Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

December 21, 2013

Duck Dynasty is a fake

Filed under: capitalist pig,homophobia,humor,racism — louisproyect @ 1:07 pm


  1. I had heard so much about this show that I had to watch it. I didn’t even get past the introduction of the first episode. Who watches this crap?

    Comment by shmnyc — December 21, 2013 @ 1:43 pm

  2. Duck Dynasty, The Evening News, the entire program schedule for MSNBC, CNN and FOX News… and everything else on TV (except of course your favorite program), it’s not “fake” it’s just “SHOW BUSINESS.” If you believe Duck Dynasty is anymore real than The Daily Show, Homeland or The Sopranos, seek help immediately.

    Comment by Richard Greener — December 21, 2013 @ 2:56 pm

  3. The specific mission which distinguishes the Duck Dynasty genre is to perpetuate negative stereotypes of white working class people.

    Comment by Karla — December 21, 2013 @ 9:01 pm

  4. The video commenter’s name was Dusty? Not the same Dusty mentioned in your post on jew-baiting . . . ?

    Comment by Todd — December 21, 2013 @ 11:30 pm

  5. Were those pictures of the stars and their family on the beach sans beards, etc real?

    Comment by John Kaufmann — December 21, 2013 @ 11:47 pm

  6. As much as I hate Duck Dynasty, the “comedian” who put together this video is just another “New Atheist” who thinks that the best way to counter any toxic influence religion has on society is to shout down and shame every person who claims a religion. Basically a louder mouthed and more profane Bill Maher. At least, that’s the idea I got from visiting his site and watching a couple of his videos.

    Comment by Rob — December 22, 2013 @ 1:27 am

  7. http://www.cultofdusty.com/

    Comment by Rob — December 22, 2013 @ 1:28 am

  8. I would’ve posted that on my fb if he didn’t launch into that “America is full of gullible retards” rant near the end. See, you need to let people realize they’re stupid instead of spelling it out for them.

    Comment by andrew r — December 22, 2013 @ 2:01 am

  9. Well, I wish I had watched this video before I posted my own thoughts on Duck Dynasty. I don’t disagree with Dusty’s facts so much, but he sure is one, angry dude. Why is he so mad?

    Anyway, my take on Duck Dynasty is here: http://trotskyschildren.blogspot.com/2013/12/duck-soup.html

    I’ll put up an addendum with a response soon.

    Comment by Dan King — December 22, 2013 @ 4:36 am

  10. Since we’re discussing a TV show and Louis just made that post on animation, here’s the greatest piece of American animation since the early 60’s and one of the most mind-blowing things produced by humanity in general.

    Comment by andrew r — December 22, 2013 @ 6:11 am

  11. Always feels good when the cable telemarketer calls and I can just say, I don’t even own a TV. Obviously I’m not missing much with DD.

    Comment by godoggo — December 22, 2013 @ 9:54 pm

  12. ” Who watches this crap?”

    Tens of millions of mostly working class Americans, the exact people who will have to play the main role in any real socialist revolution. The fact that the miniscule, mainly coastal, petty-bourgeois and academic left is so isolated from this section of the population speaks volumes.

    Comment by Dan Tucker — December 23, 2013 @ 4:53 am

  13. DT, on the off chance that you are under the sincere delusion that you’re speaking truth to power here, you might try reading.

    Comment by godoggo — December 23, 2013 @ 5:09 am

  14. GD, in case you’re under the delusion that the current incarnation of “the left” in America has any chance at a connection to the working class of the country please review recent history and the complete inability of the petty-bourgeois new left to make any connections whatsoever with working class people when they tried their “colonization” and “turn to industry” schemes in the 70’s and 80’s. Let me know how many workers showed up at the last “Left Forum” at whatever New York City university it was held at while you’re at it.

    Comment by Dan Tucker — December 23, 2013 @ 5:17 am

  15. Grrr.

    Comment by godoggo — December 23, 2013 @ 5:26 am

  16. DD is this years Joe the Plumber…another astro-turfed concoction by the far-right. A photo-op alongside John McCain can’t be far behind.

    Comment by scott edwards — December 23, 2013 @ 4:02 pm

  17. #12 Mr. Tucker… season 1 of Duck Dynasty averaged only 4.9 million viewers per episode. And, while this season’s premier delivered a record 11.8 million viewers, that’s hardly your “tens of millions of mostly working class Americans.” In fact, no TV show (excepting the SuperBowl) actually reaches tens of millions of viewers. NCIS is TV’s #1 rated show with about 15 million viewers each week. Most network shows have about half that many viewers weekly.

    Comment by Richard Greener — December 23, 2013 @ 7:10 pm

  18. 17. Actually, 11.8M viewers is an ASTOUNDING amount of stupidity, even for the US. Remember: TV shows are DVR’d, Netflixed, Amazoned, Blue-rayed, etc. They’re raking in millions for both capital and jesus.

    12. And how are you helping to connect with the “working class.”

    Comment by kjs — December 23, 2013 @ 7:40 pm

  19. I’m curious about how one might evaluate the significance of other, less repellent, TV shows about working-class Americans — like ‘Raising Hope’ and ‘Mom’? I mention those two because the TV addict I hang out with watches those regularly, and I enjoy them, not because they’re necessarily the most viewed or most significant.

    Interestingly, the only shows with working-class central characters that come to mind are sit-coms, while all the dramatic shows I can think of are about middle-class (including cops and similar types) and upper-class characters.

    Also, I wonder to what extent the requirements of propagating ruling-class ideas might sometimes conflict with the need to appeal to a more skeptical audience, and how those needs might interact in shaping what programming is available. There’s probably nothing new about these questions, but I have not been much exposed to TV for most of my fairly long life until very recently, so they’re mostly new, at least in a major way, to me.

    Comment by Roger Abrams — December 23, 2013 @ 11:15 pm

  20. I now have a response to Dusty’s video here: http://trotskyschildren.blogspot.com/2013/12/dustys-ducks.html

    Comment by Dan King — December 24, 2013 @ 1:17 am

  21. Phil is no fake, if you read about how he grew up – no running water or electricity. Yes, his kids are basically yuppies.

    Comment by jeff — December 24, 2013 @ 3:19 am

  22. “Mr. Tucker… season 1 of Duck Dynasty averaged only 4.9 million viewers per episode.”

    Mr. Greener, you are apparently not familiar with the way viewer ratings are calculated, things like reruns, or the the ways people consume video broadcast media in modern times (A study conducted by Neilson Research in July revealed 51 percent of people said they watched TV on laptops, 49 percent said they used an Apple iPad, 37 percent used a tablet computer and 42 percent said they used video-enabled smartphones).

    “And how are you helping to connect with the “working class.””

    Nothing to connect for me, since I was born into the class and been stuck here ever since. That’s why socialism isn’t an option or nice idea for me, but a necessity.

    Comment by Dan Tucker — December 24, 2013 @ 4:08 am

  23. I am working class, my dad worked in a factory all his life and my mum was a nurse. I can honestly say Duck Dynasty is total and utter shite of the highest order and anyone who watches and enjoys such mindless pap should be ashamed of themselves, and their parents should wonder where the hell they went wrong!

    Comment by The Man With No Name — December 24, 2013 @ 3:00 pm

  24. #18 & #22 TV ratings have counted DVR viewers for years already… you’ve discovered nothing new. While neither Netflix nor Amazon report their viewership, Duck Dynasty is not available there and the show is not yet in syndication. I do know something about TV ratings as my novels were made into a FOX TV series, “THE FINDER” that played in the US in 2011-2012 and is still playing around the world in more than 100 countries. In the multi-billion dollar Grand Scheme of TV and Hollywood, basic cable shows like DUCK DYNASTY are profitable but minor properties. And, TV stations and networks are “private property” and enjoy the absolute right to air whatever they please and refuse to air whatever they don’t like.

    Comment by Richard Greener — December 24, 2013 @ 5:09 pm

  25. Trolls and bullshit aside, clicking on Richard Greener’s name makes me genuinely curious. I often hear about how Huffington cons people into writing for free on her blog so that she can make money off them. Why do you do it?

    Comment by godoggo — December 24, 2013 @ 6:44 pm

  26. #25 I write for a living. HuffPost has 43,200,000 unique visitors monthly. If I was only someone with just a personal opinion to express in print perhaps not getting paid could be a real question. But, as a novelist with my books for sale around the globe, in English and other languages, any PR opportunity is welcome and one that reaches 43 million + is a pure delight, wouldn’t you agree?

    Comment by Richard Greener — December 24, 2013 @ 10:07 pm

  27. I dunno, I guess I’ve seen too much like this Doonesbury, as well as musicians railing against expectations that they work for “exposure” when club owners etc. are profiting. But whatever pleases you.

    Comment by godoggo — December 24, 2013 @ 10:57 pm

  28. I understand your reasoning, though.

    Comment by godoggo — December 24, 2013 @ 11:02 pm

  29. Writing for free is a certain method of increasing the value of your writing… wait, what?

    Comment by Dan Tucker — December 25, 2013 @ 3:38 am

  30. “Tucker”, I made a mistake by allowing you to post here. I should have figured out from your complaint about having your posts deleted in the past that you are a troll. Generally speaking if you come here with a fake email address like yours and start picking arguments with me or someone like Richard Greener who I have known for 50 years, you will get shown to the door as I am doing now. I am giving serious consideration to only allowing people to post from a legitimate email address. That will cost me for the premium edition of WordPress and might even be worth it. In the meantime, I will continue to put people like you into a spam filter.

    Comment by louisproyect — December 25, 2013 @ 3:59 am

  31. A&E reverses decision to drop ‘Duck Dynasty’ star over anti-gay comments


    (BEE-yooop) 8{(>

    Comment by Todd — December 28, 2013 @ 1:05 pm

  32. I love this show. Even if it is fake I love it because this is exactly how my lifestyle is and I wouldn’t change it one bit.

    Comment by Jake Wadman — May 14, 2014 @ 12:05 am

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