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sicho

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Duck Dynasty Quackers
« on: December 20, 2013, 09:59:13 AM »
Phil Robertson, the head of the family, has been suspended indefinitely from the show by the A&E network because of remarks that he made in a magazine interview about homosexuals and black people. This has caused a great deal of comment both for and against him and his family is considering whether or not to withdraw from the show.

He has a right to his opinions and others have a right to their opinions about what he said. Also A&E has a right to protect its viewing figures by suspending him. Although the show is popular, it wouldn't be missed by anyone other than those who hold views similar to those of the the Robertsons or who amuse themselves by observing how stupid the family is prepared to make itself look in order to make a few bucks.

I object to the way in which the man used his religion to support his ridiculous judgemental views rather than take responsibility for being a bigot who uses his fame to offend people. I can't tell whether he was a bigot before being influenced by another person's interpretation of the bible or whether it happened the other way around. Whichever, he selected teachings, or rather someone's interpretation of them, which are popular amongst backwoods redneck Christians and ignored others, such as 'Thou shalt not kill'. The men in his family love to kill wildlife. If he followed some  other of the bible's rules, he would want to impose on certain criminals exactly the same punishments in which extreme Muslims believe. However, I am sure that he regards Muslims as another abomination.

The show is facile and unimportant. The family holds beliefs that only the unthinking and ignorant could hold. They are best forgotten but the interview has raised a very interesting debate between their own kind and people who prefer to think for themselves rather than take the teachings of some rural hick preacher as 'gospel'.

Duck Dynasty Phil Robertson Suspended by A&E Over Anti Gay Comments #PhilRobertson

 

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Re: Duck Dynasty Quackers
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2013, 10:54:13 AM »
While I often disagree with Andrew Sullivan, in this instance I think he got it exactly right.

http://dish.andrewsullivan.com/2013/12/19/ae-cannot-bear-very-much-reality/
 

sicho

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Re: Duck Dynasty Quackers
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2013, 11:37:08 AM »
Sullivan wrote a lot of sense in that piece but I disagree with his comments about A&E.

A&E is a business and has to please those who provide it with an income. Advertisers too have to make sure that the businesses which show their advertisements don't embarrass them with their own customers. Robertson said things in his interview that A&E most probably would not include in a DD episode. He was interviewed because of the part he plays in the A&E soap opera. It is a soap and not reality. It's pretended that the characters are real and so they are never out of character. Therefore, he would be seen in the interview as the guy in DD. It follows that he must present himself, at least in public, as the person we see in DD. His extreme views come as no surprise to me but, should I ever watch that juvenile soap again, I wouldn't want to hear them.
 

Offline Al

Re: Duck Dynasty Quackers
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2013, 12:54:36 PM »
"Although the show is popular, it wouldn't be missed by anyone other than those who hold views similar to those of the the Robertsons or who amuse themselves by observing how stupid the family is prepared to make itself look in order to make a few bucks."

Silly humor involving a family that honestly and truly does love each other has a place in today's world and by the look of the numbers, is enjoyed by a wide range of viewers.  It certainly is much better than shows like The Housewives of  . . . series with a cast of characters who seem to take great joy in being mean, spiteful and plain hateful to each other.

And with my viewing preferences, I have no room to make any conclusions about what others watch and enjoy.  For example I thoroughly enjoy Luther; a show from your side of the ocean, and that is one dark, dismal series.  Others absolutely love The Walking Dead, which, once again, one can argue about the lack of redeeming value.  And the same could be said about the brilliant series The Big Bang Theory and other, lighter weight comedy series; many of which I find laugh out loud funny.

Books, sports, food, movies, music, television shows - as Sly and the Family Stone once sang - different strokes for different folks.
 

 



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