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October 10, 2013 - 1:30 pm

Duck Dynasty features a number of things that run against the grain of popular culture. They’re a strong family that runs their own business, which is based on their patriarch’s invention. They go to church. They don’t engage in microwave marriages to pop stars. Their daughters aren’t famous for sex tapes or appearances in men’s magazines. They hunt. With guns.

They also pray, and according to two of the show’s stars, Phil and Willie Robertson, the prayers caused some problems with the producers.

When the producers of Duck Dynasty asked the stars to stop saying “in Jesus’ name” during prayers because it might offend Muslims, Phil Robertson stood his ground and gave an eye-opening response.

“So they would just have me saying, ‘Thank you Lord for the food, thank you for loving us. Amen.’ So I said, ‘Why would you cut out ‘In Jesus’ name?’ They said, ‘Well those editors are probably doing that. They just think that they don’t want to offend some of the Muslims or something.’”

Robertson says he had a conversation with the producers, and the objections to Jesus’ name stopped.

“I said, let’s see now…” Robertson went on, “I said, ‘what year is it?’” And the editor finally answered, “2012″ (the time the conversation took place, apparently).

Robertson then said, “2012 A.D. Anno Domini. The year of our Lord. I said, ‘you Hollywood cats are counting time from Jesus, just like I am. I would think that of all the people who walked the planet Earth, if we’ve all decided in America here to count time by just one of ‘em, Jesus of Galilee, I just don’t think it would hurt to throw his name in there from time to time.”

Phil may come off as Hayseed Treebeard, but he holds a Masters Degree in education. Don’t mess with the duckman.

I suspect that the aversion to Jesus’ name was less about Muslims, than about the media’s cultural aversion to all things explicitly Christian.

The producers also inserted bleeps to make it sound like the family was using profanity. Willie says the Robertsons don’t habitually use profanity, so the bleeps were unnecessary.

“If we’re not using profanity, why make it look like we’re using profanity? What is the point? Why don’t you just run it and say what we say?”

Good question. Duck Dynasty hauls in nearly 12 million viewers a week. I’m one, and I appreciate the fact that the Robertsons are the only “reality show” family that isn’t being bleeped every other word. It’s almost shocking to see a TV family or personality who can finish a sentence without resorting to profanity. You can’t say the same even for shows like SyFy’s FaceOff, a great competition show about make-up and special effects creators. Even American Pickers features its share of bleeps, and that’s just two dudes who go antiquing for a living.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Who's signing their pay checks? Hint: when the boss tells you to cool your jets, you cool your jets or go job hunting.
46 weeks ago
46 weeks ago Link To Comment
I've been watching Blue Bloods. They don't use profanity.
46 weeks ago
46 weeks ago Link To Comment
" but he holds a Masters Degree in education.”

And we all know how much respect degrees in education get.

The Muslim excuse is a stalking-horse for the elite’s hatred of Christianity and the West.
50 weeks ago
50 weeks ago Link To Comment
I seriously doubt the Robertson family is worried about angry Muslim viewers turning on them and declaring war.

Have you seen how many guns they own?
50 weeks ago
50 weeks ago Link To Comment
Does anyone believe for a second that a Muslim somewhere watches this show?
What is he should have suggested is have them start their own Muslim sitcom (an oxymorom if there ever was one) but make sure no one says "Allah" so no evangelicals get offended.
50 weeks ago
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Maybe they can get James Woods to make a guest appearance on the show...

Remember BENGHAZI!
50 weeks ago
50 weeks ago Link To Comment
Why try to fix what isn't broken? They have a smash hit, but the producers want to insert their own personal agenda into the show? It's the resistance to religion, right? Except Islam is okay. So is Buddhism. And Taoism. And Judaism. They just do not like Christianity. When they mock religion, the only religion they are mocking is Christianity. All the generic talk is just a smokescreen for their contempt for Christianity.
50 weeks ago
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Exactly. "Offending Muslim viewers" my eye. Some A&E executive has a stick up their (bleep).
50 weeks ago
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The Robertson's have a powerful pulpit, it's about time someone sent our media masters to sit in their front pew.
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