Rebecca Sun, Alex Ben Block
December 23, 2013
In the latest development in the ongoing culture war surrounding Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson’s controversial remarks on homosexuality, the pro-Robertson website iStandwithPhil.com has been flagged on Twitter, prohibiting users from posting messages containing links to the page.
A&E placed Robertson on an indefinite hiatus from his hit reality show after GQ published its January 2014 profile of the family, in which he compared homosexual behavior to “bestiality” and claimed black people were happy in the “pre-entitlement, pre-welfare” days of the Jim Crow South.
iStandWithPhil.com, run by the organization Faith Driven Consumer, has posted a petition demanding that A&E reinstate Robertson and issue a formal apology to his family and his fans. In four days, the petition has collected more than 195,000 signatures out of its goal of 200,000 since it was posted online Friday.
The Christian advocacy group complained Monday that Twitter has blocked users from tweeting about the petition drive. “This marks at least the third major shutdown of a pro-Phil Robertson social media account since the story broke days ago,” said the group in a statement, which did not list other groups it says have also had their tweets blocked by Twitter.
This article was posted: Monday, December 23, 2013 at 7:51 pm