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A&E vs. Duck Dynasty Clan - Truth or Hype?

Updated on December 22, 2013
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I will begin by admitting the following: I have never seen a single episode of Duck Dynasty. Not one; as a matter of fact the only thing I do know about the show is what I have gleaned from the commercials and the information from the media about what is currently unfolding in the here and now. But my wife brought up a telling point this evening and I feel I must explore it.

As nothing is sacred in the corrupt world of the media, could this be a cleverly constructed ploy to create such hype that the show grows even larger than it already is? Would the producers at the network play this as a way to garner more money via conflict and confusion to cause even those such as myself to watch the show and buy their products?

In a word, yes. Yes I have to say I believe they would. As I stated in the previous paragraph, noting is sacred anymore. There is no honesty to be found when those in power are in search of the mighty dollar. Every card, from shock to cruelty to pity can and will be played in order to separate us from our money. Believe it.

Earlier I was speaking with my better half, reading from the comments of an Internet news provider concerning this ongoing, and growing, feud between the network, A&E and their reality show family from Duck Dynasty the Robertson clan. I informed her that there is an online petition to boycott A&E that is approaching two million signatures thus far. I told her that each news article I had read had literally thousands of comments, far more than any other article I had ever read. People truly seem to care about what is occurring and are driven to comment, to make themselves heard.

And every single comment I have read is in favor of the family and against the network.

Companies such as Cracker Barrel have responded to the reported hate statement against gay individuals by pulling all Duck Dynasty items for sale from their shelves. To their great embarrassment, it seems. Less than 48 hours after pulling these items, they replaced them on their shelves and made them available once more. All due to the public outcry at their actions. John Q. Public spoke, and a large company, for once, listened.

"When we made the decision to remove and evaluate certain Duck Dynasty items, we offended many of our loyal customers. Our intent was to avoid offending, but that's just what we've done," the company wrote. "You flat out told us we were wrong. We listened."

Well, what do you know about that?

Elsewhere I read an article stating that if you are defending Phil Robertson here is what you are defending.

  1. Robertson hates gay people. Robertson in 2010: " Women with women, men with men, they committed indecent acts with one another, and they received in themselves the due penalty for their perversions. They’re full of murder, envy, strife, hatred. They are insolent, arrogant, God-haters. They are heartless, they are faithless, they are senseless, they are ruthless. They invent ways of doing evil." This last one is key. My inbox is full of "love the sinner, hate the sin" defenses of Robertson's 2013 remarks. But Robertson doesn't love gay people. He thinks they're, well, "full of murder." His views on gays are hateful , inasmuch as they are full of hate.

This is from an article on Yahoo Finance authored by Josh Barro. Now the article appears well written and if one was simply relying on this one article, one might think that he is explain Phil's behavior as a hate crime; that Phil hates gays with a passion. Personally, I think this is so far from the truth as to be a wonderful example of "spin doctoring". Spinning what someone says to suit oneself and one's views.

Brad in the comments section takes umbrage with Josh's statements and writes this:

"In Fact, he's quoting Romans 1:24-31, which reads (NIV translation)

"24Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

26Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

28Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. ".......

so as you can see, your attack on Phil is actually an attack on the Book of Romans in the Bible. That's all Phil was doing.. quoting it."

Now, that pretty much says it all in my humble opinion. On one hand you have a declared Christian man who was asked a question by a reporter, and he answered it honestly. On the other hand you have a media who takes exception at someone stating something which falls outside the accepted criteria for people in the entertainment industry. That is, say the right thing, the thing which doesn't ruffle anyone's feathers and gets those who are on the other side upset. In other words, the Liberals.

Which, to me, is why we are where we are in this country today.

Again, to me, it feels as though the minority groups have become so outspoken as to push those who do their utmost to not offend others aside and push their outlook on everyone else. They prey upon the meek, the very ones who seek to help others to rise up against oppression, to succeed.

Now, don't shoot me! These are my thoughts and may or may not be correct. But this is still America, and at present I still do have the right to express myself. Right?

Then why doesn't Phil Robertson? He was asked; he answered. Would you have him lie, deceive others by not being true to himself? Why? Why must we be "Politically Correct"? To not hurt someone's feelings? I am not saying we must set out to say hurtful things, but if we are asked, should we not tell the truth?

Yes. Pure and simple, yes.

I love Phil's quote regarding what he said and how he thinks. "We never, ever judge someone on who's going to heaven, hell. That's the Almighty's job," he added. "We just love 'em, give 'em the good news about Jesus, whether they're homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort 'em out later, you see what I'm saying?"

In other words, he is saying live and let live. Not that he hates, not that he decries, not that he looks down upon. Love them. Give them the good news about Jesus.

Oooh, so inflammatory; so much hate; so anti-gay. Bullpucky!

What he said was exactly what an honest Christian would say if asked. Not a new age Christian, but one that is steeped in the old fashioned belief that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. One that believes that all men are created equal. One that treats others as he himself desires to be treated. In other words, an honest, God fearing Christian man.

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So far I have spoken about what has been said about Phil. Recently the family has spoken an stated that basically, if the network pulls Phil they will walk as well. Family first, last, and always. Again, Christian beliefs being put forth to the rest of the world. Family comes first, money far, far down the line. I admire them so much for that. It has become rare in today's world and sadly is considered un-American and not politically correct.

In other words, honesty is not the best policy to more and more people. How incredibly sad.

But now on to the seedy underside to the story. Or at least, one possible aspect of it. My wife put forth her thought and it hit me like a ton of bricks. What if this were a ploy, a game? What if the network were putting all of this out to create a storm of anger, of people choosing sides in this game? As she pointed out, even I was thinking of buying something of theirs just yesterday as a means to show support for the family.

I never thought of it that way.

As she stated, I was considering purchasing some cookies with their name on it for my family while shopping yesterday. I am upset with this man being persecuted for answering the questions honestly. And while I have never seen an episode, I still side with his Christian view and that of his family. I am proud to hear their feelings and wanted to support them in some small manner. But her thought caught me unprepared and forced me to look at this from another view: that of a corrupt corporate world I am not prepared for.

What if they, the network, drummed all of this up simply as a way to increase the views of the show? What if it were simply a plan, a ploy? Could it truly be so insidious, so simple, so very underhanded? Could someone really play the public like that? I wouldn't put it past anybody in today's world of creative financing and corporate greed.

Now, do I think it is real of created? Personally I think it is real and A&E is up to their tricks in following suit with the politically correct crowd who say we can say what we want and force you to accept us, but don't you dare say anything which we can consider to be against our way of thinking.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I've never seen this show and never will. I refuse to feed the pockets of the television corporations and I have much too much to do rather than watch stuff like this. As for the message, I could care less. There are millions like this family out there...they will say what they will say...I will say what I will say....and in the end none of it makes a damn bit of difference. I live my life loving others....I can't prevent the thoughts or beliefs of others and I don't want to. People really need to take a chill pill and learn to love life.

      Merry Christmas my friend. Have a beautiful week.

      bill

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Mike, I've never seen the show either, nor was I aware of the controversy between A & E and the Duck Dynasty family. Shoot, I don't even know what the show is about. All I know is, everywhere you go, DD products abound. Even in Bed, Bath and Beyond, as I found out when I was shopping there this past weekend. What's all the hype? Why has this show gone viral?

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      Ron Gawthorp 3 years ago from Millboro, Virginia

      Mr. Archer. A nice Hub. I am getting a sense that one really good thing is coming from this brouhaha and that is that Americans are fast getting fed up with the political correctness that has been dictated by an elite few. In other words powerful corporate and political cliques have been telling Americans what they can say in public and how they can think in private. A lot of Americans are tired of that. Being able to corral the support of sitting presidents is not necessarily a guarantee that you have won the hearts and minds of the citizenry.

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      Mr Archer 3 years ago from Missouri

      Bill, Cheyenne, and Gawth thank you for the comments. This situation is becoming something that we should have had a long, long time ago - tolerance for others regardless of how they think and feel so long as they are not harming anyone. But once they try to harm others or tell others how to think and feel and what they can and cannot say, well it is time to stand up and be firm in our resolve to follow God's lead not the political pundits or the media hypesters. Gawth hit it on the head: Americans are getting fed up with this political correctness crap. Polite is one thing, this is something else. We the meek who have practiced this live and let live, who have done our best to spread the word of God to all peoples have been run over due to others thinking that because we are meek because we practice live and let live then we must be weak and easy to dominate. Well, the time is a'coming for some comeuppance! Perhaps Phil and his family members will be the poster children for the fact that just because we turn the other cheek does not mean we do not care or that we will allow ourselves to be controlled forever.

      Maybe a little Duck Dynasty family time would be good for all of us. To choose family over money, to choose God over everything else.

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      Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Mr. Archer... I have watched the show and enjoyed the antics of the cast. I would stop at saying I support any marketing of their products. What I find interesting about this entire gong show that has come from Phil's few words is where were all the voices years ago when Archie Bunker and his view dominated most homes.

      Freedom of speech in American and Canada is a gift when we look around the world, we are very fortunate. We are called to love one another, it is something the media excluded from the comments Phil made. I can and will not judge others, I do not have the right to gauge the way another chooses to live anymore than they have to judge me. If what has been spoken offends people, keep in mind those who object can always flip the channel... I mean really we have what 600 plus choices.

      Rolly in Canada

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I doubt seriously it was a put on, they are making a mint and the chance they took on this could still leave someone hanging if a decision should go that way. DD is the hottest thing A&E ever had and now they are eating crow, so who should be offended now?

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      Mr Archer 3 years ago from Missouri

      Rolly and Jackie thanks for stopping by. Rolly, you are right to compare it to what was said 40 years ago on that show! And Jackie I'll take duck over the crow A&E is eating anytime! Take care guys. Happy New Year!

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