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Aerosmith's Joe Perry defends Phil Robertson

12/27/2013

Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has come to the defense of embattled Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson, after the latter's homophobic and racist comments to GQ magazine got him suspended from his family's hit A&E reality program. Perry tweeted on December 22nd, "So what do you think about this 'Duck Dynasty' hoopla? More crackin' down on Freedom of Speech in the US or what?"

The guitarist later added, "Seems to me people have a right to express their opinions & religious beliefs. But that doesn't mean we have to agree."

Robertson was suspended after saying in an interview with GQ magazine, "Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there -- bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.”

He also claimed that he never saw the mistreatment of any black person growing up in Louisiana before the civil-rights era.

Although a new season of Duck Dynasty has already been filmed, it is not clear yet how the network and program will proceed following the current flap.

Meanwhile, Perry has also revealed that he will publish his autobiography next year, adding that it will arrive on October 5th, 2014.

Titled Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith, Perry says the book will contain "a fair amount about me and Steven (Tyler), considering I’ve spent a good part of my life with him and three other guys.”

Aerosmith vocalist Tyler and drummer Joey Kramer have already published their own memoirs, with bassist Tom Hamilton also working on one.


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