A&E Cancels KKK Documentary
Thanks to sustained, legitimate outrage from people on the Internet and a major ethical violation, there will be one fewer outlet for white supremacists to plead their case to the American people.
On Friday, A&E briefly changed the name of its eight-episode series from Generation KKK to Escaping the KKK: A Documentary Series Exposing Hate in America, before abruptly canceling the project altogether on Saturday.
In a statement released on Saturday, A&E wrote that it had learned Friday night that “third-party producers” working on the series had made “cash payments” to some of its participants “in order to facilitated access.” Furthermore, “these payments are a direct violation of A&E’s policies and practices for a documentary.” When A&E announced the series last week, it had highlighted the unprecedented access provided to them by the KKK, as evidenced in part by the fact that no names were charged or faces obscured.
And, as a bonus:
On Friday, A&E also announced a new partnership with American civil rights organization Color of Change, which helped shape the shift in the series’ advertising campaign before it was cancelled.
So: this is good news. We still have influence in the media. Of course, it doesn’t fix Trump or the coming Breitbart/Fox hell, but we can limit their access to media platforms.
On that note, I’d like to post these articles/calls for action again:
They’ve both been posted here before, but the only way to make it is to coordinate and hit the bastards together. The KKK documentary is a good example (for now. I’m sure some asshole is trying to get it off the ground again).