What the Duck? Rednecks Are Sexy?

I’m not hooked on “must see” T.V. shows. I don’t get excited about the new season of Mad Men. (Although I was intrigued about Jon Hamm’s recent wardrobe issue.) I never saw an episode of The Bachelor. (If I wanted to see a player in action, I’d hang out with my ex-boyfriend.) And I would absolutely never watch an episode of The Kardashians. (I’d rather regain my “will I ever get rid of it” freshman fifteen than watch that nonsense.)

{Oh, Jon Hamm.}

{Oh, Jon Hamm.}

But the other day I had a dirty hankering to plop own on the sofa and zone out to mindless T.V. There I was, wishing I had some Cheetos, flipping through the channels. And just when I was about to prove myself right, that there was never anything good on T.V., what is this? A bunch of rednecks sitting in a bluff talking smack and shooting ducks? I was hooked. H-O-O-K-E-D on Duck Dynasty.

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If you haven’t seen this show, I’ll break it down for you. The Robertsons, a family of Louisiana rednecks, patented a duck call and turned it into a million dollar family business. There are three brothers, but the two we see most often are Willie, the CEO of the company, and Jase.  Their mother, Kay, and their father, Phil, also have roles in the show, as do the brothers’ wives and children. But the real kick in the pants is Uncle Si.

Si is the off-his-rocker, sweet tea drinking, Vietnam vet whose down home simplicity is unexpectedly charming. He’s as salt of the earth as they come. He stumps everyone with his rolodex of off beat analogies. His straight faced delivery of “everybody’s running around like chickens with their legs cut off” and “I sting like a butterfly and punch like a flea” made my cheeks ache from laughing.

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I watched six episodes of the Duck Dynasty marathon, and I wondered why I liked it so much. Don’t hold this against me, but I’m not a redneck. I’m a Yankee who grew up in Ohio.  I don’t own anything camouflage. Even when it’s in style, it’s better worn by people with guns. And I don’t know the first thing about hunting ducks. Heck, the only thing I know about ducks is that they’re cute and that I would never kill one intentionally.

Turns out I’m not the only one who’s hooked on Duck Dynasty. The show is the highest rated cable show on T.V. and regularly beats out shows like American Idol. What gives? Why are people obsessed with a family of redneck duck hunters? I’ll tell you why.

They’re Fun. 

The Robertsons might be rolling in the proverbial dough but they sure don’t act like it. They haven’t fallen prey to the nouveau riche ways of flashing this and bragging about that. Instead they don camo and argue over whose beard is the longest. They love life. And it shows.

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They razz each other like adolescent boys and deadpan to the camera things like, “I’m picking creatures out of my beard on a regular basis.” Even the wives join in on the fun. In one episode, they decided to make an apron for their well-endowed mother-in-law, Kay, that would fully cover both her boobs. None of them knew how to sew, so Uncle Si stepped in and saved the day by making a perfectly sized apron. A skill he says he learned in Vietnam. Huh?

The Robertsons remind us how simple it is to have fun. If you forgot how to have fun without spending a lot of money, the Robertsons can teach you a thing or two.

They’re Sexy.

In one of my favorite episodes, Jase tells us how he lost his wedding ring over twenty years ago. And now for some reason, his wife is insisting that he get another one. Jase is uneasy about this. He doesn’t want to wear jewelry – it’s unmanly. And what’s the point of a ring anyway? With steely eyes and dry wit, he looks at the camera and says, “I can think of only twelve women, all of them ex-cons, who might look at me and say, ‘I’ll give that a shot!'”

{Jase Robertson}

{Jase Robertson}

I’m here to tell you Jase, that your wife wants you to get a ring because you are sexy as hell. (And no, I’m not an ex-con.) These guys eat what they kill and tell it like it is. They’re manly men who have calluses on their palms and smell sweaty at the end of a long day. If you’ve ever dated a guy whose hands were softer than yours, you too would appreciate the thrill of watching these guys lock and load. Their ruggedness is only over shadowed by their desire to make their wives happy.

Which brings me back to Jase and his wedding ring saga. He and his wife go to the jewelry store, where he begrudgingly buys the only suitable ring in the store – one that’s made out of gun metal. Regardless of the manliness of his ring, he is still razzed by Willie, who says, “First it’s a wedding ring, next it’s a fanny pack.”

Later that day, Jase, Willie, and Si go duck hunting. While sitting in the bluff, Jase loses his new ring. After fretting for hours about how he’s going to tell his wife that he lost yet another wedding ring, he considers getting, at Willie’s suggestion, a tattooed wedding ring. Jase is worried that it will be painful. But after weighing his wife’s likely reaction over him losing his new wedding ring, he decides to get the tattoo ring. He then reaches in his pocket for his wallet. He can’t find it, but low and behold, he finds his ring. He’s so relieved, he doesn’t care how mad Willie is that they spent the entire day looking for his ring.

It’s not about the ring – losing it or finding it. It’s that he worried about his wife’s reaction and how he could keep smooth waters between them. These guys love their wives and want for their happiness. What’s sexier than that?

They’re Spiritual.

The Robertsons are Christian. They don’t cuss and they end each show by sitting around the dinner table, praying. As Jase says, “Our faith is first. Faith. Family. Ducks.”

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But their sense of religion and spirituality reaches beyond what’s portrayed on the show. Recently, I saw a video of Willie speaking at a religious event. He shared the heartfelt story of how he and his wife adopted their third child. Their hearts seem to be full of gratitude for everything that God’s given to them.

Millions of people love Duck Dynasty because the Robertsons are who we all want to be. No, we don’t all want to be rednecks. But we do want to have the time of our lives being nothing but ourselves. And ducks or no ducks, it doesn’t get any better than that.

Your Fun, Sexy, Spiritual Homework:

  • Want to know more about the show? Check out the A&E site.
  • Uncle Si always makes me laugh. Get your daily dose of Uncle Si by liking this Facebook page.
  • Want to know more about the family business – Duck Commander? Click here.
  • Check out Willie’s inspirational speech about his faith and adopting his son.
  • Don’t you think the guys should drive the sexiest pickup truck out there – the F-150?
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  • Venus

    That’s a fack, Jack !!! My family relates 2 them! We frm da bayou 2 !!! 🙂 Luv ’em !!! *Venus *

  • vic moore

    I’m so glad that a show finally came on tv that is worth watching, what a bunch of down home folks they are. My wife and I were in Monroe,La. in March of this year, and got to meet some people who know the Robertson’s personally, and they said that they not only walk the walk , of a Christian, but they talk the talk. Thank God that these folks show me that there is still some sanity left in the world, and I thank all of you very much. I didn’t get to meet them when I was in La. , but I’m sure that I will one day. Maybe when they come to Danville,Il on May 18th 2013. Thank you very much enjoyed your article very much, and I think a lot of folks feel the same way you do. Yours Truly Vic Moore

  • Diana Brzostowski

    Duck dynasty is an awesome show. When my husband was alive we always had fun . My favorite is so sorry Willie and made. Si is like fine wine he gets better looking just like fine wine.

  • chrissy overbeck

    I must agree with all that was said..i would rather watch a show that is familt related and down to earththan watch some put on crap..like the bachelor we talk about the show in the mornings at my work and laugh and I know no other is is so loved than duck dynasty…and we love jase to but im more for willie and si..

  • crystal newman

    My husband and I love this show. Duck Dynasty is the best show on T.V. right now . I laugh the whole time and enjoy how close you are as a family and always thank god for your blessing. Si is just too funny!!!! I can only hope that I have that much happiness and care free life that he has .. He is just to darn AWESOME… To everyone else you are all Awesome in your own way . To many more shows keep up the GOOD JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Delores Bowles

      you are correct

  • Robin Hayes

    We love this show, It makes us laugh, Si, Jase, Wille, Phil and ms kay Love them. They are a close family they fight they laugh and eat together. everything a real family should do and be like. I wished mine was.

  • Ginger

    Love the show b/c finally its something the whole family can watch together. My 5 year old goes around saying and thats a fact, jack all the time now..But its a good show that any age can watch and get family time in 🙂

  • Delores Bowles

    I love this show, my favorite part is at the end of the day family and thanking God for what they have and each other, is anything better isn’t this the reason we live to worship God and love our family. Happy, Happy, Happy, and you got that right Jack. Uncle Si is just the best.

  • Robert Pennell

    I cannot argue, the show is so funny. My son and I are The Walking Dead fanatics until we found Duck Dynasty. Now we watch the show repeatedly doesn’t matter if we had seen it or not. The family values is what has everyones attention. We all long for family values that seem to dissapear more so everyday! My family used to sit down to dinner after prayers and none of us dared get up until everyone had finished. Today I am usually the last one at the table. Times are different however Duck Dynasty has improved that aspect of my life. Now everyone laughs and kids at the table until we are all done. Awesome article.

    • I couldn’t agree more. Thanks for taking the time to write. It’s fun knowing so many of us are connecting through DD.

  • Nona

    I love the show. I love the the fact that it is a wholesome show. No cussin’, no vulgarity. I would love to meet them in person, especially Uncle Si. They are all special people, not b/c they are rich, but, because they are down home folks, and they have been saved. They are a great inspiration. My whole family loves them.

    • They are a great inspiration! Thanks for writing. I appreciate the feedback.

  • Vicki

    Love the family, love the show!!

  • Mary Carolyn Parsons

    I love DD and I missed some of this last season and I am sick over it. I love this family as they are true Christian fun loving real down to earth people. This family makes me want to move to Louisiana and join them I long for this kind of life where nothing bothers you and your faith carries you through each day. This to me is Heaven to watch this show and know that God has been good to them and they never forget it. Thank you DD for the best TV season program

  • PATTI

    I so hooked on this show I’m watching the reruns and laughing even harder.
    It needs to be on earler in the evening. I love this show. everthing about it is GOOD.

  • Jennifer

    I agree that the reason people love the show so much is because of the family dynamic. And that it’s not filled with garbage like most shows nowadays. They have something special that I think everyone longs for in their lives and families. I remember when I was a kid going to my grandparent’s house every Friday night with my parents and sisters and all my aunts and uncles and cousins. We were all very close when we were young. But as you grow up, things change and people grow apart. I think everyone wishes their family was as close as the Robertson’s are. They’re simple people just living life and not losing sight of what’s important and staying close to each other. It’s a beautiful thing.

  • Linda and Johnny Edgeworth

    We love this show, funny, clean, everyday life…they keep God in the picture.all over great show. just wait to see new ones, while watching reruns LOL….. We love it because it is a family show without bad cussing….they share everything, Eating together and always saying the blessing over their food is just wonderful…….love,uncle Si, so funny , well love them all. great , great show, we’ll keep on watching…..good for us seniors and young alike.

  • DutchUncle

    God, Gun, and Patriotism. The American Family. A lot like mine only I grew up on a farm in South Texas but had the same up bringing. Thanks for the great show guy,,bless you all.

  • Linn McFarland

    Si, you are definitely the real thing. Thank you for sharing this with us. You certainly play a great role in the show. I hope it never goes off television. I wouldn’t miss a single episode.

    The world loves you Si. I had no idea you weren’t from Louisiana. That’s too funny.

    There will never be another show quite like Duck Dynasty. It’s good, clean fun. And “that’s a fact, Jack”!

  • Rosie

    I am so glad I am not the only one who finds Jase sexy. Duck Dynasty is great because it’s not about drama. It is real reality TV. No fake drama, just humor and a slice of life feel. But having one sexy redneck by the name of Jase does help too xD /)>w<(\

  • Sarah Leigh

    Lawd, I thought I was going crazy, too, but it would seem I’m not the only broad crushing on that bit of manliness known as Jase Robertson. He, Willie, and Jep are all handsome men beneath those beards, but Jase oozes sex appeal. He is just yummy!

    • Lovin_Jase

      I agree. He knows he’s hot. The show is really playing him up, too. Check the episode where Si and Jase are hunting turkey’s. Oh man….he was whispering about mating and I thought I would just faint. Mmmmmmmm.

  • Lovin_Jase

    Ummm..yeah, I would lay down with Jase. He is just soooo sexy.