Friday, February 22, 2013

Who Commands the Duck Commander?

As a family, we have thoroughly enjoyed watching all the episodes of Duck Dynasty!  In fact, we were watching them way back during their first season, way before the world knew who Si was ;)  I thought this article was very interesting and wanted to share!  If you haven't seen the show, the new season starts this coming Wednesday and airs on A&E....we are counting down the days here ;)

To: Friends

From: Bill Johnson

Re: Who Commands The Duck Commander?

Date: February 21, 2013

Written by Chris Johnson

Imagine this: one of the most popular shows on cable stars an aging
evangelist and his family. It features the patriarch teaching his
grandchildren not to go too far physically in their dating
relationships, that the most important thing about a woman is that she
knows her Bible, and it closes every episode with the family praying
around the dinner table.

Doubtless some of you realize that this doesn't take any imagination.
We're talking about A&E's hit TV show, Duck Dynasty.

The documentary style show follows the self-described "Redneck"
family of Phil Robertson, AKA, the Duck Commander, as they go about
the business of running their hunting-product empire.

Now going into its 3rd season on A&E, last season's finale raked in
6.5 million viewers, making it the highest rated show for the night
and the most watched episode of anything ever on A&E.

Certainly, many viewers have been struck by the Christian values lived
out by the Robertson family on the show, but fewer realize that the
Duck Commander himself, Phil Robertson, and his sons, WIllie and Jase,
preach at sports conventions around the country.

And (in the spirit of Si Robertson,) it ain't no fluffy preaching
neither, Jack!

Here's a sample of what the star of one of the most popular shows in
America has to say from the pulpit. I pulled it from Youtube.

/"You know what you do? You suppress the truth about God by your
wickedness. And you know what happens? His wrath is poured upon you.
Don't believe it?/
/ /
/First, they say ,'there is no God! Get Him out of your mind.' Then
they bow down to birds, animals, plants, and reptiles, and each other
and the first thing you see coming out of them is gross sexual
immorality. They will dishonor their bodies with one another - degrade
each other. Uh, is that going on in the United States of America? Look
around! God's not there.../
/ /
/Does it get worse? /
/ /
/'Therefore because they did not think it worthwhile to retain the
knowledge of God, He gave them over to shameful lust. Women exchanged
natural relations and were enflamed with lust for one another and the
men were enflamed with each other.' Women with women. Men with men.
They committed indecent acts with one another and 'they received in
their selves the due penalty for their perversions'. They're full of
murder, envy, strife, hatred. They are insolent, arrogant, God-haters.
They are heartless. They are faithless. They are senseless. They are
ruthless. They invent ways of doing evil!/
/ /
/That's what you have 235 years, roughly, after your forefathers
founded the country." /

When that guy is one of the most famous people on cable television,
maybe there's some hope for our culture yet.

Granted, however, Phil Robertson isn't quite that outspoken about his
faith on Duck Dynasty. But he's not shy either. The series primarily
shows the humorous interactions between the Phil's sons, WIllie (the
CEO of Duck Commander) and Jase (the COO) with a healthy dose of
comedy from the Phil's possibly-crazy brother Si. The whole family is
not ashamed to say that they hold the Bible and its principles high.

So the question is, is Duck Dynasty so wildly popular because of the
values portrayed on the show or in spite of it?

Does A&E cater to a larger slice of America with Duck Dynasty than any
other show on cable because there's no sex, no bad language, no
violence (except against ducks), and it portrays a positive view of
traditional families? Or is it just because Si is silly and Jase and
WIllie have a great time playing off of each other.

I think there's an obvious answer. There are plenty of silly and fun
characters on television., but a moral, quality, entertaining TV show
is a rare gem, unfortunately.

Hopefully , A&E and other networks will recognize this formula for
success and repeat it in their future programs.
/ /

3 comments:

Tracy said...

I love watching Duck Dynasty too. It's one show the whole family can watch together - which is so rare these days.

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Rudy Rukus said...

We love this show here too and I was telling my husband I love that they stress the importance of FAMILY in every single episode. I love it they always show them at church together and sitting around the dinner table together. More people should watch and learn.

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