"The comment about African-Americans got far less attention than the comment about gay people," CNN's Don Lemon said Thursday on Erin Burnett OutFront.
'Duck Dynasty' star Phil Robertson's remarks about gays and African Americans in GQ magazine caused a firestorm of controversy.
Robertson, 67, was suspended by the A&E network after the publication of comments in the magazine. Citing the Bible, the outspoken Christian called homosexuality sinful and compared it to bestiality and drunkenness.
While all the attention was on Robertson's anti-gay remarks, the suspended star also made comments about African Americans and the Jim Crow south.
Robertson claimed that he never saw any “mistreatment of any black person” while growing up in Louisiana prior to the civil rights movement.
"Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy?” he said. “They were godly, they were happy, no one was singing the blues," Robertson told GQ.
"His comments about African Americans are even more far field than his comments about gay people," Lemon said.
Why did Robertson's anti-gay remarks get more attention than his comments about black people?