Phil Robertson Rips Miley Cyrus For Promoting “Decadence”
Robertson’s new religion-themed documentary Torchbearer is set to play at the Cannes Film Festival later this week. A recently-released trailer indicates Cyrus is one of the film’s subjects, as she appears on-screen as he talks about “moral decay.” And in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the controversial “Duck Dynasty” star explains why.
“Our founders [fathers] said once your religion goes, then your morality goes, then your freedom goes, and you see with Bernie Sanders they’re wanting to get rid of the Republic and replace it with socialism,” Robertson says when asked about his “problem” with Cyrus. “America is floundering in sin, and I know that’s a unique word in your part of the country.”
He continues, “If you don’t see the decadence around you, dude, promoted by Miley Cyrus and others in Hollywood, then I don’t know what to tell you. If you got an argument in favor of decadence, then give it to me.” And it seems like there’s very little in pop culture today that gets Robertson’s approval.
“Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshall — ‘Gunsmoke,’ and John Wayne and the Western Channel. Also the Weather Channel to see what the Doppler radar is telling me,” he tells the outlet. Robertson goes on to explain, “You have to remember, I’ve never turned on a computer and I don’t own a cell phone. So, dude, you’re reaching way down in the woods.”
He adds, “I am, as you’ve noticed, old school. But this is America and I know how tolerant we are of each other, I just like to call sin what it is — what God tells me it is.” Elsewhere in the chat, Robertson decries President Obama’s recent statement on transgender bathrooms, says what same-sex marriage “open[s] the door for is sexual free-for-all, and depravity goes mainstream,” and objects to “killing babies in their mother’s womb.”
And when asked if he regrets his infamous comments about homosexuality being a sin, Robertson answers, “Oh, not at all.” Interestingly, though, he goes on to take responsibility for some of his own sinful behavior. “Dude, I used to get high, drunk and laid with the worst of ’em. I did it for 28 years. It’s not like I’ve never been on the other side,” he says. “I lived a very sinful life ’til I ran up on Jesus. Now I’m just trying to help my neighbor out. Why don’t we love God, love each other and do what’s right? You’re in Hollywood. You’re in the epicenter.”
Robertson, however, expresses surprise at the outrage his remarks tend to provoke. “Can you believe it? I’m shocked that anyone would be mad at old Robertson who lives on the riverbank with a family who loves each other, and they’re mad because someone told them they were sinners,” he says to THR.
The reality star goes on, “I don’t care who you are. One day you’re going to be six feet deep in a hole, and so am I. I’m just saying, you’re better off having your sins removed. It would give you peace of mind. For all you naysayers, hundreds of thousands have been converted to Jesus from just an old guy like me.” For her part, Cyrus has not commented on being featured in Torchbearer.