The A&E Network is on the defensive and the Internet is in an uproar — including a call for a boycott of A&E by “Grey’s Anatomy” star Ellen Pompeo — over the cable network’s new Ku Klux Klan docuseries, “Generation KKK.”
“Pompeo wasted no words expressing her distaste for the upcoming eight-part docuseries,” Deadline.com reports. “In a series of tweets, Pompeo suggests boycotting A&E over the docuseries, and calls network execs ‘desperate’ and ‘pathetic.’”
As we reported Monday, the series, which premieres Jan. 10, goes inside the Klan to examine some of the issues faced by the families of Klan members.
Deadline reports that A&E responded to Pompeo’s criticism by sending out a tweet saying the project focuses on “extracting families from the KKK & exposing hate.”
“The network says it ‘pulls back the curtain’ on the organization that the Anti-Defamation League calls ‘a racist, anti-Semitic movement with a commitment to extreme violence to achieve its goals of racial segregation and white supremacy,’ to show its effects on American families as members grapple with the consequences of leaving,” Deadline notes.
A&E says it worked closely with the ADL on the project, which it says has the support of the ADL.