Backyard Shooter apparently does hate Duck Dynasty… which is fine. This is America, and he has some good points. But I do think he is taking the show too seriously.
Duck Dynasty is completely phoney. Its not “scripted” but it is indeed entirely staged. Just like every other “reality” TV show that has ever been on the air. Dont believe me?
In the episode of Duck Dynasty entitled “Redneck Logic“, Miss Kay sells Phil’s chair during a yard sale. At the end of the episode when the men come home, Phil is angry that his wife sold his chair. But when you look closely in the background, you see that the very same chair is in fact in the exact same pickup that it was just seen driving off in only a few seconds ago. There are several other examples of the show being staged that can be found in other episodes as well.
Duck Dynasty is not real. They are not going out and documenting these people’s daily lives. They are showing up once or twice a week and filming them acting out pre-planned scenarios to get as much entertaining footage as they can in the 10 hour work day. Then its all edited-up to make it as entertaining as possible. Its entertainment. The people on Duck Dynasty are putting-on and trying to be over the top. Everything they say and do is contrived and it is meant to be as entertaining as possible. Thats the way every “reality” TV show is. Its all an act. I can guarantee you that the way the people are portrayed on the show is not in any way how they actually are in real life.
But I do think that the show works. I personally like Duck Dynasty. We watch every episode and we laugh our fannies off. Its about the only “reality” show on TV right now that I am able to actually look past the staged nonsense and actually enjoy watching it.
I also dont think that it portrays gun owners in a bad light… Thats just my personal opinion and its certainly open for debate, but if its being so well received by such a large audience then I think its doing us a good service. I think they portray gun ownership in a good light as well as family values, Christianity, and the simple way of life. And I think that it resonates with people. Heck, they have even used those evil AR15s on a couple of different episodes and never got any flak for it.
Yes, I do agree that its “pointless nonsense”, but thats just about everything thats on TV. I also think that the show goes a bit too far at times with the over the top silliness. I think they have now arrived at a “formula” for the show in which they believe that the “Three-Stooges” style of zaniness is whats best for ratings. I think that at times its just too much, and that they would be better served just focusing on the family stuff like they did in the first several episodes. But they have their notions about what is best for ratings so thats the way its gonna be. Its all ratings driven, and if they think that is whats gonna get them ratings then thats what you are going to see portrayed on the show. Real or not.
*BTW, I think that the opening to the show is pure brilliance.