Dear ‘Variety’ Fans: You Do Know It’s All Fake, Right?

Dear Variety, kindly go fuck yourselves. As a Christian I know what the tenets of my faith are, moreover I also know when my faith is being disrespected, and when I am being denigrated for that faith.

Dear ‘Duck Dynasty’ Fans: You Do Know It’s All Fake, Right?

TV Columnist
Brian Lowry
TV Columnist @blowryontv

Amid the turmoil caused by the suspension of “Duck Dynasty’s” Phil Robertson in relation to an interview he gave with GQ, an outpouring of support has emerged from those defending the bearded A&E star.

Which only prompts one to wonder whether these people really know whom exactly it is they’re defending.

However real and natural it might appear, “Duck Dynasty” is a sitcom. Not all the dialogue is written, but as even the Robertsons freely admitted on the “Today” show, “They come up with ideas and we just get to be ourselves in the situation.”

So while Robertson can be taken at his word that he’s a man of faith, the character that people know from TV is just that: A character.

Other websites, some with way too much time on their hands, have meticulously detailed the staging that goes into the show. But suffice it to say that the Robertsons have thrived in part because they and their producers have been adept at making themselves seem authentic. As one reality TV producer suggested when discussing the show, even if the situations are all phony, you couldn’t create those guys.

Still, the full-throated defense on behalf of the Robertsons primarily reflects two things: The very effective tactic of making Christians feel like they are disrespected and persecuted by the mainstream media; and most germane to this discussion, the sorry lack of media literacy in the U.S., where people might insist they’re in on the gag, but if they’re seeing something on TV, they tend to assume it’s true.

At this point, the “Duck Dynasty” story has taken on a life of its own, propelled by the political aspects of the standoff – pitting anti-gay-rights conservatives against “liberal Hollywood” – and the good (or bad) fortune of happening right before Christmas, when everyone’s starved for something to talk and write about.

Yes douche bag, we know and understand that television isn’t real. The full-throated defense has less to do with Phil Robertson then it does with our having a lifestyle we consider sinful crammed down our throats regardless of how much it offends our morals and ethics.

It has to do with the completely false accusations of hatred and bigotry because our religion tell us that homosexuality is a sin and not something to be reveled in or wallowed in.

It has to do with our being sick and tired of being constantly accused of being intolerant by individuals who could not possibly be more intolerant or less understanding of what the word tolerant means.

It has to do with finding it morally and ethically objectionable to have 2 percent of the population dictate what the moral or ethical standards of 80 percent of the nation must be.

It has to do with being sick and tired of of seeing a incredibly small percentage of the nations population pervert our legal system to force their decidedly immoral standards on the entire nation.

It most assuredly has to do with being sick and tired of having the mainstream media wage a war against our moral and ethical values.


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