Unpleasant video footage of reinstated Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson has emerged in which he appears to advise young men to marry underage girls because they are easier to control.
In the 2009 Sportsmen’s Ministry talk, Robertson, 67, who began dating his wife when she was 14-years-old, advises his audience, ‘You got to marry these girls when they are 15 or 16. They’ll pick your ducks’ – which is a literal reference to removing dead bird’s feathers.
Warming to his stereotypical redneck theme, Robertson, who was suspended from the A&E hit for nine days earlier this month for homophobic comments, tells the gathered crowd that in addition to being young, the girls have to know how to cook and carry a Bible – ‘That’ll save you a lot of trouble down the road.’
While the speech given in Georgia is recounted in a somewhat tongue-in-cheek manner, in light of Robertson’s strong views on traditional family values – protected by the First Amendment – they seem slightly inappropriate.
His advice for a happy marriage, which he claims is a kind of ‘river rat counseling’, is that all men ‘Make sure that she can cook a meal. You need to eat some meals that she cooks, check that out.’