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Posted Jun 17, 2013 @ 1:53 PM

The Duck cast was on Katie last month. The clean shaven brother and his wife will be appearing in the next season.  I'm curious to see if he keeps on shaving. He's a retired minister that hasn't worked in the family Duck Call business in a long time.

 

I have a feeling he's the straight man to his brother's hijinx. He's Zeppo Marx to his brother's Groucho (Willie), Chico (Jase) and Harpo (Jep). 


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Posted Jun 17, 2013 @ 8:40 PM

I know the show is presented as "reality" but I know it's fake and I still enjoy it anyway. To me it's a modern day "Green Acres" with all the assorted nutty residents of Hooterville present and accounted for.


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Posted Jun 19, 2013 @ 1:11 AM

Did you know that Phil Robertson has a Master's in education? Miss May has a degree (I think in education)because she and Phil taught at the same school. All 4 boys have college degrees, I can't find the website I was reading so don't know if any others have Master's. One more thing - At the annual Washington Press Dinner where they rib the president, someone on stage mentioned Duck Dynasty was there and sure enough, there was Willie with his typical headband on. Just a brief shot. Then the person on stage said Duck Dynasty were the guests of Pat Robertson, the - ahem - far out preacher. Oh Lord, I hope they're not related. I love the show and I just don't know if I could keep watching if they're related to looney-tunes Pat. I personally think Jase is the star of the show with those droll commentaries.

If they're rednecks, I'm Queen Elizabeth. Acting like a redneck is one of the easiest things in the world to do.

ETA: The phrase far out preacher is mine, the person on stage at that event did not say that.

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Posted Jun 19, 2013 @ 6:12 AM

 

 All 4 boys have college degrees, I can't find the website I was reading so don't know if any others have Master's.

 

Pretty sure Willie has an MBA. 

 

The Robertsons, particularly Phil, are very conservative in their religion. I thought Phil was a pastor, but I can't find any confirmation of that. He does do many speaking engagements every year on faith and religion, particularly to Christian Men's conferences. The son that is just joining the show is an ordained minister. I don't think they're related to Pat Robertson, but their religion may be similar.


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Posted Jun 19, 2013 @ 11:56 AM

Willie went to Harding University in Arkansas, which is affiliated with the Church of Christ. This church was at one time against most secular music, dancing, drinking, etc. The women were expected to dress and behave modestly. When my husband attended, they were very big on cataloging sins and publicly renouncing sinners. Our friend who is a psychiatrist told us that the Church of Christ was officially considered a cult.

 

That was a while ago, and I believe that some of the individual churches have relaxed their attitudes a tiny bit. But they still believe that if you do not belong to the church and subscribe to their beliefs, you are going to hell.

 

The Robertsons may be trying to downplay their membership in this denomination. I noticed in the footage at their local church, they did not show the name of the church.


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Posted Jun 19, 2013 @ 12:13 PM

Great Grand Gee you hit the nail on the head about the Robertsons.  I starting watching in earnest when I realized the language the family uses (even Si) is far too sophisticated for a bunch of swamp rats.  And I love watching Jase try to keep a straight face during his talking heads.


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Posted Jun 19, 2013 @ 1:00 PM

I love this show.  I know it's scripted but it's refreshing to watch a so-called reality show with no fighting and where every other word doesn't have to be bleeped out.   I think Willie and Phil were originally intended to be the stars but Si and Jase have literally stolen the show.


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Posted Jun 19, 2013 @ 2:06 PM

I think you can be educated and still be a "redneck". I know several people who would fit that bill. My husband, for one, is very intelligent - but he is so down-to-earth. He'd much prefer to be camping, BBQing, etc. in his cut-offs and a t-shirt, drinking cheap beer.


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Posted Jun 20, 2013 @ 9:35 AM

I read "Duck Dynasty Family," got fed up with the bunch, and now I've gotten over it (thank you, Ms. Kay!) and now I'm curious as to where GreatGrandGee gets the info above.  No biggy, I just distinctly remember from the book and from interviews with Phil, that:

 

Phil has a bachelor's and master's of education, but only taught a few years before he went wild and then got religion and focused on duck calls

 

Kay doesn't have a degree and if she did teach, it wasn't as faculty 

 

Willie's got a degree in business but not an MBA, IIRC - and I might not remember correctly!!! LOL

 

Alan (the clean-shaven preacher, first born) has a pastoral degree from the Church of Christ the family belong to

 

Jase and Jep, no college that I recall reading about.  Jep wanted to "go find" himself in the oil fields after high school and Willie figuratively knocked some sense into him, so he stayed put and works for the company, mainly as the videographer for their DVD line

 

Church of Christ from what I can find doesn't believe Christians of other denominations are going to hell (I have an in-law who is a CoC member and while he's very literal in his interpretation of the rules, he's never told us we're hell-bound.  (He thinks any married man who doesn't have children shouldn't be a church elder, since the Scripture requires such a man to be "husband of one wife whose kids are faithful." That's not a direct quote, heh)

 

Phil's said that he and all his siblings but Si have four-year degrees (at least).  Dear old Si.  He's got wisdom not necessarily learnt within the ivy-covered walls!!!

 

Finally, I do remember seeing the street sign for the church, what's it called, River's Edge C of C or something like that.

 

Not itchin' for a fight, just offering what I remember from the book and from random comments hither and yon by the family members.

 

Rednecks can be educated and well-spoken, AFAIC.  What qualls the Robertsons as rednecks is their ability to live off the land (I still don't care to eat squirrel, but have friends who survived and thrived on it) and their enjoyment of the simple stuff while not sweating the fancy things.  In the book Korie & Willie make a big deal out of saying "if it all went away tomorrow, we'd still have God and each other and that's what counts."  Chances are infinestimal that their empire is gonna go away, but from the way they describe life before great success, they have retained their awareness of the ultimate value God and each other.  That's not necessarily a redneck trait (I know lots of folks who I'd call rednecks who left God and family in the dust long ago) but it does speak to a certain genuineness, I guess I say.

 

They seem to be good-hearted people.  So if they affect redneckedness or something else, at core they'd be the same.  The show didn't make me LOL very much in S2 but I'm willing to set "series record" for S3.  It is nice to see folks who care about each other and actually know each other, interact.  As opposed to the RH's of the tube, snore.


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Posted Jun 20, 2013 @ 10:03 AM

MoosieMac, points well taken. It's interesting to think about what qualifies someone as a redneck. I was raised in the rural deep south, surrounded by conservative, "country" relatives, some of whom I consider to be rednecks. For me, a redneck usually is not well-acquainted with advanced education or a lot of money. I guess the Robertsons are "evolved rednecks."


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Posted Jun 20, 2013 @ 12:52 PM

MoosieMac: I was googling Duck Dynasty and the Robertsons specifically to see how they are related to Pat Robertson, the headline loving preacher and one site led me to another and another and another and I found myself on a page with all the pictures of the Robertsons pre-beard and camo dress and it listed their education and the fact Phil and Miss May taught at the same school. Now, I wondered, how did Miss May get married at 16, go ahead and get a college degree and teach school but it most certainly can and is done by many women with gumption. I should have saved that page and I'll keep looking for it - in fact, I'll devote my upcoming weekend to it. I love the internet so it won't be a hardship for me. Their antics amuse me and some of it might be silly but I don't detect anything contrived or done before the show to "salt it," as in Storage Lockers. I love their ability to have the money to bring in heavy equipment, hoist a small trailer up into some trees and make a deer blind out of it. Of course, having the two women in that lift trying to get decoys off the roof was contrived but it ended up funny. I love that there's no yelling, swearing, disrespect for anyone, and watching for Si to dazzle us and make another apron or Jase to share his opinions and ideas with us.
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Posted Jun 20, 2013 @ 1:30 PM

When I went to school in the south, teachers did not have to have a college degree.


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Posted Jun 20, 2013 @ 4:48 PM

When I was young private schools didn't have to hire licenced teachers.  It was common for religious schools not to.  Possible she taught at a church school.


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Posted Jun 21, 2013 @ 7:45 AM

I think I remember from somewhere that Miss Kay was a secretary at the school Phil was teaching in. Phil's says in his book that both Jase and Willie are also ordained. I think I also read somewhere that Jase attended seminary. Phil also says that he was grooming Jase to take over Duck Commander, and that he in fact offered it first to Jase, who was not interested. He says that Jase cares only about hunting, making duck calls and spending time with his family; also that Jase is the most conservative of the sons and never was any trouble. Alan and Jep both had substance issues, and, according to Phil, Willie was just too full of himself before settling down with Korrie. I think Willie is still too full of himself personally, but I do like that he is in on the joke on himself. 

 

From the books and the extra videos on A&E: Jase and Si have always been close. I think, just from watching, that Jase has probably always been the closest to Phil as well. You can see it in the way his daughter, of all the grandchildren, seems the most comfortable with Phil and Si.

 

Edited to add: I love jase.


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Posted Jun 21, 2013 @ 8:52 AM

Ah, could be - about teachers not needing degrees. It's been a while since I read DDF but 99% of me wants to say that K worked in an office while Phil was on a rampage and even after he came back. Pretty sure it was Korue's farher's company office, and that Kay actually began to handle human resources, which would be a whole 'nother skill set in addition to bookkeeping &c.

I like Kay's candor, acknowledging that there's mental illness in both her family and Phil's ("...so that's where my sons get it," she shrugged) and I love the way she handles her men when they get their overalls in a twist: "You'll get over it." A woman to be emulated!!! :)
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Posted Jun 21, 2013 @ 10:49 AM

 

 Alan and Jep both had substance issues, and, according to Phil, Willie was just too full of himself before settling down with Korrie.

 

LOL! This cracked me up. Haven't Willie and Korrie been together since high school? Not everyone wants to be or have a child bride, Phil. 

 

OMG, anyone else getting an ad at the bottom of the page for Si metal detector? You knew that was coming. I'm sure they have their own line of guns in the works too. 


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Posted Jun 22, 2013 @ 9:08 AM

 

OMG, anyone else getting an ad at the bottom of the page for Si metal detector? You knew that was coming. I'm sure they have their own line of guns in the works too. 

 

I wouldn't be surprised. I just moved back to Northwest FL (also known as Lower Alabama), and you can't skip a rock without it hitting some kind of Duck Dynasty paraphernalia.


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Posted Jun 22, 2013 @ 4:17 PM

Sorry, I don't have the citation, but I read an interview a few months ago where Jase or Willie said that the production company removes most of their references to religion and their beliefs. One example was their prayer at meals where they always say "in Jesus' name" or something at the end, and that's always edited out. They were kind of steamed about it, but apparently they do try to testify on the show as much as possible.


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Posted Jun 22, 2013 @ 5:33 PM

 

Jase and Si have always been close. I think, just from watching, that Jase has probably always been the closest to Phil as well. You can see it in the way his daughter, of all the grandchildren, seems the most comfortable with Phil and Si.

 

Are you sure you're thinking of Jase's daughter? His daughter is pretty young and hardly ever shown and rarely referred to by name. They're pretty good about keeping the younger ones out of the spotlight. Now Sadie, who is Willie's daughter, is on the show a lot and very comfortable with everyone, including her Uncle Jase... loved it when he took her out for a driving lesson. 


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Posted Jun 22, 2013 @ 9:22 PM

From the South--not Louisiana however and have been out of school 20 years--all of my teachers were required to have a college degree in education.  In my state in order to teach in a public school you MUST hold a current teaching certificate from this state, in order to receive it you have to take tests like PRAXIS.  If you are hired and don't have it, you have one calendar school year to get it or you lose your job.  Now in non-public schools that do not receive state funding (mostly religious schools) but receive 100% of their funding from tuition it is up to the school what if any education their teachers need to have.  The local one here doesn't require anything but a high school diploma/GED--no training, no degree, nothing.  And it shows!  I do know some private schools that require the same thing as the public schools so it is possible Miss Kay and Phil taught at a religious school.  I do know all of the Robertson men are college educated though, not sure about the women folk.


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Posted Jun 23, 2013 @ 3:32 AM

MissKim, yes, Jase's daughter. When they have the end scene with everyone around the table she is shown interacting with Si, and when they do the little girls thing she is the one who will speak up with Phil, like telling him that "girls don't do that, that's nasty" or something like that when he was putting the play house together, and on the Christmas show there was some sort of teasing jab at him when he came in the house. Sadie did some Christian magazine interview where she said that it is through doing the show that she is really getting to know Si.

 

I spend far too much time googling these people.


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Posted Jun 23, 2013 @ 9:24 PM

I've resisted this show until recently precisely because of the Church of Christ (CoC) affiliation. I grew up in a really conservative congregation of the CoC. But I've been watching for a couple of weeks and I'm hooked. Reminds me of visiting my Ark. hillbilly relatives. Very intelligent, but crazy people all members of Coc or Baptist churches. I can't really judge their church from the website without listening to some sermons and I'm not really up for that. If anyone has CoC questions, I'd be glad to answer them.

 

I do know this, their church can't be super conservative or they wouldn't have a casino night. Also, both Phil and Al are elders in their congregation.


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Posted Jun 23, 2013 @ 11:52 PM

I love this show. Si and Jase are the best!


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Posted Aug 7, 2013 @ 9:30 PM

Big brother Al will be joining the show this year. He's quit his preaching job in order to be on the show because he thinks he can reach more people this way. He also considers himself the "Jacob" in a family of "Esaus". This is from an interview with the Christian Chronicle. Should be interesting esp. since the network seems to want to play down the christian angle.
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Posted Aug 12, 2013 @ 7:09 PM

JFC! Is this bloody show on every fricking night? Enough already with this irritating duck crap! What happened to all the other A&E shows?


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Posted Aug 13, 2013 @ 12:38 AM

What is the church's position on wine? Willie and his wife were drinking wine at that art gallery. I was surprised that Willie bought a winery. That wouldn't normally be a big deal, but this family is pretty outspoken about their beliefs.

 

I've resisted this show until recently precisely because of the Church of Christ (CoC) affiliation. I grew up in a really conservative congregation of the CoC. But I've been watching for a couple of weeks and I'm hooked. Reminds me of visiting my Ark. hillbilly relatives. Very intelligent, but crazy people all members of Coc or Baptist churches. I can't really judge their church from the website without listening to some sermons and I'm not really up for that. If anyone has CoC questions, I'd be glad to answer them.

 

I do know this, their church can't be super conservative or they wouldn't have a casino night. Also, both Phil and Al are elders in their congregation.

 


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Posted Aug 13, 2013 @ 3:20 PM

What is the church's position on wine? Willie and his wife were drinking wine at that art gallery. I was surprised that Willie bought a winery. That wouldn't normally be a big deal, but this family is pretty outspoken about their beliefs.

 

Most Christians I know don't have a problem w/ drinking - as long as you're not getting drunk, having an addiction, etc. Wine is present many times in the OT, so I don't think they'd see anything wrong with having a glass or two with dinner.


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Posted Aug 14, 2013 @ 10:16 PM

Great season opening! I loved seeing all of the family at the wedding and it was very sweet. Even Phil.


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Posted Aug 15, 2013 @ 8:59 AM

That was a terrific way to kick off the new season.   Si's trip down memory lane was a hoot, but he finally got it right with the tree.   The wedding preparations were fun and the ceremony was very sweet.  Kay was absolutely beaming with happiness.  I was surprised at how honest she was during her vows about some of the early days of her marriage, but she is who she is and is not one to hide her thoughts.  Phil's vows were also touching, and I think he took it very seriously and wanted to do them just right.  Si as Best Man was perfect.   I love this show and am very glad to have new episodes to look forward to.

 

For anyone who might be interested, the Robertson men were on "Live with Kelly and Michael" yesterday - Phil, Willie, Jase, Jep and Si.  There are clips online in the usual places.    When asked which of them was the most romantic, both Jase and Jep raised their hands.  Jep tried to make his case but was shut down by Jase saying, "There's a difference between whipped and romantic!"   They were interesting and charming and funny.  I'm going to look around and see if I can find any other interviews they've done.


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Posted Aug 15, 2013 @ 9:02 AM

Glad they're back! Loved the opening...sooo funny.


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