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'Amish Mafia: The Reckoning' Recap: 'I'm not an actor' (Participants Claim Show Is NOT Fake)
PennLive.Com ^ | January 16, 2013 | Julia Hatmaker

Posted on 01/17/2013 11:45:40 AM PST by PJ-Comix

Tonight's episode of "Amish Mafia" was devoted to attempting to defend the show against the critics who claim it is fake.

The cast were asked questions like "Are you really Amish?." "How can you be Amish and go to jail?" and "Why did you decide to do the show?"

Esther said she was "sick of how Amish communities are looked at. I'm sick of how we're portrayed, that we're all the same - these humble innocent people." She can be happy now, because no one who has watched the show thinks she is any of those things

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: amishmafia
Did anybody else watch this "Reckoning" episode last night? A laughable attempt by the Discovery Channel to convince us this show is for real.
1 posted on 01/17/2013 11:45:50 AM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix
She can be happy now, because no one who has watched the show.....
2 posted on 01/17/2013 11:49:29 AM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: PJ-Comix
The show may be real, but it's still ridiculous.

Gotta go.....time for milking.

3 posted on 01/17/2013 11:49:33 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: PJ-Comix

And “professional” wrestling shows are real too!
/ sarc

Thanks PJ.


4 posted on 01/17/2013 11:51:01 AM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: PJ-Comix

There may be some Amish that are not as we often think....people are people...but there is NO WAY this show is anywhere near real.


5 posted on 01/17/2013 11:54:32 AM PST by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: Darksheare

I loved the over the top anger of the participants at the notion that the show could in any way be fake. Yeah, like an Amish horse buggy decked out with a stereo system and flat screen TV.


6 posted on 01/17/2013 11:54:37 AM PST by PJ-Comix (Beware the Rip in the Space/Time Continuum)
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To: PJ-Comix

I saw part of this show once and am sorry I wasted 10 minutes of my life on it. Every one of these reality shows is contrived and fake — they build up drama and conflict that is not there. I had hoped they were a fad that would have been gone by now but sadly, there are more around now than ever. Its yet another reason to not have cable TV.


7 posted on 01/17/2013 11:55:59 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: PJ-Comix

I only watch the last two or three minutes of this waiting for “Moonshiners” to come on. At least I know that show is fake. Entertaining but fake.


8 posted on 01/17/2013 11:56:03 AM PST by BipolarBob (Happy Hunger Games! May the odds be ever in your favor.)
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To: PJ-Comix

I’m missing out on so much that matters to conservatives in America these days since I cancelled cable TV. No satellite receiver either; just O-T-A.

Thanks for keeping your fellow FReepers up-to-date.


9 posted on 01/17/2013 11:56:25 AM PST by Resettozero
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

Well, the midget Amish guy did make me laugh. But why wasn’t he arrested for vandalism after he smashed the windshield of Lebanon Levi with a sledgehammer?


10 posted on 01/17/2013 11:59:06 AM PST by PJ-Comix (Beware the Rip in the Space/Time Continuum)
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To: All

I grew up with the Amish in Pennsylvania. Meyersdale (non-tourist towns). I know them as neighbors, and I grew up alongside their culture.

they would NEVER, EVER do the things depicted in this show. They are pacifists, friendly as anything, and the word “Debt” isn’t in their culture.

They do, however, have TVs, computers, and trucks. All of these things are ok (Although they think things like TVs and computers are just stupid) as long as they are powered by something that isn’t buried. They don’t go below the level of the dirt - To do so is to tempt death.

The computers are usually used to ... Well, wait. The town computer is usually used to host websites to sell their goods online. They keep it out of view of the customers.

The Amish are surprisingly normal people. They have shunned these technologies because they think most of the stuff out there is stupid. I tend to agree.


11 posted on 01/17/2013 12:00:05 PM PST by Celerity
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To: PJ-Comix

Yeah, you’d never find that in real Amish buggies.
Maybe a car battery to power primitive marker lights ON the buggy, but that’s about it.
Any tools they use that are ‘powered’ use compressed air.
I have a relative down Amish country way in PA.
They don’t have a phone.
No, I don’t contact them.
They like their privacy.
Wonder what they’d think of this “show”?
LOL.


12 posted on 01/17/2013 12:03:20 PM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: Resettozero

LOL. You are right. I am amazed when I see threads here about some celebrity foible go over 100 posts, yet a thread on Christians in the Middle East being persecuted, unto murder, get maybe 3. Lester Roloff was a prophet when he called the TV, the “idiot box”, way back when all it showed was “I Love Lucy”.


13 posted on 01/17/2013 12:09:39 PM PST by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: PJ-Comix

I’ve blocked the Discovery channel, MTV, VH1, and dozens of other worthless channels that are nothing but “reality TV”. Soon the History Channel will be among them. They don’t tell history anymore, they have stupid fake shows like Pawn Stars, American Pickers, and other worthless reality crap.

TV is a wasteland.


14 posted on 01/17/2013 12:10:02 PM PST by History Repeats (sic transit gloria mundi)
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To: PJ-Comix

Its actually one of the most entertaining “reality” shows I’ve seen in a while. They actually hit on something pretty good. Maybe next season they can crank it up a notch with Lebanon Levi getting shot in an Amish Drive By.

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15 posted on 01/17/2013 12:12:00 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: PJ-Comix

It’s not fake? LOLOLOLOL!!

Sure, I’m going be be in a mafia, violate laws and have it on national TV. Law enforcement will never be able to figure out who I am!

Why, that’s just like being a moonshiner...


16 posted on 01/17/2013 12:13:58 PM PST by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: PJ-Comix

I watched this show because it was hilarious. It was either totally fake, or the Amish have no rules or no way to enforce them. The laundry list of crimes those clowns comitted would have caught the attention of any cop in the world.


17 posted on 01/17/2013 12:19:03 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: PJ-Comix

Manti Te’o’s girlfriend tells me that the show is real!


18 posted on 01/17/2013 12:20:36 PM PST by CivilWarguy
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To: cripplecreek
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OMG.. I think I just laughed my lungs up.. LOL As a side note, one of the only shows that I watch on most of these networks is American Pickers.. Love that show. It might be fake, but the premise is very appealing to me. Riding around the country (that's patriotic), digging out old Americana to save from the ravages of weather and time (again, patriotic), and making money in the process (capitalistic AND patriotic). Who couldn't love that?

19 posted on 01/17/2013 12:22:53 PM PST by Dubya-M-Dees (Little HOPE... No CHANGE)
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To: PJ-Comix

I always wonder why the self-righteous “I don’t watch TV” crowd always feels compelled to show up on these threads and brag that they haven’t seen the show in question. If you haven’t seen it, why would you think anybody would want to hear what you think?


20 posted on 01/17/2013 12:23:20 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: CivilWarguy
Manti Te’o’s girlfriend tells me that the show is real!

My friend's goofy sister must be related to her somehow. "It can't be fake! It's a REALITY show!"

21 posted on 01/17/2013 12:26:39 PM PST by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: PJ-Comix

I saw a commercial for this over Christmas. I think the fact they don’t have beards is a givaway. Also there was a show about rednecks building an illegal still. I am supposed to believe that the network found these rednecks and paid them to do something illegal, and they film it for everyone to see?


22 posted on 01/17/2013 12:27:56 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: PJ-Comix
I like the show, it's like a mini-soap drama.
The guy Merlin (sp?) cracks me up.
It makes me laugh when one of the others say he's been hit with the crazy stick one too many times.
23 posted on 01/17/2013 12:28:55 PM PST by novemberslady
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To: novemberslady

Esther using jail house slang cracks me up too. She says Merlin is “Straight up crazy”.


24 posted on 01/17/2013 12:34:23 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Celerity
They don't go below the level of the dirt - To do so is to tempt death.

One wonders how they plant their crops.

25 posted on 01/17/2013 12:34:44 PM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: PJ-Comix

check this out from Mose:
http://www.amishinthecitymose.com/amish-mafia-fact-or-fiction-2/#more-7274


26 posted on 01/17/2013 12:40:12 PM PST by texaschick
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To: Puppage
The show may be real, but it's still ridiculous.

The real mafia must watch it for laughs.

27 posted on 01/17/2013 12:40:18 PM PST by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: PJ-Comix

Coming from a person who believes 100% in Ghost Adventures and The Dead Files I can say that show is as fake as a Hillary Clinton accent in a black church.


28 posted on 01/17/2013 12:42:00 PM PST by tsowellfan (cafenetamerica.com)
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To: PJ-Comix

just go with: everything on TV is fake- everything. Especially “news” and “reality” shows

and you will not be wrong


29 posted on 01/17/2013 1:16:21 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL
That's why we need the internet.

(If it's not true, it can't be posted on the internet, you know)

30 posted on 01/17/2013 1:47:04 PM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: Mr. Lucky

exactly.

:p


31 posted on 01/17/2013 1:53:32 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Vince Ferrer

I can believe the moonshine show because that culture has run as an open secret for over 100 years. Where moonshine is popular everybody knows who makes it, everybody knows the various qualities of the recipes (whose is strong, whose is smooth, who uses what base), they generally even know roughly whose still is where, and yet nobody ever seems to get caught. That’s what happens when everybody that lives in an area thinks a law is stupid, it doesn’t get enforced.


32 posted on 01/17/2013 2:03:24 PM PST by discostu (I recommend a fifth of Jack and a bottle of Prozac)
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To: PJ-Comix

The really funny thing about this article is that its author is actually mixing it up with posters in the comments section.


33 posted on 01/17/2013 2:08:14 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

“I saw part of this show once and am sorry I wasted 10 minutes of my life on it.”

I did the same; really stupid stuff.


34 posted on 01/17/2013 2:21:45 PM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: History Repeats

“Soon the History Channel will be among them.”

I’m done with the History Channel; it stopped being about history years ago, and now devotes Christmastime and Easter to running shows questioning the authenticity of Jesus. Waiting for similar shows on Abraham, Mohammed, or Buddha...


35 posted on 01/17/2013 2:25:01 PM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: BipolarBob

I watch that occasionally. Probably the best part is whatever little story Jim Tom tells at the end.

I wonder if maybe “Moonshiner X” is actually Tickle’s long-lost older brother Rex? ;)


36 posted on 01/17/2013 2:30:02 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers ("I'm not anti-anything, I just wanna be free." - Mike Muir)
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To: kearnyirish2
Even in shows that I might find interesting, they play up the conflict in an obvious way that undercuts the show. I thought I might like Dual Survival with the survival expert (Lundin) and the ex-special forces guy (Teti). But even a big chunk of that show tries to play up the disagreements between the two over what to do, and the sensational stuff like the special forces guy drinking urine and skinning a putrid dead cow.
37 posted on 01/17/2013 2:49:29 PM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

Yeah, I used to find the shows better, but now I barely even look at the schedule.


38 posted on 01/17/2013 2:50:41 PM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: PJ-Comix
I'm sitll trying to recover from watching that episode of Honey, Boo Boo Thanksgiving.

It was like watching a train wreak.

39 posted on 01/17/2013 2:52:44 PM PST by mware (By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West)
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To: Mr. Lucky

Well, obviously. You know what I mean.


40 posted on 01/17/2013 4:10:42 PM PST by Celerity
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To: mware

I watched that show last night. Thanksgiving will never be the same.

These people should not be allowed to own animals.


41 posted on 01/17/2013 4:19:43 PM PST by beandog (All Aboard the Choo Choo Train to Crazy Town)
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To: kearnyirish2

I know what you mean on the Christian attacks.

On the other religions I believe you’re going to have a VERY LONG WAIT.


42 posted on 01/18/2013 9:56:15 AM PST by History Repeats (sic transit gloria mundi)
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To: History Repeats

“On the other religions I believe you’re going to have a VERY LONG WAIT.”

I’m not holding my breath.

It is amazing to me how different young people are taught about historical events in comparison to how we were taught. Not only are they generally bad students, but they are so gullible; there is no critical thinking at all.


43 posted on 01/18/2013 2:45:59 PM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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