The A & E network has bitten off more than they can chew with this whole Duck Dynasty “controversy”. Sure, one of the guys did an interview and went ahead and responded to a question that some people found offensive. Apparently many more people weren’t offended by it at all. So then, how should that protected free speech be labeled? I guess GLAAD, the free speech impingement of an organization that they are, says that if the speech does not fit with their world view than it must be hate speech and hate speech should lead to firings, bannings, public disgrace, and perhaps a riot or two. Good thing we have this little ol’ thing called the Constitution protecting our right to say whatever we want to…and yes even if you yourself believe it to be hate speech it is still protected. Because let’s face it, anything someone says can be construed by at least one person to be offensive….that is the nature of people, to find confrontation.
Either way A & E stepped in it not when they set aside the main part of the show to pacify political correctness; instead they stepped in it when they started the show. I think that A & E wanted something like honey boo boo or toddlers and tiaras only for hunting. They wanted caricatures of the modern average American. they wanted bumpkins they could trot out and say, see here are your dumb conservative Americans, aren’t they morons. They glommed onto the Obama statement about people in the middle of the country clinging to their guns and their religion and thought, hey if we can find some dumb asses that actually do that and put it on tv we can make the culturally elite who watch our network feel good about themselves. See Duck dynasty was never about creating a show and introducing characters that the average American could relate to in some way, shape, or form. It was about showing a bunch of hill-billy rednecks being stupid with their guns and praying to Jeebus in an attempt to marginalize that sector of America, because if they could have turned it into a joke it would have become a successful liberal attack on the right that could be used as a bludgeoning tool.
Here is the thing, the Robertson’s are no fools. People that successfully run multi-million dollar business are rarely stupid, bumbling idiots. There are a few, but their businesses don’t usually last for 25 years or more nor do they have a revenue stream that tops $40 million. A & E picked the wrong people when they wanted to make a mockery out of the average American and it caused them no end of nail-biting. The show was too popular, it attracted the wrong kind of demographic. What A & E wanted was something for the culturally elite to watch between protests, something to hard wire that hatred of the average American into the liberal progressive mind. Instead they created a dynasty for the Duck dynasty. Viewers found a commonality with the Robertson family that the network did not want. That could not be tolerated, so they promptly set Robertson up, or at least it appears that they set Robertson up, so they could suspend him and then end the show when the others quit. But even that backfired.
GLAAD said they experienced and are still experiencing severe backlash over their position about the Robertsons. Huh, I guess people don’t want their free speech monitored, abridged, or dictated by some progressive front. The Cracker Barrel removed all Duck Dynasty merchandise off the shelves only to face outrage from their average American customer base and quickly put everything back the way it was. Cracker Barrel isn’t a place where you would find liberal progressives mingling, but your average American with his guns and his God would surely drop in after church or before hunting to get some home cookin’ and Cracker Barrel knows who butters their bread. They aren’t going to let political correctness affect their bottom line. Now twitter, accused of blocking access to a support site for Duck Dynasty is caught up in the controversy.
I hope the average American finally sees the media for what it is, a political tool of the left, meant for misinformation and marginalization of the majority of Americans for a small minority of progressive liberals intent on turning America into their politically correct version of America. The ducks won’t stand for that.
- This May Be Why Cracker Barrel Went Silent After Their Initial Statement Re: Phil Robertson (HINT: They Did Remove Phil Products) (libertynews.com)
- Duck Dynasty Backlash Rocks Cracker Barrel Back Into Reality, says Family Research Council (prnewswire.com)
- Duck Dynasty Merchandise Returned to Cracker Barrel Shelves (guardianlv.com)