Effective immediately, it is now illegal in the State of Oregon to discuss the A&E show “Duck Dynasty” on social media sites and services, like Facebook, Twitter, or Reddit. The “Duck Dynasty Prohibition Act of 2013″ was signed into law on Monday, December 23rd, the last day of legislative voting for the State in 2013.
The law makes it a crime, punishable by a small fine, for any resident of the state to discuss the embattled show on a number of websites. State legislators say the people of Oregon, and the United States as a whole, are so fed up with discussing Duck Dynasty that “we had no choice but to make [discussing] it a crime.”
The Duck Dynasty controversy started last week, after one of the reality show’s stars, Phil Robertson, made homophobic and racially-insensitive comments in an interview with GQ Magazine. A&E executives gave Robertson an indefinite suspension for the controversial remarks, which led to a firestorm on the web, with most people angered and offended by Robertson’s comments, but some others, mostly conservatives, arguing that his first amendment rights were somehow trampled, even though the government was not actually involved in Robertson’s punishment whatsoever.
The law passed the Oregon State Senate by a sweeping majority, though several Republican lawmakers were opposed to the measure on “religious grounds.” “I stand with Phil,” said one Republican Oregon State Senator. “This law violates his right to be a God-loving Christian, and we won’t stand for it. Sure, you can say that Phil doesn’t live in Oregon, and this law doesn’t have anything to do with him directly, so much as it restricts Oregonians from discussing him, but this is oppression of Christians, somehow! I just know it!”
Other conservative lawmakers say the anti-Duck Dynasty law is a violation of constitutional rights. “This is the government telling people what they can and can’t talk about, which is a violation of free speech rights… OH!! I think I get it now! So, before, A&E wasn’t actually taking his rights away, because A&E isn’t the government, and Robertson had morality clauses in his contract with the network that prohibited him from going on tirades like that, so it was perfectly legal. But the government taking his free speech rights away is wrong! But wait, what about States’ rights? The tenth amendment? Is this legal, or… I’m so confused.”