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‘Too much to ask that the KKK doesn’t get a f*cking reality show?’: Internet rips ‘Generation KKK’

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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.

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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.

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.

 

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King also shared a preview of the show. Watch the video below, via A&E:

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Companies owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and his family received up to $24 million from one of the federal government’s key coronavirus economic relief programs, according to data made public Monday.

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The Greenbrier Hotel Corporation, Justice’s firm that owns and operates the iconic luxury resort, received a loan of between $5 million and $10 million.

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A hydroponic lettuce farm backed by Trump’s eldest son, Donald Jr., applied for at least $150,000 in Small Business Administration funding. Albert Hazzouri, a dentist frequently spotted at Mar-a-Lago, asked for a similar amount. A hospital run by Maria Ryan, a close associate of Trump lawyer and former mayor Rudy Giuliani, requested more than $5 million. Several companies connected to the president’s son-in-law and White House adviser, Jared Kushner, could get upward of $6 million.

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Emergency services in western Japan were "racing against time" Tuesday to rescue people stranded by devastating floods and landslides that have killed at least 50, as the country braced for more torrential downpours.

Japan's Meteorological Agency (JMA) issued its second-highest emergency warning for heavy rain and landslides over vast swathes of the country's southwest and said "risks are rising" nationwide.

Television footage showed swollen rivers breaking their banks and sweeping away bridges while landslides destroyed roads and buried houses, complicating access for the 80,000 rescue personnel battling to save lives.

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