The season premiere of A&E’s backwoods reality smash, “Duck Dynasty,” ended on an unintentionally prescient note Wednesday night. As the resolutely goofy Uncle Si chortled and cheered over a movie he was watching on television, the show’s patriarch, Phil Robertson, shot him a derisive glance and said “Si, you do realize that none of this is real?”
He was referring to the movie “Air Bud,” which Si had previously dubbed a film classic, but he might just as well have been talking about his own show, which has lately reaffirmed the highly elastic nature of the term “reality.”
I love this quote, “Si, you do realize that none of this is real?” A few weeks ago, Phil spoke the truth about homosexuality and now he speaks the truth about Duck Dynasty. (BTW, the latest show has Si using a VCR and VHS tapes. Does anyone think they really still use a VCR? And does anyone really think he prefers Air Bud to Jason Bourne? I suppose it is p-o-s-s-i-b-l-e.)
The new season of Duck Dynasty premiered this week and the show was viewed by 3 million fewer people than last year’s premier. Granted, 8 million viewers is a lot of viewers for a cable TV program, but the program continues to trend downward number wise. This why the Robertson clan needs to pluck the duck while they can. Here is a page from a recent Christian Book catalog. It will tell you everything you need to know.
Get it why you can Robertson clan, because Christians are nothing if they are not fickle, temperamental, and judgmental. Perhaps pictures of Si sunbathing nude will find their way to the internet and the Robertson clan will face the wrath of the righteous like Amy Grant did years ago.
If you have not read my previous posts on Duck Dynasty, you can read them here.