Scream All You Want Liberals, This Is A Ducknation
Ducknation, that is the term for the national impact that the A&E reality series “Duck Dynasty” has had. A show with unabashed Christian values, its success confounds the media. For it speaks to all most Americans hold dear.
The success of “Duck Dynasty” has the major networks scratching their collective heads. How could a show about a Christian family, who has made millions creating duck calls, be a hit with audiences? The reason for its success is simple. It is about family, faith, and the hilarity that comes from daily living. There is nothing offensive in “Duck Dynasty” and it is suitable for all ages. Like it or not, this is a Ducknation.
The audience is loyal and fervent in their love of the show. As a converted Duck fan, I understand the uproar. Last week, season 4 premiered to an audience of 12 million people. Compared to last season, the audience was up 37 percent from last season’s premiere. To say that “Duck” fever has swept the nation would be an understatement.
“Thanks to its authentic and engaging characters Duck Dynasty has become more than just a reality show, it is a cultural phenomenon,” A&E general manager David McKillop says in a statement accompanying the ratings announcement. “We would like to thank the Robertson’s for their incredible partnership. We are all happy, happy, happy.”
And the audience is “happy, happy, happy.” It’s refreshing to sit through a show where you don’t have to wince in anticipation of something offensive. And while A&E downplays the family’s Christian values, they do show the family praying together at the end of each episode. And off camera, the stars are throwing their support behind conservative Christian causes.
Phil Robertson is the family patriarch. To say that the show is providing a platform for Phil and his sons to speak out about issues that are near and dear to their hearts is exciting and refreshing. Phil Robertson has taken his avid stance against abortion to a broader audience. And he does so with vigor and conviction. Praise God.
Son Willie Robertson also has a strong belief in the right to life, and many in the state of Louisiana are wanting him to run for Congress. Will he? Who knows, it’s too early to tell. And really if he didn’t, he is able to reach a bigger audience with the show than he would in the compromising world of politics.
Jase Robertson, Willie’s older brother, made headlines recently when he was escorted out of a New York City Hotel. Hotel personnel thought he was a homeless man. Instead of making a big deal about it, he laughed and claimed he was the victim of “facial profiling.”
The Robertson’s are a breath of fresh air in the pompous and self-important world of entertainment. They are real, not caricatures. And they come with no pretenses. And while the majority of Americans might not be as outdoorsy as the Robertson family, everyone can still relate to them. Personal idiosyncrasies and hilarious situations have made this show the success that it is.
In a world where people are desperately trying to escape the horrors of every day events, whether they be domestic or abroad, “Duck Dynasty” is just the right escape. It’s fun and the hijinks are absolutely hilarious. And every audience member can see themselves in the characters. It is too bad that there aren’t more “Duck Dynasty” style shows on television.
Instead most reality shows revolve around teenage sex, drinking, and obnoxious behavior. Thank you, “Duck Dynasty” for providing an outlet for pure entertainment. And great belly laughs. This is a Ducknation, no matter what the liberals think.