The past twenty-four hours have been a press relations roller coaster for Phil Robertson, a star of A&E reality show Duck Dynasty, after an interview with GQ in which Robertson said some controversial things about race and homosexuality.
A&E quickly put Robertson on hiatus until further notice, but, apparently, the whole controversy was due to a number clumsy typos on behalf of GQ.
One of the controversial quotes with typos is as follows:
“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.”
However, once the article was adjusted for typos, Robertson’s statement seems rather innocuous.
“It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. But really, sexual preferences are really subjective. Why would I go around applying logic to something like attraction? Sure, there are chemical reactions occurring within the brain and throughout the nervous system that elicit what we perceive as desire, and therefor there is some kind of logic underlying human attraction, but it is nothing like the form of logic we are used to experiencing where we actively weigh the qualities of various things in order to come to a determination.
Trust me, I’ve lost many a nights sleep thinking about male anuses and wracking my brain to come up with an ironclad list of reasons as to why I should not sexually penetrate them, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned, is that even though the list I made had more pros than cons, I still can’t bring myself to do it. I’ve logically concluded that this must mean that some desires are innate.”
GQ also had another typo in the article pertaining to Robertson’s racist comments about blacks and the pre-civil-rights south.
Unfortunately, however, correcting the typo only made the statements infinitely more racist.