Robertson got tangled up in sexual politics in an interview published in GQ magazine.
“It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus,” he said.
“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.”
His remarks produced a firestorm of criticism and the A&E Network, which airs “Duck Dynasty,” a show about his family, put him on indefinite suspension.
“His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community,” the network said in a statement. “The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”
That’s when Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, stepped in.
“Free speech is endangered species; those ‘intolerants’ hatin’ & taking on Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing personal opinion take on us all,” she wrote on her Facebook page.
Palin also posted a photo Wednesday night (Dec. 18) on her Facebook page as another show of support. It shows her with members of the show. She wrote that “intolerants” caused Robertson’s suspension.
Gay rights groups GLAAD and The Human Rights Campaign called the remarks “vile.”
“Duck Dynasty,” now in its second season focuses on the Robertson family business in Monroe, Louisiana, They make duck calls for hunters. Phil, wife Kay, his sons and their wives and “Uncle Si, make up the cast.
Noted for its deadpan humor, the show typically attracts nine million viewers, making it one of A&E’s most popular.
Palin said on a recent Fox News show that she is considering running for U.S. Senate against current Sen. Mark Begich, the junior Democratic Senator from Alaska.