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(The Hollywood Reporter)   Duck Dynasty's ratings hit an all-time low after audiences realize there is only so much Southern bigotry they can handle   (hollywoodreporter.com) divider line 123
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2014-03-21 11:35:27 AM
I have never seen this show.  Go me!  The only DD merch I've ever seen is Chia Willie.

So I've got that going for me...which is nice.

I thought they were millionaires before the TV show, they'll be fine when it ends.
 
2014-03-21 11:40:32 AM

Tom_Slick: Kevin Lomax: Ah I love how easy it is to pretend the decline in ratings is because the show doesn't reflect my political views. The self rightgeousness really gives me a half chub.

It couldn't possibly be that the decline in ratings is due to reality show audiences of all political views have the attention spans of gnats and have moved on to the next shiny reality crapfest. Nope, it must be because the several million idiots who were watching this show suddenly came around to my way of thinking. That's gotta be it.

I know there was a lot of Evangelical outrage (The ones screaming "WAR ON CHRISTMAS" every 2 seconds all December) over their Christmas items sold in Wal Mart,


I don't think you're remembering that correctly.
 
2014-03-21 11:45:22 AM

duffblue: Tom_Slick: Kevin Lomax: Ah I love how easy it is to pretend the decline in ratings is because the show doesn't reflect my political views. The self rightgeousness really gives me a half chub.

It couldn't possibly be that the decline in ratings is due to reality show audiences of all political views have the attention spans of gnats and have moved on to the next shiny reality crapfest. Nope, it must be because the several million idiots who were watching this show suddenly came around to my way of thinking. That's gotta be it.

I know there was a lot of Evangelical outrage (The ones screaming "WAR ON CHRISTMAS" every 2 seconds all December) over their Christmas items sold in Wal Mart,

I don't think you're remembering that correctly.


The nut job churches around here were upset with their depiction of Santa Clause, Santa hats etc., Christ in Christmas and all that. these are the same churches that ban chocolate bunnies and make sure kids only have chocolate crosses.
 
2014-03-21 11:46:51 AM

Spanky McStupid: wellreadneck: Racism ruins careers.
Homophobia, not so much.

I don't know Willie's stand on homosexuality but he put his money where his mouth is when it comes to "racism"; to wit: his children, two of whom are adopted.  Here be the link:   http://blog.zap2it.com/pop2it/2013/10/duck-dynasty-willie-robertson-o n -adopted-son-lil-will-better-than-meeting-the-president.html



Well, he adopted the son... the daughter is more of a purchase. There's something really shady about a young pretty Asian girl coming over as an "exchange student" and then just never leaving.

And at one point there was at least one YouTube video showing Willie doing a very racist Asian impression for an infomercial. Maybe they aren't racist, but they sure know how to play to their fanbase.
 
2014-03-21 11:53:04 AM
The main appeal to the show, it would seem to me, is for people to watch and make fun of the family. There's only so much of a train wreck you can watch before it stops being fascinating and becomes repulsive.

And this is coming from a Mississippian.
 
2014-03-21 11:54:34 AM
Actually, I have heard friends that watch Duck Dynasty say it isn't as fun now because of the extra scripted stuff that is included in the already scripted reality show. They say it isn't fun to watch anymore.

It's the same thing that has happened to Pawn Stars. The same thing that happens to all reality shows eventually.

But go ahead thinking that a bunch of gays that didn't even watch the show in the first place are taking viewers away from the show. It fits the uppity liberal narrative.
 
2014-03-21 11:57:47 AM
And, it's always entertaining to see a bunch of people that make fun of rural people, lecture about stereotypes and hate.

Thanks, kids. It's cool when you do it.
 
2014-03-21 11:57:47 AM

barneyfifesbullet: Actually, I have heard friends that watch Duck Dynasty say it isn't as fun now because of the extra scripted stuff that is included in the already scripted reality show. They say it isn't fun to watch anymore.


that's why I stopped watching.
 
2014-03-21 11:59:20 AM
This show, along with the Kardashians and Faux News, are blocked on my TV.  We avoid TLC like the plague anyhow, so nothing is blocked.
 
2014-03-21 12:09:08 PM

Spanky McStupid: wellreadneck: Racism ruins careers.
Homophobia, not so much.

I don't know Willie's stand on homosexuality but he put his money where his mouth is when it comes to "racism"; to wit: his children, two of whom are adopted.  Here be the link:   http://blog.zap2it.com/pop2it/2013/10/duck-dynasty-willie-robertson-o n -adopted-son-lil-will-better-than-meeting-the-president.html

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I like DD - it's brain candy


don't you know, everything on Reality TV is fake.  A&E bought those kids for Willie and once the show is over, they go back to central casting...
 
2014-03-21 12:10:58 PM

hardinparamedic: Pawn Stars has something that is historically interesting on it


I do like when Mark is on the show.  he seems the most knowledgeable of all the "experts" they bring on.  Some of them just seem to be spewing the Wikipedia entry on the subject the are the authority on.
 
2014-03-21 12:12:44 PM

edmo: Seems unlikely as DD's audience was pretty well aligned with their way of thinking. I doubt they're offended at all.


You may be underestimating the size of the ironic audience.
 
2014-03-21 12:26:21 PM
The blue state bigotry is out in force, I see.

I follow the show on Facebook. Its core audience has been biatching for quite some time that the show has become blatantly fake and scripted. There were incidents before Phil's interview that did far more damage, like the episode Si faked a back injury to get that motorized scooter. Fans were in an uproar.

Phil's statements did no damage to the show with its fan base. THey likely agreed (I didn't). The show was done in by gross overexposure and becoming more and more contrived with each season.
 
2014-03-21 12:28:21 PM

give me doughnuts: TV's Vinnie: El Freak: FlashHarry: doubled99: American Idol's ratings have gone the same way. Which racist controversy is responsible?

i believe that AI's ratings have dipped because it has simply overstayed its welcome.

ratings fall for many reasons. in this case, the exposure of the head of the DD clan as a vile racist homophobe may have caused his show to flounder.

it's not too hard a concept to grasp.

Question: did this asshats views really surprise anybody? He's a redneck from the deep south, what the hell did people expect?  I'm from the same part of Louisiana these people are from, and I've heard shiat like what this dipshiat said all my life. Hell, it's pretty tame compared to some of the things I've heard. So, if someone didn't want to support a racist homophobe, why in the fark were they watching the show to begin with?

Dude, they're not even rednecks. They're yuppies doing hillbilly cosplay.

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"A mullet!? Ain't no way that dude is a real red-neck!"
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There's more that one way to be a red-neck.


The mullet is the hipster equivalent in redneckism.
Metro-redneck-ual.

Real men don't wear the mullets.
 
2014-03-21 12:46:25 PM

El Freak: FlashHarry: doubled99: American Idol's ratings have gone the same way. Which racist controversy is responsible?

i believe that AI's ratings have dipped because it has simply overstayed its welcome.

ratings fall for many reasons. in this case, the exposure of the head of the DD clan as a vile racist homophobe may have caused his show to flounder.

it's not too hard a concept to grasp.

Question: did this asshats views really surprise anybody? He's a redneck from the deep south, what the hell did people expect?  I'm from the same part of Louisiana these people are from, and I've heard shiat like what this dipshiat said all my life. Hell, it's pretty tame compared to some of the things I've heard. So, if someone didn't want to support a racist homophobe, why in the fark were they watching the show to begin with?


Oh god, THIS. Living in SW Virginia has been an eye-opening experience. I've heard some incredibly appalling racism during the course of dinner with a friend's family.
 
2014-03-21 12:52:24 PM

traxan: Phil's statements did no damage to the show with its fan base. THey likely agreed (I didn't). The show was done in by gross overexposure and becoming more and more contrived with each season.


I never watched the show (I try to avoid all reality television outside of sports, though I did like American Pickers for a while).. but I imagine there are enough folks like my wife's cousin (more liberal than I am, if that's possible) who were entertained by the show and said "fark this" after Phil's comments and won't watch it again.  I suppose there are just as many folks like her as there are "core audience" folks.
 
2014-03-21 01:02:13 PM
Schtick gets old. Film at 11.
 
2014-03-21 01:10:55 PM

bluorangefyre: This show, along with the Kardashians and Faux News, are blocked on my TV.  We avoid TLC like the plague anyhow, so nothing is blocked.


What happend to TLC always breaks my heart. Years ago as a teen you could see Connections on it and all types of stuff where you could actually LEARN something. And it turned into this bleh.
 
2014-03-21 01:14:04 PM

TV's Vinnie: wellreadneck:

My gay marriage doesn't make me any less of a hillbilly. A haircut has even less effect.

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I laughed aloud.
 
2014-03-21 01:16:59 PM

groppet: What happend to TLC always breaks my heart. Years ago as a teen you could see Connections on it and all types of stuff where you could actually LEARN something. And it turned into this bleh.


Heck, even the "Trading Spaces" incarnation of TLC was still enjoyable.  Plus, Miss Paige was kind of hot (as was Genevieve).  It might have been vapid entertainment, but it did give folks some halfway okay ideas to decorate on the cheap.
 
2014-03-21 01:27:37 PM
Bring back "Street Beef" with Johnny LaRue!!
 
2014-03-21 01:32:06 PM

groppet: bluorangefyre: This show, along with the Kardashians and Faux News, are blocked on my TV.  We avoid TLC like the plague anyhow, so nothing is blocked.

What happend to TLC always breaks my heart. Years ago as a teen you could see Connections on it and all types of stuff where you could actually LEARN something. And it turned into this bleh.


I know I am missing a few from this list: 

Connections
The Day the Universe Changed
The Human Animal
Connections2 (a rehash of the older Connections, but still fairly informative)
The Human Sexes

Even Home Matters was somewhat educational in its day.

To me the channel was already going downhill by the time Connections3 was proposed.
 
2014-03-21 01:41:59 PM

Seequinn: Even Home Matters was somewhat educational in its day.


Dunno about Home Matters, but I first came across Home Time on TLC back in the day.  I'm not mechanically inclined at all (I can fake it), but those PBS home improvement shows are fascinating.
 
2014-03-21 01:42:05 PM
I can't fathom it's any backlash from Phil's statements - their core fans weren't going to budge on their love of all things DD just for Phil making a statement consistent with his beliefs:  It just got oversaturated to the point even their core audience started to feel like they were being conned.

When my own mother, a big DD fan, said 'I'm sick of seeing them everywhere', you know their clock is at 14:58.
 
2014-03-21 01:43:27 PM
The show's ratings are not in the toilet because of Phil. They're in the toilet because the show has jumped the shark and become more and more scripted. Every show has to have a "theme."  I get it. Real life is boring no matter how hot your wife is and how weird your brothers are.

American restoration drives me crazy too. They do such interesting work and every job is so unique and instead of showing how the work is done, they have to be all about staged practical jokes and side bets.

Same with Pawn Stars, American Pickers (although not as much), Top Gear, et al.
 
2014-03-21 01:48:50 PM
It's also a tough decision to decide who to hate.

Phil's comments were clearly in line with the Bible. So, if you hate him and his beliefs, you have to hate all of Christianity (which you probably already do)...

And if someone is calls themselves a Christian but doesn't agree with what he said, then they're not a Christian.

Phil never said he hated gay people.  He said that God said that their lifestyle was sinful.  Never said God didn't love them.  But the subject is taboo and so people are going to act how they're going to act because people on both sides of the issue get butthurt easily.
 
2014-03-21 02:12:35 PM
Im sure a lot of you who preach tolerance and open mindness took one look at this bunch and thought all kinds of stereotypical things long before this guy was asked his opinion on anything. You were more excited that you were right about him rather than being mad about what he said.The again he professes his faith openly. Even if he hadnt said what he said you would still have something to say about him. I have yet to meet one person, regardless of religious or politicail leanings, who isn't some kind of hypocrite.
 
2014-03-21 02:18:49 PM

TheGreatGazoo: I never saw how it got past the first episode.  Kind of like Swamp Loggers, Swamp People, and a bunch of the other similar shows.

Here's an aligator... chute it!  <wash, rinse, repeat>


I about gag when I hear that now. I'm. getting at clicking it off real fast.
 
2014-03-21 02:56:38 PM
At least one part of their demographic will be sticking by their side:

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"Ah agrae with that thur uncle Pheeil, them darkies look happier thayun ah peeig in slop wayun they're pickin' mah cotton!"
 
2014-03-21 03:16:49 PM

TheGreatGazoo: never saw how it got past the first episode.  Kind of like Swamp Loggers, Swamp People, and a bunch of the other similar shows.


It is the rule 34 equivalent of TV. If there is a genre, there is someone (or 5-11 million someones a week) who will watch it. It's why we have a thousand channels and why you can watch something else if you don't like it.  That was a generic you. Not a Gazoo you.
 
2014-03-21 03:19:09 PM
I watched half an episode one night to see what all the fuss was about after it became so popular, turned the channel because it wasn't that interesting to me. Just too much redneck schtick for me.

One way or the other, I'm sure they really don't care. They'll still have their business and make their money and as long as the show stays on, it's advertising for their business that they actually get paid for.

All "reality" shows run their course over time. They go from being novel/unique to scripted as someone else mentioned. They become more about the people on the show than the things they do that made the show somewhat interesting to begin with, even though you knew a good part of the show was BS.
 
2014-03-21 03:29:17 PM
TFA contradicts subby's faulty premise.

I watched the show, but I'm tired of it.  That's pretty much it.  They're obviously not racists.  They're good people.  And oh my god, they used to have ONE hairstyle 30 years ago and now they have ANOTHER hairstyle!  THEY"RE PHONIES!!!!  Whatever.

I enjoyed the show but it got old.  That is the jist of the article.
 
2014-03-21 03:30:46 PM

doubled99: American Idol's ratings have gone the same way. Which racist controversy is responsible?


I don't get it either I always tune in, without exception, to every non-racist television program on the air. Every last one, I have over 40 television sets most of which are on simultaneously.

Pay attention kids this what a idiot sounds like when they think they've "gotcha"
 
2014-03-21 03:35:39 PM
I used to watch DD every week. Lately the novelty has worn off. You can only watch rednecks do the same thing so many times before it gets very boring. I havent watched an episode since Christmas time, there are far better shows on right now.
 
2014-03-21 04:07:44 PM
TV's Vinnie:

Dude, they're not even rednecks. They're yuppies doing hillbilly cosplay.

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You may have a point with the boys, but how do 45 year-old pictures of Si in the military or Phil in college prove they were 'yuppies'?  Think Phil has sported that beard since the 70s, actually.
 
2014-03-21 04:08:06 PM

STRYPERSWINE: And oh my god, they used to have ONE hairstyle 30 years ago and now they have ANOTHER hairstyle!


not to mention, one of them had a crew cut while in the Army, now he has long hair!  he's the worst offender!
 
2014-03-21 04:12:56 PM

StrikitRich: TV's Vinnie:

Dude, they're not even rednecks. They're yuppies doing hillbilly cosplay.

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You may have a point with the boys, but how do 45 year-old pictures of Si in the military or Phil in college prove they were 'yuppies'?  Think Phil has sported that beard since the 70s, actually.


How do you explain the sons then going from that to THAT?
 
2014-03-21 04:33:25 PM
Actually...from what I heard, in the beginning, Willie and the others kept a clean cut to fit into the corporate environment and then finally said "screw it" and just became themselves. I'm sure the show has tried to force them to become more and more corporate.
 
2014-03-21 04:35:16 PM

reprobate1125: Actually...from what I heard, in the beginning, Willie and the others kept a clean cut to fit into the corporate environment and then finally said "screw it" and just became themselves. I'm sure the show has tried to force them to become more and more corporate.


i think when you go from working for the man to working for yourself, you no longer have to worry about "dress code"
 
2014-03-21 05:36:41 PM
reprobate1125:  I'm sure the show has tried to force them to become more and more corporate.

In no way does that statement make any sense.
 
2014-03-21 05:45:08 PM
I always liked Billy the Exterminator.  Same kind of schtick, but at least Billy did something useful.
 
2014-03-21 05:49:24 PM

reprobate1125: I'm sure the show has tried to force them to become more and more corporate.


i disagree.  Willie is the Gene Simmons of hunting.  He'll put that logo on anything he thinks will sell.  if it will make him a dollar, he'll sell it to you.  make no mistake, he's a business man first.
 
2014-03-21 05:50:28 PM

Uncle Pooky: statement make any sense.


I meant that being part of the show has forced them to be on guard a lot more than they normally would be (despite how they appear in public).

They talked about being able to just walk around town and be themselves but after people started coming up to their houses and looking in their windows, they had to put up security and be more guarded and only make "appearances."

I'm sure that this being a finite period of their lives they've had to try to figure out how to use it to the fullest and that's all the licensing deals, etc.

Corporate may not have been the best word for it...maybe calculated instead of just being themselves.  No different than any other reality show.

That being the case, I get the sense that they can pretty much take or leave the show.  I picture them quitting before the network cans them.
 
2014-03-21 06:03:48 PM

ladodger34: traxan: Phil's statements did no damage to the show with its fan base. THey likely agreed (I didn't). The show was done in by gross overexposure and becoming more and more contrived with each season.

I never watched the show (I try to avoid all reality television outside of sports, though I did like American Pickers for a while).. but I imagine there are enough folks like my wife's cousin (more liberal than I am, if that's possible) who were entertained by the show and said "fark this" after Phil's comments and won't watch it again.  I suppose there are just as many folks like her as there are "core audience" folks.


Hell, even sports is scripted anymore.  Tom Brady gets away with stuff no other quarterback can, a NASCAR Sprint Cup rookie takes pole position for Daytona 500 because "#3 Car!", anybody breathing lightly on Syndey Crosby gets a penalty, Barry Bonds beats home run record and it takes the entire fan base to cry foul, etc.  the score is the second thing on people's minds.  The first is how to squeeze the most cash out of it.  If someone getting away with it makes you watch and spend more, that's what they will do.
 
2014-03-21 06:05:30 PM

Uncle Pooky: Spanky McStupid: wellreadneck: Racism ruins careers.
Homophobia, not so much.

I don't know Willie's stand on homosexuality but he put his money where his mouth is when it comes to "racism"; to wit: his children, two of whom are adopted.  Here be the link:   http://blog.zap2it.com/pop2it/2013/10/duck-dynasty-willie-robertson-o n -adopted-son-lil-will-better-than-meeting-the-president.html


Well, he adopted the son... the daughter is more of a purchase. There's something really shady about a young pretty Asian girl coming over as an "exchange student" and then just never leaving.

And at one point there was at least one YouTube video showing Willie doing a very racist Asian impression for an infomercial. Maybe they aren't racist, but they sure know how to play to their fanbase.


Actually, I took it as the daughter is hanging around because....money.
 
2014-03-21 06:11:36 PM

ladodger34: Seequinn: Even Home Matters was somewhat educational in its day.

Dunno about Home Matters, but I first came across Home Time on TLC back in the day.  I'm not mechanically inclined at all (I can fake it), but those PBS home improvement shows are fascinating.


the Mike Holmes shows are even better.  It is the same thing over and over (family gets screwed by shady contractor, Holmes comes in and overbuilds better than code), but the lengths "contractors" will go to squeeze money out of people is eye opening.
 
2014-03-21 06:43:18 PM
Dr Jack Badofsky:

Hell, even sports is scripted anymore.  Tom Brady gets away with stuff no other quarterback can, a NASCAR Sprint Cup rookie takes pole position for Daytona 500 because "#3 Car!", anybody breathing lightly on Syndey Crosby gets a penalty, Barry Bonds beats home run record and it takes the entire fan base to cry foul, etc.  the score is the second thing on people's minds.

It's still real to me, dammit!
 
2014-03-21 07:06:26 PM
They've all but obliterated their gay black-marriage demographic viewership.
 
2014-03-21 07:09:48 PM

OtherLittleGuy: TV's Vinnie: El Freak: FlashHarry: doubled99: American Idol's ratings have gone the same way. Which racist controversy is responsible?

i believe that AI's ratings have dipped because it has simply overstayed its welcome.

ratings fall for many reasons. in this case, the exposure of the head of the DD clan as a vile racist homophobe may have caused his show to flounder.

it's not too hard a concept to grasp.

Question: did this asshats views really surprise anybody? He's a redneck from the deep south, what the hell did people expect?  I'm from the same part of Louisiana these people are from, and I've heard shiat like what this dipshiat said all my life. Hell, it's pretty tame compared to some of the things I've heard. So, if someone didn't want to support a racist homophobe, why in the fark were they watching the show to begin with?

Dude, they're not even rednecks. They're yuppies doing hillbilly cosplay.

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Just think, if McCain had won in 2008, she would've been a weak heartbeat away from the presidency. . .
 
2014-03-21 07:52:31 PM

peacheslatour: I always liked Billy the Exterminator.  Same kind of schtick, but at least Billy did something useful.


And he gives tips and tricks about preventing the kind of problems he gets called about.  Most of it is common sense but there have been a few times I've though, "Hmmm, didn't know that".
 
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