Just because Phil Robertson is still indefinitely suspended from the show that made him famous doesn't mean he can't get into the holiday spirit.
The 67-year-old patriarch, who made headlines last week when an interview with GQ magazine was released in which he made some incendiary anti-gay remarks, celebrated Christmas by putting a ring on it — and by that we mean he finally gave his wife, Miss Kay, a sparkler after a mere five decades of marriage.
Better late than never, we always say.
It was Sadie Robertson who broke the news, tweeting a photo of her happy grandparents showing off the new bling. In the pic, a beaming, Christmas-sweater-clad Kay mugs for the camera, while her better half points at the rock.
After 50 years of marriage Papaw Phil finally gave Mamaw Kay a wedding ring for Christmas pic.twitter.com/PSBWqdjFAu— Sadie Robertson (@sadierob) December 26, 2013
Yet even in the midst of the holiday season, drama continues to swirl around the "Duck Dynasty" family and the future of their A&E show since Phil's suspension.
In some camps, support for the Robertsons continues to grow. Two days before Christmas, an unnamed group launched a social media campaign urging fans to participate in National Chick-Phil-A Day on Jan. 21, 2014, by throwing on their best "Duck Commander" or camo gear and eating at the fast-food chain which was in hot water in 2012 after its COO spoke out against same-sex marriage.
In addition, Twitter unblocked posts containing IStandWithPhil.com and apologized, claiming the link had been flagged as spam. The online petition has climbed to more than 250,000 signatures.
But not everyone is backing the controversial duck-call aficionado. Sarah Palin distanced herself a bit from the matter when she admitted to Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren that she jumped to Phil's defense before actually having read his comments.
"I haven't read the article," she explained before quickly adding, "I don't know exactly how he said it, but what he was doing was in response to a question about a lifestyle that he disagrees with." Umm. Yeah.
And, last but certainly not least, Jesse Jackson weighed in on the father-of-four's comments concerning the treatment of black people in pre-civil-rights-era Louisiana. (ICYMI, Phil said that he never saw any of them mistreated and claimed that in the cotton fields they were "singing" and "happy.")
Jackson blasted back at Robertson, declaring that this assertion was "more offensive" than the bus driver who demanded that Rosa Parks give up her seat for a white person. "At least the bus driver, who ordered Rosa Parks to surrender her seat to a white person, was following state law. Robertson's statements were uttered freely and openly without cover of the law, within a context of what he seemed to believe was 'white privilege.'"
Meanwhile, the controversy is about to make its way into the Alabama state legislature. Republican state Sen. Jerry Fielding plans to introduce a symbolic resolution in support of Robertson and insisting that what Phil said about homosexuality is "supported by the biblical scriptures," according to CNN.
"For too long, the silent majority has remained silent when we ought to be speaking up [for the Constitutional right to free speech]" Fielding said.
In other words, the troops are continuing to rally on both sides of this culture war … and Miss Kay finally got a wedding ring.