It’s no secret politics and culture go hand in hand.
If you asked the average New Yorker which show had the biggest influence on the 2016 election, they might say “Saturday Night Live” or the “Daily Show.”
However, the show that had the greatest influence on the 2016 race was not filmed in New York City or Los Angeles – it was filmed in the bayous of Louisiana.
That’s right, America. According to the New York Times, “Duck Dynasty” was the greatest predictor for Donald Trump’s win in November.
The Times took a look at the urban/rural divide in America.
Here’s what they had to say about “Duck Dynasty” as the predictor of the election:
Men with long beards and Christian values center the most geographically divisive show in the data set. “Duck Dynasty,” a reality show on A&E, follows the over-the-top lives of a Louisiana family that makes the Duck Commander duck call.
It is the prototypical example of a show that is most popular in rural areas. The correlation between fandom and the percentage of people who voted for Mr. Trump was higher for “Duck Dynasty” than it was for any other show.
The Times calls them “over-the-top,” but you and I both know they’re just regular people. I got to meet Phil Robertson while we were on the road, and he was the most approachable guy ever.
He asked me where I’m from, so I told him Findlay, Ohio, and he immediately replied, “You gotta lot of Canadian geese up there.”
Yes, we do, and I learned that the “Duck Dynasty” guys are the same as the family we see on TV with the same values as you and me.
Fox News Radio’s Todd Starnes identified this phenomenon in 2014, in his book “God Less America.” In fact, the opening line is “I feel like a Duck Dynasty guy living in a Miley Cyrus world.”
He went on to say we’re living in a topsy-turvey world – where right is wrong, and wrong is right. He documented the war on religious liberty that has been waging in our country for the last 8 years.
The mainstream media overlooked the “Duck Dynasty” guys of the world — maybe this is their hint?
For full disclosure, I’m a fan of Duck Dynasty, Tosh.O, and The Walking Dead. Read the Times piece here.