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A&E cancelled a documentary about the KKK after its producers paid members


Just because this particular show goes away, the issues of hate in America do not.
A&E statement

A&E cancelled an eight-part documentary series, "Escaping the KKK," after finding out its producers had paid members of the hate group for access.

A&E said in a statement Saturday the payments were "nominal" but still violated company policy.

The show tracked people who helped former Ku Klux Klan members leave the hate group.

The details

The series was scheduled to debut in January, The New York Times reports. A spokesman told the Times A&E had learned the payments to the hate group violated company policy. It's not clear if that's due to the nature of the group or if there's a larger ban on paying for access.

The show's production company, This is Just a Test, made the payments or hired someone to do so, the spokesman said.

The series drew harsh backlash before it even aired.

News of the payments made many cry foul.

Some thought the show would normalize racism; others thought it would expose it.

The series had originally been called "Generation KKK."

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