Article from "The Budget" Amish Newspaper
"Amish in the City" is not our reality
"Amish in the City" has finally shown it's face on television and exposed it's soul. And, as predicted, people with any appreciation for decency, integrity and true art forms didn't particularly like what they saw.
Those three Amish boys, Mose, Randy and Jonas and the two Amish girls, Ruth and Miriam, who had "kicked over the traces" (to borrow a phrase from horse farming) were hardly the caliber of young people to represent the true picture of Amish heritage, teachings and culture on national tv.
That they were already seasoned, with at least some street smarts and ways of the world, was quiackly apparent by their vocabulary and attitudes. They were not the naive, simple, plain, innocent farm youth, plucked from some sheltered Amish community, to be thrust out into the glare and glitz of the part of the world culture which the Amish shun, which the program initially called for to provide drama and flair.
The producers apparently had to be satidfied with whome they were able to get, young people willing to prostitue their integrity, reputation and upbringing for a sack of money. I am sure that the UPN people were unable to find upright, honest Amish young people with integrity who would turn their backs on their families, culture and church to misrepresent them.
So the producers ended up with "five prodigals which they shipped to a far country" (cf. Luke 15) and had to script in phony reactions by the Amish to the urban sights and sounds as they wandered around Hollywood: Miriam's reactions upon seeing her "first" parking meter (she had just come from several months in Florida and had never seen a parking meter? Come on!), 22-year-old Mose looking out over the night city skyline from a rooftop amazed at the spectacle and others with comments about the beach and ocean sounded tinny, contrived and hollow.
The scene of Mose nearly drowning, with the undertow of the ocean supposedly sucking him under, was an attempt topep up the otherwise boring show. They needed to pep up the thing by adding some drama to a show with no story line, just unconnected episode after episode. It was produced by a camera that danced from one unrelated scene to another of unmade beds, of the five Amish and six counterpart English puttering around the kichen, of going shopping and cavorting on the beach.
Mose at least had a good voice for cinema and projected some personality, while Jonas and Randy filled in background roles about as exciting as a loaf of bread. the sound was no better than the cinematography. The dialogue came across as inane, wooden, slurred and bouncing off the hard walls of the rooms so that they had to put reading runners at the bottom of the TV screen to keep the veiwer assured that indeed something was happening.
One "Life Lines" reader wrote claiming that those were not real Amish young people but Hollywood actors. No way! There was little real "acting" in the show anyway and traces of the thick Pennsylvania Deutsch accents by the five was ample proof of where they came from.
Amish moms and dads, don't waste your time worrying that Hollywood will corrupt these five. They were already tainted and spoiled by the world before they got there. There was no evidence of real shyness, of being surprised out of their socks or being mesmerized by what they sawin the pagan, secular glitz of Hollywood.
If "Amish in the City" survives it's announced 12 series and holds the viewer ratings, it will be a sad commentary on the lack of principles and good taste by the viewing public. Yes, the scenes of Miriam and Ruths' near nudity in their skimpy bikini beachwear were probably sexually provocative and titillating to men who like "girlie shows" and magazines, and men who see little difference between such scenes and the pornographic stuff they watch on the Internet.
Miriam and Ruth flaunted pretty faces and "acres of skin", but what an insult to their faithrul, disciplined Amish sisters who champion good taste, modesty and biblical values that are without price. How much more aesthetically pleasing and attractive are those sisters whom we meet on the streets of Sugarcreek in their neatly dressed attire and white cpas than the crass, immodest flirting with the world and it's empty, passing Hollywood values.
Will those five prodigals ever be able to return to their homes, to their communities and look their families and friends in the eye without guilt and shame? We don't know. But one thing sure, the Holy Scriptures do teach forgiveness and we can at least hand them that much if they return, with their fill of the phony tinsel town--and they want to repent and get back to real life as it was meant to be!
Woah! The 'kids' were really blasted in this article. Now I wonder if they will ever really be able to go home? This really amplifies the difference in how we see the kids and how their brethren see what they have chosen to do. Gulp.
Dogs have owners. Cats have staff.
While you might call what they are doing a period of "rumspringa", my understanding of these young adults is that they had already basically left the Amish and chosen not to become members before they were approached by the producers of the series. What you are actually seeing is young people who were raised in Amish homes, but who have been out in the world for a couple of years already.
Originally Posted by wadahoot
Wow, I don't think the author of this piece has seen much internet pornography! It goes a LITTLE beyond Miriam and Ruth in a bikini on the beach. Here's what I don't care for: the writer in question can't be a member of the Amish community itself (watching TV and going on about cinematography and Tinsel Town) and in that light, the overall tone of it seems rather condescending to the Amish.
Yes, the scenes of Miriam and Ruths' near nudity in their skimpy bikini beachwear were probably sexually provocative and titillating to men who like "girlie shows" and magazines, and men who see little difference between such scenes and the pornographic stuff they watch on the Internet.
The author is Les Troyer, who has his own regular column in the Budget. I believe that he is a Mennonite. No I don't suppose he has seen any real pornography. But the is issue is more. If you are a good and Godfearing person, would you really truly do everything without a care, because "I'm not a church member yet, and God will forgive everything" . I don't think so. Especially since the Amish church does not teach once saved always saved. It's one thing to drive a car or cut your hair. It's quite another to wear a skimpy bikini in front of millions of people.
shoes? who needs shoes??
interesting article ... and it kinda reflects some of my concerns that i expressed on this board during the first episode. i found it very hard to believe that these kids were brand new to the "world" ... they were way too comfortable and familiar with the use of makeup and swearing.
i still watch it ... because for some reason i find it interesting. i'm not quite sure why ... because i have felt it was a complete farse all along ....
wow. I don't even know where to start.
Right, because only people that agree with this "gentleman" and live exactly as he does have any principles or taste. :phhht Tacky as it may be at times, I am learning more about the Amish that I ever knew. And I mean the reading etc I've done, not from just watching the show. I guess this guy would rather I didn't watch the show and take that opportunity to learn about Amish culture.
Originally Posted by missymess
If he thinks THIS is bad, I hope he changes the channel after it's over, before The Player starts.
and women going to the beach, even in bikinis, is not "sexually provocative and titillating". Someone's mind is in the gutter. :nono
If you're going to be the welcome wagon when they return, then probably not.
Originally Posted by missymess
Oh...thank you for the posting missymess.
Last edited by geekgirl; 08-14-2004 at 09:19 PM.
Originally Posted by barefootdyke
I think you will find this article to be an interesting read. It is long but the part near the end has some interesting info about just that.
I think I figured out that I like it so much partly because it has the feel of some of the early Real Worlds. While the Amish are not "fresh off the farm" like UPN wants us to believe, they at least aren't the typical reality TV famewhores we are used to seeing now.
Originally Posted by barefootdyke
shoes? who needs shoes??
Originally Posted by geekgirl
yes, very interesting .... thanks for sharing it!
Ouch. And to think I've been rather enjoying the show. I feel like I, as part of the "unprincipaled" viewing public, just got a bit of a whupping.
It was just like being back with my ol' dad and mom.
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