News talk 2013-12-29: Duck Dynasty returns

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December

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2013

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A&E surrenders to Duck Dynasty
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Mike Caro says:

As I said when commenting on an earlier story, I thought Phil Robertson, the king duck, had every right to say he preferred vaginae (which is the the plural of vagina, and not a typo). Duck Dynasty fans sided with me. But, since I’m sharing myself here, now I’ll tell you what I think of the show.

Previously, I had only watched bits and pieces. Many of my friends enjoyed the show. So over the past two days, I skimmed through many episodes for hours. From the positive feedback of others, I expected to see a different side to the much-maligned back-country culture. I looked forward to insights and poignant moments of reflection.

Unfortunately, I encountered none of that. I just saw semi-staged scenes with unsophisticated guys (and slightly more sophisticated gals) with whom I have no interest in socializing. To me, there is no depth apparent in these folks.

I think it might be fascinating in a horrific kind of way to film them as they actually are, without them being conscious of the camera. The episodes kind of reminded me of Pawn Stars, a so-called reality show that is clearly staged. But I’m sad to report that I find the Pawn Stars characters more endearing. Bottom line: I expected to like Duck Dynasty, based on recommendations. Actually, I don’t. It might grow on me, if given a chance. But, knowing myself well, it probably won’t get one. — MC




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  1. I cannot agree or disagree with you Mike , but what I will say it was much adoo bout nuttin as they might say , It was obvious that A&E were going to give in ! And why wouldnt they its the NUMBER ONE RATED SHOW ON CABLE TV IN THE HISTORY OF CABLE TV , yes thats what it means in all of ever . Sponsors had “NO COMMENT ABOUT PHIL ROBRTSON’S COMMENTS” Look here if the sponsors are wlling to buy time on the show , then what is the problem ? Some say that this was a planned publicity stunt ? WRONG ! they are making enough money WHY risk losing what you are already earning to gain more ? come on they are not that STUPID they would NEVER KILL the GOOSE or DUCK that LAID the GOLDEN EGG.

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