CBS/Viacom is proposing a new reality show that will take Amish teenagers and plop them down in the middle of a major metropolitan area and then laugh at them. The idea is that these poor naive Amish kids will be shocked and apalled by the vulgarity and depravity of big city life, and boy won’t that be fun to watch.
I grew up Mennonite (closely related in beliefs to the Amish, but more worldly) in Elkhart County, IN, in the midst of one of the 4 or 5 major Amish communities in the U.S. My parents were both born in Lancaster County, PA, home of the biggest (I think) Amish community in the country. My dad’s dad was raised Amish and converted to Mennonite when he was a teenager, and he taught . All this to say that I have a lot of sympathy for, and identification with, the Amish community.
I guess my response to the bigots and idiots who run TV is, go find someone else to mock you yahoos. Arrogance loves to mock that which it is ignorant of; just leave them alone. I’m so sick of TV, how it guides and shapes our society.
Turn it off! Turn it off! You’ll never regret it. I haven’t missed it one bit.