So, we sit there, week after week, watching so-called, “reality shows” but, the question remains, are these shows as reality based as what the networks and producers want us to believe?
TLC introduced its series “Breaking Amish” to viewers, having us believe that five young people, left the Amish and Mennonite communities for “The English World” as they have termed it. The show has proclaimed to be following these young people (3 females and 2 males) as they make their journey out of their religious world and into the world of Mainstream America.
During the first season, we saw Rebecca, Abe, Sabrina, Kate and Jeremiah, leave their respective Amish and Mennonite communities and families to pursue a life outside of the strictly held, religious communities that they were raised in.
As viewers, we were led to believe that these young men and women were leaving their homes, on camera and we were joining them on their journey as it happened.
The alleged truth seems to be appearing in bits and pieces and TLC, has now come out of the closet to say that not all of what you see is real and it will be addressed in upcoming episodes.
From what can be ascertained, rumor has it that all of these young men and women had long since left their communities and this was not their journey as it happened or when it happened as TLC has its viewers believing.
Kate had been courting modeling for a few years prior to the show’s start and, had been arrested for a DUI in Florida. The show touches upon her DUI but, doesn’t address the fact that Kate had already been breaking free for a long time.
Abe and Rebecca were introduced on the show to viewers as complete strangers who fell in love and got married on the show but, in reality, these two had been married prior to the show and have a child together.
Jeremiah, is rumored to have left the Amish community and living elsewhere for possibly, over 14 years! Yet, as viewers, we were made to believe that he we were also witnessing him leaving at the show’s beginning.
TLC has made this statement regarding the allegations of the show being a fake.
“Our Amish and Mennonite producers that we hired introduced us to Amish and Mennonite men and women who were already determined to leave. They had already made the decision to go out and see the world, with or without us. They courageously allowed us to follow them on this journey.”
It seems that what TLC did not tell us was that they had already left the Amish and Mennonite communities and these shows were nothing but dramatizations of their “stories”.
How much more of these shows are real and how much is not much better than a script, written and based on a real life story?
If that is the case, then it is no longer a “reality show” but, simply another drama series that has been at least, somewhat scripted on life events of some people and, who knows how real even that much is?
Fake or Foolery? The characters broke Amish and TLC broke our trust.