Mich. Utility Cancels 'Duck Dynasty' Contest After Single Complaint
A&E's Duck Dynasty remains a ratings powerhouse, and co-star Willie Robertson's film God's Not Dead is one of 2014's biggest sleeper hits.
That wasn't enough to prevent a Michigan utility company from scrapping a Duck Dynasty look-a-like contest after a single complaint, according to Fox News.
The decision was made in light of controversial remarks by a Duck Dynasty cast member against the LGBT community,” the public utility said in a statement. “The BWL is committed to diversity and respect community differences, and we regret if the contest offended anyone.
The utility announced the contest on Monday. One local citizen complained about it later that day, connecting the event to star Phil Robertson's comments about homosexuality in GQ magazine.
It was the only complaint the utility received, but it was more than enough. Utility spokesman Steve Serkaian told Fox News "it took a minute" to decide to cancel the contest.
We did not want anything to detract from this longstanding family-friendly festival ... this company has a commitment to inclusiveness and diversity,” Serkaian said. “We have our own diversity department. We take quite seriously our commitment to that.