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Is the outrage over 'Duck Dynasty' patriarch's anti-gay remarks overblown?

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Four of the stars of "Duck Dynasty," from left to right: Phil Robertson, Jase Robertson (Phil's son), Si Robertson (Phil's brother) and Willie Robertson (Phil's son).
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A&E's "Duck Dynasty" is one of the most popular programs on TV right now , with 11.8 million people caught its premiere last season. But the reality show about a Louisiana family and its duck call business has stirred up its own drama off screen.

Phil Robertson -- the family's patriarch -- gave an interview to GQ where he compared homosexuality to bestiality. He also said that, from his experience growing up in the pre-Civil-Rights South, he never saw racism towards black people.

The public outcry over his statements led A&E to suspend Robertson from the show, but now the rest of the family has threatened to quit as well.

Even if people disagree with what Phil said, others say he should have a right to be open with his views without fear of punishment. One of those people is TV producer Dillon Couvillon, who is gay himself. He wrote a piece that appeared on the Huffington Post, "A Gay Man's Open Letter to Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty."