I ran up on Miss Kay when she was about 14. There’s an ‘ol sayin’ in the south, if you marry ’em when there about fifteen, sixteen, they’ll pick your ducks. If you wait ’til they get to be twenty, they’ll pick your pocket. So Miss Kay and I married early. – Phil Robertson, from the I Am Second Movie
On the way to work today I heard there was a new Phil Robertson ‘controversy’, as if the media didn’t embarrass themselves enough the first time.
So I ask’d that boy, I said, “Listen”. He was out d’ere a while ago. I said, “Are y’all datin’?” He had his little girl wid ’em there, ya know. I said, “Ya’ll datin’, or ya married?” He said, “Well, we’re dating.” I said, “Well son, I’m gonna give you some ‘river rat counseling’ here. Make sure that she can cook a meal. You need to eat some meals that she cooks. Check that out. Make sure she carries her Bible, that’ll save you a lot of trouble down the road. And if she picks your ducks, now that’s a woman!” They got to get where they’re hard to find. Mainly because these boys are waitin’ ’til they get to be ’bout twenty years old ‘fore they marry ’em. Look, you wait ’til they get to be twenty years old, the only pickin’ that’s gonna take place is yo’ pocket. You gotta marry these girls when they about fifteen o’ sixteen they’ll pick yo’ ducks. You need to check wit’ mom an dad about that o’ course.
Of course, reading it is a lot different than seeing it with the inflection and humor that Phil brings with a twinkle in his eye. I recommend you view it as well.
First off, he is not recommending ‘men’ marry young girls. He calls the young man he is talking to ‘boy’ and ‘son’, so he is clearly talking to someone much, much younger than him. I believe Phil himself was about eighteen when he married Miss Kay, who had just turned sixteen. He is not advocating pedophilia as some would have you believe. It is my understanding that, in his day and age, couples marrying this young was not uncommon. I have relatives that did it and it wasn’t even close to the stuff of trench coats and playgrounds.
I have to disagree with him however. The fifteen and sixteen year olds of his era weren’t the selfie-taking princesses of our era. They were much closer to being women at their age than many girls, even in their twenties, are today. But being 67, Phil might not see that
So, once again we watch Phil charm his audiences while the media fruitlessly tries to find scandal where there is none.