September 18, 2012
Shame On ‘Breaking Amish’

Breaking Amish is the latest addition to The Learning Channel’s (commonly known as The Leering Channel) provocative reality TV programming. Once a boring educational channel where you could watch a documentary on the spotted owl or get tips for cooking the perfect soufflé, TLC is now the go-to place for gawking. […] Breaking Amish is a hybrid of the ethnic minstrel show—along the lines of Jersey Shore or Shahs of Sunset, where a culture is reduced to its caricature parts—and The Real World, where good looking twentysomethings live together in a new city, full of possibilities. (All of the Amish stars of the show are remarkably good-looking. One imagines plucky TLC producers hiding behind barns with binoculars to do their casting). But what sets Breaking Amish apart from the other shows is how much is at stake for the stars: their religion, their families, their identities—the very world they’ve known up until now.

Read more. [Image: TLC]

Shame On ‘Breaking Amish’

Breaking Amish is the latest addition to The Learning Channel’s (commonly known as The Leering Channel) provocative reality TV programming. Once a boring educational channel where you could watch a documentary on the spotted owl or get tips for cooking the perfect soufflé, TLC is now the go-to place for gawking. […] Breaking Amish is a hybrid of the ethnic minstrel show—along the lines of Jersey Shore or Shahs of Sunset, where a culture is reduced to its caricature parts—and The Real World, where good looking twentysomethings live together in a new city, full of possibilities. (All of the Amish stars of the show are remarkably good-looking. One imagines plucky TLC producers hiding behind barns with binoculars to do their casting). But what sets Breaking Amish apart from the other shows is how much is at stake for the stars: their religion, their families, their identities—the very world they’ve known up until now.

Read more. [Image: TLC]

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  1. coffeetvfilm reblogged this from theatlantic
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    KATIE! I called direct tv and figured out to record shut from my laptop. so dont worry. we have our shows.
  3. justanotherbildungsroman reblogged this from theatlantic and added:
    Just a drive-by comment on the line about all the Amish participants being so good looking. It seems like the writers of...
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  6. tinyjeni reblogged this from theatlantic and added:
    I’ve been sucked into many a reality tv show, but Breaking Amish is, by far, the one I’m most ashamed about. I’m not...
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    I am so glad I am not the only person who thought that Breaking Amish was pretty much the Amish version of Jersey Shore.
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    This show is horrifying.
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    I will never not be fascinated by Rumspringa. But yes, shunning is not to be taken lightly. Does this show demarcate the...
  18. 4ourty6ix reblogged this from theatlantic and added:
    I never knew TLC stood for the The Learning Channel Good read if you like the show
  19. peppperedmind reblogged this from theatlantic and added:
    kurvajó, jersey shore amishokkal és menonnitákkal. i
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