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It would appear that hate speech is not so good for business.

Thursday saw A&E's popular reality series Duck Dynasty return for a fifth season.  It was the first new show since A&E suspended, then unsuspended the Louisiana family's patriarch for making graphic homophobic remarks in an interview with GQ magazine.

Although the show still commands a large audience, the 8.5 million viewers who tuned in represented a massive 28% drop from the 11.8 million who tuned in to see the season premiere of season 4.

Phil Robertson ignited a raging controversy last month when he  voiced his homophobia in graphic sexual terms:

"What?  I don't understand it.  A vagina is more desirable than a man's anus.  Why would a guy want to not use a vagina?"

You can hear a reenactment of the comments by amateur voice actor and fellow homophobe Rush Limbaugh below:

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Limbaugh and other right wing figureheads such as Sarah Palin and Louisiana's own Bobby Jindal defended the controversial remarks as a Constitutional expression of free speech--Limbaugh even going so far as to suggest that Robertson was simply a "devout Christian" trying to "spread [his] religious views."

Sounds like somebody needs to take a closer look at Exodus 20.

The Duck Dynasty premiere numbers come as welcome news to Flush Rush activists who continue their campaign to convince advertisers to withdraw their support of homophobia on the Rush Limbaugh Show.

*Note:  This diary first mentioned Duck Dynasty's latest ratings yesterday.

Decent folks who believe in tolerance and equality are no longer powerless against Rush Limbaugh's efforts to spread intolerance on the radio.  StopRush is making a major impact by convincing advertisers on this show to withdraw their ads--and with your help we can do even more.  Just a few emails, tweets, or Facebook messages a week to Limbaugh's advertisers can go a long way toward making hatred less profitable.  It is our collective voice that makes us strong.  

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