Hollywood has recently become interested in ethnic whites, who for so long were invisible in film and television. So we see movies like Winter’s Bone and shows like Duck Dynasty. Some of these are exploitive and show the worst sides of “redneck life” but most have some widespread appeal due to the plainspoken expressiveness of the characters, who are not as effete, deliberate, or respectful of liberal icons that the producers must so often tip toe around regardless of their views.
Anyway, the Duck Dynasty star speaks some “truth to power” about gays and all hell breaks lose. I don’t watch the show, but frankly this is one more example of liberal hate overreaction to someone that dares to deviate from the new “profanity” that disallows any expression of traditional or unorthodox views on sex, race, religion, or homosexuality. Jonah Goldberg had a good column on it:
And what I find absolutely ridiculous is the feigned shock that an avatar of the redneck renaissance might actually have politically incorrect or just plain religiously orthodox views on homosexuality. Seriously, who called for the fainting couch when they read his interview in GQ?
“Duck Dynasty” has been a huge ratings success, receiving fawning coverage from the elite media. Much of the coverage has also been incredibly condescending, like aristocrats in Victorian London having a grand time inviting a Zulu tribesman to dinner. Everyone says, “Look at the funny rednecks,” until Robertson says something that you would absolutely expect to hear from a guy who plays a redneck on TV. Then suddenly everyone is scandalized? Please. Isn’t the whole point of these shows to demonstrate that there are lots of different kinds of people out there? Isn’t that a good thing? Lord knows there’s no lack of reality shows about gays.
Maybe the best way to avoid such problems in the future is to demand that all reality-show casts be made up of professional actors. That way, reality will never disappoint us.