A&E Cancels KKK Docuseries Following Criticism

By Christine Zosche on Dec. 27, 2016 – 8:04 AM

A&E has pulled the plug on its upcoming docuseries centered on the KKK. The network announced its plans to scrap the project, which was intended to serve as a close look at anti-hate extractors focused on helping people leave the Ku Klux Klan, in a statement released Saturday. (THR / Live Feed)

The network disclosed Saturday that “third-party producers” had paid for access to at least some of the people who participated in the docuseries, which was billed as an in-depth look inside America’s oldest hate group. While A&E insists the payments were “nominal,” they were in direct violation of network policies. (Deadline)

“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. 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. We have now decided not to move forward with airing this project.” (Variety)

On Friday, A&E announced a series of changes were going to be made to the controversial series, including changing the name of the show, originally titled Generation KKK. A&E partnered with Color of Change and the Anti-Defamation League to feature in-show segments designed to provide greater context about the show’s content. (Mashable)