In case you haven’t heard, Phil Robertson was canned from the uber popular “Duck Dynasty” TV show a few days ago due to his incredibly honest views on homosexuality. [Read that story here]
The ensuing outrage has yet to reach critical mass as Phil Robertson was the patriarch of the family and a cornerstone of the show.
I admit I’m not a rabid fan of Duck Dynasty. I’m more of a casual, bearded fan who admires the family’s values more than their show.
And that’s why I’m pleasantly surprised that Phil got canned. Why?
Think about it. Why do you think the show is so popular? Don’t you think it’s popular for the very reason that A&E booted Phil? The Robertson clan has a set of morals and abides by them through thick and thin. In fact, that’s the main theme of the show, isn’t it? Sure, they do different stuff on each show, but the underlying message is a spirit of forgiveness towards each other and gratitude towards the Almighty. This is why I think the show is popular.
In a tumultuous world people look for those who are standing firm.
In an amoral world people are longing for people with morals.
In a society that has over a 50% divorce rate the Robertson’s do anything to keep their family ties strong.
The Robertson’s stand unmovable against a society that runs in circles chasing it’s tail of acceptance yet trying to maintain some sort of amoral morality.
And therein lies the reason I’m so happy Phil got canned. He’s the real deal. In a plethora of whiny actors and actresses willing to sell their soul for a shot at the spotlight he stands out as having something deeper. He’s willing to give up fame and fortune for what he believes in. He is capturing the essence of what makes Duck Dynasty so special. Sure, the show is obviously staged. But the people, and what makes them special, is very real. In a very plastic, photoshopped world, people are drawn to authentic personalities. That’s what Duck Dynasty had. That’s what made them so popular. Yet A&E has suspended Phil because of that genuine personality; because of the faith and beliefs that made Phil who Phil is. The show business doesn’t understand why he doesn’t just stick to the script. That’s the magical part, it was never the script that made the show so popular. It was the people. It was their faith. You can’t have the show without the Robertson’s. A&E has gutted the soul out of the show.
That’s why I hope they cancel the show. I don’t want the show to lose that intangible quality that made it special. I don’t want the Robertson’s to be censored.
I advise the Robertson’s to just skip the middle man. Ditch A&E and start your own You Tube channel. Seriously. With millions of subscribers you could easily monetize the videos and you could still make a very handsome pile of cash without some stupid editor shoving his beliefs down your throats.
I’m a photographer. I also have beard. Plus, I have a computer and a You Tube account. If you really insist, I supposed I could manage that You Tube account for you. If you really insist.