Phil Robertson Just Took a Predictable Stand on North Carolina's HB2 Bathroom Law

Phil Robertson Just Took a Predictable Stand on North Carolina's HB2 Bathroom Law
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Taking a truly unsurprising stance on North Carolina's controversial (and now contested) bathroom bill, which among other things requires people to use bathrooms corresponding to their birth certificate gender, Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson shared his "radical idea" for how to resolve the heated debates over the legislation. 

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Robertson allegedly sent an email to conservatives over the weekend, reading, "Men should use the men's bathroom and women should use the women's bathroom. Just because a man may 'feel' like a woman doesn't mean he should be able to share a bathroom with my daughter, or yours." 

Robertson added, "That used to be called common sense. Now it's called bigoted."

The A&E reality star chalked up the opposition to the bill — which directly targets transgender people — to the "mob mentality of political correctness."

Read more: 7 Things to Worry About More Than Transgender People in a Bathroom

Twitter users weren't impressed (to say the least). 

But as disappointing as it might be to hear yet another public figure defend North Carolina's transphobic law, most Twitter users weren't surprised. Earlier this year, Robertson called same-sex marriage "evil" and "wicked" while stumping for former Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz. 

The comments echoed ones Robertson made in 2014, when he said he didn't understand why a man would want to have sex with another man. "But hey, sin: It's not logical, my man," Robertson said at the time. 

Recently, the debate has become dicier than even these Twitter users' takedown of Robertson. On Monday, North Carolina legislators filed a suit against the federal government after the Department of Justice issued a warning the week before. Though Attorney General Loretta Lynch deemed the bathroom bill a violation of civil rights, North Carolina legislators are doing everything they can to uphold the law. After issuing a warning to North Carolina lawmakers the week before, attorney general lynch announced Monday the DoJ is suing north carolina for violating the civil rights act after the state filed suit against the federal government Monday to uphold the law.

But on Wednesday, one Twitter user conceded that Robertson made an unexpectedly good point:

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Marie Solis

Marie is a staff writer with a focus in feminist issues. Her writing has appeared in Gothamist and the Awl. You can reach her at marie@mic.com.

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