I happened to catch an episode of the new TV reality show called “The Devils Ride” being promoted by the Discovery Channel that features a motorcycle gang called the “Laffing Devils”.
I’m not sure is this is a play on words, or a typo or if they actually mean “Laughing Devils” – I suspect these idiots don’t know how to spell?
A quick internet search shows the group is based in San Diego, California and local authorities, particularly members of the San Diego Gang Task Force are aware of their criminal activities, which includes such things as blackmail, threats of violence against persons and property and warring against the “Sin Mob Syndicate” – another rather notorious motorcycle gang in the San Diego area over control of territory – lead by a 1% percenter called Rock-em.
Why local law enforcement tolerate either groups shenanigans remains a mystery?
While I suppose “the Devils Ride” could be viewed as entertainment ( if your in to that sort of thing) the show illustrates just how dangerous these motorcycle group actually are. My concern is that the show portrays the gangs as misunderstood anti- heroes – which might appeal to certain subcultures within society.
As if the Amish Mafia wasn’t bad enough, now the Discovery channel has reached an all time low in exploring this criminal underclass of motorcycle gangs.
While there is probably no way to discourage the Discovery cable network from portraying and glorifying such gangs – I would however encourage people to boycott the show’s sponsors and avoid buying the clubs merchandise and memorabilia – which includes T-shirts and coffee mugs.
The reason for that is you don’t want to be in a position where you are directly or indirectly helping to fund organized crime and criminal activities.
I would also encourage businesses to withhold their advertising dollars and not associate with the show.
What follows is a list of officials you should write to and complain about the show:
Advertising Sales – TLC
Advertising Sales – Discovery Channel, Science, Military Channel & HD Theater
Advertising Sales – Investigation Discovery & Digital Media
Advertising Sales, Midwest Region
Advertising Sales, Southeast Region
Advertising Sales, East Central Region