OK, I was going to be good and not comment on the Duck Dynasty controversy, but it is just getting too juicy to not comment. Anyone should realize it is unreality TV. It’s play acting, it’s not real. As a child I loved to watch shows like the Lone Ranger, Hop-along Cassidy, and Davy Crockett.
Even at the tender age of 6 and being of average intelligence,(many would say that by making that statement, I have an inflated opinion of myself). I was able to discern that what I was seeing may not be true. My first clue was when they always caught the bad guy at one minute until 8.
It took only a few episodes for my meager mind to reason something was up. It’s the same today, these shows aren’t real, the first clue should be that there are TV cameras in their face, the shows are scripted and most often follow a predetermined conclusion. In spite of this, some enjoyment and possibly learning can be had by watching them .
I enjoy American Pickers, Pawn Stars and Storage Wars tremendously. I know they are fake, but they are interesting and they all exemplify an alternate way to make some extra money or even possibly could lead to a career change. Duck Dynasty is unique in it’s own right. It portrays a way of life that is becoming more and more foreign to most Americans. The Robertson’s way of life illustrates in many ways a life in the past, where most people still cling to their values and the values that made this country great, and in spite of opposition will always stand up for what they believe in. People need to understand where these people are coming from, they haven’t lead perfect lives,as most of us haven’t. Many people fall along the way and make choices they shouldn’t, often leading to a life of drug and alcohol abuse. The very people who teach tolerance in our society, then criticize and condemn them. Where is the tolerance? It seems they only practice tolerance if you agree with them or practice the same lifestyle as they do.
Those kind of people are hard to find today. I believe originally A&E tried to set them up to portray southerners to be uneducated hicks who were backward in their thinking , people who would be ridiculed by Americans because of what they believed. They thought if the Robertson’s started stating their down to earth values most Americans would consider them backward and out of touch.
Funny thing happened, it backfired, many Americans began to identify with them. A&E was befuddled, it wasn’t what they expected. Once again, conventional wisdom was wrong, most people in America still cling to their guns and religion. A&E then began warning them to tone it down, as to not offend anyone, but they discovered most people weren’t being offended, most were agreeing with the stars of the show. Trying to be politically correct, they had a real dilemma, they were afraid to offend the PC crowd, thinking it would ruin their ratings. Problem was , most who watch the show ,don’t belong to the politically correct crowd, most of their audience were people who felt like the Robinson’s, but were afraid or unable to say anything. Although the language Phil used was rather coarse, and not what I would like to see on television, his message was clear and specifically stated his beliefs. It is a free country and he has a right to do that. If he had been some liberal stating anti-American or other far left thoughts, he would have been welcomed with open arms. It’s a sad state of affairs when Miley Cyrus can perform her lewd acts and be praised and Phil Robertson states his personal religious beliefs and is vilified.
What does that say about many in today’s society and the media? Years ago a certain artist painted a picture of Jesus and covered it with excrement, people protested and they were told to be more tolerant and understanding. After that another artist placed a crucifix in a bottle or urine, people protested and they were told to be more tolerant, it was only art. Many times statements are made and others are told they are old fashioned and behind the times, only old fogies. They are told their thinking is antiquated and they should be more tolerant.
Althought I certainly don’t agree, and most people supporting him don’t agree with his entire statement, this whole secenerio wasn’t about what he believed, it was about his right to say it. For way too long the left has had free reign on what they say or who they insult, only the right has been held accountable to be political correct.
It is way past time the left is held accountable for their actions and speech, a little tolerance please.
Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!
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