When A&E announced its upcoming documentary series Generation KKK Monday, the public was understandably befuddled the decision.
The show—which the network began filming just as the 2016 political primaries were taking shape—offers “unprecedented” access to the Ku Klux Klan. Producers were embedded among Klan members, according to filmmaker Aengus James, to witness firsthand “the struggles with the internal families” of the KKK.
Many were quick to criticize the series, arguing a KKK reality TV show can only serve as a platform for the hate group, effectively normalizing and glorifying white supremacy.
identity politics is A&E giving us GENERATION KKK while GENERATION O-KAY-KAY-KAY is still a pipe dream of mine
— 🌺JUSTIN CHARITY (@BrotherNumpsa) December 20, 2016
A&E’s KKK reality show spawns new KKK-friendly sitcoms:
KKK is Enough
The Hatey Bunch
Friends (in Hoods Who Hate Anyone Who Isn’t White)
— Christopher Sebela (@xtop) December 19, 2016
Us: The KKK is bad. A&E: Ok…but how can we give them more money & exposure? Us: Wait, what? NYTimes: Here’s an article❤️ — X (@XLNB) December 19, 2016
All press is good press, except when the press is for your reality show about the KKK in 2016. — Dave Schilling (@dave_schilling) December 20, 2016
Is it too much to ask that the KKK doesn’t get a fucking reality tv show — Sara Nović (@NovicSara) December 19, 2016
A reality show glorifying white supremacy called Generation KKK? More like Generation Nope Nope Nope. — Sujata Day (@sujataday) December 19, 2016
There should be an immediate boycott of A&E and all of its sponsors as they normalize the KKK with a reality series. Abhorrent — Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) December 19, 2016
A&E Executive Vice President Robert Sharenow defended the decision to pick up Generation KKK, telling the Hollywood Reporter the network wants “viewers to see and hear the ugliness at the heart of hate groups,” arguing the message is one against hate. “I really think the message of anti-hate is important, timeless and moral.” Sharenow said. “I fear that people will some way think that it’s a political statement—though [the election] is part of the backdrop of the show. We were filming during the campaign, but that’s not what drove our interest. I have concerns that people will put a wall up, thinking it’s a political statement—which it isn’t.” Some people jumped to the shows defense, including civil rights activist Shaun King.
Generation KKK looks genuinely fascinating from a sociological/ anthropological perspective. Yelling it down won’t make the hate go away. — Danny Rivero (@TooMuchMe) December 19, 2016
When watching the preview episode of Generation KKK, it was clear that it was NOT them normalizing racism & bigotry, but exposing it. — Shaun King (@ShaunKing) December 19, 2016
King also shared a preview of the show. Watch the video below, via A&E:
Generation KKK follows a network of peace activists as they work to break the cycle of hate in prominent Ku Klux Klan families. pic.twitter.com/stkqbsBNcC
— A&E Network (@AETV) December 20, 2016
BUSTED: Devin Nunes is hiding how he’s paying for all his frivolous lawsuits — which could land him in more trouble
On Saturday, the Fresno Bee dived into a lingering question: How does Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) pay for all the lawsuits he is filing against journalists, satirists, and political critics?
"Nunes, R-Tulare, has filed lawsuits against Twitter, anonymous social media users known as Devin Nunes' Cow and Devin Nunes' Mom, a Republican political strategist, media companies, journalists, progressive watchdog groups, a political research firm that worked for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and a retired farmer in Nunes’ own district," noted the Bee.
These lawsuits were mainly filed in Virginia — a state with very loose laws against so-called "SLAPP suits," or meritless lawsuits intended to drown people in legal expenses in retaliation for expressing political opinions. Nunes was assisted in these suits by Steven Biss, a Virginia attorney, and yet except for the suit against the retired farmer, there is no clear record in Nunes' FEC reports of how he paid for the suits.
Trump brings up Brett Kavanaugh in rage tweet at Democrats about coming impeachment trial
On Saturday, President Donald Trump brought up Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in a bizarre rant against the "Radical Left, Do Nothing Dems" and his anger over the direction of the impeachment process:
After watching the disgraceful way that a wonderful man, @BrettKavanaugh, was treated by the Democrats, and now seeing first hand how these same Radical Left, Do Nothing Dems are treating the whole Impeachment Hoax, I understand why so many Dems are voting Republican!
McConnell’s impeachment collusion admission handed the Democrats a powerful new weapon to damage the president
Mitch McConnell's admission on Fox News that he is working behind the scenes with the White House to stack the Senate impeachment trial gives Democrats a potent weapon against the GOP, wrote Greg Sargent and Paul Waldman in the Washington Post.
"If Democrats play their procedural cards right, they can pressure Republicans to allow for a much fairer and more open trial that could actually produce new revelations — and if they refuse, extract a political price for it," they wrote.