- 5 years ago
- Wedding: August 2015
I guess I should start this off by saying I live in Lancaster County, PA, which has a large community of Amish. I’ve lived here for the last 17, almost 18 years. I grew up here and I have learned a LOT about the Amish faith and lifetstyle. The recent increase in TV shows regarding the Amish is really beginning to irritate me.
In the Amish culture and religion, you are not allowed to be filmed-especially the woman.
First, it was Breaking Amish on TLC. After doing a LOT of research, I found out that the majority of those cast members hadleft the Amish Chruch long before the show aired. Rebecca had a child out of wedlock. She had gotten a divorce. The Amish community does not believe in divorcing. You would be able to seperate but you cannot re-marry unless your first husband or wife dies. Jeremiah also left the church a long time ago and is divorced. Again, you would have to have left the church to get a divorce.
Now the new show seems to be Amish Mafia on Discovery channel. This show was filmed approximately 10 miles from where I live. The Nickel Mine shooting they talked about on last nights sneek peak happened when I was a senior in high school. My ex-boyfriend lived less than two miles from there. The Amish culture also does not believe in violence. If a culture does not believe in violence, how in the world do they have a Mafia?
The “Amish” guys they have based the show off of have buttons on their shirts. This is also against Amish culture. Having buttons on your clothes is not modest according to their beliefs.
The “leader” of this “Mafia” was not baptizied-therefore he isn’t a member of the church-which means he isn’t Amish. He would be considerd English.
I know that this may seem really strange and stupid to many people, but I feel like if they are going to base a TV show off of a culture they should at least do their homework and make sure that they are portraying that culture correctly.
Has this happened in anyone else’s community?