In the midst of a lot of controversy, A&E Network canceled its upcoming eight-part documentary series about the Ku Klux Klan reportedly after learning that some participants were paid to contribute.
According to the Associated Press, the network execs announced on Saturday that they were going to ax “Escaping the KKK: A Documentary Series Exposing Hate” in America.” The decision came a day after they discovered that “nominal” cash payments were given by third-party producers.
In a recently released statement, the network explained in-depth what motivated their decision.
“We had previously provided assurances to the public and to our core partners — including the Anti-Defamation League and Color of Change — that no payment was made to hate group members, and we believed that to be the case at the time,” the network wrote. “We have now decided not to move forward with airing this project.”
“While we stand behind the intent of the series and the seriousness of the content, these payments are a direct violation of A&E’s policies and practices for a documentary,” they added.
However, the network stressed that it is still dedicated to pushing the national conversation about racism and hatred in America.
“Our goal with this series has always been to expose and combat racism and hatred in all its forms,” A&E said. “A&E takes the authenticity of its documentary programming and the subject of racism, hatred and violence very seriously.”
It doesn’t seem that any tears were shed about the decision. Since the network announced the show under its original title “Generation KKK,” the cable channel was instantly accused of trying to normalize white supremacy and profit off hate.
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