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Is Duck Dynasty Fake?

Is Duck Dynasty Fake?

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?

Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments section below, and join the Wide Open Spaces conversation.

About Eric Pickhartz

Eric Pickhartz is the Managing Editor at Wide Open Spaces, bringing a mix of outdoors enthusiasm and a journalism background to the site's content on a daily basis. His fishing experience began at a young age on Minnesota lakes, both frozen and thawed, and he has since used seasonal hunts and fishing trips as an excuse to become a better writer and editor. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, son and Chocolate Lab.
26 comments
walterepremru
walterepremru

Duck Dynasty is not fake in anyway, THE PRODUCERS ARE FAKE! Leave the context of the show unedited, it is obvious  the show will do very well without any input from halfwit producers. If the very popular show loses ratings it will be the direct result of overpaid,under educated producers!  penny-rex

EchoMoon
EchoMoon

for pities sake leave duck dynasty alone! please no fake crap and no calling it fake or raising the suspicion there of....


i am not christian and i don't believe the way that they do but i enjoy watching the show. they hurt no one with their beliefs, their prayers and their mention of a christian god. and it might do a few people some good! maybe it's the producers themselves that can't handle a religious family?? maybe the producers can't handle any religion or spirituality???

they would do more harm than good and lose a great many viewers if they were to hide or bury  the robinson's family religious personalities.

thickman
thickman

The duck guys started out  good and just because the mean old drunk dad saw the light and was born again doesn't make him the great guy he now claims to be. Read their book.  They were lousy parents lucky to have good kids.They have become so over comercialized and full of themsleves that their every doing in now scripted and phoney.

Several people I know that saw them in Hawaii complained about them having body gaurds and refusing to sign autographs or deal directly, or even talk with real people...they can take all of their new found "Christian" money, that they don't seem to be sharing, and their fame and egos and stuff it. They are now yesterday's news and are boring to all real hunters. They've picked up the not-knowing yuppie crowd and they won't last long as fans.

I was a fan in the beginning but now if I want to hear religious lectures, from an alcoholic and woman abuser I'll got to chruch  or an AA meeting. They all all well educated at substandard universities playing the dumb hillbilly persona to the hilt...Like many people now, we have better things to do than watch their phony stuff or buy their expensive crap.

jwetwo
jwetwo

The Robertsons are the family all American famialies wish they were a close loving and totaly crazy kind of like my family and I wish they were my next door neighbers!!!!!!!!!!

MikeGiovingo
MikeGiovingo

I say leave it honest as it happens. I happen to believe in Mr. Robertson and his feelings. It's as honest as it gets and if offends some others , well don't watch.

ricjeff
ricjeff

I like Duck Dynasty for a lot of reasons. Being from West Virginia I can relate to there culture. I think more shows should follow there lead by thanking God for the many blessings he gives us. I'm proud that the family is standing up to there beliefs. Way to go Robertson's! 

rogercrawley
rogercrawley

They are given a general idea of what that particular show is to be about.  However, they do not have exact scrip to follow.  Obviously, it is edited to produce continuity to the show.  I can tell you that nobody will tell Si exactly what to say.  His lines are his alone.  Hollywood does not think like that at all.  I have known them a long time & for the most part, what you see is really them.

tresm
tresm

This family produces their stock in trade animal calls and they also have their own television SHOW.    Thus, being a show, skits are brain stormed, thought through before anyone pick up a camera or prepares a sound stage.  I surely will in the future watch for writer credits.

BruceClark1
BruceClark1

It is an entertaining show. Why they want to change the perception of these people is beyond me. If they want to pray, let them. If they want to speak without cursing, let them. It's good to see that someone still has good family values. Too many TV shows are showing murders in the streets and people calling each other "Nigga", while wearing their pants down below their bottoms. Personally, I am sick to death of these things! Let the Robertsons be who they are!

radamsrn1
radamsrn1

It's very entertaining - i don't care about jesus or cursing - i imagine their calls are very expensive though as they don't seem to get a lot of work done - but they are funnier than hell

AndyMcWilliams
AndyMcWilliams

II know they don't cuss and they talk about Jesus. I don't doubt their sincerity. It's just that the producers make it look so contrived. That's just Hollywood.

SteveSchultz
SteveSchultz

It's amazing how people try to change the true meaning of the show . The Roberts are good down home people , there way of life is simple and true ! If the editor is trying to discredit them , he's wrong !! Every dog has it's day ! Don't bite the hand that feeds you ! Simple quotes in life . Phil's values out way , the editors !

NickFedyn
NickFedyn

This isn't the first time I've heard something about this and I am not here to pick sides of view points or religion. This America where there is the freedom of speech to me the best amendment we have. If people are going to be offended don't watch it I say. It their right to say what they feel is right. And most of all weither you believe in Jesus or not there is a a lot a family can take from this show and it's values. And being 25 and seeing the transition of television from when I was a kid to now is a little disturbing. It's nice to see that there are people out there who just want to put on a good fun show with out being crude or sexual I say stop the fakeness of the show and keep the little stuff in it because it does make it feel real and warm.

JimFreeman
JimFreeman

Though the hijinx in the show have to be made up. It is entertaining. I'm sure the boys get more work done than on the show. I say keep Jesus in the prayers. The world need Christ more than bleeps.

AndyMcWilliams
AndyMcWilliams

Ive never seen them shoot ducks. And I can't believe men with all of their outdoor experience, would go out in a fishing boat and sink it because they didn't put a plug in the boat. These scenes are staged!

rogercrawley
rogercrawley

Be advised that this show is in no way, shape or form fake.  If Phil Robertson tells you there is no foul language to be bleeped, you can write that down as the gospel truth.  They pray at every meal and end it in Jesus name.  If the producers want to risk losing the audience they have now (11 million) on the last premier, then put in fake bleeps & take out Jesus name.  That would be asinine.  I do have first hand knowledge of these facts.  My wife is the assistant manager at the Duck Commander store.  Almost all episodes are filmed in the warehouse where the store is located.  She has been on the show.  It is real.

Saltporkdoc
Saltporkdoc

@EchoMoon 

Excellent points made!

I want to thank you for your candid admission of your beliefs being different yet your acceptance of and (dare I say) your embracing the whole concept of personal belief being personal and non-threatening to others as well as the potential benefits to be derived from a belief in a higher power.

PhillipBurnett
PhillipBurnett

@rogercrawley

You kind sir are 100% dead on accurate!  And while I do not know the Robertson's personally as you do, Mr. Crawley, however I do know that they are a fine upstanding bunch who apparently only wish, to share the same beliefs that this once great nation of ours was founded upon.

In that, whether the Liberal Media and / or the current administration would care to admit it or not should be of no consequence here.  Because “We the People” know who we are and what our nation stands for as well!  And there is absolutely no denying that we are; "A nation founded upon Judeo-Christian Values and Beliefs".  And our “Initial Fight for Freedom” was fought (and won) for that very reason!  Oddly enough we under a very similar spiritual attack of epic proportion yet again today! 

Therefore I carefully would remind each and every one of us that our entire way of life was centered and / or formed around what was then; "Our newly found "Freedom of Religion" (that coming to the United States of America used to offer).  After all that is what we mean when we recite the Pledge of Allegiance to Our Flag, is it not?  That is, whenever we say that we are: "One Nation 'Under GOD' with Liberty and Justice for all", isn't that right?  

All of which reminds me of what is now a very little known fact (anymore).  In that, the Liberals who are now in control of our educational system have slowly but surely insured that this “fact” is no longer taught in our pathetically distorted "Politically Correct Public Education System" anymore.  As a matter of fact they have done all that they possibly can to erode and undermine our belief system! However, the fact remains that our Founding Fathers had such a burning desire to give all Citizens of these United States the same ability to learn and study the Word of God that it lead to what is now the "Public School System".  And albeit far contrived from its originally conceived intent these days, however the whole reason or premise for "Public Education" in the first place was so that all US Citizens could learn to read and write, nonetheless.  That is, so that “We the People” would or could all have the same opportunity for "Salvation" as that of our Founding Fathers!  FACT!!!!     

EchoMoon
EchoMoon

@Saltporkdoc@EchoMoon for some people religion is a lifeline. and for some a necessity in life for emotional and mental stability. and i have no problem what so ever with people having and practicing their own spiritual belief systems.

the only time i do have a problem with a spiritual or religious belief is when it is forcefully pushed in another persons face, into their home and into their families. and shameful to say that there are those who are more than willing to do that to others. 

religions of various sorts have played very large parts in socity the world over through out time. sometimes for the good of all and sometimes for no other reason the "perceived good" of the religion itself.

how wonderful if everyone would realize that regardless of the name they lay upon their 'god', that we are all worshiping a spiritual entity in the hopes of bettering ourselves and redemption. only then will we truly have peace among the peoples of the earth. maybe not the governments but among the people. and if the people are not willing to war the governments will have a very hard time of it!!!

PhillipBurnett
PhillipBurnett

@rogercrawley

But hey, you know what?  You needn't take my word for it as I will gladly prove it to you!  Although much of this information is slowly being erased through revisionist’s historians who are ashamed of “American Exceptionalism”!  And while the Robertson’s are all very humble people and they may not see themselves as being exceptional, however I would suggest that in today’s world that they are somewhat exceptional!  Not that being exceptional is anything to be ashamed of mind you. 

Although one thing is certain and that is that the Robertson’s clearly are not ashamed of their Religious Convictions and / or Beliefs (nor should they be)!  However, it is not like the Robertson’s have some underlying reasoning for doing what they do as they are in fact just being themselves!  Therefore if this is a show based upon some semblance or reality, then don’t you think that it would be a good idea for the producers / editors of this show to attempt to portray them exactly as they are (which is what their audience lovesand not something that they are not?  All of which is something that their editors would purport to know, but apparently they are gravely mistaken!  

You see, the fact is that my family is allowed to watch the show for all of it's good family values and the Robertson’s shared religious convictions.  Not only that but the fact is that we can all still find humor in it all as well.  So if the editors want to tinker with someone’s convictions then might I suggest that they go and work on the “Baby Daddy TV Show” (instead of messing with the success of Duck Dynasty)?  Oh wait, I forgot that show flopped right out of the gate, right?  (I’m sure it had nothing to do with the morally bankrupt premise that “Baby Daddy” was founded upon though right)?  YEAH RIGHT!  Either way though, Duck Dynasty has blown up the ratings system and put A&E TV on the map, have they not!  So the question is who is fooling whom here?   

Getting back to my original thought here though, our country was founded on the whole idea or concept of “Religious Freedoms” as that is just who we are as a Nation!  So much so that our Founding Fathers were so concerned about the “Salvation of Our Citizens” that they in fact wanted to insure that we all had a “Fair Shot” at the “After Life” (pun intended).  Meaning that they wanted to make sure that every citizen could read and write so that he or she could read learn from the Living Word of GOD.   And once again the entire initial premise or push behind our “Public School System”.   And like I had said, you needn't take my word for it here.  In that, in the following link (in the very first paragraph entitled “1647”) you will find one such reference as to the early reasoning behind “Public Education” which by the way was not free initially (nor is it now either as we do pay for it and everything else that happens around here as well)!  But that is another topic for another day, in the meantime it clearly states the following:

1647
The General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony decrees that every town of fifty families should have an elementary school and that every town of 100 families should have a Latin school. The goal is to ensure that Puritan children learn to read the Bible and receive basic information about their Calvinist religion.

The Link:

http://www.arc.org/content/view/100/217/

So you see folks the Roberston’s should be applauded for standing up for all of our freedoms!  Furthermore we should all write a letter to these “So Called Editors” in Holly Weird who are in effect ruining our country!  And while I will continue to watch the Robertson’s and I applaud all of their efforts to righting the spirit of America, however I would also gladly boycott anyone or anything that would attempt to interfere and / or thwart their message as well!  And by goodness you all should too, because this is infringes upon our innate rights not only as Americans but as Human Beings as well.  And whether or not anyone here is willing to recognize it or not, but this is none other than spiritual warfare folks and you are seeing the battle being waged right there in your Living Rooms every time you turn on Duck Dynasty!  For which I thank GOD above (whom I know to be Jesus Christfor the likes of the Robertson Family!   And I for one am willing to stand in the gap and fight!  Fight to watch what is actually happening and not what is being portrayed to have happened on their end.  In other words, lose the edits there Holly Weird as we all know what is truly happening on the other side of the lens (and it is not what is happening in the editing room at all).  In that, I have watched this show from the very beginning (before the Holly Weird Types started adding in uncalled for and unnecessary bleeping and editing the removal of Jesus)!  And I loved it before and I am also very glad to know that the Robertson's are not losing their faith at all too!  

Do you know what this is akin to folks?  It is very much like that of the Hollywood attempts to remove “Christ” from “Christmas”.  Have you ever seen it, as they love to see it used when folks write stuff like “Merry X-Mas” wherein they are taking “Christ” out of “Christmas”, I know that you have all seen this one at one time or another?  So you know what we all need to stand up and say enough Holly Weird, we are proud Americans and we have the right to have our religious convictions, period

Support the Robertson’s in their efforts to do what is right here folks and tell the editors to leave these fine folks alone!  Because if it were not for the Robertson’s then these editors would have nothing to edit anyways, now would they?  And now that we have put all of this into perspective I think that it is high time that someone put the shows editors in their place, don’t you agree? 

LONG LIVE DUCK DYNASTY AND THE ROBERTSON FAMILY!!!

EchoMoon
EchoMoon

@Saltporkdoc@EchoMoon Excellent, the world needs more people who think that way and are more accepting of other ways of belief.


Blessings on you!

Saltporkdoc
Saltporkdoc

@EchoMoon @Saltporkdoc As I was trying to imply in my earlier reply, you sound like a very highly evolved soul.

I agree with 100% of what you have said !00%!

Perhaps I was more fortunate than I thought when I was, at age 10, shown a book titled "One God and The Many Ways We Worship Him". This by my father who was a Methodist minister! He always told me, "I don't know for sure, but I believe that God doesn't care HOW we worship Him. He is more concerned THAT we worship Him."

As a result, I am very accepting of those who use their beliefs for the betterment of self, others, their society and the world, even "atheists".