Will small West Texas towns relate or be offended by Duck Dynasty?

West-Word-headerThe ducks won.

I finally gave in, and with the advice of my very smart (hunter/fisher/Republican) brother and my extremely intellectual (writer/educator/philosopher/frequently Democratic) friend, I broke down and watched Duck Dynasty, which appeared to me, based on commercials, to be a ridiculous red-neck reality redux (no pun intended).

A&E’s vastly popular reality show Duck Dynasty comes to Cisco June 20 with this year’s annual benefit for a partnership of churches, religious and nonprofit groups and interested organizations and businesses.
The 2013 event features Sadie and John Luke Robertson of West Monroe, Louisiana. They are part of the family headed by patriarch Phil Robertson and featured in a reality television series on the A&E channel. They achieved fame, fortune and media celebrity by making duck calls.

Yes. Duck calls. I personally am intimately familiar with duck calls since birth, having been reared in a home that included four men of varying ages who all had duck calls, fox calls, squirrel calls, deer calls (who knew deer talked?), and other types of animal lures. They used their duck calls enthusiastically, and sometimes brought home the bloody produce resulting from duck calls. Whereupon someone (not me or my elegant mother) cleaned such produce and presented it for cooking.

Duck Dynasty, like several other reality disasters I can mention, has become a media phenomenon. Patriarch Phil has acquired the nickname Duck Commander. Phil, brother Si, and Phil’s sons Jase, Willie, and Jep, are known for their long, flowing beards. In spite of being well educated, some to the point of a Masters Degree, they have a steady flow of red-neckedness spewing forth from their hairy mouths.

This year’s Rock the Ranch features a cute, young couple, charmingly normal except for the fact that they have been thrown into fame and fortune and their lives have been permanently changed by…duck calls.
I’ve seen only one program featuring John Luke accompanying his father and uncle on a hunt for a truck. They started with Uncle Si trying to pawn off his ancient gray truck, moved rapidly to a junk yard and a truck with a sizeable plant growing under the hood, and then worked their way up. The finale was John Luke in a brand new pickup, and the family blowing up (yes, using dynamite) the old truck Uncle Si had been driving in a kind of sentimental sendoff.

Rock the Ranch 2013 is a high-profile, faith-based event for families and teens. Director Lee Lewis of Cisco promises a night of faith, family and fun staged behind the Cisco High School track field and the Myrtle Wilks Community Center.

Former PR director Ruth York, (who tossed the marketing job into fellow Ciscoan Judy Callarman’s lap who then tossed it into my lap), says, “Bring blankets and lawn chairs but no coolers. Food and drink vendors will be present, and various groups and faith-based organizations will have booths.”

Gates open at 4:30 p.m., first performance is 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person at the gate. Look for more information on the duck people and other popular performers in future missives. Breckenridge native Morgan Frazier and High Valley, one of Billboard’s 2013 Acts to Watch, are scheduled to perform.

Anyone interested in joining Rock the Ranch as a donor, volunteer (or PR person), call (325) 829-8520. For more information contact Eastland County Open Door, 1906 Hwy 206, Cisco TX 76437, www.facebook.com/supportopendoor; or Karen Taylor, 254.442.1533, 254.488.0283 (cell), ktaylor@metroplexnews.com.

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One Response to "Will small West Texas towns relate or be offended by Duck Dynasty?"

  1. David Jones   May 28, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    My wonderful mother has finally experienced one of the best shows on TV!! and she liked it!! This is a show I can sit down and watch with my 7 year old little boy and not worry about him picking up anything but a healthy love for God. And duck hunters.