he has met with Cedella Marley "in a good faith attempt to reach a resolution regarding the Marleys desire to enter the restaurant space," though Graves said settlement offers were turned down.
"Raising Cane’s looks forward to proving our position in court, putting this matter behind us and continuing to pursue our ONE LOVE — serving our communities our quality chicken finger meals."
Graves signed the statement, "Founder, CEO, Fry Cook and Cashier" with a closing "ONE LOVE."
Old Arabi Sugar Museum opens in St. Bernard Parish
The SoFAB institute and the St. Bernard Office of Tourism opened the Old Arabi Sugar Museum on Oct. 24, 2013.
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