Na­tion PAY­MENT NEWS SINKS A&E’S KLAN SE­RIES

The Denver Post - - NEWS -

new york» A&E is scrap­ping plans for an eight-part doc­u­men­tary se­ries about the Ku Klux Klan af­ter find­ing out that some par­tic­i­pants of the hate group were paid for their work on it.

The net­work said Satur­day it was drop­ping “Es­cap­ing the KKK: A Doc­u­men­tary Se­ries Ex­pos­ing Hate in Amer­ica” a day af­ter dis­cov­er­ing that “nom­i­nal” cash pay­ments were given by third-party pro­duc­ers.

“Es­cap­ing the KKK” was to fol­low peo­ple try­ing to ex­tract them­selves from the racist and anti-Semitic group. The net­work had promised that no pay­ments would be made.

The project trig­gered wide crit­i­cism as soon as it was an­nounced ear­lier this month. The net­work, which orig­i­nally ti­tled the se­ries “Gen­er­a­tion KKK,” changed the name and en­listed civil rights groups to col­lab­o­rate on in-show ed­u­ca­tional con­tent af­ter get­ting heat for al­low­ing the KKK’s hate speech to be aired.

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