There is a new series out called “Breaking Amish”. It is being aired on TLC. It airs on Sunday nights. But I am sure you already knew that. Anyone who has been following my show or just Amish people or events in general, has probably heard of it, and possibly been following it.
In this blog, I wish to acknowledge this, and several other questions that I get from time to time from people. I will try and answer, to my best of abilities, the top 5 questions asked recently. Many of you have read most, if not all of these questions
Breaking Amish 2012
in previous blogs, but those blogs have since moved so far down that a lot of people haven’t read them, so here goes.
Question #5. “I feel that God wants me to help these ex Amish kids. Can you hook me up with some new Amish kids who are leaving, I want to help”?
Answer #5. No. Without trying to sound rude, this is not going to happen. Over the last 10 to 15 years, there have been many ex Amish who have left, and have become established in this area. When a new kid leaves, he will continue to move in with an already established ex Amish. The chances of one from the mid western states leaving and preferring to move in with someone who has no Amish ties, VS someone who is probably their cousin or someone that they grew up with, is less then slim to none. Rarely does one of them leave, that doesn’t already have a place to go and a job to work at even before they leave. Again, there are millions of people in this world who are in much more need of help then a new Amish kid who is leaving.
Question #4. “Did Michaela ever go Amish, and if so, how is she doing”?
Answer #4. No. Michaela discovered that the change of going Amish, would be too hard to make. From my conversations with her, she has found some sort of peace in the outside world with her family, and has found a young man with whom she has found a lot of happiness.
Question #3. “Where do you stand in your salvation”?
Answer #3. I already had found Christ during the show, and have steadily grown in him. I am not sure how I came as far in life as I had, without him, but what i am sure of is this, I have found him, and I have no intentions of losing him again.
Question #2. “Will there be another season of “Amish out of Order”, and if so, when will it air”? Or even, believe it or not, for those of you who think a show just continues to run continuously forever nonstop, “Where did your show go, I haven’t seen it for a while, and wonder if they pulled it because of ratings”?
Answer # 2. I don’t know if I will do another season or not. As a matter of fact, I don’t know if I will ever be on TV again. When I do know something solid, I will let you know. There are a lot of behind the scenes scenarios that have to align, that I don’t want to bore you with. If, or when, these things align, and we are, or are not, guaranteed another season, you will be the first to know.
And for those of you who missed episodes, and assume the show is running somewhere on a mystery channel that everyone has access to except you, the show ran for all 10 weeks. It began Tuesday night, April 17, 2012, ran for 10 weeks, just like planned, and ended on Tuesday night, June 19. 2012.
Question #1. Are you a part of the new show, “Breaking Amish”? “What do you think of it”? and “Have you been watching it”?
Answer #1. No, No, and No. A little harsh? O.K. Let me explain. I was approached about this show early on in it’s production, not so much as a character in front of the camera, as a person with Amish experience behind the camera. (I might add here, also, that I get approached by probably a dozen production companies a year, who have different ideas on how to make a hit show on Amish people.) Many of these ideas never take off, or, even sadder, get filmed, but never make it to TV for various reasons.
When TLC approached me, probably about 6 months before NatGeo did, and I got very limited information about what they are trying to do, except that it would be sort of reality show, I lost interest. Not necessarily because I disagreed or disapproved of it, but because I have been there and done that.
Back in 2004, right after I left the Amish, I went on a very similar show, “Amish in the City”, that aired on UPN. It featured me and 4 other new, Amish kids who had just left, living in a huge house in the middle of LA. It followed us as we gallivanted around Hollywood and Studio City and tried many of the things the world has to offer that we would not ever have got to do had we stayed Amish.
I have done that, outgrown that, and where I am at this point in my life, and what I now aim to stand for, or am trying to accomplish, has a deeper meaning.
Please don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that I disapprove of the show, “Breaking Amish”.
That brings me to the question, “Have you been watching it”? I have not been watching it, and probably won’t. I do not know one person who is on it, or anyone who worked on it. For me, I grew up Amish, so the Amish don’t hold the captivation for me that they do for many people who grew up on the outside. Therefore, I have no opinion on this show. I am not in a position to Judge it one way or another. My approach on this show is that someone chose to do a spin off of “Amish in the City”. I chose not to be a part of it, so i wash my hands and reserve opinion on it. Might I add that this is how I would want to be treated with my shows, therefore, it is not hard to set an example.
Finally, when people send me letters or emails commenting on how this show is fake, exploitative, controversial, untruthful, or any of the other comments I have received, don’t be offended when I don’t respond or participate in the conversation. After all, I chose not to be a part of it, so who am I now to criticize it. At last, I was once, 8 years ago, that exact kid who chose to go to a big city, have my life followed with cameras as I explored the wonders of the world. I came out of it a better man because of it, and I can only encourage another to do the same. After All, there is nothing wrong with broadening one’s horizons, and if anything comes across wrong on the screen, it was probably pieced together and edited to make it look that way.
In summary, if done for the right reasons, as each and every one of my shows have been, then this show will be a success. If, on the other hand, it was done for fame, fortune, or ratings, then it will become transparent pretty fast.
Until next time…. Bleib in da eng und schmal veg. (Stay on the straight and narrow road)
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