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Ed Driscoll

‘The Show That Got Away From Them’

December 19th, 2013 - 10:01 pm

Pat Archbold of the National Catholic Register has perhaps the best take on Duck Dynasty and the asymmetric blowback that A&E has created for itself:

This is what happened.  The whole idea of the show was to parade these nouveau riche Christian hillbillies around so that we could laugh at them. “Look at them,” we were supposed to say.  “Look how backward they are!  Look what they believe!  Can you believe they really live this way and believe this stuff?  See how they don’t fit in? HAHAHA”

When the producers saw the way the show was shaping up, different than they envisioned it, they tried to change course.  They tried to get the Robertson’s to tone down their Christianity, but to their eternal credit they refused.  They tried to add fake cussin’ to the show by inserting bleeps where no cussword was uttered.  At best, they wanted to make the Robertson’s look like crass buffoons. At worst they wanted them to look like hypocrites.

They desperately wanted us to laugh at the Robertsons.  Instead, we loved them.

A&E wanted us to point fingers at them and laugh at them.  But something else happened entirely.  Millions upon millions of people tuned in, not to laugh at them, but to laugh with them.

“It will be interesting to see whether A&E likes the money more than they hate the Christianity. I wouldn’t be surprised if the hate wins,” Archbold concludes. If so, it will be the very definition of a Pyrrhic victory for A&E, an increasingly Ancient and Extraneous network if it’s without the number one show it was lucky enough to stumble into in the first place.

Related thoughts from Roger L. Simon on “The PC Lynching of Phil Robertson.”

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Rather reminds me of the Chick-Fil-A reverse blowback. That was a genius move by the Left as well.

Wonder if this time we'll have another mad leftist gunman shoot his way into a conservative organizational headquarters with a bag of Robertson duck calls in his oh-so-tolerant hand.
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And Chick-Fil-A will make a pile on its way to the grave, unless the people choose not to choose then affirm Obama.
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In Matthew 7:6, Jesus said, “Don’t give that which is holy to the dogs, neither throw your pearls before the pigs, lest perhaps they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” When Jesus speaks of holiness he is speaking of two things: public assemblies and law or the law making powers of the legislature. When Jesus is speaking of dogs, he is referring to the Old Testament description of a homosexual or gay male prostitute who are called dogs in Hebrew. Jesus described pearls and treasure as sound principles of government. Pigs can only be found outside of Israel in the heathen nations. In summery, Jesus is giving a warning. Don’t hand over sound principles of government (or the formation of government) to heathens because they will trample them under foot as they raise up a despotism, a tyranny. Don’t hand over the law making powers of the state to homosexuals because if you do they will use the law to tear you to pieces. visit: CHCAFE.WORDPRESS.com
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I am with you Ed, I think that nails it. This sort of reminds me of when CBS went all nutty in the early 70s and cancelled any show that "had a tree" because it did not want to be called the "Country Broadcasting Service" anymore. It was not ratings driven, but ideology and how they wanted to be perceived. And those shows always gently poked fun at country folks and often made urbanites the butt of their jokes.

Somethings never change. The left can't take a joke.

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Reality shows going all the way back to "The Real World" have in large part made their capital by highlighting people who live differently from the rest of us. But in most of those shows, the viewer is looking at economic and/or social train wrecks, whose only real claim to success is getting on the reality show in the first place.

That's not the case here. While the Robertson clan has no doubt raked in a small fortune from licensing rights around Duck Dynasty, the show found them because of their business success outside of the show itself. Unless they've become addicted to the fame or the higher cash flow and can no longer live without either, they need A&E less than A&E needs them (and were A&E's overseers at Disney and the Hearst Co. to drop the show after this season, the backlash has been such that there are a number of other cable outlets that would pick up the series and its ready-made ratings and higher ad rates in a heartbeat, GLAAD or other liberal outlets' protests notwithstanding).
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Kind of like in some of the old west traveling shows/circuses they had Indians to make fun of, and look down on, but a lot of people sympathized with and admired them instead.
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