America’s favorite multimillionaire family has turned the reality television genre on its head with an infusion of traditional conservative values thousands upon thousands of viewers have thanked them for.
The stars of A&E’s hit show “Duck Dynasty” recently gave an extensive interview to Men’s Journal Magazine where Phil Robertson summed up the family’s television success, saying, “We’re trying to infuse a little good into a culture in which gentleness, patience, kindness, self-control, love, joy, and peace have become abnormal.”
The simple, but not stupid, Robertson family have broken the mold when it comes to the widely held entertainment industry belief that sex, drugs and rock and roll are big business.
“I go out into America and I am literally navigating a minefield,” Phil said. “Godliness has become abnormal. I just left California, where I spoke to 40,000 altogether. I told them I was a Bible man. I told them I believe that in the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth. ‘What’s he trying to say? That I can’t sleep with anybody I want? Is this guy crazy?’ Then they see a little family structure on TV – us – and the show goes ballistic. Thousands and thousands of people have thanked us.
In a genre filled with the likes of Snooki and the Kardashians, the Robertson’s found success in their multimillion-dollar business and television show with good old-fashioned hard work, faith, and family values.
“It’s good and clean and there’s no swearing, no sex, and no broken marriages,” the magazine said of the show.
For example, consider the simplicity of the following from the interview on what this country needs more than gun control:
In the flesh, Si seems somewhat more reserved than he does on the show, and he often defers to big brother Phil. When Phil takes off on a long spiel about the pitiful state of the world, Si waits until the very end to offer his two cents.
“It ain’t gun control we need; it’s sin control,” he says.
“Self-control,” Phil says.
“Self-control,” Si repeats.
“Self-control and sin control,” Phil says, getting the last word.
But, at the same time, the Robertson’s don’t pretend to be better than anyone else.
Si was sent to Vietnam, where he said, “I kept a fifth of whiskey in my pocket everywhere I went. I tried dope one time, okay, like marijuana, but why would you smoke something that makes you feel 100 years old? So, drugs wasn’t it for me. In my mind, it was alcohol and whoring around.”
“Look, I worry that people put us on a pedestal now,” Si continued. “We’re human beings. We make mistakes just like everybody else.”
“Duck Dynasty” season four finale airs Wednesday.