OMG! He Said What? (A&E's Duck Dynasty Situation
Barbara Schuldt, Jeff Totten
January 1, 2015
Ethics & Social Justice
Duck Dynasty, controversy, A&E network, public relations, social media
Journal of Critical Incidents
This incident deals with the controversial interview in GQ magazine with Phil Robertson, founder of West Monroe, Louisiana-based Duck Commander and family patriarch on A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” reality television show. Robertson, a devout and conservative Christian, made some highly inflammatory comments about homosexuals and African-American in the pre-Civil Rights era. The A&E network suspended Robertson amid lots of PR, social media, and print commentaries and then reinstated him. The student is asked to assess how A&E handled the PR controversy and to provide suggestions for how the network should have handled the situation.