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The Russ Cassell Show 12/23/2013 Hour 3

Dec 23, 2013|

Cracker Barrel and Duck Dynasty; Duck Dynasty conspiracy theory: A&E set Phil Robertson up

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This is the -- castle show of power and charged by. Batteries specialists wishing you and -- is a very Merry Christmas and a happy new year to save my last show for. 2013. -- quite a year for us looking to a much better. About 2014. Now tomorrow and Wednesday. Williams special home Christmas programming on the air during this time slot. And then starting Thursday and I think he's going to be here every day until I get back on January 6. Once again the incredible Vince Coakley. Will be your host so I hope you'll tune in as you go about whatever you're up to. During Christmas and New Year's. In the meantime. We got two hours to finish up Tony thirteen Eagles advantage talk line numbers are available of course. For what ever you like to talk about we started is back in January of this year you almost a year. Of this sudden new incarnation. Of -- what I do here at WORD and it's been a great year in that respect. But then. When we started this back in January -- I wanna make it plain we were live and local we were gonna cover as many things as we could. Live as they happened and of course the emphasis on local whatever is going on in your mind. Is fine whatever you wanna share. Is fine just because. I bring up a certain topic do not feel limited to that topic and haven't worked out pretty well and that's still the rule Ingles advantage talk lines available to you right now. Wherever you are whatever you're thinking Greenville 232. 9673. Or 232 WORD. If you're under greater Spartanburg area. 5749673574. WORD. -- rather text then talk that's why we have the WORD text line number that when his seventh. 1307. RJ one thing I'm gonna remember about 2013. I I don't remember a year. When we've had this much right. I am pretty sure we have broken. Just about. Every record debts you know one record. For rain and again coming down in buckets last night in my house. Now the range gonna get out of here and these warmer temperatures gonna get out here to supposed to get colder for tomorrow and Wednesday so. What should check on what Cracker Barrel did about the -- dynasty thing word of a lot of feedback -- good morning. I can only imagine a Cracker Barrel had a full house would valet parking in San Francisco and Asheville over the weekend. Based on the decision the Cracker Barrel made on Friday and one would think since they've reversed their decision. That those stores in those areas will be the first to suffer from the sales that I say that out loud. Merry Christmas to the entire WORD family thank you David appreciate that very very much. Now we have people. Even after Cracker Barrel came out Friday and said they were gonna remove some. Of the -- dynasty or -- commander products. They quickly reversed him themselves because. People just. I think responded. And I don't know if this is just over -- dynasty I think this has been building up for a while. And so Cracker Barrel reversed themselves -- to -- now. A lot of folks are saying that -- might never wonder again. Other folks are saying well everybody makes mistakes they made a mistake. You know we should support them so I'm I'm just curious your take on it. Some of the big news about this from over the weekend the London. Daily Mail. Have a story a defiant. Phil Robertson told Bible study class. -- Louisiana yesterday. That he isn't backing down. From his stance saying his controversial GQ magazine comments. Came from the Bible and he's not sorry you send them. Here's the quote I will not goof or back off from my path. Because you conquered death father so we're not worried about all the repercussions. He told the class said white's ferry road church in west Monroe Louisiana yesterday. Bob he allowed a reporter. To go there he just told the Bible class. Then he was quote just reading what was written over 2000 years ago. Roberts and all I did was quote from the scripture. But they just didn't know it. Whether I said it. Or they read and what's the difference the -- of the same humans haven't changed. And he also. Denied that he is quote a hater. I'm a bald men and women I am a lover -- of humanity not a hater. He also said quote sexual sins are numerous and many admitted he's had a few himself. Quote we murdering each other and we steal from one another sex and morality goes ballistic. All the diseases. They just so happened to follow sexual mr. boy there are some microbes roaming around now. But he said that Jesus said it is a man and a woman. But we looked at it and said it was an outdated stereotype when you look back at the human race. The Sims have always been the same we get -- we get drunk we get laid we steal and kill. In quote bill Robertson. After his Bible class. -- state for servicers. During which his oldest son pastor Alan Robertson. Mentioned the controversy after church quote well we've read quite a week. -- and Doug -- some shopping ignited a national controversy. The pastor said. The controversy. Has just made the Robertson friendly. Which was already wealthy. Because of their -- called business. Even wealthier Wal-Mart. Late last week. Reported -- dynasties merchandise is selling rapidly. Online and in their stores. According to Forbes Steve Robertson families merchandise empires worth 400 million dollars. Wal-Mart sales or half of that. The family also won't be losing its Cracker Barrel sales we've been talking about this restaurant chain. Reversed itself yesterday and said they're gonna put the merchandise. Back in their stores. A district anybody bit into Cracker Barrel this morning. Lot of folks are off work already. Is anybody -- to a local Cracker Barrel this morning and did you. Did you notice any -- dynasty Slashdot commander stuff out did you bite me or not by. I'd I'd I'd love to hear from you 2329673. Or Spartanburg 5749673. I mean did anybody if you went to a Cracker Barrel was this even brought up did you did you talk to your. Waiter -- waitress about it did you mentioned something to the cashiers or even a manager. -- like. First and information here so if you've been out there to a Cracker Barrel -- you like to share something give us call. The London Daily Mail also. Has this report. Then the Robertson family thinks a unique. And amount to dry. Here's that report reporter is will -- a dynasty star Phil Robertson and his family. Believe they've been hung out to dry by a me. After he was suspended sources within the close -- Louisiana -- So they are convinced -- Indy. Was manipulating the controversy to bring them and particularly Phil Robertson back in the line. After television executives grew tired of the family pushing their deeply held Christian beliefs. The -- London Daily -- also saying they don't Roberts instinctive network could have done something. To -- -- controversial article from being made public because. An -- any representative. Was present during the inner view. Moralism that interstate. A source close to the family who asked not to be named told the London mail online. Quote you have to ask yourself. Why this interview happened and why it ever became public someone from a and he was the year. And was aware of the kind of answers film's gimmick. But despite that they didn't even try to stop it or control it instead they let it hit the headlines. And then released a statement condemning. It is our belief that they knew what was going to happen and then used the situation to exercise control over filled. It is our understanding further quoting that when the TV executives came up with the concept for the show. They wanted it to be a case of people laughing at a bunch of backward rednecks. But when it didn't turn out like that. And people actually started identifying. With the way the family behaved and we're laughing with them not asked him they became uncomfortable. And it didn't sit well with the New York TV types. We believe further quoting. That there were also they were also uncomfortable. With the family's insistence. That there would be a strong religious presence in the show. They knew Phil was the driving force behind this and we think they views the situation to bring him in line. So they could steer the show back down the path they originally intended for and but they must have underestimated how united the family is and how committed they are to their beliefs. They also didn't realize how much support -- would get from the public so things have backfired on. That's a couple things over the weekend being reported. By the London Daily Mail LA times. Also all over this. Let's -- the reporter is Scott Collins. Anyone looking at the -- dynasty uproar may wonder why AT&T didn't warned Phil Robertson. About the dangers of talking too much to reporters. But now it looks like they did. Roberts in the long bearded patriarch of the clan of Louisiana don't call merchants. Is on hiatus from filming episodes of the number one rated cable reality show. After giving to GQ magazine interview where he made anti gay remarks in question the need for the civil rights movement. Then blah blah blah blah blah. This scandal has turned into the kind of tempest. Network executives feared all along. Any new Robertson's controversial views. Expanded in videotaped sermons and elsewhere the other -- you to. Before the show premiered in the spring of 2012. And he warned him not to. Over share -- On hot button topics such as gay rights in British relations according to a producer of familiar with the situation. Still another family members also probably signed contracts. Containing are you ready for this morals clauses -- talked about this last week I have one of these in my country. What is it for you promised to among other things avoid anything that would embarrass. Or bring shame in this case to -- and -- -- the brand. Such clauses. Are standard in the entertainment and sports industries. So LA times writes in essence the network was asking -- a man of legendary individuality. The ones pressed up the opportunity to sign with the NFL because that might interfere with -- -- humming to be somewhat less feel a lot -- felt like. But that's the kind of wobbly bargain that reality TV producers. Have been forced to make if they -- to show. They were getting a volatile personality in the mix. Any kind of course walked away. But that it would have meant passing over a potential TV phenomenon. Which is what the Robertson scorched. Became men are now. They conclude for sometime Phil Robertson held up his end of the speak no evil bargain. But that's over now obviously neither of 280. Spokespersons. Respond to those three request instead of asking for comment on Friday. In a statement earlier a and he said it was extremely disappointed. To read the GQ interview. Note however at LA times says that the statement did not say extremely surprised. So the men -- knew all along about the views of Robertson and his family he wasn't shy about sharing them executives just hoped. He wouldn't say them again what -- tape recorder. Was turned off. Now I'm not -- that I'm not -- that this this is a plant trees in the LA times to try. To take some of the heat off. If -- Is is what I see there. Am glad. The organization. One of the organizations that one after Phil Robertson. This visit. Yahoo! News. In the fall out over the suspension of Phil Robertson dubbed honesty by -- glad is experiencing record levels of backlash. Well. Quote in the five and a half years I've worked -- glad I've never received. So many violently. Angry phone calls and so and social media posts. Attacking glad for a speaking out against these comments. The media watchdog organization vice president of communications. Rich Ferraro. Told the -- He said those reactions ranged from those who simply believe his Robertson believes to those who feel that glad and eight in these actions. Limit the reality stars free speech which is obviously not true. Quote I don't think that this is about the First Amendment Ferraro said I feel it's more about the America we live in today. That is one were Americans gay and straight are able to speak out when people in the public guide made anti gay and racist remarks. Into quote. So -- You know supporters have -- -- -- day in the Robertson family started petitions. You know calling for boycotts and politicians like Sarah Palin and Bobby Jindal we've gotten involved. And this guy Ferraro. Said that back. They they've gotten quite a backlash dead quite frankly is unprecedented over this. So that I guess the -- what you take away from all that. Is there's a lot boarded the story and people who support the Robertson's. Aren't just sitting back. You know engrossed in Christmas and everything else and not paying attention. Which is. Here lately at least unprecedented. I mean people have responded in such a way. I think it's the culmination. Of a lot of things. I don't think it's just over -- dynasty in other words people are sick and tired having the stuff rammed down their throat. You would've thought that may be like the Colorado -- Chris story might have been this kind of story but it wasn't it got a lot of play but it didn't get this kind of reaction. -- dynasties so popular it's gotten this kind of reaction. So much so. The -- dynasty stuff I mean it's it's still on the shelves at Wal-Mart. It's been put back on the shelves a Cracker Barrel the sponsors are running away from a under armour says they're gonna stick. With that dynasty. So would it really is a curious story anyway we welcome your comments about this or anything else on your -- to start the hour would change in fountain in -- RE dot -- the milk route for a good -- -- watched show but I have a bit of mud out and American. Fox should be all about the the FB what are they knew what you cannot believe white we usually call these people getting hired. Having the gay and lesbian agenda pushed governor broke. -- -- It's double short -- because -- feel like Americans should enjoy the work that other Americans in Jordan. But I don't think they're there all gay marriage straying. You could barely -- right now I think we -- all the civil and whatever. But it can't marriage be between them ever to walk out it's part of you want or are. In this argument cheap cheap you don't locate them on. -- com. How are people are gate -- people in the dark here about very much about what to do and Jordan -- protection. -- go. Bank holdup in everybody's -- Thought they were all around the belt everybody's -- Can act that I don't know what it means they can debate how many gay and lesbian people didn't sit well watch it. Yeah that would look up. And they are saying you wouldn't believe that here. They took a huge risk here -- they knew what Phil Robertson and the Robertson for and we were all about and I think what the London Daily Mail reported is true they thought that this would be people making fun of a bunch of rednecks. And that in all of a sudden it wasn't that it was it was family values it was people sit around the table pray and together. It was a guy who has a life story which is a great Christian story you know you you live a life that you know was wrong. And you catch yourself and time to say it's wrong in your repent and you find Jesus and it changes your life and Phil Robertson said it. He's dedicated the rest of his life to spreading the message they didn't anticipate that. And they never anticipated nobody did that this program would turn into the record breaking. Television show that it is. I mean my goodness you walk to -- stores here in the upstate this stuff is everywhere it's all over the shelves I don't hear words you can funny character like side. I think yeah I mean it's just amazing -- but I there's a piece of American thinker dot com this morning by Robert are -- end. I think he's right -- it -- did this time it's different. He writes this time millions of Christians and other Americans. Even some enlightened -- he's said enough is enough. We've had it with your bullying were mad as hell and we're not gonna take it anymore. And the left is stoned. Because. He writes for the first time and a long time. They are not reloading they are retreating. And and I and I think he may be onto something -- James thank you for the call the look of that wife of -- over Christmas a 1024 now back in a moment then tour. Right some of the feedback BMW or. 71307. Russ. I think this event is not gonna affect Cracker Barrel at all. The writer very forgiving people. And we're just not as militant as the left wingers are. -- after Cracker Barrel reversed its decision yesterday I won't go out of my way to eat there. Guess they've made a mistake but we all fall short and made mistakes by day and glad I have been -- -- punch. You see here. Ross Amanda is in -- for -- that becomes spectrum to get okay. Ross Merry Christmas Glavine NAACP both try to force their views on all of us. If you don't agree with them then you -- bigot just like those who disagree with Obama. They're obviously racist right. So they employ any means available in order to force their views on you and me and they don't care about your views. Or if the violence issues. Yet that's exactly right we we talked about this last week. That is the key difference here. It would have been very easy for regional. Reasonable people to simply say you don't want to Robertson thinks that way I don't think that way we just disagree. The C it's progressed way beyond that now. As others have said and I have said now is the point -- if you don't agree with me I'm gonna force you are punish you I'm gonna silence you. And even that gay writer at time magazine said it isn't the real bigotry. On the left side of the the -- this time. It was a gay right. And he quoted GK Chester Chester -- said bigotry. Is. When someone can't seriously even consider. An alternative view. He's right. 1030 news time back right after this. This is the Russ castle show -- -- and charge my batteries specialists. Barring coming up on 1036 right back to our Eagles advantage talk like numbers -- is next -- easily ideal. Hey. You know. -- dynasty are. So called controversy. I -- get everything. Our. But what it is important. It is a homosexual community. And be liberal community that acts or homosexual lifestyle. Are open -- because they -- called. Order in a row. I somewhat don't GB and -- -- don't like that they're don't paint and -- are right to control. Are good -- what I over the -- away. All. Have or should they try to play what do you say it again they had all erotic to pick him -- their program it we have the right. Do our picture out and are not -- Based boxers or right hand -- -- it yeah yeah. How why that terrible why aren't aren't. -- and I am because I what are where people. Are influential people I am -- good they're gonna act. I think it's kind of a cop out that some problems are cheap park being -- at this group up bullish big. This year. What are pretty patronage here but you know all -- little bit. And nobody deprived Phil Robertson of his free speech obviously he said and is it continuing to say what he said. So and no government entity at all. Is involved in this no government entity. -- is said you can't save that are we're gonna prosecute you for a crime yet I mean I think that may be the way we're headed. Or it I don't know that men aren't you know our -- and aren't yet and he didn't want anybody. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- really occur are where our information that again but yeah they category what are they edit or out. Ali what apparently. There are hurting them. I mean seriously I had people when I read the quote. Complaining and you know I look at it Phil Robertson was. Sharing terms that are in an eighth grade biology class credit card at least used to but he saw -- I don't you know the he has a point of view. He's been very upfront about his point of view there was no surprises at all year. And for the life of me I don't know how they and he can get away. With. Issuing the statement that they've issued. And then at the same time showing a -- dynasty marathon over the weekend and I really don't know how Cracker Barrel gets away with what they tried to do on Friday. And then reversed themselves on Sunday. Wal-Mart -- that told any of their products off the shelf I mean it's a fascinating thing thank you -- I appreciate it we talked to Tony in dubbed big break. -- -- -- and -- -- you still in the raiders -- rain stopped. Right now they're talking pulled out of step I'd just done more to come and all tired you know the -- yeah. We don't you do it like. For sure and Andy are you on the interstate right now Tony. The only people out there can be in the -- and. I got you so is traffic as it heavy or is it moderator. Well I play a lot mallet laurel out. Moderate. They don't get it restored the ball more. -- or longer really miss that for sure. And just obliterated all the way to maybe get the body -- their air. Yes hopeful speak. So our thoughts about does -- dynasty thing. Well a lot of the old I got there -- -- -- the -- The part but not all of was spot. They're proud about they're seeing. But their commitment would almost like black and didn't feel -- -- all -- desperately. To quotes richter retreat at the -- Pete didn't he didn't call anybody night. TD it really put the ball in order to help scripture. As far as NAACP. -- concern. Bill was talking about your family your wife and it was little. They -- dirt poor. Gore has it in those they could be and everybody got along and work together regularly that which he has. Right right he said in my eyes I never stalled big old black people harmed and I reported that now when -- Bershard most of the articles so. Clearly they've been hand on this I mean is that they're tactics that they always use. Heck have become I'd work it didn't work out Foreman and I don't. It's pretty big -- they have. Sustainably now being -- they look really. Right at the end as well the late to be held more than anybody else to follow country. That is bringing -- you start going after one of our family members. People to get back now most Obama. Group look at this airport -- -- We don't -- -- our course and beautiful but there's -- -- like almost certainly get -- -- -- NAACP or -- or slower -- But more wealth and all they and they could spell that out this this bailout we Ian -- white Cracker Barrel change their mind. I got a real elite believe basically wake up and go wolfpack got a recent opponent they're. We're we're -- saying Christians persecuted all appointed retired sickened and killed -- Egypt and Sudan memorial. Graves in the final price they're. If you unit on letting it dig loyal people persecute you know we're not so we're not to expect they have said that it running to win I'd be. But it just straight up. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- That's about like that looked like he doesn't Wiki which is wrong because it does look very forceful way out of the mayor. Right -- you think back to that famous saying from -- Yamamoto. After World War II are after Pearl Harbor. When he said we have awakened a sleeping giant is is that what really is going on here. I wanna I wanna talk a little bit more about that in a second because I think this is beyond again just -- dynasty what has happened here. Thank you Johnny be -- Merry Christmas 1042 now. 1046. -- local WORD 1063 hey thanks for the local feed back here. I had scored earlier if anybody been Cracker Barrel Ross found in for staying yesterday in my family another family went Cracker Barrel defeat after church. It was 1 PM usually the way it is long especially. If you have a party of aids. We walked in and sat right down there wasn't -- -- I had heard about the Cracker Barrel and Doug dynasty issue. Hadn't heard about it until last night on the news. May have something to do with it we all thought it was strange. For Cracker Barrel. To not have a weight on Sunday at 1 PM. Rushed just left to Cracker Barrel in Spartanburg went out of my way to buy only -- commander merchandise. Even the import duties were talking and how they support the Robertson's. And not a eat and eat. Yes I. I imagine this piece by -- Robert our abate an American thinker dot com as AT&T awakened a sleeping giant. And I and I I think he makes a good case here here's what he part of what he writes. For many years now of the drill has become familiar someone speaks out in favor of maintaining the traditions of marriage. And instantly. The gay rights organizations are open arms making threats filing lawsuits in mobilizing protests. Then instead of Christians putting a serious resistance. There is apathy apology and defeat the script repeated over and over again time after time. This -- different this time millions of Christians and other Americans even some enlightened -- Said enough is enough. We've had it would your bullying we're mad -- -- we're not gonna take it anymore the left was stunned reeling backward in defeat for the first time in a long time. They are not reloading they are retreating. Our -- as I cannot say exactly how much of this came about because of dog diamond state. While it obviously played a major role he writes I suspect there was more than one factor at work. The efforts of gays and others on the left to intimidate and silence Americans is not the only thing to Christians have become exasperated -- A whole host of other attacks upon first amendment rights is gradually perhaps invisibly. Builds up pressure in the hearts of freedom loving Americans. A long list of violations of our rights by the most leftist president we've ever had. Surely played a role in the impatience Americans are feeling. If not the -- dynasty controversy. Than some other event was sure to eventually blow the top all the volcano. A dynasty was not we should note entirely an accidental target of the social left. It's immensely its immense popularity. Had become perceived by progressives. As the very real threat it is a threat to those who wield the power of the entertainment media. It had long been known. That's small budget Christian oriented movies. Are making strong inroads now into the monopoly that the left has long claimed as its exclusive entitlement Hollywood is the platform. From which humanness and secular -- broadcast their propaganda. In the bowels of this darkness not even a few flickering candles of truth could be allowed to -- because. Against the three -- can handle even the mighty as darkness is driven in to defeat. And so profound sentence he broke their. Against the small intrepid flotilla of truth. The mighty battle fleet of leftist dogma sailed forth expecting yet one more victory on its way to total domination of society. A society in which they hope even though mirrors mention. A biblical teachings will be quickly crushed and smothered. They expected this smashing the dumpsters. Would be done almost without breaking stride a simple complaint an implied threat should do the job. Against the gay juggernaut that Christian majority. Was predicted to cower in fear. We now know that manners are turning out very differently. Very well he writes we won the forces of would be tyranny have suffered a major setback with this but we cannot afford to -- -- There is much more work to be done enough of it's going to be easy. The great and bloody battles are yet to be fought Winston Churchill warned the allies to expect victory. But only after much blood toil sweat and tears. The victory is not ours but god -- and he will win it for us on his schedule not hours. He concludes it is not however gloating to visualize the disappointed. Aspiring dictators. In their darkened caves. Feeling the chilly wind of forthcoming defeat. As they realize the grim truth. They truly have awakened. A sleeping. Giant. The words of Robert. It's out today and American thinker. Dot com. -- thoughts on this or anything else jump on board 1051. -- friends and Taylor has gotten ninety seconds ago. Hello frank. Yes thrust -- they can answer a couple questions for Rachel and it's retired military. I deploy New Year's dinner whatever is and there are other pension. Now are these guys who backed the work OK if they get out of military. Can't make collector who government pensions for racial purity and their government and I was told they can't. Boy you guys I don't know off the top my head I know this cod. In the cost of living you know adjustment. For veterans straight is now up in the air because the veterans are fighting back. We -- of people fighting back on dog dynasty veterans are are just mad as hell. And so much so. That now some politicians. Are saying that when congress gets back together next year. They're gonna take a look at this and that they may reverse it now Chuck Hagel said last Thursday. Then this just can't be avoided. Here's the quote we all know we need to slow cost growth in military compensation. We know that many proposals will be controversial and then popular. Tough decisions will still have to be made is what -- hate -- saying yeah if -- saying bad and that's what Obama believes. Well I have my life so much retired military okay and he told me not he works okay. He's he told me but he cannot collect social security and we're and it always you know I'd. I -- -- atop my head that just doesn't sound right I mean they're two different things but to be honest -- I don't know frank. Are at 11 o'clock we'll be right back.