Skip to comments.'Duck Dynasty' backlash spotlights an uneasy reality in TV industry
Posted on 12/20/2013 11:05:43 AM PST by BenLurkin
But the particular problem for the TV industry is that it's trying to profit off the same cultural tensions it's exploiting. That inevitably leads to problems such as the current one engulfing "Duck Dynasty."
The reality programming trend in recent years has made stars out of everyone from bakers to pawnbrokers to catfish-wranglers. That these "authentic" people have opinions and values that don't always jibe with those of the media elite in New York and Los Angeles isn't necessarily surprising.
But it means that the executives and PR handlers have had to get very good at backpedaling away from uncomfortable realities. That's most likely what is happening now on "Duck Dynasty."
"A&E has been very careful in editing and presenting this family, being careful not to show any potential controversial views," said Robert J. Thompson, professor of television and popular culture at Syracuse University. "But they can't control what they say outside of the show."
"Channels like A&E program 'regular' people mostly to make curiosities out of them," said Jeffrey McCall, a media studies professor at DePauw University. "The programmers want to manage every aspect of their 'reality' commodities, but that isn't really possible.
"If A&E wants the Robertsons to make money for the channel by being authentic, then at some point A&E has to accept that reality stars will be real human beings," McCall added. "If A&E didn't like the Robertsons as they are, then why did they give them a weekly platform?"
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Oh, I thought the uneasy reality is that the executives are anus fans.
Didn’t Dirty Jobs” get dumped because the star was to conservative?
I like this article’s take on the elite handlers attitude:
That would explain the Kardashians.
Because we enjoy the show and like the family and watch it with our family.
(and we’re tired of the two faced, intolerant “tolerance” crowd always being in our faces).
I didn't UNTIL A&E brought this thing into the headlines. NOW I'm interested. Interested enough to contact A&E and let them know my displeasure over suspending Phil. I watched a few minutes of the program a long time ago and just didn't "get it".
Well, because it is a great family show promoting Christian ideals (for the most part). It is funny and wholesome. WHY would ANYONE not care about the treatment of Phil Robertson? Phil was simply paraphrasing 1 Corinthians 6:9.
What's your personal favorite TV show, CM?
Two good reasons. My apologies.
Continue to enjoy.
Given your call sign, I'm not surprised. :o)
It has nothing to do with hating homosexuals or not tolerating their behavior. It's just a fact that, like Robertson said, the human anus was designed for one particular function not involving sexual organs.
Cooking shows (Rachael Ray and the Barefoot Blimp)
Law & Order, all of them
Court shows: Judge Alex, People's court, Judge Mathis, etc. All the judges are good.
NY Daily News headlines it as SCHMUCK DYNASTY. Maybe that will attract viewers in NYC.
Because it is the only show on TV that you can watch with your children that doesn’t have gratuitous sex scenes, filthy language and liberal brainwashing agendas.
The family is genuine and every episode they give thanks to God for their blessings.
A seemingly good and decent person is being unfairly targeted and abused by powerful elites. It upsets people.
I kinda sorta suspect that the female execs at A&E couldn’t face the prospect of the Christmas party season having to deal with all their Hollywood pals giving them grief over Phil, so they decided to discipline him a little bit...
...and then the fight started.
Now they have an even bigger problem, the potential loss of their most popular show.
This is what happens when someone makes an socio-emotional decision based on peer acceptance when they should have been making a business decision.
It’s actually a really funny show with a good Christian moral to each episode wrapped up with the family prayer at dinner time at the end.
You have not been paying attention it is not about the show. A person spoke about his faith and was asked specifically about sin and homosexuality. Phil answered in a biblical manner and essentially was fired for speaking his faith. YOU and everyone else should be outraged at this. The ‘truth’ patrol will be knocking on your door next saying you said something to someone that was offensive. This is a threat to anyone who wishes to be able to speak openly. This country is a very short distance from out lawing biblical teaching and the Bible. YOU and everyone else should care about this
I’ll bet many of those “outraged” tv execs don’t care one way or the other about Robertson’s statements. I get the feeling that Robertson was set up. These libs had to know what he and his clan thought about homosexuality. They couldn’t have been that dumb even if they are libs. Probably some homo(s) with power at A&E decided to force the issue and take the network down the tubes with him rather than tolerate Christians on his network.
A&E started Duck Dynasty as a way to poke fun at their lifestyle. Mockery. Now they have an unexpected hit on their hands and the stars of the show use their success to speak out on Christianity.
Liberal A&E would rather lose the ratings than allow conservative viewpoints to be expressed. While this is not a first ammendment issue, it is certainly an illustration of the lengths that the entertainment industry will go to silence Christians.
You have to wonder how much the producers of “American Chopper” had to do with the explosion of the Tuttle family. It seemed to me like a lot of the controversy that you’d see during a typical episode was amped-up to say the least.
Or a very short distance from unleashing hell on the communist sex perverts trying to subjugate us.
This is where we draw the line, time to tell the faggots to get back in the closet and leave decent folk alone
Boy, can the NY Daily News take insult to a HIGH level.
DD’s not my cup of tea either.
But as a cultural phenomenon that represents pushback by “the people” and something that others enjoy, I’m for it.
The ONLY show?
I watch the old stuff, Frasier, and such. The old shows are great and your kids would love them. You don't have to tell them that they are old shows if they are very young. Just let them enjoy.
As for the liberal brainwashing agendas, that's par for the course since the most liberal Dems are the network moguls. I would think they would be a great teaching tool for you.
Yes, seriously. I don’t find the two guys funny AT ALL...seriously.
Yep, I’d say he’s pegged it just about perfectly.
TV Land... dissenting opinions are not allowed
Agreed on the second paragraph.
Hollyweird detests Christianity because it decries their lifestyle, the nudity, profanity, blasphemy, immorality, greed, and such. That is what Christianity is SUPPOSED to do, among other things.
i don’t care about Duck Dynasty; never watched it and rarely watch TV, but the hypocrisy should outrage everyone and I, for one, am glad its getting this kind of coverage...
think of it like this; the same whiney liberals who are screaming about this guys views on homosexuality think NOTHING of referring to you or i as “tea baggers”....
You have a point.
“My favorite shows, since I can’t give you just one: ...”
Well there you go...you do have any comedies listed except O’Reilly. That’s why you don’t get it.
If you’re a person with a family you will enjoy this show. Yes, for the most part it’s fake, but they make fun of themselves and if you’ll take your time to get to know the characters, you’ll love them.
They have marathons of this show all the time. I’ll challenge any one with a sense of humor to sit down and watch 3 episodes. If you do, you’ll be hooked.
I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard at a television show more than when Willie Robinson took a Yoga class while trying to lose weight. Too freakin funny.
Clearly, you don’t. Why would anyone bother to answer your question? Why do you even ask it? Does it make you feel superior?
I watched a couple of episodes. It’s not really my cup of tea, although I do like the various Storage Wars shows on A&E. But the big picture here is the precedent set. If professing a Biblical point of view is unacceptable in one major corporation, especially a media corporation, it will over time become the norm in corporate culture in general. If expressing such a view risks future career opportunities, it will have, to use a phrase the liberal media loves, a “chilling effect” on freedom of religion and speech. So although I’m neither a fan of the show nor a Christian, I think it’s important.
The Hitler principle. First they came for Duck Dynasty, and you said nothing. Next they’ll come after you.
There is a war on Christianity in this country. Like most liberal movements it got its foothold decades ago with a radical change, taking prayer out of the schools, that current generations grew up not knowing any other way. After a while they got birth control and condoms into the schools to promote promiscuity and premarital sex. And now they’re sending in the “gay activists” to teach your kids how to practice homosexuality in the name of “tolerance.”
As of this year, we’ve now seen that “gay rights” are now being used as the excuse to steal constitutional rights away from Christians, via assaults on the freedoms of wedding photographers, cakemakers and now Phil Robertson. In parallel, “health care rights” are being used to force churches to participate in abortions.
It’s not hard to imagine where this will go next. There will be continually unfolding lists of regulations every church must follow in order to keep their “licenses.” People will be fired, fined, locked up and have the state take away their children because they committed “hate speech” by trying to teach the bible.
But it sounds like you want to ignore what’s happening, let everyone else get carted off in the trains, and wait until they come knocking out your door to worry about it, by which point it will be too late.
First they came for Duck Dynasty, but I didn't watch Duck Dynasty so I did nothing.................”
Just called Comcas to have A&E removed form my cable TV service. The Customer Service Rep says that A&E is part of a larger package and I’d lose over 100 channels.
I told , “OK, remove them all.” He then spoke with his manager who said (1) others are calling Comcast to cancel A&E and (2) Comcast may have a solution soon to remove/block single channels.
I told him that I didn’t want any of my money to go to A&E as part of what I pay for the package and if Comcast couldn’t do that I’ll leave Comcast.
Given that he said they were working on a solution I’m going to give them 2 weeks and then cancel if A&E gets one penny of my money. And, I’ll drop Comcast, if need be, as well.
Everybody needs to call, call, call and cancel A&E.
The premise is all wrong. The Robertsons don’t need Atheists & Elitists, Atheists & Elitists need the Robertsons. Phil and the boys never have to work again. Willie made them all rich. And now Phil, Jase and Si can hunt and fish to their hearts are content.
The notion that these people are stupid, backwoods hicks is hilarious. Phil has a BA and Masters in Education from LSU and an entrepreneur who built a very successful business. Willie is an MBA who brought it to another level. Jase, Jep and the Pastor are all college graduates. And to top it all off Terry Bradshaw says Phil was the best football player he had ever seen when he backed Phil up at LSU.
And on top of all that Phil can live off the land unlike 98% of Americans.
Phil Robertson did it his way and there is nothing A&E can do to change anything about him.
Read the comments, and understand why we are lurching toward CW2.
Comcast/Xfinity, as well as all cable companies have been saying we’ll be able to order channels “ala carte” for years now. The truth of the matter is, it’s not happening “soon” and it probably never will. Such a move would cost the channels too much money
I have vowed to stop watching anything on A&E until they reinstate Phil - and I have never watched the show!
I also sent emails to every advertiser and A&E networks telling that they have lost one set of eyeballs.
It’s time that others start doing what the gays, lesbians, blacks, hispanics, and others do all the time - boycott it.
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