'The Devils Ride': Are the Laffing Devils real or fake?

The premiere of the new Discovery Channel reality series The Devils Ride has created quite a stir among viewers, raising one question in particular: Is this a real club, or one created specifically for television?

The new Discovery Channel reality series, The Devils Ride, is causing a lot of controversy among viewers. Some are adamant that the show could not be real; others are taking a more open approach, giving the show—and the Laffing Devils—a chance to prove themselves. Here on Huliq, many readers have chimed in with their opinions. An anonymous reader got the comment ball rolling on a recent article:

What respectable MC airs their Mc business with the world on national television? Also, if you listen and watch what goes on in the first airing, they contradict themselves relative to membership/tension etc. Lastly, the wives of the members go out for dinner in public with cameras rolling for national TV and they (or Prospect Charles) worry about some paparazzi taking pics of them? If you don't want your pic taken, why are you on TV? Also, I wonder if they realize that Red and White is the colors of another well known worldwide MC that has been around for over 50 years. I am curious to know if these TV bikers got permission to use those two colors and center logo from the worldwide MC that owns them?

A lot of questions, all pointing, of course, to “fake.” Others, however, were less critical of the show, such as this anonymous commenter:

Hey they’re cool ! All M/C;s don't have to be 1%ers. They’re there with permission. These guys are just in it for the Brotherhood of riding with friends. A step up from your local Hog chapter.

Also, Rob said:

Maybe they really are just a club who likes to ride motorcycles. It sounds like people here are taking it too seriously. You don't have to live like something out of a movie to have a group of people who ride together.

Is a Cop-MC Prez Marriage Acceptable?

An interesting issue that arose in this comment stream was the suggestion that one of the Laffing Devils is married to a police officer—something that readers adamantly say would never happen in a real MC (motorcycle club).

Anonymous:

THIS IS NOT A REAL MC....TOTALLY BOGUS...BY THE WAY...GIPSY'S WIFE IS A COP ! NO REAL MC WOULD EVER HAVE ANY TIES TO LAW ENFORCEMENT ! WHAT A JOKE !

Anonymous:

Any MC associated as closely with law enforcement ie.. wife of a prez...is definitely not welcomed near or around our club.

Sheryl:

I am 55 and been riding since I was 15 only a ama riding club would allow a person with a cop in the family esp the president to have a cop for a wife what a &^%*($^ joke.

Others, however, seemed to think having a cop in an MC could be a benefit, like Zrfunited, who still agreed, overall that the Laffing Devils were likely fake:

Most likely their antics are contrived for television. Like I said, I most likely won't watch it. Don't really care to watch a bunch of folks playing at the fantasy. … I would actually venture to say that a wife or girlfriend who was a cop would be a great benefit to an outlaw.

It was unclear, overall, just what readers felt defined an MC, but those ideas were clearly polarized as well. While some debated on whether or not an MC would ever allow itself to be associated with a police officer, other anonymous comments focused on the other possibilities of being in a MC:

Anonymous:

Not all clubs are created to perpetuate scum, hate and discontent of all those around. Some of us are actually here to really help others.

You are exactly right. There are no rules to an MC that's what keeps everyone guessing. If their were specific rules it would not be an MC.

And, Sheryl agreed, saying:

Real clubs have raised more monies for St. Jude’s , cancer treatment , etc., than our govermment or any private org.

Whatever the definition of a “real” MC, one thing is clear: As long as The Devils Ride is hitting the airwaves at the Discovery Channel, it is going to be stirring up controversy, particularly the question that has yet to be anwered: Fake or not fake?

Stay tuned.

The Devils Ride airs tonight on the Discovery Channel at 10 p.m. E/P.

UPDATE: The Devils Ride into sunset on Season One finale

Image: Wikimedia Commons

Video: Discovery Channel, The Devils Ride

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Submitted by JD (not verified) on
Getting permission to fly colors in California isn't the easiest thing to achieve. So, rest assured, these guys are for real. Also, most motorcycle clubs are not 1%er clubs and LDs are not. The only fallout from this show is what happens as it goes on and whether good or bad, that will be LD business. Meanwhile, people who know should relax. I miss the good old days too, but this isn't the 1960s, 70s, or 80s or 90s anymore, for better or worse stuff changes. Is the show good? I can tell where the producers are coaching them a bit here and there, but overall they're representing themselves well. The show has motorcycles, bar visits, nice panoramic camera work when they're riding, and women. I'll watch it.

Submitted by KMA (not verified) on
They're real Losers.....You are correct in that getting permission to fly colors in Cali isn't easy. So I'm sure the founding member "Gipsy" approached existing MC's and said that he was looking to start a club and oh by the way my girl is a COP ! What a LAME ! If he tried to keep that under wraps before, it actually worked but now that it's being blasted publicly, it shows a total lack of respect to those MC's that were approached in the onset. Now this bs about him stepping down to retire probably stems from his LEO wife and not at all about the club and the direction that it was going. A true P would have any club matters under control Gipsy obviously sucked as a P (again, LAME !). Thanks Laffing Lames for your contribution to the "MC" world !

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
There are a couple of things that i notice and they strike me as odd: - why is a papparazzi following the old ladies? Is that some kind of famous 1%er club? Thought this is daddies going for a spin? - smells fake - the bikes. I haven't seen that much of them now, but they look too much like they've been build for the show. often two of the same kind with same accesoires. a mix of hangers and drag bars... That looks very different at my local Outlaws hang out when i drive by. - smells fake - THE CUTS. They are new. All of them. The leather is barely broken in (an issue SOA had in their first season). The Patches are clean, like sewn on the day before. Even on guys supposedly in the club for many years. - this screams fake. The final straw: The unanimous vote. In a motorcycle club if a member has to patched in unanimous, the vote that someone (let alone multiple persons) are allowed to represent the club to the media has to be unanimous as well. Kurt Sutter explained that in depth in his blog talking about making Outlaw Empire, 3 words: not gonna happen. The Devils are as fake as my front teeth.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I agree.. Come on real MC's will not air their shit to anyone out side the club little long on flipping TV..... A cop for a wife give me a break ...... FAKE FAKE!!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I agree.. Come on real MC's will not air their shit to anyone out side the club little long on flipping TV..... A cop for a wife give me a break ...... FAKE FAKE!!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
This is quite laughable...not worth my time!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
This is quite laughable...not worth my time!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
1. That wasn't a papparazzi, that was a street photographer, big difference...he did not know they were filming..how do I know? because that photographer is a friend of mine, and what happend to him was uncalled for. What kind of threat did he pose? OMG, look out there's a guy with a camera taking pictures...it's not like the ladies are stars or anything...he's down there all the time taking pictures...

Submitted by smokey (not verified) on
so your "friend" shoves a woman and hits a guy with a camerea..twice, before bieng hit back and he's the victim? the only thing more lame than your friend is that so called mc.

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