1. DUCK DYNASTY SUSPENSION
DUCK DOWN: Things were going so well for the Duck Dynasty family. The reality show, following their family duck call business, is a mega-hit and has made the Robertson family mega-rich. But now Phil Robertson, one of the stars of the A&E show, may have given us too much of his reality. In a just released interview with GQ magazine Robertson said homosexuality is a sin and seemed to put it in the same category as bestiality and promiscuity. Here’s the quote. “It seems like, to me, a vagina – as a man – would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.” Asked what, in his mind, is sinful, Robertson replied: “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.”
That sound you are hearing right now is the million dollar bus stalling over at the A&E Network. Suffice to say, the Network folks were not happy with this publicity. They released a statement yesterday saying A&E supports the gay community and “has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.” Let the debate begin
2. DIPLOMAT STRIP SEARCH
Outrage and defense: The recent arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York has caused outrage in India and headaches for some prosecutors here. And amazingly it stems from the diplomats use of a housekeeper. Devyani Khobragade, the diplomat, said she would pay her housekeeper $9.75 an hour. But she wound up paying the housekeeper only $3.31 an hour, authorities say. So U.S. investigators arrested her on charges of lying on her application for that housekeeper. They say they treated her like other people they arrest, strip-searching her and holding her in jail until she paid a bond to get out. Yet the December 12 arrest has infuriated some in India, who say the U.S. humiliated one of its foreign service officers. This week demonstrators were outside U.S. Embassy in New Delhi. Yesterday a prosecutor in the case defended the arrest.
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