December 20, 2013
Duck Dynasty: The Show That Got AwayThe 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. |- - NCRegister.com
Posted by gerardvanderleun at December 20, 2013 3:52 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.
Yep, we love 'em. Actually they're the new and real version of the Beverly Hillbillies, who were also loved by many.
Posted by: Jimmy J. at December 20, 2013 4:47 PM
Those of you who were around may recall that the Beverly Hillbillies was cancelled at the height of its popularity by CBS because the Chairman was embarrassed by the show.
Posted by: Lorne at December 20, 2013 5:28 PM
It's a Southern fake-out as old as the hills. Have your opponent underestimate you as much as possible, lull him into a complacent trance with your dialect and aww-shucks.
Yep..these are the folks that, "Cling to their Bibles and their guns"...and,
in spite of their outward appearance, down to the man, probably has a higher IQ than the current occupant of the White House.
Posted by: Rocky at December 20, 2013 5:55 PM
"...real version of the Beverly Hillbillies..."
And in that old show Jed would whip out the roll, and start counting out the dollars, and it did not matter - beatnik to orchestra violinist - old Jed had them pretty well placed; if enough lettuce was on the plate, then everyone of them would stop by for lunch.
Point was, Jed and his family weren't that way at all; they may have been fools, but they were not fools for money.
Posted by: Mikey NTH at December 20, 2013 10:09 PM
But we also had Honey Boo-Boo and the Kardashians, along with COPS and all other reality TV (which isn't real) people like making fun of others.
Posted by: Potsie at December 20, 2013 10:50 PM
This whole essay reminds me of a novel I read a couple of years ago: "Pantaleon y las visitadoras", or "Captain Pantoja and the Special Services", by Peruvian and Nobel-laureate Mario Vargas Llosa.
It told the story of a "Special Services" [read: prostitutes] Corps secretly organized with the full consent of the Peruvian Army, for the, ahem, "Morale, Welfare and Recreation" of soldiers in the Peruvian Amazon. The generals all thought it was just going to be "insignificant". But over time, they all realized that it had all gotten out of their hands: it had become the most effective and most popular group in the Peruvian Army! And the Army and others outside of it do whatever it takes to bring it down.
Best part about it: Vargas Llosa based it on a true story.
Posted by: newton at December 20, 2013 11:07 PM
"...in spite of their outward appearance, down to the man, probably has a higher IQ than the current occupant of the White House."
So does paint.
Posted by: TmjUtah at December 20, 2013 11:23 PM
Almost all "reality" tv is the result of so-called liberal conformists holding ordinary people up to ridicule. The pretext for each show may differ, but the ultimate intent is identical---to laugh at someone else's frailty and enjoy a catharsis of social superiority. Look how funny these peoples' values are! Look how absurd they are! How ridiculous! Don't you feel superior? (That's one of the reasons I hate the Walmart shoppers photographs---they're just unkind. Funny, maybe, but unkind.)
Journalistically, there'a big difference between the Charles Kuralt-style delight in human eccentricity and the frankly condescending and spiritually immature worldview of today's media.
In truth, most people are pretty humble in their abilities, interests and aspirations. They are also capable of deep sincerity, generosity and kindness. The left media has no understanding or respect for any of these virtues---which just demonstrates the depth of their moral sickness.
Posted by: ahem at December 20, 2013 11:27 PM
Turnabout is fair play: Wouldn't it be hilarious if some group were to determine the ethnic and religious makeup of the people who run the entertainment industry, and then make a concerted effort to disseminate jokes that denigrate and dehumanize them? Wouldn't that be delightfully appropriate? Can you imagine the reaction of various liberal anti-intolerance groups?
Posted by: pst314 at December 21, 2013 5:28 AM
ahem, 11:27 PM,
Posted by: Rob De Witt at December 21, 2013 8:44 AM
My problem with the Wal*Mart Shoppers stuff is that I've been in the store plenty of times and nobody looks like that. If I had a cell phone I'd take shots of all the hot women I spot in the stores.
Posted by: Christopher Taylor at December 21, 2013 12:22 PM
Whole heartedly agree with this post - the whole People of WalMart is incredibly cruel. It is at the same level as junior high clique behavior, only we can all be in the cool people clique anonymously. The spirit of all those things panders to the smallest, meanest aspect of our persons. Good for you to call it out.
Posted by: Guaman at December 21, 2013 3:26 PM
All right, just ask yourself a question. Would these folks dress like this to shop at Macy's or Dillard''s or Nordstrom's? Yeah. No.
But you do tend to find them at Wal*Mart all the time.
Posted by: Jewel at December 21, 2013 4:49 PM
Well, one of the sons was in the lobby of some upscale New York hotel. He asked one of the staff where a restroom was. The staff member said, "Right this way, sir," and guided him out the front door. The staffer pointed to a restaurant down the street and said "You can use the restroom there."
The son thought this was pretty funny, and didn't hold a grudge.
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