It almost happened, but thank goodness it didn’t…A&E was set to air a documentary series on the KKK called, Generation KKK. Once they released trailers and promos for this new show, many viewers expressed concern that the network would be paying into hate. The network then assured the public that no member of the KKK were paid for their time, and their reasons were not monetary for appearing on the show. The participants felt like they were misunderstood, and not a “hate group” but rather a “race preservation group”.
On Christmas Eve, A&E publicly admitted that without their knowledge, the Production company who filmed the series indeed did pay some members of the show for “access” to certain people and events. After learning this, A&E thought it was best to cancel the show. Do you think the production company will shop the footage to other networks, or will they be moving on to more positive projects?
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