Breaking Amish: Five young people learn how cold Amish society can be
Breaking Amish premiered on TLC Sunday, introducing five young people to TLC viewers and demonstrating just how cold and unforgiving Amish and Mennonite societies can be when one decides to chase his/her dreams.
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#1 Sep 12, 2012
I have Pennsylvania Dutch (Deutsch, meaning German, actually) on one side of my family and my husband has Mennonite and Hutterite on his side. My family doesn't remember any details because it all happened more than a hundred years ago. Most of them are not religious and many are atheist or close to it.
My husband's family still has Mennonite members and one girl recently married a Hutterite who is being shunning by his family. The rest of the family is mostly Pentacostal Christian.
Anyway, I think that the TLC series totally sucks. The crew obviously roamed around until they found a few unhappy young people, then paid for them to go to New York. There is NO doubt they will be shunned if they try to go home -- most are being shunned even for saying they want to get away from the Amish community.
I think people in these restrictive communities should have the opportunity, IF they want it, to learn about the "outside" and join the rest of the world if they really want to. This doesn't appear to be what's happening. They are being pulled away by the promise of adventure but is there any real effort to help them integrate into NYC (of all places!)?
I think it's exploitative and maybe downright evil. But then I despise reality shows in general.
#2 Sep 12, 2012
I did a bit more research and found this site:
about an Old Order Mennonite (much the same as Amish) who chose to go to university and live in NYC.
He says the show, Breaking Amish, seems scripted and the people he knew did not think or talk like that. They spoke simply (not so much slang and swearing). Even he respects the strict way of life although he no longer entirely follows it.
I think the show is phoney.
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