Amish country bristles at ‘Mafia’ TV show

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  • hilary nottingham, 00
    Aug. 28, 2014 2:58 a.m.

    we all know what 'based on true events means'! Very little 'truth' at all usually. Trouble is, media is extremely powerful. Takes over in a subtle way or not so subtle, and people are actually believing lies in the end.

  • Aggie5 Kuna, ID
    Aug. 27, 2014 7:23 a.m.

    The show is fake like all reality shows. And even worse, it's boring.

  • Uncle_Fester Niskayuna, NY
    Aug. 26, 2014 11:54 a.m.

    All this shock and dismay ... wow, really? I say we ought to be wringing our hands over Hoarders which televises the problems of the mentally ill in a way as to provide entertainment to viewers. Of course deriving entertainment at the expense of the mentally ill and disabled ought never be acceptable but we have a long history of it in this country and it's not likely to stop any time soon. I have seen it in movies, on TV and on websites like People of Walmart and did I laugh? Yup. Sue me.

  • dtlenox Olympia, WA
    Aug. 26, 2014 10:34 a.m.

    All the more reason to boycott TV shows in general. I never watch American TV shows anymore and can find much better things to do with my time than to watch the drivel that passes for entertainment. There have been a few decent British shows from time to time (such as Downton Abbey and Lark Rise to Candleford), but the vast majority of American and Canadian TV shows are dumb and a waste of time.

  • Doklove Quincy, IL
    Aug. 26, 2014 9:17 a.m.

    I was walking through the hallway of my daughters new school finding classes with her and must have passed 30 signs that read "no bullying". By now those signs have mindlessly blurred into the background and bullying continues.

    How can we ask our kids to stop bullying if our society embraces it in their entertainment. These shows would be canceled if they were not popular. Someone is watching. Picking on a peaceful religious group that won't fight back by portraying their community as something it is not is nothing other than bullying. These and many other forms of bullying are popular in entertainment. They will continue to be popular unless a societal change of heart occurs.

    Until then, bullying at schools will continue.

  • Shawnm750 West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 11:26 a.m.

    I've seen a few episodes of this show and laughed at how ridiculous it was. I'm sure there are things that go on in the Amish community that they do their best to obscure from the public, but that's true of any community/organization.

    What I find more disappointing is the turn that Discovery Channel has taken in recent years. They've gone from showing primarily documentary/educational-type show that were actually interesting to these contrived reality shows that they try to pass off that offer little educational value. From shows about supposed mafioso's in the Amish community and gold seeking nobodies from Utah to faux documentaries about mermaids that try to obscure the fact that it's just for entertainment to viewers who aren't savvy enough to know better...

  • DCJ Washington, DC
    Aug. 25, 2014 10:53 a.m.

    @ DN Subscriber

    It's true we can turn the TV off or change the channel, and we should, but sometimes that is not enough. It does not address the affect of pernicious media on society. Sometimes people need to stand up and fight against something that harms our society. I won't watch youtube videos of terrorist murders in the Middle East, but does it really have no impact on me if others can see them? I won't watch pornography, but should I not care about the effects of pornography on my friend and his marriage? Or on young men who might want to date my daughters? The Amish do not watch TV, but is there really no consequence for them if people have a misguided perception of their culture and faith?

    No man is an island.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 9:14 a.m.

    News just in?

    Television has lots of tasteless, made up nonsense, often demeaning to people of faith, good morals, traditional families, patriotism and the truth in general?

    Shocked, shocked, I tell you to learn of this sad state of affairs.

    However, every television has switches that will turn it off, or turn to a less obnoxious channel. Every consumer should use these options whenever garbage comes on.

    In 1961, then FCC Chairman Newton Minow declared that television programming was "a vast wasteland." That was at a time when there were only a dozen channels to watch. Today, with hundreds of options, the choices are almost limitless, and the quality on nearly all of them is far worse than anything aired in 1961.

    However, free people in a free country with freedom of the press rightly have the option to watch what they want. Or, in the case of the minority of viewers with good taste, to watch less or no television at all.

    I just wonder why it took anyone two times to decide "Amish Mafia" was absolutely stupid. Most programs can be dismissed after 2 minutes of exposure.

  • ute alumni SLC, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 8:47 a.m.

    absolutely stupid show. i saw it twice. The head mobster is as frightening as Pee Wee Herman.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 8:33 a.m.

    I think I am one of many who feel that there is a concerted attack on Christian religion in this country as such "entertainment" would seem to indicate.