In all honesty I’m not even sure why this bugs me. My husband and I have watched only a handful of episodes of this show and yes, it’s entertaining. But reality television? I don’t think so. In general I am not all that into the reality TV genre, but this one seems more contrived to me than most because of the fact that it doesn’t admit that it’s contrived, if that makes sense.
I couldn’t really put my finger on one thing if you were to ask but it just seems so…scripted.
The other night my husband and I were talking and he mentioned seeing photos of them without beards. I didn’t think much more of it and then last night I saw a commercial for the show and decided to Google them without beards. What I saw then slapped me in the face with what I thought was wrong about the show all along.
The show boasts that they are “unlikely millionaires” and show them in all their camo wearing, redneck glory as if that is the reason that they are unlikely to be millionaires.
But then you see the photos of how they used to be and may still be when the cameras aren’t rolling. Do they still look like unlikely millionaires with their golf clubs and polo shirts? If they were dressed like this in their beachfront home instead of wearing camo in the bayou, would the show even be on TV?
Alan, Jase, Willie, Jep
Willie, Alan, Miss Kay, Jase, Jep
I know that reality shows in general aren’t all that real. People will always act differently when the camera is rolling (the Kardashians, The Real Housewives of Wherever, etc.), or the situations aren’t those that would be in anyone’s every day life (Survivor, Big Brother, etc.) and in the end it doesn’t matter.
Entertainment is entertainment and kudos to them for finding a schtick and running with it. But while the show may be somewhat entertaining, I am calling BS on the reality part. Other than their business, I don’t see any part of this show being based on any kind of reality at all.
Come on now. Even the WWE came out and admitted that it was fake.
12/20/13: Since the controversy over Phil Robertson’s comments this post has seen a lot of new traffic. While I appreciate the passion that some of the Duck Dynasty fans have, please actually read the post and take note that this post is not so much about the family itself but is more about “reality” TV as a whole. I say that the show is scripted and not very realistic (I stand by that) and that if they still dressed like they did in the old photos this show wouldn’t even be on TV (I stand by that, too).
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