A&E has backed off its suspension of Phil Robertson.
It has issued a statement that basically says, “We can’t afford to lose that much money. GLAAD can kiss off.”
Bobby Fisher was once asked as a teenager why he liked chess. “I love to see ’em squirm.” A&E has squirmed.
The brass thought they could get away with it at zero cost. They didn’t.
The backlash was like nothing seen in cable TV history. It turns out that in between Hollywood and New York City there are viewers. They spend lots of money. And they don’t like having a representative silenced.
A&E made Phil Robertson a national spokesman for a large but silent minority. They finally got tired of eating dust. They revolted.
A&E got its memo from GLAAD. It shot from the hip. This ignored North’s law of hip-shooting: “When you shoot from the hip, you risk blowing off an important appendage.” Boom! Oops!