A common meme has been circulating throughout various social networking sites, claiming that the A&E television series “Duck Dynasty” has faced threats from viewers feeling offended by the family prayer sequences. The popular website Snopes, known for debunking many urban legends, investigated this claim, resulting in a not-so-surprising conclusion.
For those unfamiliar with the program, “Duck Dynasty” revolves around the Robertson family whom own the popular hunting equipment supplier Duck Commander. The family being Christian and adamant gun supporters, it was only a matter of time before “liberals and atheists” were being accused of attacking the show itself.
These claims began when “Duck Dynasty” had a rough start to the renewal process for the shows fourth season. As it turned out, it wasn’t liberal or atheist encroachment that extended what normally would have been a quick agreement. It was, in fact, a dispute over salary payments. The Hollywood Reporter published an article dealing with this concern, stating: “The Robertson family, including brothers Phil and Si and Phil’s sons, have seen their outdoorsman empire Duck Commander earn a small fortune thanks in part to notoriety from the hit reality series. Now they have banded together and — represented by WME — are angling to renegotiate their existing contracts. Sources close to the negotiation say the family is asking for more than $200,000 an episode from A&E and production company Gurney Productions to return for a fourth season, with additional raises for subsequent seasons.” The show ended its third season with strong numbers, beating both “American Idol” and “Survivor” with 9.6 million viewers during the season finale.
Family members have also responded to the claim. On Twitter, Missy Robertson, wife of Jase Robertson, denied any knowledge of any public concern relating to the praying or gun advocating. Alan Robertson also said, “The rumor that A&E told the Robertsons to tone down guns and prayer is not true. We continue to partner with A&E to make a great TV show that reflects our family values.” So in conclusion, the allegations have proven to be false. These sorts of incidents would make one wonder if the atheism defamation will ever cease.