Are fans being deceived by the cast of Breaking Amish on TLC?
The channel’s latest reality show hit, Breaking Amish, may not be all it appears to be on the surface. The premise of the show is that five young people who have never been out in the world before, four Amish and one Mennonite, take off from their homes to learn about the world and chase their dreams. It is not the traditional rumspringa event, where young Amish leave for a period of time to be sure that they want to make the life-long commitment to the Amish way of life. No, this is supposed to be a clean break with the Amish and Mennonite communities for these people, and the start of a completely new way of life.
But, is that what it is?
Accusations are coming hard and fast from various sources that the show is, in fact, fake. The Hollywood Reporter indicated in a recent article that, “Photos culled from Facebook and MySpace pages purport that cast members have actually married, had children and divorced since entering mainstream society.” They do not, however, provide a link to the Facebook or MySpace pages. Additionally, The New York Daily News, reported that some members of the cast had misrepresented themselves to producers:
The makers of “Breaking Amish” are probing how at least one member of the hot TLC reality show’s cast — supposedly fresh-faced Amish and Mennonites who had never been exposed to the outside world — hid the fact that this person had already lived outside the closed community, got married, had children and was divorced.
A source close to the show told The News that as filming went on, it became clear that this cast member, and possibly another one, had misrepresented themselves.
Additionally, The New York Daily News also provided the following statement from TLC:
There is a lot of information floating around about the group featured on Breaking Amish. Much of it is not true, but some of it is — and is addressed in upcoming episodes.
So, should fans be patient and trust that the producers of the show and TLC had the best of intentions when they made Breaking Amish? Well, that will be up to fans to decide, and they have plenty of time left to come up with a verdict. There are 10 episodes scheduled to air this season, and only two have aired thus far.
Breaking Amish airs on TLC on Sunday nights at 10/9c.
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