“Duck Dynasty” daddy Phil Robertson told GQ magazine that there’s no comparing a woman’s vagina to a man’s anus when it comes to sex and called homosexuality sinful.
But now he’s softened his words – with an official statement – after being publicly called out for sounding so homophobic.
"It seems like to me, a vagina – as a man – would be more desirable than a man's anus,” he says in the magazine’s January 2014 issue.
“There's more there! She's got more to offer. I mean, come on dudes! But hey, sin: It's not logical, my man.”
The gay and lesbian rights group GLAAD quickly slammed Robertson’s comments and asked "Duck Dynasty's" network, A&E, and sponsors to “reexamine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families,” according to Fox News.
"Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil's lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe," GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz told Fox.
"He clearly knows nothing about gay people or the majority of Louisianans – and Americans - who support legal recognition for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples.”
Daddy duck opened up to the magazine about his views on everything from homosexuality to his strong Christian faith. That’s more than he shared with Barbara Walters, which was nothing.
He skipped out on her recent interview with the Robertson family for her annual people of the year episode and went duck hunting instead.
"We're Bible-thumpers who just happened to end up on television," the 67-year-old Duck Commander founder told GQ.
"You put in your article that the Robertson family really believes strongly that if the human race loved each other and they loved God, we would just be better off. We ought to just be repentant, turn to God, and let's get on with it, and everything will turn around."
Everything, you know, like homosexual behavior. Society’s become too accepting of sin like that, he said.
“Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and those men ... they won't inherit the kingdom of God. It's not right,” he said.
He paraphrased Corinthians with this: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”
But just so you know, he doesn’t judge.
"We never, ever judge someone on who's going to heaven, hell. That's the Almighty's job. We just love 'em, give 'em the good news about Jesus—whether they're homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort 'em out later, you see what I'm saying?"
After hearing the backlash, A&E sent Fox a statement from Phil further explaining his comments.
“I myself am a product of the '60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior,” he said in his statement.
“My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together.
“However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other.”
Tell that to the folks who are sounding off today on Twitter, where lines are sharply drawn about Phil’s thoughts on gays.
“It was only a matter of time before intolerant, anti-Christian haters targeted 'Duck Dynasty',” tweeted Todd Starns (@toddstarnes)
“Well I guess hateful, (dumba**) hillbillies are at least goin to heaven,” tweeted Jalen M. King (@jalen_kingg)
"Duck Dynasty" has been a breakout hit for A&E, returning for a fourth season in August to 11.8 million viewers.
While ratings eroded a bit during the season, the finale in October still pulled 8.4 million viewers, and a Christmas special drew 8.9 million viewers.