I have to admit that I was rather nonplussed about all of the recent squabbling about Duck Dynasty. The show is what it is, and it appeals to certain people, while others don’t give it a thought. Oh, I’ve seen a proliferation of various types of merchandise associated with the show, but otherwise it hasn’t left an impression on me. In fact, A&E’s reaction and reversal seemed almost too predictable.
All I noted then–and now–was that the very people in the Confederate heritage crowd (the Flaggers and their ilk) who spoke up loudly on behalf of the show and the right of one of its stars to speak freely without fear or retribution were very, very quiet when it came to Susan Hathaway’s recent disappearance from the sidewalk next to the Confederate War Memorial Chapel because of fear that expressing her opinion might leave her unemployed. I was amused that people would be so strident in support of someone they didn’t know while they failed to back someone they claimed to support and value … one of their own.
Now we learn that the Confederate heritage people backed the wrong horse. As artist Michael Hunt tells the story:
“I remember looking over [Robertson’s] shoulder at this big-screen TV . . . And the news was on. And all of a sudden [his] face pops up on TV, and it was a big controversy about some kid who had worn a Confederate flag to school . . . on a day they had titled ‘Redneck Day.’ And the school expelled the child.
“And I said, ‘Phil, turn around.’ So he turned around and I could tell he was — visually — very upset. And he said, ‘I have never owned a Confederate flag.’ He said, ‘This is what upsets me.’ He said, ‘ “Redneck” is a term of endearment around here. And attaching that to a Confederate flag is offensive to me . . . That Confederate flag is not what we stand for.’ ”
Oh, well. Tough luck, folks. Especially in Pensacola.
UPDATE: It seems our friend from Florida doesn’t believe this story. Really.
Until and unless I find out otherwise, I’m going to take this as some loony leftwing attempt at payback.
Aren’t we the ones who don’t believe the lyin’ news media? Then why are we swallowing this?… If you want to go off half-cocked and believe the hedonistic lefties who hate you AND your flag, and who are proven liars, without even TRYING to verify the story … well, go ahead.
She doesn’t know who Michael Hunt is … I thought she knew how to use a search engine. Same goes for BlogTalkRadio. Here’s the interview as it originally aired. Go to 16:35 and hear the original interview exchange. Here is one story about the “Redneck” day incident(which, oddly enough, several Confederate heritage apologists highlighted when the story was reported). This story discusses the link between the show and the incident mentioned in the story.
As she sez: “One of the problems with us Southern heritage folks is our propensity for going off half cocked — for getting our knickers in a knot at the drop of a hat.”
This would seem to be one of those cases. Surely we know a great deal more about her “research” skills.