Sunday, June 1, 2014

Roloff Family In Portland Rose Festival Starlight Parade

The entire Roloff family (and the girlfriends) took part in the Portland Rose Festival Starlight Parade last night (Saturday May 31, 2014). The Starlight Parade is described on the website as "One of our most popular events, the Portland General Electric/SOLVE Starlight Parade offers funky, eclectic fun for everyone. From traditional marching bands and flood-lit floats, to glow-in-the-dark umbrellas and unique hand-built entries, you’ll see the best of Portland’s diverse community groups (and surrounding Northwest region) together in one whimsical pageant."

Most of the Roloffs and the girlfriends were happily tweeting and posting pictures of the event.

Amy Roloff tweeted throughout:

Amy RoloffCF‏@amyroloffCF
Heading back to PDX to film and be in the Portland Starlight parade

AmyRoloffCF‏@amyroloffCF We're at the Portland Rise Festival Starlight Parade. What a great night for it. See you all in the parade


























Jeremy Roloff was inviting locals to come out and see the Roloff Farm float

Jeremy James Roloff @JeremyJRoloff
Portlanders!! Come out to the starlight parade tonight and see our Roloff Farm float!
































Jeremy's fiancee, Audrey, was also tweeting pictures of their day

Audrey Botti‏@audreybotti
Floating through the #starlightparade #rolofffarms @ Starlight Parade 13th & Taylor


































Zach's fiancee, Tori, posted several Instagram pictures as well. She started Friday with the following picture that includes her new dog and the hashtag #ihaterules

Tori Patton: vepatton  · Roloff Farms
The starlight parade has no idea what they're missing out on. #ihaterules #inspectorsullivan #rolofffarms @mollyjoroloff @jacobroloff45 @mattroloff



































Tori Patton: vepatton
I'm on a float. #jodoinitright #rolofffarms @mollyjoroloff @aujb @wilburdyer @zroloff07 @jeremyjamesr @jacobroloff45 @amyjroloff @mattroloff weirdest thing I've ever done.





























Tori Patton: vepatton · Pearl, Portland, Oregon
 #starlightparade was a success. @zroloff07

































However, there was one Roloff who didn't share the excitement that the other Roloffs expressed for the parade. You gotta love Jacob who refuses to put on a facade and wasn't hiding his true feelings towards the parade.

Jacob Roloff @ffoloR_bocaJ 
Been in Portland aaalllllll daaaayyyyyyy for this stupid parade 

Jacob Roloff @ffoloR_bocaJ 
since 11:30 am and I won't be leaving until 11 pm 

Jacob Roloff @ffoloR_bocaJ 
Best thing about this stupid parade lmao





Thursday, May 1, 2014

Zach Roloff Is Engaged

Zach Roloff became the second Roloff to get engaged this year. Earlier, Jeremy and Audrey announced they were engaged and now Zach and Tori are engaged.

Zach relayed the news on April 30th.


"Last night I asked Tori Patton to marry me and she said yes! Its been a brilliant 24 hours and totally excited for what the future holds. Wanted to share with all my friends. Thanks to my brothers Jeremy James Roloff and Jacob for capturing it on video. Tori's mom, Kim Williams-Patton for helping coordinate Tori's whereabouts the day of and to Tori's dad Gary Patton for accepting me into the family. My mom and dad for their support, sorry to my sister, Molly Roloff whose in costa rica. I couldn't hold out till she got back;) and for my bud Bryan for asking me the tough questions and encouraging in the days leading up. Bring on the future!"



































Jeremy and Audrey's wedding will be later this year while Zach and Tori's is planned for 2015.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

New Little People, Big World Episode on TLC Featuring the Roloffs: New Year, Big Changes March 25, 2014

Here is a preview and then review of the episode of Little People, Big World airing on TLC at 9:00.


Little People, Big World (Season 10) New Year, Big Changes TV-PG 

 It’s the holidays and the Roloff Kids are home to celebrate, but the family dynamic has changed dramatically. Matt has moved out of the main house and into the bridal suite, hoping the change will give him and Amy space to work through their issues.


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Written By Rap541:

Preview 


Its a new episode of LPBW! Who wants to bet Matt and Amy argue? Hahahah, that seems to be a guarantee for this one. That's right, its time for Matt and Amy to earn a buck by displaying their shattered marriage for a buck. Ironically, as of 12:30pm of the day of the show, neither Matt or Amy have reminded their fans on facebook to watch. Huh. Anyways, I am genuinely curious to see who blames who. My guess? Matt pins it all on Amy and is the sad little helpless victim....
 

Review: 

Observations on the prior episode. 
Jeremy thinks Jake is a senior in high school in the crossroads episode, when I am pretty sure Jake was a junior (and just sixteen) in that episode. 

Matt’s Facebook fans, before the staff gets at it, seem pretty pissed with him. 

Zach moving to his own home that he bought himself is not in any way presented as Zach accomplishing something. 

It’s *really* obvious that Matt and Amy don’t want to address their separation on Facebook, or discuss this episode, and yet this is America and no one is forcing Matt and Amy to air their marital laundry to the public. 

Also, Matt disparaged Amy for her only plan for the future being seeing the kids and grandkids, but when Amy asked what he intended to do with his future, his response was that he hadn’t figured it out yet. He also mocks her for being content. 

It is also increasingly obvious that neither Matt or Amy even consider Jacob. 

New ep!

It is Dec 29!.... Zach shows up for food. Amy is making bacon and is all in a tither over it and Zach is all “IS DAD OUT THERE??” and Matt and Amy are separated. Matt haybales how he chose to move out in November because you know, Amy is a shitty housekeeper who didn’t been to his every whim. Amy notes how she didn’t want that, which is a nice move for the divorce since now Matt’s on public record for leaving his wife who didn’t want him to leave. Matt notes how he wants things to be normal for the family. He calls Amy to his office so they can throw a New Years Party like old days. Matt wants a big celebration. And it is theoretically Dec 29…. I could point out that two day’s notice isn’t really reasonable but…. There are plans for a ball dropping. He asks her to decorate a cake and she’s offended that he doesn’t know she does that….. 

Amy tells the kids about the party. Zach haybales that it’s sad. Jeremy is also sad. Matt notes the first night at the house was sad. The place looks very man cave. Call me crazy, but I am impressed with how a) decorated and furnished Matt’s place is and b) how clean the big house looks now that Matt moved out. Matt complains about doing his own laundry. He takes Zach to make a confetti cannon for the party. Matt stresses how he worries about the kids. Molly refuses a ride on the mule with dad and walks with Zach. Matt notes how he enjoys the serenity and how the kids don’t drop by. Yeah. Not well phrased, Matt.

Matt makes the twins make a glitter ball for the ball drop. Right now it’s a wad of chicken wire and Xmas lights. Jeremy drops it from a ladder and busts it but frankly this feels totally staged for the camera. Oh look, Pop and Honey put in an appearance and pointedly stay at Matt’s house. Ron notes how tidy it is and how there’s no photos of the family. Honey is sad and notes she hopes Matt isn’t happy alone. Honey isn’t having Matt’s nonsense. 

The kids are at Zach’s house, making burgers. Zach can’t cook. Molly is planning to move out of the dorms. Jeremy waxes deeply on how they hang out. 

Matt challenges Ron to make soup, before Matt’s friends come for poker night. They’re making some sort of pumpkin bisque. Ron is a lil disappointed in the separation and quotes the Bible. He seems to genuinely care though. Matt is caught by Amy taking stuff from the house. She refuses to go hang at the prefab house because she wants him to come home to the real home. 

Amy is going out with friends and asks Molly for advice. Amy notes she and Molly aren’t close. At poker night, Matt revels in being a man with a man cave where everyone drinks beer, drinks poker, belches and merrily grabs their crotches. Matt notes how he’s being selfish and has no intention of divorce as long as he’s allowed to do as he pleases and gets to keep the man cave. 

Amy heads out with friends Lisa and Lisa and confesses her separation. “Matt chose to move out”. She notes it’s sad and they don’t have a plan, and it’s been a month and she’s kinda shattered by it. In a confessional she calls it a grieving process. Her friends press her to say what she would like, and she doesn’t know. Amy isn’t wearing her ring. She cries a little in the restaurant and in the haybale.

From a purely cynical point – Amy is setting herself up for the divorce wrangling a lot better than Matt is, with his gleeful poker night. 

Also, still no mention of the one kid who still lives at home. 

It is new years eve and there’s only eight hours to prepare the garage! There will be a photo booth so Jeremy can have attention! Matt has the ball drop for his attention! It will all be in the giant garage. Amy is making a clock cake. Amy and Molly mock each other in a sassy way. Molly notes how its not always joking. Audrey actually speaks on camera! Matt is all “Audrey and Jeremy are adorable!” He manfully explains how he does a project. 

Matt dresses up as Noah, aka Father Time. Molly mocks Matt’s costumes. Matt notes how all the kids think he’s ridiculous and not cool and he heads off to take the costume off. Yeah Matt, its hard to believe that your kids who are almost all adults aren’t actively praising you for “shenanigans” as Molly calls it. 

One hour to the party! Matt is annoyed that very few party preps were out. Matt yells for help. Meanwhile it appears to be a fairly fancy party. Matt snarks at Zach about where is the ice and Zach notes that if Matt wants it to be his party then he should do more. Matt notes how disorganized “Amy’s camp” is and how disappointed he is. Matt notes how he *almost* said screw it. Over sodas, apparently. Sam is there, in a top hat. Zach is stressed that someone suggested he marry Tori. Matt of course screeches about midnight and the ball drop. Matt is of course the center of attention and of course appears to blow a fuse with the ball.

Of course there’s a commercial. 

Jeremy flips the breaker. The ball is lit. It’s all kind of over the top. Jeremy notes how he’s planning to get engaged. There’s smooching. Amy allows Matt to kiss her. Peggy is all this is special. A moment of weirdness, although I have noticed this before. Why do people in this house wear quilted winter jackets in the house? I mean, yes it’s winter but take your coat off at the table. The place has heat. Matt gives a toast. One of the girls is wearing a ski cap at the table. They try to sing Auld Lang Syne but no one knows the words. Yeah, that about sums it up. This honestly was exactly as I expected – a bit dull and Matt mansplaining how perfect he is. I don’t think he realizes how selfish the man cave poker parties come off.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Jeremy Roloff And Audrey Botti Engaged

A little bit of "breaking news" as Jeremy Roloff and Audrey Botti are now engaged. Audrey tweeted and posted this Instagram photo:





































The question: Audrey Mirabella Botti, will you marry me? The answer: YES!!!!!!!!!!!! You're the one I want to team up with for life. Jeremy James Roloff, to say I'm I love you is an understatement. I'M GETTING MARRIED!!! #braidit #journeyofjerandauj #tresslelove


 Jeremy also took to Instagram to make the announcement.



























January 16th, 2010 I met Audrey. January 17th, 2010, I was in love. August 15th, 2011 asked her out. March 15th, 2014 I asked this beautiful girl to be mine, and she said yes. Drowning in grace. @aujb

Saturday, March 15, 2014

A Letter Of Complaint About Jeremy Roloff and Audrey Botti



























The Spiritswander Blog received this email asking us to publish it, so we are. The opinions are that of the author and we are merely passing it along.

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Dear Spirits Wander Blog,

I am writing to you to tell you a story about what Jeremy Roloff and his girlfriend Audrey Botti are doing. I can't find many websites on the internet that would hear my complaints. I thought you would let people know how unfair and unprofessional Audrey Botti and Jeremy Roloff have been and how it impacts innocent high school athletes.

I am so furious right now.

My brother was a nominee for the Oregonian's student athlete of the week. Winners are decided by the voting poll results.

My brother did not win. That isn't what bothers me.

Jack Botti, a skier for Sunset won.

Jack got 117 more votes than the student who finished in 2nd. To show you how ridiculous it was, he got 651 MORE votes than one of the nominees.


I'll explain why I'm writing to your blog and why I'm furious. As far as I'm concerned, Audrey Botti and Jeremy Roloff hi-jacked an award that is supposed to be fair and recognize athletes in sports. They have no morals or sense of fairness. They play dirty and will rig the results to do anything to get the outcome they want.

By "rigging" I don't mean inaccurate counting of the votes. I mean rigging in terms of stuffing the ballot box based on TV Celebrity.

Here are the links to what they did.


  

Vote for my brother!!! fb.me/1cObzdvbM
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Later that day...



Hey Everyone! ya'll should take a few seconds of social media surfing to click a button and vote for an Oregonian... fb.me/ZmJtZgDu
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Then Audrey retweeted Jeremy's request tweet to his fans. This shows that Botti family was in support of Jeremy using his celebrity to get Jack the win.

Retweeted by Audrey Botti
Hey Everyone! ya'll should take a few seconds of social media surfing to click a button and vote for an Oregonian... fb.me/ZmJtZgDu




Before any of their fans say I have sour grapes I challenge any of their fans, Jeremy or Audrey or Jack to explain to me how this was fair or good sportsmanship?

They turned a high school athletic award into a popularity contest, but not even a fair popularity contest, they turned it into who knows a celebrity!

Audrey Botti has nearly 1000 followers on twitter. Considering how prevalent she is on Jeremy's twitter, I think it's a good guess that a lot of those followers are fans of Jeremy Roloff's television show.

Jeremy Roloff has 18,500 followers because he is on a television show. When he asks his fans to do something for him, I think I can assume that maybe at least 3% of his total followers might actually do what their celebrity idol tells them to do.

Jack Botti didn't win because people thought he was the rightful winner. He won because people that don't know anything about him or the other nominees, were told to vote for him by a TV celebrity because he happens to be the brother of his girlfriend.

Should I apologize to my brother because I don't have as many twitter followers as Audrey or that my significant other is not on a reality TV show? I don't mind that Audrey wanted her brother to win, but I do mind that she and her boyfriend used his celebrity status to give her brother a victory that is tainted.

Personally, I think Jack Botti should have been disqualified because of this and the Bottis should feel ashamed of what they did.

It's just another example of people with celebrity or money or power using those things to get ahead of regular people who work hard.

Imagine if you went to a local talent show competition and you lose not because you were judged by how you or the other competitors performed but because one of the other contestants was the sibling of someone connected to a celebrity who told their fans to vote even though they had no knowledge of the competition or the performances?

It's people without morals or character doing anything to win.

From reading Jeremy and Audrey's twitter, they think they are following Jesus' example?? By turning a high school athlete award into a celebrity popularity contest? Does Jesus think that is fair to the other athletes?

The worst part is after reading back on Audrey's and Jeremy's twitter, this is not the first time they have used their celebrity to try to win voting contests meant for regular people.

They used their fame to try to win Wedding Wire's "Best Couple" (whatever that means) contest which also named the winner based on voting poll results. I assume the winner and top finalists probably got some financial reward to use towards their wedding from Wedding Wire.

I don't even know what that contest was, but again, how is it fair that one of the people involved is on a TV show and tells his fans to vote for him and his girlfriend?

Spirits Wander, I hope you will publish this because I want to make sure everybody knows about what Jeremy Roloff and Audrey Botti did to unfairly interfere with competition results.

Sincerely,


A furious, non-celebrity sibling of a High School athlete in Oregon

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Thoughts? Petty complaining or a legitimate gripe?

By the way, Audrey re-designed her Blog and now has an active public Facebook Page  . We received criticism when we posted about Audrey, some argued that she wasn't a celebrity and shouldn't be discussed or have her accounts linked because it is an invasion of her privacy, but I simply disagree based on the fact that she has these public pages.

Jeremy Roloff also now has his own website operational.

http://www.jeremyjamesroloff.com/




Edit: Jacob Roloff weighed in on the topic (sort of...) on his Ask.fm page 

Question: "What do you think of the person ranting to Spiritswander about what Jeremy and Audrey did? Do you think they have a point? Is it fair for Jeremy and Audrey to do it?"

 Answer: "That's the stupidest thing I've read in a while on spiritswander lol.." http://ask.fm/JacobRoloff

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Matt and Amy Roloff Separate

The big news (Roloffs wise) in all the mainstream entertainments sites is that Matt and Amy Roloff have separated.

People Magazine, TMZ, Hollywood Life, New York Daily News etc, all of stories about it today.

It should be noted that this news comes out just before the next set of Little People, Big World episodes begin airing.

Amy Roloff has been hinting on her Facebook page for quite some time that 2014 could be a year of change for her. Although she's also posted the usual stuff about there still being hope for her marriage.

As viewers know, the theme of Matt and Amy divorcing has been discussed and discussed and discussed for several years and several seasons. The LPBW episodes always portray Matt and Amy on the verge of divorce while Matt and Amy on social media portrayed themselves as a happy family. When they were asked about divorce, they would snark about people not understanding that the show is edited and things of that nature.

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20796006,00.html

"Though we have weathered many storms together, we recently made the tough decision to engage in a trial separation," they tell PEOPLE exclusively. 

"Matt remains living on the farm in our guest house and we work together everyday on the farm, on our business endeavors and most importantly, raising our amazing children." 


http://www.tmz.com/2014/03/12/little-people-big-world-matt-amy-roloff-separated

""Little People, Big World" couple Matt and Amy Roloff can't stand living together anymore -- they've just announced they're separating after 26 years of marriage.

Sources close to the couple tell TMZ, Matt and Amy have been living separately since the holidays -- Amy currently resides in the family's main house in Oregon ... Matt lives in the guest house.

We're told neither Amy nor Matt is currently pursuing other relationships -- they're just testing the waters living alone ... for now anyway. So far, divorce isn't on the table. 

Matt has had a history of drinking problems -- such as his 2007 DUI -- but we're told alcohol was NOT an issue in the split.

The Roloffs -- who have 4 children -- released a statement, saying, "Though we have weathered many storms together, we recently made the tough decision to engage in a trial separation." 



TLC released the teaser, the preview video for the new episode.







Saturday, January 18, 2014

Jacob Roloff Turns 17

The youngest Roloff is now 17. It was Jacob's birthday yesterday, Friday January 17th.

Amy posted some pictures on her social media accounts:











































































Jacob's public social media accounts are:

Twitter and Ask.fm


Jeremy and Zach will be 24 years old this May. Molly Roloff will be 21 in September.



Monday, December 23, 2013

The Duck Dynasty / Phil Robertson Controversy And The Roloff Family

Our frequent episode reviewer, Rap541, graciously decided to submit an article about the recent Duck Dynasty controversy where one of the stars of the show, Phil Robertson, made some very anti-gay remarks during a magazine interview. Rap dissects the similarities or differences between the Duck Dynasty family and the Roloff family when it comes to being upfront and honest about their beliefs.


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Written by Rap541


The Duck Dynasty thing has been amusing the hell out of me. I don’t really watch the show any more. I tried the first season and while it was funny at times, it was also really repetitive and really staged. I also am not shocked by Phil Robertson’s recent comments because a) it was pretty obvious that the family was right wing b) I was curious and found some of Phil’s sermons because someone told me he was a brimstone and fire preacher and he is and btw CNN has a clip where he pretty clearly is not “love the sinner hate the sin” about it and c)because Phil has been mouthing off in prior interviews that he isn’t happy. One of the reasons Duck Dynasty never made it on to my view list is that I didn’t care for Phil and his views on women and on anyone who doesn’t live the way he does. Sorry, but the yuppie bitching and the disdain for anything that isn’t hunting just got old too quick for me. 

So it wasn’t a surprise to me when Phil interviewed that gay people were the moral equivalent of terrorists, “pre-entitlement blacks” never told him (a white man in the early sixties) that they were unhappy, or that “Shintos” bombed Pearl Harbour - the last just makes me sad because despite the schtick, Phil has a master’s degree and should really know the reasons why the Japanese entered the war (a lil hint, it wasn’t about their godliness, it was about oil) because frankly, its not well hidden. This quote from one of Phil’s sermons – “Women with women, men with men, they committed indecent acts with one another, and they received in themselves the due penalty for their perversions. They’re full of murder, envy, strife, hatred. They are insolent, arrogant, God-haters. They are heartless, they are faithless, they are senseless, they are ruthless. They invent ways of doing evil." Is easy to find and yes, Christians, this is a Christian judging others… But it did surprise me that people really didn’t know because they are pretty clear about what they are. 

Where am I going with this? It is no surprise that the Robertson family has fundamentalist Christian beliefs. In fact, some of the criticism that A&E is facing is that they’re just now having a problem with the Robertson family’s religious views. I posted about this on my live journal, describing the Robertsons as anti-gay and virulently Christian and… My pal Andrew posts: 

“So when do Matt and Amy show up?” Which made me laugh but I corrected pal Andrew with: 

“Dude, those two *wish* they had the Duck Dynasty audience” 

Pal Andrew snarks back with: 

“That's both true and mean. Ha, ha, ha!” 

Here’s the thing. It IS true. Let me explain. 

I don’t particularly care for the Robertsons and their viewpoints on various topics but I really can’t say that they aren’t loud and proud about them. If you ask Phil Robertson his view on homosexuals, he apparently will on record state he thinks they are going to hell and are God haters. Please see the above quote from his *sermon* on the topic.

Do you think a member of the Roloff family would ever give that firm of a statement on their religious views? Really? 

Not a friend, not one of the many anonymous buddies who let us know just how much Jeremy James Roloff loves the views of the Solid Rock church and thinks gays are going to hell, much like his beloved pal John Mark Comer. 









 Jeremy Roloff's favorite Pastor, John Mark Comer of the Solid Rock
Church in Portland, OR, (a Church that the entire Roloff family have
attended) has given sermons that Jeremy has shared and recommended
where he describes gay people as having a perversion and being broken
in their soul. He recommends a website, portlandfellowship.com , which
converts gay people into being "straight". 


spiritswander.blogspot.com/2011/11/amy-roloff-to-speak-about-bias-in.html




Does anyone think Jeremy will ever say that? How about Molly and her love of Kirk Cameron’s stance on homosexuals? 






















Shortly after Kirk Cameron's controversial comments on CNN's 
"Piers Morgan Tonight" where he said gay peoplewere ultimately 
destructive for civilization, Molly expressed her support of Kirk Cameron
 to her friends. However, none of the Roloffs have ever went on the record 
(16 year old Jacob has been the closest) to say exactly what they think publicly. This 
leads many feeling that the Roloffs are intentionally being deceptive so they
don't jeopardize their careers as paid public diversity speakers. 



How about Amy and her “I like some of the message but not all of the message” stuff where she never actually outlines what part of the message she doesn’t like? 

spiritswander.blogspot.com/2011/01/amy-roloff-answers-question-re.html

As much as I don’t like Phil’s views on religion, I sure can’t accuse him of hiding those views now can I? Christian fans of the Roloffs – and I assume a few of you like and agree with Phil’s views – do you really think the Roloffs are in agreement with Phil? 

Because I am fairly amused that the Roloffs, who so many *anonymously* insist are in accord with fundamentalist values haven’t come down on the side of the oppressed Robertson clan. Well, let me be honest, I am not surprised in the slightest that the Roloffs are shutting their mouths on this one. When it comes to saying anything other than “We’re diversity speakers, we want all people to *appreciate* (not tolerate, *appreciate*) each other’s differences and yes we attend a church that advocates that gays are going to hell and can be cured of being gay but we are under no obligation to say whether we agree with our church or not because that’s private and our privacy is so very precious” – well, members of the Roloff clan don’t like direct questions about their faith, now do that?

It’s funny also, that there’s really never been any anonymous friends who have braved the trend here to insist that the Roloffs are secretly *liberal* and actually hold moderate views. No, that has never happened. It’s always, *always* anonymous friends letting us know how *Christian* and *anti-homosexual* the Roloffs are. At which point, the part of the fanbase that this pleases starts to harp on how the Roloffs always stand tall on their morals and principles as shown by well, their attendance at church events where praying out the gay is preached, Amy listing Focus on the Family in her links for a while, Matt’s cute little references to Focus on the Family on his facebook, their fairly open support of anti-gay marriage political candidates, Jeremy and how he loves the views espoused by the Solid Rock church. When I wonder out loud why the Roloffs themselves never want to speak out on how proud they are to support traditional marriage, no one ever really wants to answer. And when people likewise ask why the Roloffs never speak on this topic in a definitive way…. There’s usually an anon who rushes to explain that even though the Roloffs are diversity speakers, as long as they never ever say what their views are, and even though everyone who knows them knows they are against gay marriage, no one can actually hold them accountable for having an opinion at all. 

















Amy Roloff originally linked the controversial group
Focus On The Family, who is arguably best known 
for their opposition to gay rights, on her official
website. She removed the link to replace it with
her own Charity Foundation link.



Have you noticed that they’re not coming out in support of the Robertsons? 

Let me explain. Unlike the Robertsons, the Roloffs aren’t actually independently wealthy. To be fair, I don’t think the Roloffs were close to applying for welfare when the show started, but I think they needed the money. The Robertsons in contrast, were already pretty well off with the Duck Commander business. Also, unlike the Robertsons, the Roloffs have portrayed themselves as diversity advocates. 

I’m sure someone will make the argument that “TLC told them not to say anything!” which btw is likely true. Here’s my response to that. I am absolutely certain someone at A&E told the Robertson clan to not mouth off on certain topics as well. The difference is that the Robertson clan has the money to say what they please, and have consistently marketed themselves as redneck hillbillies (even though that isn’t accurate) while the Roloffs don’t have the financial freedom to speak freely and very much want people to think they embrace diversity. 

If you genuinely believe that Matt and Amy Roloff are against gay marriage, the gay lifestyle, etc, because of their religious views, you really can’t tell me they aren’t keeping that on the down low. They won’t answer direct questions on it because instead of standing tall with their Christian friends, they don’t want to tick off the liberals who pay them for diversity talks. They let their friends, who also won’t stand up and say “I am Lisa “insert lastname” and I know Matt and Amy personally and they believe homosexuality is wrong” and then whine and moan that people seem to think they just might be a bit against homosexuality. Matt, Amy, if you genuinely don’t harbor the view that homosexuality is wrong and against God, you have the power to say so, and you might want to protest all these kind friends of your family who anonymously insist you do believe this. And if you do believe this… well, you’re not the Robertsons, now are you? LPBW never had the marketing value, and Matt’s previous businesses, his protests aside, clearly weren’t the empire that Duck Commander is and was. 

Now I will be honest. I don’t care for Phil Robertson’s views, and because the Robertsons are independently wealthy, I don’t think Phil is taking a life altering risk when he decides to do interviews because Phil has the money to say “screw you” and walk away. A rich man being an asshole because he knows he can get away with it, in other words. On the other hand, this has never been hidden and his sermons are pretty easy to find. I have to respect that he’s willing to stand up for his beliefs and say them, knowing that there’s a potential for consequences. 

I don’t see the Roloffs doing that at all. I get it, it’s about the money, but don’t tell me that wiffle waffling about not liking “some things” in their church and never ever protesting that all these anonymous friends who say they are proud to be against homosexuality, and never stating their opinion in a way that makes them accountable is “The Roloffs standing loud and proud in their faith”. Because if they genuinely believe homosexuality is wrong…they sure aren’t willing to say so and they aren’t willing to buck their masters in order to say it.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

New Episode Of Little People, Big World Featuring The Roloffs: "Crossroads For The Roloffs" December 17th at 9:00pm On TLC

This is a preview and then review of the new episode of "Little People, Big World" airing tonight  at 9:00pm on TLC.

The episode is called "Crossroads For The Roloffs":

The Roloff Family dynamic is changing. Jeremy and Molly return to school as Zach moves into a new house. Pumpkin season catastrophes push Matt and Amy to their limits - and after 25 years of marriage, they question whether there’s still a future together.

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Review written by Rap541

Weird thing I noticed while watching reruns. Amy is all “why is it leaking??” in the wine cellar, but she’s standing right next to the gaping hole in the bricks. Also when Matt is giving Jer the pep talk on doing good in school, Jeremy is rolling his eyes and unable to look directly at his father. And who wants to bet we never see Heidi again? Oh and despite the serious concerns everyone expressed in the Family Game Day episode, not once in the other episode did I see a Roloff, or anyone with a Roloff put a seat belt on while driving the mules. There’s even one lovely scene of Matt and Heidi rolling up and there’s a full on shot of Matt not wearing a seat belt.

Also the commercial leading into this final episode are cloying. And if Molly and Jeremy expect to be provided a bed over summer break, Christmas break, and whatever break, and for their stuff to be stored at the house, and Mom and Dad pay for their places at school, they aren’t actually moved out.

Btw Person of Interest was really awesome!

So in previously, Matt and Amy bitch at each other.

The farm is desolate and Amy and Matt eat dinner by themselves.  Apparently Zach moved out and now since Matt and Amy are alone (screw Jacob, they’re already talking grandkids) Matt pointedly states “I’ll move to Maui and call me when the grandkids arrive.”

Four weeks earlier, Matt is chiding Amy how he’s sooo beat and he doesn’t like the weddings and he clashes constantly with Amy. Matt harps on pumpkin season and he’s so exhausted. Amy notes that she’s told Matt to calm down for years and doesn’t appreciate his bitching.

Matt and Amy check the pumpkins and the harvest looks like crap.

Also the kids are doing headshots with camera equipment. Jeremy notes this is the last summer (as opposed to the various last summers) Amy notes her empty nest and how she misses the dog.

Matt notes how despite not showing any of it, there’s been a massive push to build the funzone. Matt says he’s been working so hard he hasn’t seen the kids.

Molly demands a car from Amy.

Jeremy notes Molly wants a car. Molly wants a small SUV. Jeremy and Molly drive the jeep. This is all about how close they are, nicely staged since in the actual scene they barely speak out loud.

Now there’s a staged scene with some kids who are “testing” the fun zone for the cameras.  Matt notes Amy needs to shut her mouth and let him work with the kids because she’s in his way.  In fairness Amy is a bit gripy but really neither of them are good with kids who aren’t theirs.

Amy enters the sacred office. Matt notes all the kids hated the fun zone and he’s sure it’s a disaster and he’s too old and is throwing in the towel! Is Matt bipolar. He wants to close down pumpkin season because he’s old.

Now Jeremy and Molly are leaving and even tho Jake is home, Amy notes she and Matt are alone. Jeremy notes his life is now in Santa Barbara despite his incessant whining that he’ll always be an Oregon farmer. Interestingly he finally seems to see the dysfunction.

Matt notes how tough it was seeing *Jeremy* leave. Not all the kids, just Jeremy.

Matt hands off a brand new SUV to Molly. Because all normal families have the new car driven by the salesman to their home. There’s a deathless scene between Molly and Jacob. Molly notes she hopes Jake moves the hell out.  There’s a lengthy good bye and Molly diplomatically notes Matt and Amy will have to “rediscover”.  Now Zach moves into a house. Matt doesn’t bother to show for this.  Zach notes how having kids was keeping Matt and Amy together.

Matt chides Amy for not planning. Matt notes how Amy is a piece of crap who never listens to him. Matt notes how if people aren’t lined up, they’re screwed.  Now pumpkin season starts. I note btw that no one seems to be in the pumpkin pavilion. Also the credit card machines are down.  Oh the farm has an ATM?

Amy apologizes to the customers.  Matt is grabbing some wireless gadget.  Matt wants to have the trebuchet fire because his *dream* has been to have it fire off, and of course he insists on having Jake fire it. And of course because it’s a piece of crap, its lucky no one was killed with it. Amy does a tractor tour.  To be fair, she’s fairly funny on the tour.  Amy notes life isn’t actually a fairy tale.

So Matt does a tour for the cameras as well.  The power goes out on the microphones and Matt notes he’s emotionally exhausted. He talks as we see film clips of the family in younger days and Matt notes how maybe he’s done with the farm now that the kids are moved out. Matt tells Amy he is fried from the work. Matt bitches and moans and he notes how careless and stupid it was. There’s lots of bitching and moaning. Now we’re back to the show start of the eerie farm and Matt bitter and angry. Amy makes Matt steak. Amy haybales that she prefers to stay married but things need to change. A rarity, Matt and Amy pray before eating. This is a rehash of the start.

Matt and Amy talk with their mouths full. Amy wants to see her kids and grandkids. Matt notes how small that is and feels he’s stuck on the farm and wants to quit. Matt notes how they are in a dark transitional stage, and how he has nothing in common with Amy. Oddly, Amy is pretty happy with her life. Matt notes how they don’t travel well. Amy notes she’s not going on a trip with Matt if she’s just going to be tested the entire time. Amy notes Matt doesn’t care about anything with the farm and the house and their life. Amy notes Matt’s isn’t happy unless whatever is in front of him is new. Matt notes that things shouldn’t be this hard. Oh Matt, stop being a douche. You want your way. Amy has called it completely – a trip together is Matt judging Amy on everything and Matt isn’t required to make any concessions.  I don’t particularly care for either Amy or Matt at this point but Amy does concede a lot to Matt while Matt constantly calls Amy out as a useless incompetent bitch a lot.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

New Episode Of Little People, Big World On TLC Featuring The Roloffs: "Come Rain or Come Shine" - December 10, 2013

This is a preview and then review of the new episode of "Little People, Big World" airing tonight on TLC at 9:00pm.

Little People, Big World Come Rain or Come Shine 

The Roloffs need to prepare for pumpkin season - but with the last wedding of the summer still demanding their attention, the entire family is scrambling! Matt suffers from intense shoulder pain, and rain threatens to put a damper on the couple’s big day.

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Review written by Rap541

So people are working. Amy meets with Caryn and Matt on the mule. Matt goes on about how they are way behind on pumpkin season. He’s totally worried about the kiddie fun zone that seems to involve large tractor tires. Amy notes how Matt doesn’t communicate squat.

Amy wanders into the sacred Matt office to chat up Matt. There’s a new wedding couple, Liz and Mike. They want a candy shop.  Its four weeks to the wedding and TENT ONLY IF RAIN.  Yup, Mike is a war vet… funny how the Roloff boys who aren’t handicapped never consider service. The bride wants rustic but elegant. Matt and Amy make it very clear the barn isn’t for people. The bride likes the church. The church is looking a tad ramshackle.

Matt screeches to no one “Lets get some work done!” He orders people to build an adventure park. Oh look, the Roloff kids put in a an appearance for under ten seconds. Matt tells Amy she’s in charge of the wedding because he needs to handle pumpkin season. He repeatedly insists its all on her and she repeatedly says no.

Two weeks to the wedding! Matt has an idea for “the special moment” an event that first and foremost leverages the farm. They have a little house in the woods idea but Amy worries about rain. Matt notes he may not have the strength to walk because life has taken its toll. Normally Matt guts through the pain to please us but…. He’s struggling and makes sure we know it. They examine the ratty barn. Matt basically bitches Amy out and says she likes to make him miserable and walks off.  Matt also hates the whole candy store idea and bitches Amy out again. Matt notes he may divorce her.

Now Matt is redoing the tour road and notes he is in excrutiating pain and it sucks to be Matt Roloff. Amy hauls the kids into the barn to clean it… again. I mean really, why is the wedding barn constantly needing cleaning? A tent goes up on the property. The wedding planner is fairly forceful but the groom insists they will marry in the rain.

Matt and Amy chat on mules. Matt wants to cancel the wedding. Amy notes he’s being ridiculous. Matt notes he’s in a ton of pain and has taken on too much. I’d be more sympathetic if a) we were talking about a real business and B) Matt wants the attention of the show more than his health.

One day to the wedding. Amy makes the kids play with Hershey kisses again. Amy tells them to make it look like an old fashioned candy store. The kids all look bored. The candy thing looks dumb. Matt wanders in and Amy fakes it with Matt for a bid. Btw, why is Matt the diabetic constantly stealing candy?

The dad of the bride is super happy.  They rehearse. The bride cries with dad.  Dad is real proud his girl didn’t have sex before marriage.

On the wedding, Amy is taking down the decorations from weddings past. Matt notes how he’s in constant pain.

The bride heads in to the “bridal suite”. They are still making the candy store? I think this is creative editing and Molly gets the plus points for artfully shilling the Hershey sponsor.

Matt notes he’s in horrible pain. He’s on the couch noting how the pain is sucking his energy.

Bridal stuff. The bride is wearing her grandmas dress but one of the bridesmaids screws it up. Panicky, they scrub it. THAT’S NOT WORKING!!

The bridesmaids consult Amy on stains. She heads over with club soda and no one (the bride especially) seems to question her wandering in with one bottle of club soda.

Matt rolls in, noting again how much pain he’s in but he needs to check on Amy’s work because she’s nothing but his vagina to plow.  Oh good god really? The candy store needed to be worked on hours before the wedding?

The bride is really into wearing Grandmas dress. Btw, the storm of the century is coming. It begins to pour.

So the bride heads out despite the rain. The groom thinks the downpour started on cue. Its really raining and thundering. It is like *pouring*. Now they are hauled into the barn and are soaked. Now the candy store and ice cream bar is opened.  Caryn suggests Matt and Amy try to help the bride. There is hair dryer drying. Matt notes how horrible the bride’s situation is.

Amy reads off some lines about the bride and groom being wet. Huh, the special moment is a pretend house in the barn. Then we have the bride’s dad talking. Then slow dancing by the bride and groom.  Finally the couple is thrown out by the Roloffs. There’s endless chatter. Matt notes the most important thing is pumpkin season.


Oh hey, next week where Matt and Amy discuss divorce. Ain’t that great?