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When Worlds Collide: Pajama Boy and Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson


Mark Steyn

Look, I’m an effete foreigner who likes show tunes. My Broadway book was on a list of “Twelve Books Every Gay Man Should Read.” Andrew Sullivan said my beard was hot. Leonard Bernstein stuck his tongue in my mouth (long story). But I’m not interested in living in a world where we have to tiptoe around on ever thinner eggshells. If it’s a choice between having celebrity chefs who admit to having used the N-word in 1977 (or 1965, or 1948, or whenever the hell it was) and reality-show duck-hunters who quote Corinthians and Alec Baldwin bawling out some worthless paparazzo who’s doorstepping his family with a “homophobic” slur, or having all of them banished from public life and thousands upon millions more too cowed and craven to speak lest the same fate befall them, I’ll take the former any day.


Because the latter culture would be too boring for any self-respecting individual to want to live in, even more bloody boring than the current TV landscape where, aside from occasional eruptions of unerotic twerking by sexless skanks, every other show seems to involve snippy little Pajama Boys sitting around snarking at each other in the antiseptic eunuch pose that now passes for “ironic.” It’s “irony” as the last circle of Dante’s cultural drain; it’s why every show advertised as “edgy” and “transgressive” offers the same pitiful combination of attitude and impotence as a spayed cat humping.  

Such a pansified culture is going nowhere. I hasten to add I don’t mean “pansified” in the sense of penetrative sex with other men, but in the Sarah Silverman sense of “I mean ‘gay’ like ‘retarded.’” Miss Silverman can get away with that kind of talk because she’s a Pajama Boy–friendly ironist posing as a homophobic disablist. Unless, of course, she’s a homophobic disablist posing as a Pajama Boy–friendly ironist. Maybe we should ban her just to be on the safe side.

How do you make a fruit cordial?

Be nice to him. Or else.

Mark Steyn, a National Review columnist, is the author of After America: Get Ready for Armageddon. © 2013 Mark Steyn

Stand With Phil
The legion of die-hard Duck Dynasty fans did not take kindly to A&E’s decision to put paterfamilias Phil Robertson on hiatus for his comments on homosexuality. Here’s a look at their reactions and some colorful Photoshop commentary on Phil, A&E, liberals, and more.
Petitions destined for A&E executives and calls for boycotting the network quickly sprang up. More than one million people have liked the Facebook page WeStandWithPhil and more than 200,000 have signed their petition. Another Facebook page advocating a boycott of A&E has also received more than one million likes, and others in the same vein are showing similarly strong support.
Organizers took pride in the strength of the response.
On Twitter, the hashtag #IStandWithPhil and others filled with messages of support and some lively debate. Here’s a look at some of the Photoshopped commentary and declarations of support for Robertson.
Many Duck fans saw a clear double standard in how A&E and liberals in general reacted to Robinson.
Updated: Dec. 21, 2013