A&E Network’s Escaping KKK docuseries has been cancelled. A&E has pulled the plug on the project barely two weeks before its premiere after learning that the participants had been paid for the production to gain access.
Critics earlier slammed Escaping KKK for allegedly glorifying the white-supremacist organization Ku Klux Klan. The public outcry against the show began when the project was announced this month.
Why Escaping KKK Is Being Criticized?
Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo is one of the most notable critics of the show. In a series of tweets, Pompeo called the A&E executives as “pathetic” and “desperate.” The actress also called for a boycott of A&E because of the docuseries. She pulled back once the network A&E reached out to her and explained on social media the goal of the show.
A&E stressed at the time that the objective of the docuseries is to expose and combat racism and hatred in all its forms. The network also announced a partnership with the Anti-Defamation League and Color of Change to further avoid backlash. The latter is a next-gen African-American civil-rights organization.
The network renamed the show last week to Escaping the KKK: A Documentary Series Exposing Hate in America. This is to make the show’s intention clearer. The show’s first title was Generation KKK.
Why A&E Decided to Cancel Escaping KKK?
A&E reveals that it found out that cash payments were made to some participants in order for the production to gain access. The network explains while they “stand” behind the series and the content, the payments are a serious problem.
“these payments are a direct violation of A&E’s policies and practices for a documentary…”
“We have now decided not to move forward with airing this project,” the network added.
The show follows the life of some families who attempted to leave the anti-Semitic group Ku Klux Klan.
A&E Escaping KKK which is supposed to air on January 10, 2017.