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Contrary to Popular Belief, Racism and Homophobia Don’t Equal Ratings

Last week’s depressed ratings for the season premiere of “Duck Dynasty” might not have been a fluke.

The second episode of the season dropped steeply from the season premiere, shedding nearly 2 million viewers.

Wednesday’s “Duck Dynasty” drew 6.7 million total viewers — off considerably from last week’s premiere haul of 8.5 million total viewers.

While this wouldn’t be the first “Duck Dynasty” season to suffer a ratings dip in its second episode, Wednesday’s numbers do indicate a troubling trend for the A&E show. Ratings for last week’s season premiere dropped 28 percent from the Season 4 premiere in August, which amassed a record-setting 11.8 million total viewers during a period when networks were heavy into repeat mode.

Wednesday’s ratings were also the lowest-rated episode since the Christmas-themed Season 2 finale in December 2012, which brought in 6.5 million total viewers.

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Surprise, surprise. So insulting what equates to about 20% of the American population doesn’t make your “reality” show more popular. Shocking. I’ve never watched Duck Dynasty, because if I’m being really honest, a bunch of guys with very cool beards blowing whistles doesn’t intrigue me. So I can say with a smile on my face that I’m glad the ratings are taking a hit. With that said, I do agree with A&E as far as keeping the main character on the show. I don’t agree with what he said, but he has a right to say it. We can’t just throw around free speech then ignore it when the person speaking freely says something we don’t like. The second reason I’m glad they let Duck Dynasty roll on is because now they only have themselves to blame for the failed ratings, and whether they recover or not, the eventual demise of the show. Duck Dynasty is no different than the Jersey Shore or Mob Wives or any other reality show on TV. They grow a specific fan base, the fan base finds something new to ogle over, and then it’s over, just as quickly as it started. Hopefully Phil Robertson’s untimely outburst will put the nail in the coffin sooner rather than later.

– Ryan

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Welcome to Bizarro America – ‘Duck Dynasty’ Edition

Source – Calling his remarks about gays troubling, network A&E head  honchos  suspended Phil Robertson from his starring role in the  much-watched,  Christian-based reality television series, Duck Dynasty.

Meanwhile, Mr. Robertson’s supporters rallied quickly and, by Thursday   morning, had launched a concerted social media effort to reinstate the  reality  star, CNN reported.

Mr. Robertson said in a January issue of GQ magazine that homosexuality is a   sin — same as bestiality and promiscuity. He also went on to cite  biblical principles when he said: “Neither the adulterers, the   idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy,  the  drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won’t inherit the  kingdom of  God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

His statements reverberated around the nation, sparking the ire of  the gay  community especially. A&E, in response, suspended Mr.  Robertson and issued  a statement, reported by CNN: “We are extremely  disappointed to have read Phil  Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are  based on his own personal beliefs and are  not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty. His personal views in no way reflect  those of A+E  Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of  the  LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming   indefinitely.”

Mr. Robertson — along with the other members of the Duck Dynasty  family —  have never hid or disguised their Christian faiths, ending  every episode with a  group prayer than includes mention of Jesus.

His suspension came on the heels of a joint letter from the NAACP and  Human  Rights Campaign to the president of A&E, expressing “outrage  and deep  concern about the recent racist, homophobic and ill-informed  remarks made by  Phil Robertson.”

But Mr. Robertson’s supporters have already rallied in his defense  and  created a petition — which nearly 20,000 have already signed —  demanding his  reinstatement to the show, CNN reported.

The Change.org  petition stated: “Homosexuals have their convictions and  Christians  respect them. There is a difference between respecting someone’s  rights  to exercise free will and imposing on others what we believe. Phil has   done nothing more than state what he believes in. Just because  homosexuals do  not agree does not mean Mr. Robertson needs to be  suspended.”

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I guess this where we are, America. This is the fallout from the reality TV era that we fed into for so many years. First off, I have a few questions. Why is Phil Robertson being interviewed by GQ? Why are people surprised that a guy like Phil Robertson, a man whose only relevance in this world comes from duck whistles and beards, is a homophobe? Why do we care? So the same guy who used to be an alcoholic adulterer now looks down on alcoholic adulterers? Interesting. I guess while he was already quoting the scripture, he might as well share his general dismay for homosexuals. Just get it out all out there.

The thing is we shouldn’t be surprised when someone like Phil Robertson gets diarrhea of the mouth and starts saying things that we don’t like. We asked for this. Anytime you give someone with the brain functions of Phil Robertson an open forum, you can’t expect him to cross all his t’s and dot all his I’s. His view of America is sensationalism; speak and act like an asshole, and watch the money roll in. Look at all the people over the last few years who have hit it big by being a.) dumb b.) self absorbed or c.) a combination of the two. It started with people like Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian, and it’s rolled all the way to the Jersey Shore and the woods of Louisiana. Hilton and Kardashian came from limitless money, but we gave them a TV show and fashion line and book deal because that’s what American does. Turn on any TV station, or radio station, or click on any website, and I GUARANTEE you will see an article on one or both of them. Now that Duck Dynasty is one of the highest rated shows on TV, it’s only natural that they’re everywhere else now, too. They have clothing lines; they’re being interviewed by GQ! It’s sad, but it’s the America we live in.

I saw Anchorman 2 yesterday afternoon, and while it’s a comedy through and through, the main premise of the movie is a relevant topic today. The America we live in doesn’t care about soccer or debt ceilings or school funding. They want sensationalism. Loud, over the top stories featuring loud, over the top characters. We laugh at Ron Burgundy and his crew talk about craziness on the air, but is it any different from what some of these reality stars say in the tabloids? It’s what sells. And to quote Aldo Rain, “business is a boomin'”. I’m not saying it’s right, but it’s something we should get used to. Phil Robertson isn’t the first, and he damn sure won’t be the last.

– Ryan

Jake Peavy is My Hero

(Source) “Life as a World Series champ is just ducky for Jake Peavy.

The Red Sox pitcher enjoyed his tour of Boston on one of the city’s famed  Duck Boats so much that he bought the amphibious auto right on the spot on  Saturday.

“We did three Patriots (parades), three Red Sox, one Bruins and one Celtics  and this is the first time it’s happened,” Cindy  Brown, a spokesperson for Boston Duck Tours told the Daily News. “It’s very  surprising but it sounds like, given his personality, it’s within him to do  something like that and make purchases that are kind of spontaneous.”

Peavy, 32, made news earlier in the season for another unplanned purchase  when he bought a cigar store Indian during a  trip to San Francisco.

“We went out to San Francisco, and things were just kind of, it wasn’t that  same attitude and the travel had kind of worn us down,” Peavy told Boston.com of  the decision to buy the figurine. “I was walking to the field on the day of my  start and walked past a smoke shop, a tobacco/liquor store. And I’m Indian, my  heritage is American Indian. And I walked by and saw just in the glass window  this fellow looking at me.”

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Mike Napoli might have had the best parade day, but Jake Peavy was a close second. Buying the same duck boat that took you around Boston to celebrate a world series title that you just won is a championship caliber move. Maybe not the most practical move but whenever you can get your hands on a vehicle that can drive on pavement and float in water you have to do it. If Boston wins the championship next year Peavy might just buy the entire city a tin of Skoal. Is it April yet?

– Ryan

No More Days to the Parade: Boston Red Sox Victory Celebration

The champ is here!

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Best fans in the world

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Big Papi crossing the marathon finish line

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Boston Strong

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Boston your my home. Can’t for wait for ’14!

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