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A&E surrenders to Duck Dynasty
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