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Breaking Amish Isn’t As Innocent As You Thought

October 14, 2012 11:00 AM by Megan Wilson

Breaking Amish, a show that centers around four Amish people and one Mennonite traveling to New York City has fans up in arms about the accuracy of the show. After just TWO episodes had aired, friends of the show’s main characters have stepped up to bring some truth into the Breaking Amish show. It seems that our fresh-faced cast isn’t as innocent as we thought.

First up is everyone’s favorite couple, Rebecca and Abe. We were all under the impression that these two had never gotten close until the show, and we’ve seen their relationship flourish. But photographs have surfaced recently of the pair holding a child, presumably one they share. We know it’s before the show, because Rebecca still has her natural teeth. Court records show Rebecca as married to a man named Rufus from March 2010. Sometime in May/June she filmed Breaking Amish, and filed for divorce from Rufus in July.  Also, it seems that Abe has a criminal past dating to 2008 which includes public intoxication.

Kate, who we know already has a criminal record, has also already pursued a modeling career. Pictures of her have been found on www.exploretalent.com, where she competed for a “Best Smile” competition, so she MUST be more familiar with modern technology than she lets on.

Jeremiah is by far the most scandalous. His chauvinistic views are obviously not an act, due to a divorce filing in February 2010 citing “Extreme cruelty and gross neglect of duty” as the reasons for divorce.  But really, are we surprised here?  He supposedly has three children with his ex-wife, and was embroiled in a nasty custody/support case before the divorce.  Police have confirmed that abuse had occurred during the relationship and that they received a “plethora” of calls about Jeremiah Raber stalking Naomi Stutzman.  The Amish generally don’t accept divorcees back into the fold, so the scene with him leaving his “Girlfriend” is probably a farce as well.  He had a Myspace page at one point dating back to 2007, where he is shown dressing “English” and surrounded by beer cans.  Some say that Jeremiah hasn’t been a practicing Amish member for over 14 years.

Sabrina, my personal favorite character, has a tame past compared to the others.  Photos of her prior to filming have surfaced where she is dressed in a tank top and shorts, kissing a man named Harry Kreiser.  Sources say she left the Mennonite community quite awhile ago, got married in 2009, and then divorced.

While I take everything I watch with a grain of salt, seeing that this “Cast” isn’t as fresh off the turnip truck as we thought they were is disappointing.  What do you think about the show?  Will you keep watching?

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8 Responses to “Breaking Amish Isn’t As Innocent As You Thought”

  1. Pat Richards Says:
    October 15th, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    I first began to get suspicious about the innocense of this group of kids when they seemed too familiar with swear words used by most up to date teens as well as familiarity with cell phones and other technology. Interesting!

  2. Jackie Says:
    October 17th, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Eh, it’s still entertaining. You had to know that they weren’t all that innocent. They still give credence to the saying” You be careful ‘mong dem English!”

  3. Cindy Says:
    October 20th, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    What a bummer this just made me lose all interest.

  4. Sarah Says:
    October 30th, 2012 at 3:51 am

    I will still watch the show, while they may have more experience under their belts than first appeared, it is still interesting and hard to believe people can be that innocent in this day and age. I wish them all well and hope they have success and happiness in a life outside the Amish community. The world is not as harsh as NYC, there are many places to live that are a “happy medium” compared to a life in the city.

  5. JB Says:
    October 31st, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    re: Sabrina has the tamest past of the group, now THAT suprises me !! i would have thought she was the most outrageous.

    for the cast having already stepped out of Amish / Mennonite bounds – i guess that does not surprise me. reason being, if they were in line with their communities already, i doubt they would do this show.

    re : Jeremiah, in addition to being the most redneck-y of the bunch, he also does not seem very bright. does he has a developmental disorder ?

  6. Julie Says:
    October 31st, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    I will not watch again. I did wonder why they seemed so “adjusted” to clothing/ electronics and verbiage. Not something I will put my time into. it is not real.

  7. gabbygirl39 Says:
    November 5th, 2012 at 2:48 am

    i knew something was wroong from the start– i feel kate was the best out of the bunch, rebeka was sure not a little inocent chidky, the way she clibmed over jerimia, —cudleing up to him and having sex wi th jermia right off t he bat, —–really i thought oout had lost mt, phony all of i iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

  8. Joan Says:
    November 5th, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    It has seemed that all along these kids were all most likely approached by the producers of this show, long before airing, promising to pay their way–all expenses paid, if they would dare to leave their Amish and Mennonite cultures. As it turned out, they did find these five brave souls who decided to go out in search of what was beyond the scope of their limited ways of life. After taking a bite of the “forbidden fruit,” they discovered much more than they ever could have imagined. It’s just too bad and so sad that the Amish and Mennonites have such a harsh way of dealing with their friends and “loved ones” once they have crossed the line to the “English” ways. Unfortunately, they are stuck in a never ending circle of maintaining their culture, never moving forward, never learning anything more than what they are taught in their “own little world.” It’s almost like living in a third-world country within a country with boundless resources… so much to see and do and learn. Too bad their Amish and Mennonite friends and relatives seem to be so unemotional, unattached, not able to show joy and happiness for these kids who go out to brave this big new world. I say, follow your dreams, follow your hearts. If your relatives have any kind of true love for you, they would see past this time of exploration to see the people you’ve come to be. All the best to them and any of the others who dare to go explore what could also be their dreams.

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