Phil Robertson: Men should marry girls at age 15 or 16, they need to cook and pick ducks
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 12/30/2013
A new Phil Robertson controversy has surfaced freshly off the heels of A&E reinstating his role onDuck Dynasty after briefly suspending him for making offensive anti-gay comments.
Robertson, a 67-year-old bearded reality TV star and devout Christian, advocated underage marriage and insisted a real woman needs to have a certain set of qualities during a 2009 speech to Sportsmen's Ministry, Slate magazine reported.
"Make sure that she can cook a meal. You need to eat some meals that she cooks. Check that out. Make sure she carries a Bible -- that'll save you a lot of trouble down the road. And if she picks your ducks, now that's a woman!" Robertson told a laughing crowd.
"Picking ducks" is reportedly a term that means cleaning the feathers off of dead birds, a task which women are often expected to perform.
Robertson's point of view is that a woman who's a real catch -- based upon what he describes -- is "getting hard to find mainly because these boys are waiting until they're about 20-years-old before they marry them," the Duck Dynasty star explained.
"Look, you wait until they get to be 20-years-old, the only picking that's going to take place is your pocket. You got to marry these girls when they are about 15 or 16. They'll pick your ducks. You need to check with mom and dad about that of course."
Robertson apparently believes the older a woman gets, the more she cares about money and it becomes more difficult to have influence over her.
In a recent interview with GQ magazine, Robertson had said he feels what's right and wrong has become blurred in society and homosexuality is on the same level as terrorism, alcoholism and bestiality. He said he "never, ever" passes judgement on such people but God will eventually sort out the "homosexuals, drunks and terrorists."
Duck Dynasty will resume filming in Spring 2014. The network reportedly made the decision after consulting with the Robertson family and numerous advocacy groups.