Well, this didn’t stick:
— Yahoo TV (@YahooTV) December 23, 2016
A day after deciding to change the name of its “Generation KKK” miniseries to the much more difficult to misconstrue “Escaping the KKK: A Documentary Series Exposing Hate in America,” as well as announcing a partnership with Color of Change to “help provide context,” A&E has scrapped the project altogether.
We have a statement on the show "Escaping The KKK." Please read it here: https://t.co/fl6h7xmSfv
— A&E Network (@AETV) December 24, 2016
A&E ditches KKK reality series after discovering producers paid some of its subjects. Full statement: pic.twitter.com/hWXySTbt2Q
— Meredith Blake (@MeredithBlake) December 24, 2016
In its statement, A&E says it discovered that the producers of the miniseries made nominal cash payments to some participants “in order to facilitate access,” a violation of the network’s policies for documentaries.
A&E goes on to add, “Just because this particular show goes away, the issues of hate in America do not.” Wow, maybe A&E should rethink canceling the series if airing it was going to make the issues of hate in America go away; to be honest, it sounded like exploitative garbage timed to coincide with the inauguration.
It doesn’t sound like “Escaping the KKK” is going to be missed.
Glad to hear that A&E's KKK documentary has been cancelled. Let's NOT give racism a platform.
— Gabrielle Seunagal ♛ (@ClassySnobbb) December 25, 2016
A&E's KKK documentary series cancelled. Good. Don't give racists a platform, no matter how "investigative" it may be.
— Patricia A Fortunato (@PFortunato) December 25, 2016
@AETV Happy you stopped the show. Was distasteful, disrespectful & wrong to even start a platform for these individuals.
— Roy (@guiltymuse) December 24, 2016
@AETV the fact you even commissioned the show is appalling. Your marketing people should be scrutinized along with your management team.
— Souzou no (@souzou_no) December 24, 2016
"A&E's KKK" was a stupid idea from the beginning…what idiots would give them attention such as that…someone needs to be fired..!!!!!!!
— Ulysses (@Just_a_Texan) December 25, 2016
— iolantherosa (@iolantherosa) December 25, 2016
At a crucial time in our country, there was no need for A&E's KKK series. It's putting more fire on a flame that's already out of hand.
— Shun's LAB (@ShunsLab) December 25, 2016
A&E's KKK Was nothing less than an attempt by the left wing to paint Trump supporters with a broad brush using a near extinct hate group.
— Matt (@TheRealPest) December 25, 2016
By the way, Color of Change — the group with which A&E had partnered to produce segments featuring civil rights leaders to air with its miniseries — isn’t shy about throwing around rhetoric related to the Klan, as demonstrated in some of its current campaigns:
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'Any cop that kills again will be HANGED': Color of Change's 'lynching map' incites hatred http://t.co/uH8NaOgd5b
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) January 18, 2015