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.
As reported by Gambit's Alex Woodward in June, Fuse TV teamed up with New Orleans bounce sensation Big Freedia for an upcoming reality show. Now Fuse TV has released the first trailer (seen above) and while earlier reports noted that Mr. Ghetto and Sissy Nobby would also be featured, it mostly focuses on the "Queen Diva" (and Gambit cover girl) Big Freedia.
The show, set to premiere October 2, follows Freedia and other New Orleans bounce artists as they try to push New Orleans bounce music into the mainstream. Considering all the hoopla this past weekend over a20-something pop star's sad attempt at "twerking", mainstream America may not be ready for Freedia and her crew. That doesn't make the show any less promising and we're looking forward to getting an up close view of of the self-proclaimed Queen of New Orleans bounce.
Long live the queen: bounce's intergalactic queen diva Big Freedia will star in her own reality TV series on the Fuse network this fall.
Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce explores the underground world of the New Orleans hip hop scene known as Bounce. The series focuses on local hero and outrageous personality Big Freedia and fellow artists Mr. Ghetto, Sissy Nobby and others as they struggle to take their music to the next level of success.
The series (slotted for an eight-episode order) premieres Wednesday, September 18. Fuse also picked up shows featuring the Insane Clown Posse and G-Fella, an Italian-American rapper.
In January, Pitchfork followed Freedia for a half-hour documentary about the performer's life in New Orleans, interior design, relationships, bounce artistry and violence:
Now the singer has doubled down, canceling a planned appearance on tonight's Jimmy Kimmel Live because cast members from the Louisiana reality show Duck Dynasty also will be on Kimmel:
Morrissey says he can't perform on a show with what he called people who "amount to animal serial killers."
A&E's Duck Dynasty reality show follows a Louisiana family with a business selling duck calls and decoys.
A&E did not immediately respond to requests for comment from it and the Robertson family.
The appearance has been rescheduled, and surely Kimmel will ask the Robertsons about it tonight. In the meantime, read Lauren LaBorde's 2012 interview with Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson.
Will we ever get to see the The Governor's Wife? After news that the premiere of the A&E reality series following former La. governor Edwin Edwards and his 34-year-old wife Trina had been pushed from Feb. 27 to March 13, today the network announced the show won't air until sometime this summer.
According A&E's press release, the date chance is to accomodate a time slot shift by fellow Louisiana reality show Duck Dynasty, which premieres 9 p.m. local time Feb. 27.
"It was a decision made by the network," said Shaun Sanghani, The Governor's Wife creator and producer, in a Facebook message. "It is very common in the TV world for premiere dates to shift as they update and adjust their schedules."
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