As a cable TV professional, I welcome the increasingly well written, acted and produced shows over the past decade in the world of cable networks. Sex and the City, Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, Mad Men, and Homeland are TV standards now, and have proven that cable TV has in many ways replaced broadcast networks as the place where must see TV is now primarily located. Reality programming is also popular since they are cheap to produce, and the common folks love to see other "just plain folks" make it to the big time. Duck Dynasty is the latest in an array of simple-minded slop that has captured the nation. I remember laughing when I first saw the Beverly Hillbillies as a kid back in the 1960's. Crude hillbillies all of a sudden thrust into the world of chic Beverly Hills was a clever idea for a sitcom, and it was funny. Now, we have hillbillies galore on reality TV and from what I see-they're not so funny or clever. I would put Duck Dynasty on the same level as Honey Boo Boo ( I actually think they both stink). I realize the Duck Dynasty Robertson family has already "made it" by creating a very popular duck call. I'm not really sure how America has made it thus far without a truly good duck call, but the Robertson's have finally made it possible for the American sportsman to kill more ducks: God bless them.
Now we find out that Phil Robertson doesn't care too much for gays and claims to have never witnessed any blacks being mistreated in the days before civil rights legislation was passed as if that was an actual demarcation point which stopped "mistreatment". This guy may be rich, but he's an ignorant buffoon. Anyone watching this garbage is obviously easily entertained. If they were alive back in the 1960's they would've loved Gilligan's Island: it had about as much entertainment value. Whether the average stooge who watches Duck Dynasty knows it or not-these shows are actually scripted. I say this because they are not funny enough to just ab lib- they actually need lowest common denominator type dialogue written for them. This crap will pass (sort of like a good bowel movement). Duck Dynasty and the Robertson's are like past "common folk" who have their moment in the sun. Past celebs have been created by those shows which highlight singing talent, like Ruben Studdard, a guy I would have forgotten by now except that I saw an ad for him singing somewhere here in Florida. He shot to fame on American Idol and was fortunate enough to be morbidly obese so he could continue to ride his fame onto another intellectual format called "The Biggest Loser", a reality show where fat people compete against each other by seeing who could lose the most weight: a perfect program for Americans. Gluttony comes with treasures if you play it right.
Maybe the Robertson family can move passed Phil's politically incorrect words of wisdom and continue to reap rewards from America's zest for anything promoting hillbilly behavior. Done correctly, the hillbilly experience can be entertaining as I just mentioned The Beverly Hillbillies, and what human doesn't like watching reruns of The Andy Griffith Show? Duck Dynasty though is "reality TV", therefore it is supposed to, at least, mimic reality. Something tells me the Robertson family isn't that far off the mark from the way they're depicted on the A&E network. A&E has struck gold with these hicks, and now it's a question whether they can give up millions in the name of standing for something besides profits. It really won't matter much in the end because the Robertson's are already rich, and there's always another network salivating for such well received programming as what Duck Dynasty can offer. You never have to worry about losing that audience either since it takes more than a few offensive words about gays and people of color to upset the American hillbilly. Maybe we can find a way for Ruben Studdurd to make an appearance on Duck Dynasty just to show that they really do like Black people. If that should happen, I just hope they don't let Phil ad lib anything while Ruben's around.