Iāve been learning more, over the past few days, about Duck Dynasty.
This narrative makes a lot of sense:
Duck Dynasty is not the show that they wanted, it is the show that got away from them.
It seems what the producers intended and what A&E envisioned with the show is much different than the show that they ended up with, but they didnāt do anything about it because it was so wildly popular and so wildly profitable. But even with all the money, they have never really been comfortable with what happened.
This is what happened. The whole idea of the show was to parade these nouveau riche Christian hillbillies around so that we could laugh at them. āLook at them,ā we were supposed to say. āLook how backward they are! Look what they believe! Can you believe they really live this way and believe this stuff? See how they donāt fit in? HAHAHAā
When the producers saw the way the show was shaping up, different than they envisioned it, they tried to change course. They tried to get the Robertsonās to tone down their Christianity, but to their eternal credit they refused. They tried to add fake cussinā to the show by inserting bleeps where no cussword was uttered. At best, they wanted to make the Robertsonās look like crass buffoons. At worst they wanted them to look like hypocrites.
They desperately wanted us to laugh at the Robertsons. Instead, we loved them.
A&E wanted The Beverly Hillbillies. Instead, A&E got more than it could handle.