I could have cashed in big time.
But, maybe I’m slipping in my old age. Even I didn’t think that the Human Right Scampaign would – or at least would this quickly – become a corporate fluffer for A&E and Duck Dynasty.
Here’s a dose of reality for you to chug as 2014 arrives: A&E is just the HRC of basic cable.
And, apparently, HRC is eager for the world to know that that moral equivalency runs in both directions:
While some observers accused A&E of backing down, some of the advocacy groups that were originally dismayed by Robertson’s remarks on homosexuality begged to differ.
“It’s not really a reversal,” Fred Sainz, a representative of the Human Rights Campaign, told CNN’s Brianna Keilar in a telephone interview on Friday. “We think it’s actually a positive outcome, and we want to thank A&E for their attentiveness and collaboration over the course of the last few weeks.”
Sainz said that his group was “heartened” by A&E’s plans for the public service announcement campaign. A spokesman for A&E declined to comment on whether Robertson or other “Duck Dynasty” cast members would participate in the campaign, but the channel is said to be hopeful that at least some of the cast members will.
“We’ve received assurances also that the Robertson family is now open to working with African-American and (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people to address the real harm that such anti-gay and racist comments can cause,” Sainz said on CNN.
HRC saying that it is “heartened” is like…
Phil the duck dude – the duck dude who seemed to be pretty damn clear about his position on gays – saying that he’s open to doing anything whatsoever “positive” with LGBT people.
Here’s something more useful to do with your time: Give your old boss a call each morning to let him know that Jan. 20, 2017 is one day closer…
and that ENDA isn’t.