Three Things Teens Can Learn From Phil Robertson

Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson has been kicked off his own show for voicing his opinions about gays in a GQ interview. Go ahead and read the interview first–you might be surprised at what you see. I actually hadn’t read the entire interview before beginning to write this post, and had to go back and make a few changes after my eyes were opened.

As big fans of the show, and as a mom who prides herself on raising her boys to treat everyone equally, I used this as an opportunity to teach my boys a few things.

Three Things Teens Can Learn From Phil Robertson

1. Don’t be surprised when the tea kettle boils. Phil Robertson didn’t come up with his views about gays last week–this is something he has believed his entire life, I’d assume. Before he was a celebrity, TV knew he 1. was from the bible belt and 2. didn’t have much of a filter. Nobody should be surprised at his words, but we should all take them with a grain of salt. Teen translation: Step back and take it all in. The best friend who is gossiping about everyone in your class? Guess what they’re doing when you’re in the next room.

2. Speak the truth. Always. A quote from the GQ article that struck me is, “…the Robertson family really believes strongly that if the human race loved each other and they loved God, we would just be better off.” After saying that, Phil went off and spoke about homosexuality in the same sentence with some horrible life choices–things that have nothing to do with each other. I’m choosing to keep the text off my blog, but you can go ahead and see it in the original article that’s linked above. It seems to me that what he’s saying in the above quote may not be what he truly believes. I understand we all have different opinions about this topic, but there is no reason to put others down because you don’t think the same. Teen translation: Don’t get stuck in the moment. Think twice before you speak, and always use kind words.

3. Don’t believe everything you hear. The headlines today are all over the place. They’re vying for clicks and pageviews. After reading the original interview, I see that some of Phil’s words were taken out of context. Though he truly believes that gays aren’t right, the tone of the headlines don’t quote match the tone of the article. Teen translation: Research what you speak out about before you take a side.

One additional thing I spoke with my boys about today was that we all have the right to our own opinions. Just because Phil Robertson is famous doesn’t give his opinion more weight. We can enjoy watching someone on tv without agreeing with their personal beliefs.

Have you read my post about raising tweens in a Modern Family society? We believe that everyone has the right to live the way they choose, and nobody has the right to judge another. Because in the end, we all have faults… right?


  1. Sara Blake says

    Becca, I love this post! I honestly don’t watch TV so his beliefs really don’t effect me one way or another but you are a good mom utilizing this situation to teach your kids strong values :)

    While you know my thoughts on the situation a la Facebook (lol), I think beyond all the back and forth between people it was frustrating that all of this was getting to be a game of telephone on the internet. So you are so right, doing research and educating yourself before speaking is so important no matter the issue.

    Love you girl!

  2. says

    Great post Becca! You certainly found a way for everyone to identify with the situation no matter what side of the fence they are on. I love that you turned it into a teaching moment!

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