Jon Stewart defends "Duck Dynasty" star's right to free speech

Stewart instead mocked Fox News for its hypocritical campaign to counter a "War on Christmas"


Hamna Zubair
December 21, 2013 2:26AM (UTC)

Last night Jon Stewart couldn't resist bringing up the racist and homophobic comments "Duck Dynasty's" star Phil Robertson made in a recent interview - but he didn't take Robertson down in typical Daily Show  style. Robertson was removed from "Duck Dynasty" soon after his comments became public, a move Stewart clearly took issue with.

Stewart, who admitted he thought "Duck Dynasty" was "a show where ducks reenact the show 'Dynasty,'" defended Robertson's right to free speech:

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"I think what the guy said is ignorant," said Stewart, "but I also have an inclination to support a world where saying ignorant sh*t on television  doesn't get you kicked off that medium."

Stewart went on to talk about how Fox News was also, unsurprisingly, defending Robertson's right to free speech - except that this defense was cloaked in hypocrisy, given the channel's campaign to draw attention to a perceived "War on Christmas."

He said: "Their [Fox News] belief in free speech doesn't extend to the holidays, when the word 'Christmas' is mandatory."


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