Discussion: A&E Argues KKK Docuseries Exposes Hate, Critics Say It Mainstreams It

Having not seen it yet, I’ll hold my judgement in abeyance. However, I’d say “Tiaras and Terrible Mothers”, or whatever that show was called, did blessedly little to mainstream that nauseating spectacle. So I’ll hope the results are duplicated in this case too.

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This should be a big hit for A&E based on everything I have seen for the last 2 years in this country. Embedded my ass - they put lights on them, they staged them, they put make-up on them, they asked them to repeat lines they thought were most dramatic - it is a fucking reality show. I hope they prove me wrong but just looking at that phony ass picture and logo I am getting very nauseous. WTF???

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This will have the exact same effect as “Honey Boo Boo” and “Tiaras and Toddlers” did, to glamorize destructive behavior and “normalize” it.
This is a naked ploy by A&E to garner bigger numbers in the “Trump Voter” demographic which they have ALWAYS catered to anyway.
After the networks saw how much money CBS and CNN made catering to that demographic, it was “everybody in the shit-pool! Thar’s Money in them thar Morons!”
Lenin was right: “A capitalist will sell you the rope you hang him with.” (and give you a volume discount if you hang all his friends with him.)

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Criticizing an unaired documentary before you’ve had the chance to see it. How very open minded you are.

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The issue, IMO, is that of sympathetic storytelling.

Doing a straight up historical documentary on any group is one thing. But, it sounds as if this leaps from objective documentation to sympathetic presentation. There is NO sympathy to be given to hate groups. None. Portraying them as just another group that has an alternative way of approaching life is grotesque.

@khaaannn: Nancy Dubuc, CEO of the network said something to the effect that this election proved the viability of their programming to groups that were underrepresented (i.e. Duck morons, American Hoggers) and that liberals looked down on these groups.

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Agreed. The show Hoarding has done much to glamorize filling your house to the ceiling with garbage.

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History says you are wrong.

H.L. Mencken: “No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.”

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Walt Disney and William Randolph Hearst would be so proud.

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Thankfully people like us are here to protect stupid Americans from their choices.

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I’m not sure that a scenario in which the makers/producers/distributors of a work are bullish on it and critics despise the thing constitutes a “mixed reception.”

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That’s what I’m curious about.

I have no problem with a show that reveals where the trouble is and how the participants got to that point. My problem will be if there isn’t any strong push back from the supposed good guys.

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Fuck the Klan. I want to see an eight part reality show about a family of evangelicals, all of whom are afflicted with Tourette’s Syndrome.

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‘only on Fox’.

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Duck Dynasty is on A&E…that’s enough for me to assume the worst, though I’d hold out my final opinion before seeing it. However if it is as I think it is…boycott all advertisers.

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So, a freak show, then?

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That was Toddlers and Tiaras on TLC which spun off Honey Boo Boo and the Duggars. A&E used to have things to watch but it’s been the updated C.O.P.S., Duck Dynasty, and Storage Wars on there. I can’t believe they even have anyone who knows how to present unbiased and unexploitive shows.

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I guess they threw out titles like “Klan Buddies” or “Kewl Klux Klan.”

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That will be on TLC where no learning has happened for the last 15 years.

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I prefer the term “Trump Madrassas”.

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