A&E Documentary Series Retitled Escaping The KKK
A&E retitles its upcoming documentary series about the Ku Klux Klan Escaping the KKK: A Documentary Series Exposing Hate in America.
The move comes in the wake of massive criticism that the series, originally titled Generation KKK, glorified the group and minimized the radical nature of its ideology. In response to these complaints, the network has made it clear that the show does nothing of the sort, as A&E Executive Vice President Rob Sharenow explained:
“We are glad to have some of the country’s leading civil rights organizations, including the ADL, Color of Change and others as partners in this effort, and look forward to working together to impact hate in America. We feel that this new title and enhanced partnerships, the in-show and after-show components and our outreach plan more broadly reflect the existing anti-hate content of the series and our longstanding intention. That goal is to expose and combat racism and hatred in all its forms and we appreciate the valuable feedback we have received.”
Meanwhile, Color of Change’s Rashad Robinson had this to say about the program:
“After reviewing the promotions and episodes and participating in substantive conversations with A&E executives, we are pleased to see that the network is taking seriously concerns that the show – newly titled ‘Escaping the KKK: A Documentary Series Exposing Hate in America’ – required important additional components – such as specific in-show educational context and content and a post-show town hall as we both want to work together to ensure that it did not normalize and humanize racism and white supremacy
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