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Flap over ‘Duck Dynasty’ patriarch’s anti-gay remarks

 
 
Cast members from ‘Duck Dynasty’ Willie Robertson, Jase Robertson and Phil Robertson get ready to throw out the first pitch prior to the start of the game between Chicago WQhite Sox and the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on Sept. 22, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan.
Cast members from ‘Duck Dynasty’ Willie Robertson, Jase Robertson and Phil Robertson get ready to throw out the first pitch prior to the start of the game between Chicago WQhite Sox and the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on Sept. 22, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan.
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Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertston may be persona non grata after making homophobic comments and controversial remarks about black people to GQ (A&E suspended him indefinitely from the show), but some people are actually in this guy’s corner. While the hashtag #StandWithPhil became a thing, Glenn Beck invited Robertson and the crew to his own network, the Blaze. Many conservative Christians took offense that Robertson was axed for expressing his beliefs, which we will not republish here. But CNN host Piers Morgan tweeted, “Phil Robertson is not a ‘victim of political correctness.’ He’s a victim of his own repulsively racist, homophobic bigotry.”

Several online petitions have been started to show support for the Duck Dynasty star, including one on Change.org that has amassed more than 50,000 signatures and a website IStandWithPhil.com, which had gathered more than 22,000 signatures.

Probable cause

Investigators have found no evidence that the Porsche carrying actor Paul Walker had mechanical problems before it crashed and exploded into flames, killing him and the driver. The investigation also has ruled out debris or other roadway conditions.

Endless love

Could a reconciliation be in the works for Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez? For those who care, probably not. The 19-year-old Bieber told L.A.’s Power hip-hip radio station, “Right now we're taking a little time and not talking.” But he added that the two singers will likely end up as great friends and that he will “always” love her.

In other couple news, Robin Wright, 47, is engaged to actor Ben Foster, 14 years her junior.

Copy cat

There may be legal ramifications for Shia LaBeouf after he copped to borrowing someone else’s work. LaBeouf posted his short film about a depressed online movie critic, Howard Cantour, Monday on HowardCantour.com. Buzzfeed caught on to similarities between the actor’s movie and the comic, Justin M. Damiano. LeBeouf tweeted that he was “inspired” by the work and failed to give the creator, Daniel Clowes, proper credit.

Fame game

Want drama? Real Housewives of OC castmate Tamra Barney is fighting back against her ex, Simon Barney, who went to court to try to get their three eldest kids from appearing on the show. He doesn’t approve of Tamra’s behavior on the Bravo fame vehicle (e.g., getting a bikini wax for cameras). In a new court filing obtained by RadarOnline the mother of four told a California judge: “I am saddened that the Petitioner has made it a point to portray me as someone that does not have our children’s best interests at heart.”

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