‘Duck Dynasty’ success thrives on Christian stereotypes

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Willie, Korie, Miss Kay, Jase, Phil & Si Robertson of the A&E series Duck Dynasty. Photo courtesy Art Streiber/A&E ©2013 A&E Networks

Willie, Korie, Miss Kay, Jase, Phil & Si Robertson of the A&E series Duck Dynasty. Photo courtesy Art Streiber/A&E ©2013 A&E Networks

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(RNS) Between TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” and National Geographic Channel's upcoming “Snake Salvation,” the “Duck Dynasty” portrayal of rural Southern Christians may be among the most tame in the reality TV genre.

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  • Deacon John M. Bresnahan

    One great strength of Christianity is its how it can culturally adapt, but still maintain strong values and core beliefs. Even in one Christian church, such as the Catholic Church, there are believers whose lifestyle is strictly monastic and others who celebrate their faith regularly in exciting fiestas and festivals.

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  • Don’t ever change anything , you are real and such a Loving Family.
    My husband is ill with age related problems and the Joy you bring to the air is
    so loving and refreshing we look forward to it, even reruns.
    God Bless You All.
    Wm., and Patricia Kelley

  • Angie

    It is a funny show to watch but I disagree with the statement that they are preaching the Gospel. When has that been done? Even if it was done just once, it is not a constant so should not be claimed. Other important issues to tackle would be that Rick Warren is a false teacher and baptism is not integral to salvation. Baptism does not pave the road for salvation. What scripture tells us that? Baptism is an outward sign of an inward grace. Also, some of the behavior and comments are either too suggestive/inappropriate flat our inappropriate for a Christian to be saying/doing and watching. They seem like a loving family but the biggest concern I have is filling in at Saddleback.

  • Callie

    You are spot on! The Duck boys aren’t historically orthodox Christians. They believe in baptismal regeneration although they will deny that title. We should keep our eye on them and their popularity and the fact that people will think Christians believe like them. I dont. Im born again and worry about their testimonies. If they believe you must be baptized to be saved, then they are believing Heresy and need to repent of that.

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  • Janice

    I enjoy Duck Dynasty, but last weekend I went to Wal Mart and looked at all the Duck Dynasty paraphenalia and was shocked to see that it was all made in China. Willie needs to put a China bandana on once in a while instead of always wearing a U. S. A. one. Please don’t put the dollar before your morales. I always try to buy something made in the U. S. A. but can’t do that at Wal Mart. I will check at Cabella’s and see if it is made in China too.

  • Keisha

    Mark 16:16 KJV
    [16] He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

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  • Ernie

    A&E had nothing to do with Mr Phil Robertson’s remark he made on GQ.
    I do not takes sides but his choice of words during the interview was not acceptable.
    Maybe people who are siding with M. Robertson have not yet read the comment he made.
    It’s not the comment he made me upset but how. so many people got mad about the term used to point out a very personal part of our body.
    There is no denying that this show is number 1 but you should remember that thousands of children are searching for any article about Duck Dynasty.
    Are you ready to explain to your child what vagina and rectum means?

    This is the real conversation that took between Mr. Robertson and GQ reporter


    From GQ Mag.

    “Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong,” Robertson told GQ. “Sin becomes fine. Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he continued, going on to paraphrase Corinthians, from the seventh book of the New Testament.

    “It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus,” Robertson said. “That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”

    Previous reports apparently left out the part of the interview in which Robertson also talked race issues.

    Regarding growing up near black farmers in the Jim Crow South, Robertson reportedly said, “I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’ — not a word!… Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say, ‘Were they happy?’ They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”

    Right. No black people in the South sang the blues … I think the blues actually came from Scandinavia.

    So in conclusion I will ask you this…would you be able to repeat what Mr. Robertson said word by word in church this Sunday ?

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  • Stu

    Please re-study, my sister. “Repent and be BAPTIZED FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS.” Hearing the word, having faith, being convicted of sin, repenting, confessing that Jesus is the Son of God, Being Baptized by immersion ( which is the original meaning) and obeying the gospel and working through your salvation is biblical. IN a sense you are correct as innocent children are always saved. Although I disagree with you, I respect your right to your opinion and love you very much.

  • Pam glass

    I am a member of the church of christ! I follow the bible and do what is asked for I want a place in heaven. I feel good that I am strong and put god first in my life first. Too many people make things so complicated and it shouldn’t be. If you live a good life and do what God asks of you, your life will go so much better. He will take care of you. It’s not that complicated! It’s worth it!