Discussion in 'Art & Culture' started by R1D2, Jan 22, 2013.
Anyone see the show? Thoughts and opinions? What do you think?
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lamest show ever and it makes me crazy that my husband loves watching it. Its so scripted. And its against the Amish religion to be photographed, let alone filmed.
I LOVE IT. It is so different from the american mainstream ***p like Glee or the BigBang thing. I am def. not on a side of Merlin, the ohio mob.
When on a vacation adventure my fam stopped at a park for lunch and to hike a bit. While we were there 3 SUV's roared into the parking lot. Out popped maybe 12 teenaged Amish kids and a couple of adult Amish drivers. The kids immediately hit the soda machine, bought a bunch of pop and guzzled it on the spot.
Perhaps some Amish are about as serious about their religion as many Xtians and Muslims...... :shrug:
Stoniphi: they might have been Menonites, or one of the other sects who tend to dress like the Amish but don't have the same anti-tech religious doctrines.
As for the show, I haven't seen it, but it looked pretty obviously fake from the ads..
Jolin is a guy I would want on my side. Esther seems "crazy and manipulative". And I am not wanting Merlin to take Pen or beat Levi.
Alan I hope stay calm and don't do anything "irrational"..
If its fake there is a ton of actors in amish areas, don't know how they could get away with it. The Bishops would be upset about the actors and all the technology in the area wouldn't they? Makes one really wonder whether its faked or not. But I like the story line don't really care if its fake or not...
It (the show) maybe won't last long. I will enjoy what I can..
Maybe there is a "sub group" that they really based this off of. Or its really real.
The veracity of the events depicted on the show has been widely questioned, with The New York Times noting that "[a]n early credit warns of 'select re-enactments'". However, the show does not clarify whether scenes are real or staged. The show's closing credits state that "re-creations are based on eyewitness accounts, testimonials and the legend of the Amish Mafia."
The show has also been strongly criticized by Amish scholars. Donald Kraybill, an Elizabethtown College professor and prominent researcher of the Anabaptist lifestyle, states that "To call these shows documentaries is a fraudulent lie", and that "(the show) is just sort of an example of the foolishness and stupidity and lies — misrepresentations I should say — that are promoted [about the Amish] in television...These production crews should be ashamed of trying to say that represents Amish life."  This view is echoed by Donald Weaver-Zercher, Messiah College Professor and Amish expert, who stated that upon initially seeing the trailer for the show, "I thought maybe it was a 'Saturday Night Live' skit on reality television because it was so [far-fetched]. My sense is this Amish mafia is about as real as the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company on The Office. 
A former prosecutor in Lancaster County stated that his office was aware of no "Amish Mafia", and that they would have been prosecuted. During one episode, the narrator states that Lebanon Levi was arrested by the "Lancaster County Police". There is no such law enforcement agency.  The owners of one store portrayed as paying protection money to Lebanon Levi have denied any relationship with him.  Several sources agree that the Amish community will not respond as to the credibility of the show's plot due to the fact they are in general a private group that does not get involved with the media.
I've heard of Amish going on vacations from the practice of their religion.
Well the main guy Levi he went with his' underdog's sis to Florida to relax from the amish ways.
It could be that a commentator was giving his opinion on the show, and that is why i had that idea. I remember Florida being mentioned.
Its called Rumspringa.
When Amish children turn 16, the rules change. They're encouraged to experiment and explore. The idea is that teens will come back to the church after tasting the modern world. For most, this means a tentative foray — a trip to the local movie theater, or driving lessons. But for some, the experience, called rumspringa, is all about sex, parties and fast cars.
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