This will be controversial, I know. I have been blogging for almost four years now and I’ve never ducked (no pun intended) from the controversial topics.
For example, I have dealt with controversy, mainly from millennials, stating The Beatles were an over-rated band. I’ve talked about various election campaigns and stood firmly with Chick-Fil-A when some people wanted to make eating a fried chicken sandwich some sort of sin close to genocide.
However this time, I’m going to really step in it. Duck Dynasty? It is ok, I guess.
For those that do not know, Duck Dynasty is about some Southern men who make duck calls. That’s the premise of the show. These men are all hairy, with “that old long hair”, as my parents used to say. They all have beards that make them look like a real bad ZZ Top tribute band. All, including Uncle Si (who might still be in Sagion, if you catch my drift), are married to very attractive women.
There’s not much that happens on Duck Dynasty. Here is the plot description of one episode: “A large order is placed at Duck Commander, and in order to keep up, Jase and the other employees decide to build a conveyor belt. Meanwhile, Phil and Si declare war against the beavers who are disrupting their duck hunting.” While that does not sound like an episode of Downton Abbey, I will admit watching Si try to blow up some beavers was pretty funny.
My problem with Duck Dynasty is the genre. I’m not a big fan “reality shows” because most are no where near reality.
Years ago, Cops was the first reality show. It had a great purpose: to show what really goes on in law enforcement and make you glad you did not choose it as a career. When my mother was still alive, I would call her and somehow Cops always came up. We were discussing one episode in which a naked man had broken into a barber shop. The cops apprehended the man and brought him out of the store. Mom said, “They blurred out his (Mom’s comical word for male genitalia). Boy, that was a big blur”.
Somehow, reality shows went from Cops to Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo, which I think is supposed to show you what really goes on in the South (fat people picking their nose, eating gross food, and breaking wind). I’ve watch this show maybe twice and got a headache because you spend most of your time reading the subtitles of “Honey Boo-Boo”. I’m a life long Georgian and I can’t understand half of what is said in the show.
In between, there have been shows about former Centerfolds who supposedly were “girlfriends” of Hugh Hefner (combined IQ of these three lovelies: 45), wrestlers, children of a famous dead lawyer and “Real Housewives”. The “Real Housewives” talk like “real” sailors and spend most of their time shopping and/or throwing drinks at each other.
What is unusual about Duck Dynasty is that there are never any “bleeps”. You don’t hear any cuss words. The people on the show seem to like each other. The wildest thing they do is pray. I know, what they show on television now days!
A couple of weeks ago, there was a story that some Louisiana Republicans were trying to get Willie Robertson (the older son who is the CEO of Duck Commander) to run for Congress. Like an episode of Duck Dynasty, he seemed really surprised. Another son was escorted out of Trump Tower because he looked like a bum. He came up with the quote of the year-he was a victim of “Facial Profiling”.
No, I’m not a big fan of Duck Dynasty. It is not my cup of tea. But, I’m glad that tea is out there and I wish there was more like it.