Phil Robertson's suspension from A&E's reality series Duck Dynasty has become an extremely polarizing topic for the show's fans and critics alike. Now, former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is speaking out in favor of the Louisiana-based entrepreneur.
On Dec. 18, the Alaska native, who had her own reality series on TLC in 2010, wrote on her Facebook page, "Free speech is an endangered species. Those 'intolerants' hatin’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us."
Robertson, 67, is under fire after a recent interview in GQ when he expressed his views on homosexuality in relation to his faith.
"Everything is blurred in what's right and wrong. Sin becomes fine," he said. "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."
A&E has indefinitely suspended the family's patriarch from the popular series, which started in 2012.
“We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty," the network said in a statement. "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 has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”
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But fans have since lashed out, claiming Robertson's suspension is a direct violation of his right to free speech and to express his religious beliefs.
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This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Sarah Palin Defends Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson: "Free Speech Is an Endangered Species"
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