According to the latest updates by KNOE-TV, three professors walked out of graduation ceremony for Louisiana Tech University students on May 24. They walked out to protest the school’s honor for “Duck Dynasty’s” Phil Robertson. Read on for MNG’s ‘Duck Dynasty’ update to find out more about the Phil Robertson’s latest scandal.
The remonstration took place when members of the campus’ lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender organization Prism came to know that Phil Robertson would receive the university’s Tower Medallian, which is given to eminent Louisiana Tech alumni. As we all know the “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson n was briefly suspended by A&E for his anti-gay comments in a GQ Magazine interview last December. In this latest video, Robertson mentioned that he was incorrectly targeted for what he said at the time:
“Are you waiting on Jesus? Or are you afraid to see that sky busting, you see him coming? You got two lists … I gave some guy one list. You say, were they mad at you about that list? They were mad at me,” preached Robertson in a GQ Magazine interview. Students, faculty, and people across the state shared their wrath through social media rants. They posted Facebook statuses and tweeted their feelings to Louisiana Tech using the hashtag #NoHonorInBigotry.
“We wanted to make a statement displaying our disapproval of the honoring, and for several reasons, including the minimal time we were given to react, a social media campaign was the best way to do this. Faculty, staff, and students didn’t have any time to give input since no one new until the day before,” told Hannah Ellsworth, president of Prism, to KNOE. However Robertson did not attend the ceremony. His wife, Kay Robertson and son, Alan Robertson, received the award in his place.
Louisiana Tech released a statement saying the award was given to Robertson by the Louisiana Tech Alumni Association, not the university.
“Despite the decision of the three faculty members who opted to protest the award recipient, the focus for Louisiana Tech remained on recognizing the 957 students who successfully completed their studies and honoring them for their achievements, “We are extremely proud of what they have accomplished,” “and look forward to them representing us as Louisiana Tech alumni,” reads. The statement from the university, provided to KNOE-TV.
Despite criticism, Robertson still received support from religious and political leaders. They supported Robertson’s First Amendment right to express his religious beliefs. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal was one of leaders to release a statement supporting Robertson, saying: “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,” as reported by CHRISTIAN POST.
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