'Duck Dynasty' Homophobia & 6 Other Ways Once-Beloved Reality Stars Fell from Grace
A day in the life of America's most popular reality family's patriarch is guaranteed to ruffle a few duck feathers. But no one could've (OK so maybe that's also a lie) prepared themselves for the mega-backlash that's been lofted upon Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty after a recent interview with GQ landed him in hot water. His comments regarding the physical merits of homosexuality ("It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus") are sure to divide fans of his immensely popular TV series.
(UPDATE: Phil Robertson was suspended for the comments made on the show and will remain on an "indefinite hiatus." The network commented: 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.")
But his wouldn't be the first — nor is it likely to be the last instance of beloved reality stars getting themselves into trouble by saying terribly insensitive, bigoted, offensive things. We've decided to take a look at those that've come before Phil, in hopes of sussing out what his future might be after all of his gross comments.
Everyone from 'Big Brother'
The multi-faceted gemstones Big Brother 15 called “human contestants” this year had some great things to say about their fellow castmates, from “no one’s going to vote for whoever that queer puts up” to mocking Asians with “Why you no have boyfriend? It’s because you don’t want long nail!” and “do you want the black to come out” just to round out the offensive behavior, because, oh shit if I know: YOLO? Ugh.
And just like that, one season turned a once-beloved show into the most vile thing on television.
Russell Hantz from 'Survivor'
You know a surefire way to get everyone on your side? Tell them you’re a Hurricane Katrina victim who lost your dog in the flooding.
Only make sure it’s a TRUE story (caveat!) or else when they find out it’s all a lie, they will instantly hate you for it, now until forever.
Brandi Glanville from 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills'
Oh, Brandi. You were so fun for awhile there! Overtly sexual and a little bit kookaroo, but fun! And then you had to go and be racist towards Joyce and now, well, bye bye credibility!
I mean, do we even need to rehash the most epic fall from grace in modern times? Don’t use the n-word, y’all. It will ruin your entire life and the food empire on which you so rely.
Remember when we loved Heidi? She was silly and entertaining on Season 1 of The Hills, then she went and destroyed her life by meeting Spencer Pratt and the rest is some sort of messed up history. Proof that sometimes who you date really does reveal everything you need to know about a person. Their vow renewal theme should be “It’s like you’re my mirror, my mirror staring back at me.”
Jon & Kate Gosselin
Oh, man, remember those days? When that scrappy young couple gave birth to a gaggle of children and everyone was in love with them? And then remember when it all fell apart because we made them feel invincible and in return they revealed themselves to be über-dysfunctional humans? Yeah, whoops.
I worry about these kids’ therapy costs every day of my life.
Phil Robertson from 'Duck Dynasty'
“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.”
Oh, right: because your penis knows all the thoughts, feelings, and predilections of all the other pensises out there in the universe, right Phil? Riiiiiiiiiight. Forgot the notorious g.o.d. bestowed such a power upon you.
If these other reality stars are any indication, we can feel his fall from grace in 5… 4… 3… 2…