The most-watched non-fiction cable television show on record was the latest season premiere of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty,” but it may not have a true claim to the “non-fiction” part of its description any more. Like with many reality TV shows, we find ourselves asking, “Is ‘Duck Dynasty’ fake?”
As reported by MSN, family patriarch Phil Robinson has shared details of a spat between the producers and the stars of the hit show, claiming “bleeps” over curse words were unwarranted and mentions of Jesus were unjustly sent to the cutting room floor.
“They inserted fake bleeps, like someone had used profanity, but no one had used profanity,” Robertson said, in an interview with Sports Spectrum, a Christian sports magazine.
“If you want that,” continued the Duck Commander founder, “oh, you can get all of that you want. Just turn the station. There’s plenty of that. If we’re not using profanity, why make it look like we’re using profanity? What is the point?”
Robertson also questioned editing out references to Jesus, especially during the show’s typical closing scene. A family prayer at the dinner table and a reflective voice over has become a mainstay in the show’s short but significant existence, but often lacks a certain religious figure.
Robertson explained to his producers that the calendar is measured by years Anno Domini (A.D.), translated to “in the year of our Lord.” In other words, everyone in America refers to Jesus any time they mention a year by name. Since the explanation, Robertson said he’s “noticed now, every once in a while, they’re leaving it in there.”
In the big scheme of things, how much do the bleeps and Jesus cuts really matter?
As “Duck Dynasty” continues building popularity, the show may be risking a loss of original viewership based on issues like these. On the other hand, they may risk offending newer viewers, unaware of the Robertson family’s religious beliefs.
Would you stop watching a show because you found out there weren’t really swear words beneath the bleeps? Would you consider mentions of Jesus, Brahman or Allah offensive in a television show meant for entertainment? Is “Duck Dynasty” fake, in your eyes?
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