12/22/2016 12:40 AM PST
The Ku Klux Klan members featured in A&E’s upcoming docuseries, “Generation KKK,” agreed to open their lives, but we’ve learned producers did not open their checkbooks.
Production sources tell TMZ … the families profiled on the show agreed because they feel they’re misunderstood. They somehow want to convince viewers they are not a racist group but rather a “race preservation group.”
The trailer A&E just released ignited a firestorm of criticism because everyone assumed the subjects and network were profiting from hate.
Our sources say the show was shot as a documentary and, as such, the subjects didn’t get a dime. Their motivation was using the show as a platform to recast their image.
Producers dealt with the subjects at arm’s length and there was palpable fear on the part of production staff. We’re told armed security accompanied them to the shoots … especially the rallies.